Absolute Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2

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New to Photoshop Elements? Learn everything you need to know to make your pictures perfect with Absolute Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2. The book covers all aspects of the software (including the new features "borrowed" from the new Photoshop 7), offering you quick and easy explanations on controlling the software for the results you want. Photoshop Elements provides easy access to powerful editing tools and connects users to online output services as well as options for Web and print output. ...

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Overview

New to Photoshop Elements? Learn everything you need to know to make your pictures perfect with Absolute Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2. The book covers all aspects of the software (including the new features "borrowed" from the new Photoshop 7), offering you quick and easy explanations on controlling the software for the results you want. Photoshop Elements provides easy access to powerful editing tools and connects users to online output services as well as options for Web and print output. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 shows the beginning user how to maximize all these features and more!

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Photoshop Elements 2 offers a huge fraction of Photoshop's power, repackaged for simplicity, and priced at one-sixth of what you'd pay for Photoshop. To get the most out of Photoshop Elements 2, you'll want a really good book -- but you don't want the book to cost more than the software did. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 is what you're looking for: easy, practical, thorough, intelligent...and such a deal.

For surprisingly little cash, you can have expert guidance on nearly everything Photoshop Elements 2 can do, from image capture to editing, through delivery via Web, email, or print.

Your author, Lisa Lee, is no stranger to these topics: her many books include Adobe Photoshop 6 Digital Darkroom and Que's Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements, which helped thousands of users get their first taste of Elements.

Lee starts by making you comfortable with the Photoshop Elements interface (running under both Windows and the Mac) -- including the Work Area, palettes, image window, and menus. She then demonstrates how to customize Photoshop Elements 2 to reflect what you're doing and how you prefer to work.

Next, there's extensive coverage of scanning, acquiring, and creating images, from capturing scanned images at the right resolution to viewing thumbnails of digital camera images with Photoshop Elements' File Browser.

You'll learn how to open and convert new images, establish the right document settings for print or Web, resize your images, even edit images you've found in an Acrobat PDF file. There's also a full chapter on printing -- including scaling images to print, creating contact sheets, using "Picture Package" to print many copies of an image in different sizes on the same page, and troubleshooting printing problems.

Like Photoshop Elements 2 itself, this book focuses heavily on correcting and combining images, as well as designing complex images. While easier to use than Photoshop, "Elements" features still require skill. Lee helps you master all of them: color correction, filters, effects, layers, repairing images, composites, GIF animation, panoramas, web photo galleries, and much more.

She begins with an easy-to-understand overview of how color works inside and outside a computer, and why what you see isn't always what you get. Then, it's on to working with Photoshop Elements' core color-correction features, including the Color Picker, the Swatches Palette, and settings for hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, and tonal range.

You can do some pretty slick stuff with these tools -- for example, creating composites that apply the same tonal correction to each image. Lee covers all that. She also discusses using Photoshop Elements' selection tools to apply tonal range and color corrections to any portion of your image, and making adjustments to lighting (for example, to darken a sky with the Adjust Backlighting tool).

After brief coverage of Posterize, Invert, and other color effects, Lee introduces several of the color correction tools you're likely to use most, including Replace (essentially a search-and-replace feature for colors); and Red-Eye Brush (for making the people in your portraits look less like members of Sauron's orc army).

Then, it's on to filters -- yet another area where Photoshop Elements offers impressive power. You'll learn when and how to use Blur; discover nifty artistic filters like Conté Crayon; work with texture and text effects; and briefly consider when you might use multiple filters together.

Lee presents a full chapter on using layers and layer styles to gain more control over your images without locking yourself into changes you're not sure about yet; detailed coverage of adding text and shapes to your images; and a close look at repairing old and damaged photographs. She also walks you step-by-step through creating simple animation and stitched-together panoramas.

