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Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers
Completely updated for the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, Philip Andrews returns with his comprehensive guide to this popular software package. Akin to Martin Evening's bestselling Photoshop title, every feature and function of Elements is covered here in step-by-step detail. Accompanied by helpful screenshots and colorful images, highlighted in an updated and modernized design, this versatile guide is perfect if you're a first time user wanting to dip your toe into the world of digital image adjustment, or a seasoned pro wanting to hone your skills for perfectly fine tuned images. The more advanced projects, such as completing a photo book from scratch, stitching together multiple images to create fantastic panoramas, working with raw files, and more, are perfect if you want to push your images even further for amazing results from this fabulous software package. The easy to follow tutorials are complemented by general photography tips and tricks to give your images that masterful edge. Truly geared toward the photographer's needs, both pre and post-capture, this essential guide is a perfect companion for anyone wanting to take their images a step further with Elements.
Phillip Andrews

November 2010

Focal Press

ISBN: 9780240522449

536 pages

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10: Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements

Master the most powerful photo editing tools and techniques that Elements has to offer! Using step-by-step projects, Mark Galer will have you creating stunning images in no time at all. Whether you want to create impressive, seamless montages, optimize your photos for perfect print quality, or simply enhance your images for maximum impact, Maximum Performance will give you the skills and know-how you need to create professional quality results.

Featured projects teach you how to work with multilayered 16 bit/channel files, as well as convert to black and white using Adobe Camera Raw, create High Key images, work with image borders and textures, and create tilt-shift and cross-process effects.

Three movie tutorials featuring specific techniques from the book are available for free online, and a supplemental package of images and movies can be purchased with an easy one-time download from the authors' website, Find everything you need to unleash the power of Elements with Max Performance, or for a more interactive learning experience, download the supplemental images and movies for comprehensive, hands-on learning.

  • Get professional, Photoshop-quality results with affordable, Elements-priced software
  • Create amazing images using advanced, little-known techniques to achieve results you never thought possible
  • Learn and master advanced techniques using step-by-step, project-based tutorials that are intuitive and easy to follow.
Mark Galer and Abhijit Chattaraj

October 2011

Focal Press

ISBN: 978-0240523798

368 pages

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express HD
The only Apple-authorized guide to Final Cut Express HD 3.5, this book delivers the techniques you need to make movie magic with DV or HDV footage. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, with hands-on projects to complete as you go. All the files you need are on the included DVD-ROM.
You’ll learn how to make effective edits and adjust them precisely; create polished transitions and sophisticated composites; add audio tracks, titles, and speed and motion effects; then color-correct and finish your video for export to DVD or the Web.
Whether you’re a student, a devoted amateur who’s serious about digital video, or a professional who needs a comprehensive editing program for your home computer, you’ll find everything you need to learn Final Cut Express HD 3.5 within the pages of this book. DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files for over 20 hours of training.
Diana Weynand

June 2006

Peachpit Press

ISBN: 978-0-321-33533-3

504 pages

Apple Training Series: iLife 06

In the only Apple-certified guide to iLife ’06, you will be making miracles with iLife within the first few pages. Using real-life material and practical lessons that you can apply immediately to your own projects, this book/DVD combo offers a complete, self-paced course in all aspects of iLife ’06. Focused lessons take you step-by-step through everything from arranging your iTunes library to creating Hollywood-style movies using motion titles. 

Fully updated to cover all the new features of iLife ’06 including the brand new iWeb application, this book will take you from newbie to producer of your own media content in one day!

The book is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification Program, used by schools and training centers worldwide. An easy, accessible style paired with ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts guarantee that readers will make iLife their life in no time.

Michael Rubin

April 2006

Peachpit Press

ISBN: 978-0-321-42164-7

480 pages

Final Cut Pro 6: Visual QuickPro Guide

Newly updated for Final Cut Pro 6, this Visual QuickPro Guide is hands-down one of the most sought out books on Apple’s non-linear editing system. An undisputed master of the digital video medium, Lisa Brenneis once again demystifies the complexities of the program with her straightforward approach that uses tasked-based, step-by-step instructions and loads of visuals and time-saving tips. Busy professionals and newcomers alike will appreciate that they can quickly find and learn tasks specific to their needs, benefiting from the award-winning Visual QuickPro style.

Topics covered include essential editing tasks and media-management strategies, transitions, effects and filters, rendering options, and much much more. This is a must-have reference for anyone wanting to learn to use Final Cut Pro, whether they are new to the program or are upgrading.

Lisa Brenneis

October 2007

Peachpit Press

ISBN: 978-0-321-50269-8

720 pages

GarageBand for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide

Just weeks after GarageBand's introduction, an enterprising user had already put it to work to create the now-famous "Howard Dean Yeeargh" song (which MSNBC than synched up and ran with the video of Dean's night-of-infamy speech)--confirming the fact that though Candidate Dean may not like it, Apple's music-making software is a major hit with just about everybody else! Here to get you shaking the rafters with it fast is everybody's favorite task-based guide on the topic.

In hallmark Visual QuickStart style, this to-the-point guide uses simple step-by-step instructions, loads of visual aids, and a raft of time-saving tips to explore every aspect of Apple's music-making software, from using GarageBand's interface to creating, arranging, and recording music with it. You'll learn how to turn your Mac into any of the more than 50 supported instruments; record with any USB or MIDI keyboard, guitar, or microphone; mix your hits with professional effects and settings; use thousands of prerecorded loops; and more

Victor Gavenda
May 28, 2004

Peachpit Press

ISBN: 978-0-321-27281-2

272 pages

Hollywood Special Effects with Adobe Premiere Elements 3

Hollywood Special Effects with Adobe Premiere Elements 3 is a book that will help users get to the next level in video editing, and that next level goes beyond simply splicing together clips and creating simple titles. In no time readers will be overlaying multiple tracks of videos and adjusting transparency; creating Picture-in-Picture overlays; using key frames and motion paths; setting and refining greenscreens and bluescreens; using color effects for emotional impact; and a whole range of other special effects to help them tell their story.

What sets this book apart is the author's expertise in carefully showing readers how to execute each of these effects step-by-step in a clear and friendly writing style. With this book, budding filmmakers will be well on their way to becoming the next George Lucas! The accompanying DVD contains royalty free music, sound effects, and video clips from Artbeats, Digital Juice, TwistedTracks, and the Footage Firm (among others).

Carl Plumer

Oct 25 2006

Peachpit Press

ISBN: 978-0-7897-3612-3

336 pages

iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
iMovie 6 is all about the ease of moviemaking, but if you really want to learn its capabilities, Apple documentation won't make the cut. The new edition of this Missing Manual is the ideal third-party authority that covers all of these changes through an objective lens, from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs or posting it online.
While the last version of iMovie gave moviemakers the ability to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of camcorders, iMovie 6 is all about the ease of moviemaking itself. iMovie 6 includes five professionally designed themes with backgrounds, motion graphics, titles, and effects that act as building blocks for your projects. You can preview transitions and stunning new video effects--such as time-lapse video--in real time using the full screen. Or edit audio and add sound effects with a new built-in sound studio. For presenting your movie, Magic iDVD offers easy-to-use themes, including new widescreen options.

From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or downloading it to an iPod, iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual zooms right in on the details in a clear, concise, and understandable manner. The book also provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of your video won't rely entirely on magic.

David Pogue


O'Reilly Media Inc.

ISBN: 0-596-52726-8

512 pages

iMovie '08 and iDVD '08 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide
This full-color, amply illustrated, accessible book teaches readers the essential skills necessary for creating compelling movies with iMovie and iDVD, Apple's consumer-friendly digital movie and DVD-burning software applications. Readers can follow the step-by-step instructions from the beginning to get a tour of the applications or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. Longtime Macintosh and technology writer Jeff Carlson takes extra steps to ensure that readers understand all of the key aspects of digital movie making.

  • Easy visual approach uses pictures to guide you through iMovie and iDVD (and how they interact with the other iLife ’08 applications) and show you what to do.
  • Concise steps and explanations let you get up and running in no time.
  • Page for page, the best content and value around.
  • Companion Web site at offers links mentioned in the book, sample movies, and ongoing news and information about iMovie, iDVD, and video editing.
Jeff Carlson

Nov 2007


ISBN: 978-0-321-50187-5

288 pages

iMovie HD 6 and iDVD 6 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide
Need to learn iMovie HD 6 and iDVD 6 fast? Try a Visual QuickStart!

This best-selling reference’s visual format and step-by-step, task-based instructions will have you up and running with these great iLife applications in no time. Best-selling author and iLife expert Jeff Carlson uses crystal-clear instructions, full-color illustrations, and friendly prose to introduce you to everything from using themes, tools, and effects to timeline editing to video podcasts and blogs. You’ll also learn about everything new in iMovie HD 6 and iDVD 6, including motion-graphics themes, real-time effects, audio enhancements, sharing options, and more!
Jeff Carlson

Jun 2006

Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0-32142-327-5

312 pages


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Little iDVD Book, The


Learning a new technology can be an intimidating prospect, even when the tools are as straightforward as Apple's iDVD 3. If you've been hesitating to take the step into DVD production, wait no more--there's no gentler approach than that offered by Peachpit's best-selling "Little" book series and noted Mac columnist Bob ("Dr. Mac") LeVitus. In The Little iDVD Book, Second Edition Bob helps you conquer your fears and get down to the exciting business of creating interactive DVDs with iDVD 3 and Apple's tightly integrated iLife applications, iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie. Through jargon-free language and step-by-step instructions, he shows you how to share movies, music, and pictures on DVD.

