The manual is probably on the CD in PDF format..
If you can call this a manual, yes it is. It just says what features it has...
I have Elements 5 (and have installed it at least twice due to hardware problems etc with my PC). I saw no manuals on the CD either time. I always reserve the right to be wrong, but I'm virtually certain there are no expanded manuals on it at all, much less the Missing Manual you reference..
The skimpy manual that comes with Elements is totally inadequate for explaining such a full function and powerful (and complex) product. Unless you want to spend a whole lot of time figuriing things out, you'll have to buy a supplemental manual / guide..
I just got a brand NEW copy of the Missing Manual for Elements 5 for $4.90 plus under $5 shipping on Amazon's used books. (Some "used book" sellers have overstocks etc they've gotten from somewhere. Used in these cases merely means it is not being sold as a new book officially by Amazon.) The seller was Redbrazil.com. If you go to their site, you may save even more since Amazon won't be in the middle taking their cut..
For that price, you could buy the manual for Elements 5.0 and learn everything, except for the enhancements that are in 6.0. If you can master everything in 5.0, you will have accomplished a LOT..
I've just started skimming the book but it does seem to explain things very welll. It's aleady cleared up several questions I've had for months, and gives a much better treatment of RAW processing than the OEM manual does. For $10 including shipping to my door it was a no brainer..
Since Elements 6 is new, I doubt if you'll get such a great deal on it's manual. Stilll, check the used books at Amazon, or Redbrazil.com. If you can get it for even $10-12 off, that's still a lot better than paying full price for it.TLIII..
After scouring the dp forums, I came up with the missing manual which as you say explains WHY things work on ps, and also any book by scott kelby on photoshop elements. His book seems to say exactly HOW one edits. Perhaps I'll pick up what has been coined "the complementary pair"...
I almost bought this, and was astounded that such a product would besold without a substantial manual. Is O reilly's "The Missing Manual"worth it in it's stead?.
I have "The Missing Manual" and think it is pretty good. I haven't gotten through it because I upgraded to CS3, will I ever learn. Adobe also has a series called "Classroom in a Book" and I believe the one for PSE6 is out now. I used the one for PSE4 and liked it. PSE6 does have a 464 page manual in PDF format that is a complete guide. It's name is pselements_6_help.pdf and if I remember correctly the way you get it is when you have the program open go to help.
I believe I got the PDF document somewhere off the help menu but can't seem to find it at the moment. If you go to online resources and do a search on that file name you should be able to find it. Try this link..
Yup, worked for me. When it opens save the document to your desktop or wherever. Have fun..
The more I read of it the better it sounds. Thanks for your suggestions but I think, for now I'll settle on he Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) (Paperback) by Scott Kelby (Author), and Matt Kloskowski. The technical gobbldegook on how it works it absent, but what is present are pictures and well presented information on how to concisely and efficiently correct a plethora of common problems in a "recipe" style format. I've used this sample and am sold. Here is the link!.
~12 steps covered on color correction..
Hi Pauw, Go on Amazon.com and buy Mark Galer's book called "Elements 6" "Maximum Performance" This book has 300 pages of instructions and comes with a five hour DVD. This should solve your problem. Good luck, Don'Longshot'..
The more I read of it the better it sounds. Thanks for yoursuggestions but I think, for now I'll settle on he Photoshop Elements6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) (Paperback) byScott Kelby (Author), and Matt Kloskowski. The technical gobbldegookon how it works it absent, but what is present are pictures and wellpresented information on how to concisely and efficiently correct aplethora of common problems in a "recipe" style format. I've usedthis sample and am sold. Here is the link!.
~12 steps covered on color correction.
I'd highly recomend Kelby's book over Missing Manual it's oriented toward how to perform common operations to correct problems with your photos. It doesn't have a huge chapter on layers and blending modes, but it does show how to adjust color, lighten underexposed faces, sharpen, etc. His humor bugs some people sometimes but if so, just ignore those parts...