The book concludes with easy instructions for creating PDF-based slide shows and web-based photo galleries -- two great ways to share your photos with family, friends, and the world. Together, Adobe's software and Lee's Absolute Beginner's Guide can help you do nearly anything with your images -- painlessly. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789728319
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 10/24/2002
  • Series: Absolute Beginner's Guide Series
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Lee is the author of several best-selling computer books on topics ranging from Macintosh computers to Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. She also has written more than 1,000 tutorials about all kinds of consumer hardware products, operating systems, and applications.

When she's not writing, she is an amateur photographer and artist. Visit her Web site at http://www.flatfishfactory.com to check out her latest projects.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

About Absolute Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2. Whom This Book Is For. What's New in Version 2? How to Use This Book. The Contents of This Book.

I. PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS SETUP.

1. Navigating the Work Area.

Comparing the Macintosh and Windows Work Areas. Getting Familiar with the Welcome Window. Introducing the Work Area. Working with Palettes. A Closer Look at the Image Window. Navigating Menu Commands.

2. Customizing Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Adjusting Color-Management Settings. Choosing Settings in the Preset Manager. Personalizing Your Preferences.

3. Acquiring Images from Scanners and Digital Cameras.

Installing Plug-In Files. Adjusting Scanner Settings. Scanning Different Kinds of Images. Scanning the Final Image. Accessing Images on the Camera. Saving Images. Selecting Devices.

II. OPENING, SAVING, AND PRINTING IMAGES.

4. Creating, Opening, and Converting Images.

Creating a New Document. Document Settings for Print. Document Settings for Web Images. Opening and Browsing Image Files. Converting Image Information.

5. Saving and Sharing Files.

What's All the Fuss? Saving a File for Any Occasion. Optimizing Images. Sharing Files Electronically.

6. Printing Images.

Printing Digital Images. Considerations for Printing Images with Text. Improving Printer Output. Troubleshooting Printing Problems.

III. CORRECTING AND COMBINING IMAGES.

7. Photoshop Elements and Color.

Color Theory. Computers and Color. Color and Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements Color-Correction Tools. Color and Composite Images.

8. Tonal Range and Color Correction.

Introducing Selection Tools. Correcting Tonal Range. Using the Histogram with Tonal Range Tools. Changing Colors with Color Effect Tools. Replacing Colors. Introducing Color-Correction Tools. Color-Correction Variations.

9. Applying Filters and Effects.

Previewing Filters and Effects. Introducing Blur Filters. Introducing Filter Effects with Toolbox Tools. Variations with Blur Filters. Applying Artistic Filters. Exploring Effects.

10. Working with Layers and Layer Styles.

Introducing the Layers Palette. Introducing Fill Layers. Introducing Adjustment Layers. Correcting Images with Layers. Merging Layers.

11. Adding Text and Shapes to Images.

Introducing the Type Tool. Adding Graphics to an Image. Variations-Creating Signs with Drawing and Painting Tools. Creating Transparent Text. Modifying Custom Shapes.

12. Repairing Images.

Repairing Folds and Tears. Fine-Tuning the Image. Rebuilding a Damaged Photo.

13. Experimenting with Composite Images.

Creating Composite Images. Creating Special Effects with Composite Images. Working with Multiple Composite Images.

IV. DESIGNING COMPLEX IMAGES.

14. Creating Complex Images.

Melting Images with the Liquify Filter. Pasting an Image into Text. Adding a Reflection to an Image. Lighten and Remove Shadows. Adding a Light Source.

15. Animating Images.

Creating the First Frame. Variations-Animating People.

16. Stitching Together a Panorama.

Shooting and Choosing Images. Introducing Photomerge. Arranging Images in the Panorama. Variations-Working with Different Photo Elements.

17. Creating a Slideshow and Web Photo Gallery.

Creating a Slideshow. Creating a Photo Gallery. Creating a Simple Gallery. Making a Table Gallery. Working with the Photo Gallery HTML Files.

Glossary.

Index.

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