This book's 24 hands-on projects illuminate all the workarounds, loadable presets, and advanced techniques professionals need to do the impossible with Photoshop Elements 5.0. (That's right: inexpensive, friendly Elements -- not its big, expensive sibling.)
Early on, you'll learn how to use Elements' surprisingly capable Levels feature to optimize image tonality; later, another project walks you through optimizing highlights and shadow tones. Chapter-length projects help you make the most of Elements' features for controlling contrast, hue, saturation, and sharpening. Galer even walks you through utilizing Camera RAW.
In Part II, Galer introduces techniques for controlling depth of field; crafting better character and glamour portraits; and customizing Gradient to add powerfully dramatic lighting to your landscapes. Next, he turns to montage in its many forms, showing how to do everything from replacing skies to constructing realistic panoramas. There's even a lesson on using High Dynamic Range to represent a wider range of intensity levels, and create images with unprecedented realism and detail.
This edition contains three exceptional new projects. You'll walk through creating motion blur (perfect for sportscar ads). You'll create moody, "low key" portraits where dark tones dominate, and small bright highlights punctuate the shadows. Best of all, Galer walks you step-by-step through solving the industry's most notorious masking problem: free-flying, flowing hair.
The accompanying DVD offers all the project files, presets, and royalty-free stock you'll need to use these techniques. And if that wasn't enough, you'll also find four hours of QuickTime movie tutorials walking you through each project. Believe your eyes: Photoshop Elements really can do all this. Bill Camarda, from the January 2007 Read Only