Beginner's Guide to Adobe PhotoShop Elements

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A guide to the leading image-editing software for nonprofessionals, this book guides even those who are novices at digital imaging on how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to perfect their images and present them in creative ways. Each tool and feature of the software is presented in short lessons that facilitate rapid learning and avoid technical jargon. Beginning with basic operations, amateur photographers learn how to open images from a scanner, digital camera, CD, or other source, then name and save files. ...
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Overview


A guide to the leading image-editing software for nonprofessionals, this book guides even those who are novices at digital imaging on how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to perfect their images and present them in creative ways. Each tool and feature of the software is presented in short lessons that facilitate rapid learning and avoid technical jargon. Beginning with basic operations, amateur photographers learn how to open images from a scanner, digital camera, CD, or other source, then name and save files. Also covered are viewing options and simple techniques for undoing any mistakes, as well as how simple it can be to make basic improvements to correct the overall color of images and fix photos that are either under- or overexposed. Retouching and preparing images for output are also explained.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584281382
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started
Introduction 4
All About Resolution 6
Digital Color Modes 8
Image File Formats 10
2. The Basics
The Work Area 12
Welcome Screen 14
Working with Palettes 16
Viewing Images 18
Correcting Mistakes 20
Changing Image Size 22
Saving Images 24
3. Hints, Help, and Recipes
Hints 26
Help 28
Recipes 30
4. Cropping and Orientation
Duplicate, Rotate 32
Transformations 34
Cropping 36
5. Color and Exposure
Adjusting Color 38
Automatic Corrections 40
Adjust Lighting 42
Brightness/Contrast 44
Adjust Color 46
A Few More Tools 48
6. Levels and the Eyedropper Tool
Evaluating Images 50
Digital Color 52
Eyedropper Tool 54
Levels--The Basics 56
Reading Histograms 58
Adjusting Contrast 60
Adjusting the Midtones 62
Adjusting the Channels 64
The Levels Eyedroppers 66
Skin Tones 68
7. Using Filters and Effects
Artistic Filters 70
Brush Strokes and Sketch 72
Blur and Distort 74
Pixelate and Render 76
Texture and Stylize 78
Effects 80
8. Working with Layers
The Basics of Layers 82
More about Layers 84
Layer Styles 86
Special Types of Layers 88
9. Making Selections
Basics and Tools 90
More Selection Tools 92
Modifying Selections 94
Working with Selections 96
10. Adding Artwork
Colors and Brushes 98
Painting and Filling 100
Text 102
11. Basic Image Retouching
Blemishes, Red-Eye 104
Sharpen or Soften 106
Dodge and Burn 108
Noise 110
Liquify 112
12. Simple Photo Projects
Handcoloring 114
Restoring an Image 116
Compositing Images 118
Web and Print Graphics 120
Panoramic Images 122
13. Outputting Images
Images in Action 124
Index 126
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