Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual

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The recent boom in digital camera sales has created a tremendous demand for simple yet powerful photo-editing software. This is because experienced users, as well as amateurs, are quickly outgrowing the program that was originally bundled with their cameras.Fortunately, Photoshop Elements 3, the latest photo-editing software from Adobe, is filling this void. It allows users to achieve high-quality results without the overwhelming complexity of professional-level software. And it's also affordable. As a result, it...

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Overview

The recent boom in digital camera sales has created a tremendous demand for simple yet powerful photo-editing software. This is because experienced users, as well as amateurs, are quickly outgrowing the program that was originally bundled with their cameras.Fortunately, Photoshop Elements 3, the latest photo-editing software from Adobe, is filling this void. It allows users to achieve high-quality results without the overwhelming complexity of professional-level software. And it's also affordable. As a result, it is the best-selling photo-editing software on the market today. Yet, while Photoshop Elements 3.0 seems to have everything going in its favor, it is missing one very important element: a manual that explains all of its incredible capabilities.To help consumers truly understand this software, there's now Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual. This comprehensive guide from Barbarba Brundage offers page after page of valuable insight into this popular program, making it the only book readers will need on the topic.Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual does a whole lot more than just point out how to straighten photos, crop, and adjust the color and focus. It's a collection of wonderful tips and tricks, from how to make basic selections to advanced color correction strategies, and from classic darkroom techniques to stylized digital effects. Each feature is carefully explained in easy-to-understand language, so that everyone from professional shooters to hobbyists can benefit. Among other lessons, readers will learn how to:

  • Instantly fix flaws using Elements' Quick Fix mode
  • Gain control with sliders, zoom tools, and before and after views
  • Easily organize photos by calendar or keyword label
  • Make dynamic slide shows with transitions, captions, music, and narration
  • Create themed photo email
Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional photographer, Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual will help you become a more efficient, sophisticated digital camera user.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596004538
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Brundage has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has worked in both advertising and technical writing. She also plays the harp and attended Eastman School of Music, where she studied with legendary harpist Eileen Malone. Barbara makes her living as a professional harpist and has performed for a wide range of dignitaries and celebrities including Margaret Thatcher, Tom Cruise, the Clintons, and Isaac Stern. She is the founder of Seaside Press, through which she publishes her arrangements, which are popular with harpists around the world.

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Table of Contents

  • Copyright
  • The Missing Credits
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Introductory Elements
    • Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements
    • Chapter 2: Importing and Managing Your Photos
    • Chapter 3: Rotating, Resizing, and Saving
    • Chapter 4: The Quick Fix


  • Part II: Elemental Elements
    • Chapter 5: Making Selections
    • Chapter 6: Layers: The Heart of Elements


  • Part III: Retouching
    • Chapter 7: Basic Image Retouching
    • Chapter 8: Elements for Digital Photographers
    • Chapter 9: Retouching 102: Fine-Tuning Your Images
    • Chapter 10: Creating Panoramas and Transforming Images


  • Part IV: Artistic Elements
    • Chapter 11: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools
    • Chapter 12: Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients
    • Chapter 13: Type in Elements


  • Part V: Sharing Your Images
    • Chapter 14: Printing Your Photos
    • Chapter 15: Elements and the Web
    • Chapter 16: Web Photo Galleries and Slideshows


  • Part VI: Additional Elements
    • Chapter 17: Beyond the Basics


  • Part 7: Appendixes
    • Appendix A: The Organizer, Menu by Menu
    • Appendix B: The Editor, Menu by Menu
    • Appendix C: Installation and Troubleshooting


  • Colophon

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    make your own catalog [on the web]

    When disk space and memory were more expensive, it was costly to use Photoshop in terms of those resources. Nowadays, those constraints are greatly lessened. And digital cameras and cameraphones have proliferated. Leading to a huge source of images that people now have to catalog and store. This has created a great demand that Elements 3 tries to meet. Probably successfully, according to this book. A lot of the text talks about the many things you can do to change a single image. Cropping, rotating, resizing, tweaking colour levels and so on. Quite a bit here. Though still much less than in the full Photoshop. But Adobe realised that not everyone needs the latter. But the more distinctive features of the book revolve around printing images and organising these images into a catalog. The latter includes the special but vital case where you want to make the catalog viewable on the Web. Elements gives you an alternative to the Web offerings by Kodak and others, who want to host your photos. Some of you will much prefer to be able to do this on your own websites. Elements can help.

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