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This book is about creating effects with Photoshop Elements 3 that look like you sweated all week on them. Don’t tell anyone it only took a few minutes. Definitely don’t tell them you’ve just started using Photoshop Elements 3!
Author Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He talks to more Photoshop users than just about anyone on Earth, and he’s learned just about more cool Photoshop tricks than anyone, too. Well, Photoshop Elements 3 has evolved to offer a surprisingly huge percentage of Photoshop’s effects capabilities. In this book, Kelby leverages his immense knowledge of both programs to present step-by-step techniques you just won’t find anywhere else.
You’ll start with basic portrait and studio effects: sharpening foregrounds and blurring backgrounds to call attention to your subject; depth-of-field effects; soft-edged portraiture, trendy fashion blowout looks. You’ll learn backscreening and cool magazine pop-up effects; how to blend images for quick collages; how to add a “magnifying glass” to call attention to one element of your image.
Kelby offers a whole chapter of advertising effects, ranging from quick, elegant product backgrounds to classified-ad effects, fake credit cards, and transparent infoboxes. Want to fake a hand-drawn silhouette? Transform a photo into an oil painting, or woodcut, or line art? Create great edge effects -- for example, ripped edges or simulated photo mounts? Preview a product package in 3D? Make shadows that actually look real? Add lightning to your landscapes? Create a corporate logo in minutes? All that’s here, and plenty more. Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only