Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual

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Elements 10 offers much of Photoshop's power without the huge price tag. It's a great tool for most image-editing buffs—whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist. But Elements still doesn't come with a useful manual. This bestselling book helps you get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac users.

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Elements 10 offers much of Photoshop's power without the huge price tag. It's a great tool for most image-editing buffs—whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist. But Elements still doesn't come with a useful manual. This bestselling book helps you get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac users.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Quickly learn your way around. Customize Elements to suit your working style.
  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick image fixes with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Learn how to repair and restore old and damaged photos.
  • Add pizzazz. Give images more zip with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Design with words. Make text flow along a curved path or around an object or shape.
  • Find your creative flair. Create scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo books, and more.
  • Try out advanced techniques. Work with layers, blend modes, and other tools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449398507
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/8/2011
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 638
  • Sales rank: 465,440
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
Why Photoshop Elements?;
What You Can Do with Elements 10;
What’s New in Elements 10;
Elements vs. Photoshop;
The Key to Learning Elements;
About This Book;
About the Online Resources;
Safari® Books Online;
Part One: Introduction to Elements;
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements;
1.1 Getting Started;
1.2 Organizing Your Photos;
1.4 Editing Your Photos;
1.5 Getting Started in a Hurry;
Chapter 2: Importing, Managing, and Saving Photos;
2.1 Importing from Cameras;
2.2 Opening Stored Images;
2.3 Scanning Photos;
2.4 Capturing Video Frames;
2.5 Creating a New File;
2.6 Using the Organizer;
2.7 Searching for Photos;
2.8 Saving Your Work;
2.9 Backing Up Your Files;
Chapter 3: Rotating and Resizing Photos;
3.1 Straightening Scanned Photos;
3.2 Rotating Images;
3.3 Straightening the Contents of an Image;
3.4 Cropping Pictures;
3.5 Zooming and Repositioning Your View;
3.6 Changing the Size of an Image;
3.7 Resizing Images for Email and the Web;
Part Two: Elemental Elements;
Chapter 4: The Quick Fix;
4.1 The Quick Fix Window;
4.2 Editing Your Photos;
4.3 Adjusting Skin Tones;
Chapter 5: Making Selections;
5.1 Selecting Everything;
5.2 Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas;
5.3 Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas;
5.4 Selecting with a Brush;
5.5 Removing Objects from an Image’s Background;
5.6 Changing and Moving Selections;
Chapter 6: Layers: The Heart of Elements;
6.1 Understanding Layers;
6.2 Creating Layers;
6.3 Managing Layers;
6.4 Adjustment and Fill Layers;
6.5 Moving Objects Between Images;
Part Three: Retouching;
Chapter 7: Basic Image Retouching;
7.1 Fixing Exposure Problems;
7.2 Controlling the Colors You See;
7.3 Using Levels;
7.4 Removing Unwanted Color;
7.5 Choosing Colors;
7.6 Sharpening Images;
Chapter 8: Elements for Digital Photographers;
8.1 The Raw Converter;
8.2 Blending Exposures;
8.3 Photo Filter;
8.4 Processing Multiple Files;
Chapter 9: Retouching: Fine-Tuning Images;
9.1 Fixing Blemishes;
9.2 Applying Patterns;
9.3 Recomposing Photos;
9.4 Color Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast;
9.5 Making Colors More Vibrant;
9.6 Changing an Object’s Color;
9.7 Special Effects;
Chapter 10: Removing and Adding Color;
10.1 Method One: Making Color Photos Black and White;
10.2 Method Two: Removing Color from a Photo;
10.3 Creating Spot Color;
10.4 Colorizing Black-and-White Photos;
Chapter 11: Photomerge: Creating Panoramas, Group Shots, and More;
11.1 Creating Panoramas;
11.2 Merging Different Faces;
11.3 Arranging a Group Shot;
11.4 Tidying Up with Scene Cleaner;
11.5 Merging Styles;
11.6 Correcting Lens Distortion;
11.7 Transforming Images;
Part Four: Artistic Elements;
Chapter 12: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools;
12.1 Picking and Using a Basic Brush;
12.2 The Specialty Brushes;
12.3 The Impressionist Brush;
12.4 The Pencil Tool;
12.5 The Paint Bucket;
12.6 Dodging and Burning;
12.7 Blending and Smudging;
12.8 The Eraser Tool;
12.9 Drawing with Shapes;
12.10 The Cookie Cutter Tool;
Chapter 13: Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients;
13.1 Using Filters;
13.2 Adding Effects;
13.3 Adding Layer Styles;
13.4 Applying Gradients;
13.5 Gradient Maps;
Chapter 14: Text in Elements;
14.1 Adding Text to an Image;
14.2 Warping Text;
14.3 Adding Special Effects;
14.4 Type Masks: Setting an Image in Text;
14.5 Artistic Text;
Part Five: Sharing Images;
Chapter 15: Creating Projects;
15.1 Photo Collages;
15.2 Photo Books;
15.3 Greeting Cards;
15.4 Photo Calendars;
15.5 CD/DVD Jackets;
15.6 CD/DVD Labels;
15.7 Photo Stamps;
15.8 Working with the Content and Favorites Panels;
Chapter 16: Printing Photos;
16.1 Getting Ready to Print;
16.2 Ordering Prints;
16.3 Printing at Home;
16.4 Printing Multiple Images (Windows);
16.5 Printing Multiple Images (Mac);
Chapter 17: Email and the Web;
17.1 Image Formats and the Web;
17.2 Saving Images for the Web or Email;
17.3 Creating Animated GIFs;
17.4 Emailing Photos;
Chapter 18: Online Albums and Slideshows;
18.1 Online Albums;
18.2 Slideshows;
18.3 Flipbooks (Windows only);
18.4 A Few More Ways to Share;
Part Six: Additional Elements;
Chapter 19: Beyond the Basics;
19.1 Graphics Tablets;
19.2 Stuff from the Internet;
19.3 When You Really Need Photoshop;
19.4 Beyond This Book;
Part Seven: Appendix;
Installation and Troubleshooting;
Installing Elements in Windows;
Installing Elements on a Mac;
Scratch Disks;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Being a fan of "the missing manual" series of guides, this edition too has not disappointed. Although being far from proficient using Photoshop Elements 10, the first chapters have been informative and instructional. It will be a go-to reference. The e-book format is wonderful, facilitaing notetaking, hightlighting and topic seaching.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Definitely a must-have book

    This book lives up to its title of being "the missing manual" and is a joy to use. Brundage has gone beyond the basic expectations of logical organization and clearly understood step-by-step instructions. Technical jargon is kept to a bare minimum. Brundage goes into depth by explaining why and when to use or avoid using certain features and any drawbascks as well. On-line sources are recommended throughout the book, even those not affiliated with Adobe publishing or its website.

    I am proficient, barely at times, with the basics of computer usage therefore I find every new software package challenging along with the usual assortment of "help" books. Not so with this book,within an hour of receiving this book, I was loading and organizing photos with ease. I am very thorough with labeling my photos by year, person, date, place, and event as basics. I have not "lost" a photo yet. My first dabblings with photo editing where successful. I truly do not believe anyone will be disappointed with this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Truly Missing

    I am unable to review this Manual at this time because I still have not received it though I ordered it in October. I did receive an email advising that it is to be shipped on January 16th.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Photoshop Elements 10 - the missing manual, Barbara Brundage - O'Reilly

    Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage's series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O'Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

    As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O'Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

    The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

    Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.

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