In these pages, you'll learn about all the features that are new to this version of iDVD, including the dozens of new menu "themes"; support for iMovie chapter markers, which lets viewers skip quickly from scene to scene; automatic creation of Scene Selection menus; as well as how you can access iTunes and iPhoto libraries directly from within iDVD. And if you're interested in using iDVD software to archive or share other data (such as AppleWorks, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files), you'll find that info as well.
Bob LeVitus


Pearson Education

ISBN: 0-201-75933-7

208 pages

MacIntosh iLife 06, The

The first and best book about iLife is back–and better than ever! Since its debut three years ago, Apple’s iLife suite has provided users with a way to organize, produce, and share their digital media, whether they’re editing and emailing digital photos, burning home movies to DVD, creating a CD of original songs or creating a website with Apple's brand new applicaion iWeb. Apple's newest revision of this software– iLife' 06–includes new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand as well as newcomer iWeb and all five programs–along with iTunes–work together better than ever. Here to explain how it all works is The Macintosh iLife '06, a completely revised and expanded edition of Jim Heid's bestselling book/DVD on Apple's revolutionary digital media studio. This lavishly illustrated handbook and a two-hour instructional DVD combine to create the ideal iLife learning experience. Its innovative, full-color design puts everything you need to know about iLife and digital media at your fingertips. Each two-page spread is a self-contained tutorial or set of tips on a specific subject, all written in the friendly writing style that has made Jim Heid one of the most admired writers and instructors in the Mac community. Along the way, you'll find plenty of screenshots, diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions to guide you through the steps.You'll also find informationt shows you how to do more with your Mac–Jim Heid covers the latest iPod models and accessories, offers tips on using microphones to create better sounds for your iMovie and GarageBand creations, and provides useful advice on how to convert your old tapes and albums to a digital format. The companion DVD has been completely updated for iLife '06, and contains two hours of video instruction on all six iLife applications. Watch over Jim Heid's shoulder as he creates iLife projects ranging from photo books to home movies ts (complete with sound effects and transitions) to web pages and blogs to original GarageBand compositions. The DVD also includes software, GarageBand loops, and more. Soon you'll find yourself eager to create compelling iLife projects of your own. Inspiration guaranteed.

Jim Heid


PeachPit Press

ISBN: 032146541

376 pages

Making a Movie in iMovie HD and iDVD 5: Visual QuickProject Guide

So you've got a copy of iMovie HD and iDVD 5,  a camcorder, and plenty of footage‚€”but how do you get all this video footage into a watchable movie? Maybe you don't want  to spend a lot of time learning all the ins and outs of the software, but  just want to get your movie finished. Realizing that many users won't want to waste a single minute reading about all they can do with iMovie and iDVD, best-selling author Jeff Carlson cuts straight to the chase, using simple project-based instruction and big, colorful screen shots to guide them through the process of making their first movie on an interactive DVD.

By focusing on that first project, rather than exploring every option and feature, Jeff demonstrates the quickest, easiest, smartest route to cinematic success. Each short lesson builds on the last as users learn how to shoot, edit, and produce their own movies and then distribute them on DVDs to share with friends, family, and colleagues.

Jeff Carlson

Apr 2005

PeachPit Press

ISBN: 978-0321330185

144 pages

Making a Movie in Premiere Elements: Visual QuickProject Guide

So you fancy yourself a filmmaker? Here to ensure that you truly are is a simple, to-the-point guide that leads you through the process of creating your very first digital video project with Adobe's brand-new consumer-level video editing software, Premiere Elements ($99). In these pages veteran author and PC Magazine contributing editor Jan Ozer gets right to the point: Rather than explore every option and feature of Premiere Elements, Jan uses project-based instruction and big, colorful screen shots to demonstrates the quickest, easiest, and smartest route to cinematic success. Each short lesson builds on the last as you learn how to capture and import video; add transitions, titles and effects; take advantage of the program's stunning templates; use the program with Photoshop Elements to edit and incorporate still images; and output your finished video to DVD. The book's small size and even smaller price ($12.99) make it the perfect entry point into the world of digital filmmaking as well as the ideal jumping-off point for further exploration.

Jan Ozer

Feb 2005

PeachPit Press

ISBN: 0321321200

160 pages

Making a Movie with Windows XP: Visual QuickProject Guide

You've seen your friends' camcorder-shot, digitally edited home movies-and you're pretty sure you can do better! However, that doesn't mean you want to spend days (or even weeks) learning everything there is to know about the free video editing software at the heart of your Windows XP OS. You learn by doing-and this guide delivers. In these pages, veteran author Jan Ozer gets right to the point, using simple project-based instruction and big, colorful screen shots to guide you through the process of editing your very first video project with Movie Maker. By focusing on a single goal (making that first movie) rather than exploring every option and feature, Jan demonstrates the quickest, easiest, smartest route to cinematic success. Each short lesson builds on the last as you learn how to create transitions, titles, wipes, dissolves, freeze frames, and more in the process of editing your video into a finished film that you can then post on the Web or copy to CD or DVD.

