Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 Classroom in a Book


Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 Classroom in a Book is the most thorough and comprehensive way for new users to master all the new features in Adobe's consumer-targeted image editing software. Each chapter in this step-by-step, project-based guide contains a project that builds on the reader's growing knowledge of the program as well as end-of-chapter review questions to wrap up each lesson. Readers can follow the book from start to finish or choose only the chapters that interest them. Readers will learn the basics ...
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 Classroom in a Book is the most thorough and comprehensive way for new users to master all the new features in Adobe's consumer-targeted image editing software. Each chapter in this step-by-step, project-based guide contains a project that builds on the reader's growing knowledge of the program as well as end-of-chapter review questions to wrap up each lesson. Readers can follow the book from start to finish or choose only the chapters that interest them. Readers will learn the basics of editing their images with Photoshop Elements and will learn the program's myriad new features, including new flexible layout options, web photo galleries animated with Flash, improved color correction and lighting tools, and the ability to share and download photos from mobile phones and handheld devices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321476746
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Series: Classroom in a Book Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.
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Table of Contents

Getting Started
About Classroom in a Book     1
Prerequisites     1
Requirements on your computer     2
Required skills     2
Installing Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0     3
Copying the Classroom in a Book files     3
Copying the Lessons files from the CD     3
Creating a work folder     4
Creating a catalog     4
Reconnecting missing files to a catalog     7
Additional resources     9
Adobe Certification     9
A Quick Tour of Photoshop Elements
How Photoshop Elements works     11
Workspaces     11
The Organizer workspace     13
The Editor workspace     14
Workflow     16
Attaching media     16
Getting photos from cameras, card readers, and from files and folders     16
Creating a new catalog     17
Using the Adobe Photo Downloader     19
To get photos from a digital camera or card reader     19
To get photos from files and folders     23
Reviewing and comparing     24
Viewing photos at full screen or side-by-side     24
Choosing files     26
Sharing photos ine-mail     26
Using Help     30
To navigate Help     30
To search Help topics     31
Search tips     31
To use the How To palette     31
Hot-linked tips     33
Review questions     34
Review answers     34
Basic Organizing
Getting started     38
Getting photos     38
Creating a new catalog     38
Dragging photos from Windows Explorer     39
Getting photos from specific locations     42
Searching for photos to add     43
Importing from a digital camera     45
Using watched folders     48
Viewing photo thumbnails in the Organizer     50
Using Photo Browser view     50
Using Date View     52
Working with tags     54
Applying tags to photos     55
Creating new categories and sub-categories     56
Applying and editing category assignments     57
Creating and applying new tags     58
Converting tags and categories     60
Applying more tags to images     63
Automatically finding faces for tagging     64
Using tags to find pictures     66
Review questions     68
Review answers     68
Advanced Organizing
Getting started     71
Advanced Import Options     72
Photo Downloader options     72
To acquire still frames from a video     78
Importing from a scanner     80
Using the Straighten tool     82
To remove red eye in the Photo Browser     83
Organizing photos     84
Working with Version sets     85
About stacks     87
Tips for working with stacks     91
The Map View     91
Viewing and finding photos     94
To find photos by visual similarity     94
Finding photos using details and metadata     96
To view and manage files by their folder location     96
Review questions     99
Review answers     99
Getting started     101
Creating a Greeting Card     102
Greeting card creation workflow     102
Adding graphics     106
Adding text over a custom shape     108
Presenting your photos in a Photo gallery     111
Photo gallery creation workflow      111
Using the Photo Galleries Wizard     112
Animate your photos in a flipbook     115
Flipbook creation workflow     115
Using the Flipbook Editor     116
Review questions     118
Review answers     118
Printing, Sharing, and Exporting
Getting started     121
Printing     122
To print individual photos     122
To print a contact sheet     124
About Picture Package     125
Order professionally printed photos online     126
Sharing     130
Using Photo Mail     131
Sharing Creations: Choosing an output option     132
Save As a File     134
Burn to Disk     135
E-mail Slide Show     135
Send to TV     135
Send to Premiere Elements     135
Using an online sharing service     136
Exporting     138
