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Photoshop Elements 13: The Missing Manual


Photoshop Elements 13 looks sharper, performs better, and has more sophisticated photo-editing and slideshow features than previous versions—but knowing which tools to use when can be confusing. The new edition of this bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.

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Photoshop Elements 13 looks sharper, performs better, and has more sophisticated photo-editing and slideshow features than previous versions—but knowing which tools to use when can be confusing. The new edition of this bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, edit, crop, and color-correct your photos with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and patch undesirable areas with Content-Aware Fill.
  • Add pizzazz. Dress up your photos with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Create the perfect picture. Seamlessly insert people and objects from other photos, using Photomerge Compose.
  • Share your photos. Use new methods to quickly create and email stunning slideshows to friends.
  • Use your words. Make greeting cards, calendars, and flyers by adding text to images.
  • Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, scrapbooks, collages, and other projects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491947210
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/10/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 72,360
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (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 since Elements 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara, who lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, 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 13;
What’s New in Elements 13;
Elements vs. Photoshop;
The Key to Learning Elements;
About This Book;
About the Online Resources;
Safari® Books Online;
Part 1: Introduction to Elements;
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements;
1.1 Getting Started;
1.2 Organizing Your Photos;
1.3 Editing Your Photos;
1.4 Getting Started in a Hurry;
Chapter 2: Importing, Managing, and Saving Photos;
2.1 Importing from Cameras;
2.2 Opening Stored Images;
2.3 Creating a New File;
2.4 Using the Organizer;
2.5 Searching for Photos;
2.6 Saving Your Work;
2.7 Backing Up 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 2: Elemental Elements;
Chapter 4: The Quick Fix;
4.1 The Quick Fix Window;
4.2 Editing Your Photos;
4.3 Other Fast Fixes;
4.4 Getting Fancy: Effects, Textures, and Frames;
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 Extracting Objects;
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 3: 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 Making Color Photos Black and White;
10.2 Removing Color from Photos;
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 Combining Photos with Photomerge Compose;
11.6 Correcting Lens Distortion;
11.7 Transforming Images;
Part 4: Artistic Elements;
Chapter 12: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools;
12.1 Picking and Using a Basic Brush;
12.2 Special 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 Tools;
12.9 Drawing with Shapes;
12.10 The Cookie Cutter Tool;
Chapter 13: Adding Fun and Useful Effects;
13.1 Using Filters;
13.2 Applying Actions and 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 5: 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 Facebook Cover;
15.8 Working with the Graphics 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 and Email;
17.3 Creating Animated GIFs;
17.4 Emailing Photos;
Chapter 18: Creating Slideshows;
18.1 Full Screen View;
18.2 Organizer Slideshows;
18.3 A Few More Ways to Share;
Part 6: Additional Elements;
Chapter 19: Beyond the Basics;
19.1 Graphics Tablets;
19.2 Stuff from the Internet;
19.3 Beyond This Book;
Part 7: Appendixes;
Installation and Troubleshooting;
Installing Elements in Windows;
Installing Elements on a Mac;
Scratch Disks;

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