Jan Ozer

August 2004

PeachPit Press

ISBN: 0321278453

160 pages

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2: Visual QuickStart Guide

Just because you have the built-in software to transform your homemade videos into compelling, creative content doesn't necessarily mean you have the know-how to do so. For that you need this no-nonsense task-based guide. In these pages video guru Jan Ozer uses simple, step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of visual aids and loads of time-saving tips to show you how to use Microsoft's Movie Maker 2 video-editing software (which is included with Windows XP) to edit your videos and share them with family and friends.

Providing a visual approach to a visual product, Jan shows you how to start making movie magic instantly and effortlessly with the transitions, title options, and 2-D special effects included in Movie Maker 2. You'll learn how to create wipes, dissolves, freeze frames, and more in the process of producing a finished product that you'll be proud to email to friends, post on your Web site, or copy to CD or DVD.

Jan Ozer

May 13 2004

PeachPit Press

ISBN: 978-0-321-19954-6

400 pages

Pinnacle Studio 10 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide
Pinnacle Studio 10 is one of the industry's leading home video editing tool aimed at the Windows consumer market. In Pinnacle Studio 10 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, veteran journalist and teacher Jan Ozer tackles Pinnacle Studio version 10 in classic and popular QuickStart style--with step-by-step instructions, plenty of illustrations, and straightforward language. Jan provides the skinny on all popular Studio 10 features like built-in DVD authoring with motion menus and custom navigation; Pan and Zoom, enabling users to quickly create engaging video slideshows from digital photos; SmartMovie II, a tool that let's you create home movies in minutes; dual monitor display; key framing special effects in real-time; and the Instant DVD Recorder. He also covers key Pinnacle Studio Plus 10 features including picture in picture (PIP); Chroma Key effects (green screen); and full HD editing, particularly creating HD slide shows from digital photos.
Jan Ozer


PeachPit Press

ISBN: 0321374592

496 pages

Pinnacle Studio 11 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

Pinnacle Studio 11 is the latest version of the industry leading home video editing tool aimed at the Windows consumer market. In Pinnacle Studio 11 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, veteran journalist and teacher Jan Ozer tackles Pinnacle Studio version 11 in classic and popular QuickStart style--with step-by-step instructions, plenty of illustrations, and straightforward language. Jan provides the skinny on all popular Studio 11 features like HD capture, editing and disc burning: Pinnacle Studio Plus edits native HDV or AVCHD footage and then authors HD DVD format discs that will play on the latest HD players; the new Scorefitter music generator which automatically generates soundtracks with 40 source tracks; new simplified web publishing features where users can now automatically post movies publicly on Yahoo! Videos and more. 

Jan Ozer

Nov 6, 2007

PeachPit Press

ISBN: 978-0-321-52632-8

496 pages

Premier Elements for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

Just because you don't work for a major production house and you don't plan to add Star Wars style special effects to your latest movie project doesn't mean you don't want to do interesting things with the video you've shot. Now, with Adobe's first consumer-level video editing software you can-and at $99, you won't spend an arm and a leg to do so! In these pages, veteran author Antony Bolante provides all the instruction you need to start editing video fast with Adobe Premiere Elements. Just as Photoshop Elements brought image manipulation to the masses, Premiere Elements brings video editing prowess to anybody who owns a digital video camera. Whether you're a student filmmaker, a video hobbyist, or a proud parent who wants to put together a snazzy film of your daughter's winning soccer season, Antony's simple step-by-step instructions and straightforward teaching style will have you capturing and importing video, creating transitions and titles, and outputting the final product with Premier Elements in no time.

Antony Bolante


PeachPit Press

ISBN: 0321267907

416 pages

Premier Pro 2 for Windows: Visual QuickPro Guide

Need to take your Adobe Premiere Pro skills to the next level? Learn Premiere Pro 2  the fast, efficient way! This Visual QuickPro Guide uses illustrations and in-depth explanations. You’ll be a master in time!

  • Takes a visual, task-based approach to teaching Premiere Pro, using pictures to guide you through the software and show you what to do.
  • Works like a reference book—you look up what you need and then get straight to work.
  • Concise, straightforward steps and explanations offer the fastest way to learn tasks and concepts.
  • Affordably priced, because buying a computer book shouldn’t be an investment in itself.
Antony Bolante

Sept 2006

PeachPit Press

ISBN: 0321383524

616 pages