To burn photos to CD or DVD     138
Saving copies of the images for Web use     139
Review questions     142
Review answers     142
Adjusting Color in Images
Getting started     146
Fixing photographs automatically      148
Quick Fix multiple files as a batch     148
Adding the corrected files to the Organizer     149
Using Quick Fix for editing     151
Applying individual automatic adjustments with Quick Fix     151
Opening image files for Quick Fix editing     152
Using Smart Fix     152
Applying other automatic fixes     154
Comparing methods of fixing color     156
Creating extra working copies of an image     156
Automatically fixing color     157
Adjusting the results of an automatic fix     157
Combining automatic fix and manual image corrections     160
Comparing results     161
Adjusting skin tones     162
Working with red eye     163
Using automatic Red Eye Fix     163
The Red Eye Removal tool     164
Making selections     166
Using the Selection Brush tool     168
Editing a saved selection     170
Using the Magic Selection Brush     171
Working with selections     173
Replacing the color of a pictured object     175
Replacing a color throughout the image     175
Replacing a color in a limited area of the image      178
About printing color pictures     183
Working with color management     183
Setting up color management     184
Review questions     185
Review answers     185
Fixing Exposure Problems
Getting started     190
Brightening an underexposed image     191
Using adjustment layers to edit images     196
Creating adjustment layers for lighting     196
Correcting parts of an image     199
Creating a selection     199
Correcting an overexposed area of the image     203
Correcting an underexposed area with blending modes     205
Adding more intensity and saving     205
Improving faded or overexposed images     207
Creating a set of duplicate files     207
Using blending modes to fix a faded image     208
Adjusting shadows and highlights manually     210
Adjusting brightness and contrast manually     212
Adjusting levels     213
Comparing results     215
Review questions     217
Review answers     217
Repairing and Retouching Images
Getting started     222
Merging photos into a panorama     222
Cropping images     225
Removing wrinkles and spots     226
Preparing the file for editing     226
Using the Healing Brush tool     227
Refining the healing work     229
Restoring a damaged photograph     231
Preparing a working copy of the image file     231
Using the Selection Brush tool     232
Refining a saved selection     234
Filtering flaws out of the backdrop area     236
Using the Clone Stamp tool to fill in missing areas     237
Cleaning the girl's shoes     239
Finishing up the project     240
Review questions     242
Review answers     242
Working with Text
Getting started     246
Placing a text label on an image     246
Using the Organizer to find and open tagged files     247
Adding an uneven border     248
Formatting and typing a text layer     249
Editing a text layer     252
Saving your work file     254
Overlaying text on an image     255
Creating a new document for the text     256
Adding the text to multiple images     257
Applying the Layer Style to the text layer      259
Using Layer Styles and distortions     261
Adding the subject text     261
Warping text     262
Stylizing and editing the text     263
Creating an unstylized copy of the text layer     265
Simplifying and applying a pattern to text     266
Hiding and revealing layers     268
Using Layer Styles and creating an animation     269
Setting up layers for the project     270
Adding and arranging text layers     271
Adding neon effects to text     272
Merging layers in preparation for animating     274
Animating the two layers     276
Review questions     279
Review answers     279
Combining Multiple Images
Getting started     281
Copying from one image into another     282
Placing multiple photographs in one file     285
Cropping to synchronize the dimensions     285
Combining pictures and resizing the canvas     287
Erasing areas of image layers     289
Setting up a grid for precise selections     289
Erasing part of the top layer     291
Erasing parts of lower layers in the image     293
Finishing and saving the project      295
Using a gradient clipping path     297
Arranging the image layers     297
Adding a gradient layer     299
Applying the clipping path to a layer     301
Creating a clean edge with defringing     302
Review questions     306
Review answers     306
Advanced Editing Techniques
What is a raw image?     310
The benefits of a raw image     310
Workflow overview     311
Getting started     311
Adjusting the white balance     315
Using the tone controls     317
Adjusting the exposure     318
Saving the image     321
The DNG format     321
Using histograms     323
What is a histogram?     323
Understanding highlights and shadows     325
Using Set Gray Point     329
Unsharp mask     330
Applying the Unsharp Mask filter     331
Create effects with the filter gallery     333
Experimenting with filters in the gallery     336
Using the Cookie Cutter tool     337
Learning more     339
Review questions     340
Review answers      340
Index     342
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