Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for the Mac ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for the Mac
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: pdq2-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 30 Oct 2006 22:24 PST
Expires: 29 Nov 2006 22:24 PST
Question ID: 778696
I purchased, through download, the Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for
the Mac (I am running system 10.4.8).  I find the online manuals
clumsy and difficult to read, and would like to purchase a book
explaining this program, such as  ".... for Dummies".  I see many
books listed for sale, but none mention whether they are for the Mac
version of this program.  Some come with CD instructional discs, but I
am guessing that they are for the PC.  Is there a book specifically
written for the Mac version?

Request for Question Clarification by aceresearcher-ga on 31 Oct 2006 07:33 PST
Greetings, pdq2!

It seems that, because the Macintosh version of Photoshop Elements 4.0
was released several months later than the Windows version, publishers
either assumed that there would not be a Mac version, or they decided
that the Mac segment of the market was too small to bother with a
Mac-specific publication.

I have, however, found one resource which appears to be both Mac and
Windows combined. Would that be an acceptable alternative to you?

In addition, I have located a resource which is a little more
expensive than a book, but which is Mac-specific, and I could provide
you that information as well.

If links to these resources would serve your needs, please let me know
by posting a Clarification here, and I will post them as an Answer.


Clarification of Question by pdq2-ga on 31 Oct 2006 10:40 PST
Dear aceresearcher,

Yes, what you propose is fine - I will consider it as an answer.
Thanks,  pdq2-ga
Subject: Re: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for the Mac
Answered By: aceresearcher-ga on 31 Oct 2006 16:36 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for accepting my resources for your Answer.

The first is the book
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 A to Z: Tools and features illustrated
ready reference (Paperback) by Philip Andrews (ISBN 0240520173)
This 224-page book was released in March 2006 and costs $16.47 on Amazon.

I was able to determine that it covers both Windows and Macintosh by
doing "Search Within This Book" on Amazon, which revealed numerous
references describing Macintosh keystroke combinations. However, since
the two versions are very different, I am not able to judge how
helpful this book might be for Mac users.
(You must be logged in to an Amazon account to be able to use this feature)

It does not appear that this book includes a tutorial CD.

In my opinion, a much better source for you would be Atomic Learning's
Macintosh Tutorials for Photoshop Elements 4.

At the top of this page, Atomic Learning provides links to allow you
to view a couple of sample videos, so you can get an idea of whether
you feel that their tutorials will work for you.

Atomic Learning appears to be a company with an excellent reputation
for its tutorials, but their program is not inexpensive: a one-year
subscription costs $79.99.

However, a subscription will entitle you to access ALL of their
tutorials, and, as you can see from this page, there is a large
selection of Macintosh-specific tutorials for numerous different
software packages, as well as training and Tips and Tricks for the Mac
OS X system.

I would caution that many online subscription-based companies will
automatically renew your subscription at the end of the year by
charging your credit card, unless you notify them that you are
cancelling (although they are supposed to notify you before they
actually charge your card). So if you opt to join Atomic Learning, you
may want to obtain a one-use number from your credit card company if
it offers that option. Otherwise, you will want to put a reminder to
yourself in your day planner or online calendar.

Adobe itself provides a couple of tutorials for free:
Putting together a picture package
Fixing photos taken on camera phones also has some links to additional Macintosh-specific tutorials:

Search Strategy

"Macintosh tutorials" "Photoshop Elements"

Before Rating this Answer, if you have any questions about the
information that I have presented, please post a Request for
Clarification, and I will be glad to see what I can do for you.

I hope that this Answer provides you with exactly the information
which you were seeking!


Clarification of Answer by aceresearcher-ga on 21 Dec 2006 11:39 PST

I'm glad to have been of service, and I hope you have a great time
becoming a Pro at Photoshop!

pdq2-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
A fine, complete answer.

There are no comments at this time.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy