Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One

Overview

Adobe Photoshop Elements software is a powerful tool designed for editing of images from digital sources such as digital cameras, scanners, CDs, and video files. You can do amazing things with it such as crop images, change lighting, remove red-eye from photos, apply special effects, blend or animate images, and optimize images for the web. But if you are new to image editing, you may find it complex and feel overwhelmed by all the things you can do and not know where to start. If you are an experienced Photoshop...

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Overview

Adobe Photoshop Elements software is a powerful tool designed for editing of images from digital sources such as digital cameras, scanners, CDs, and video files. You can do amazing things with it such as crop images, change lighting, remove red-eye from photos, apply special effects, blend or animate images, and optimize images for the web. But if you are new to image editing, you may find it complex and feel overwhelmed by all the things you can do and not know where to start. If you are an experienced Photoshop Elements user, you may want to learn some expert tricks. Whatever your level of experience, Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One can teach you how to become an expert using Photoshop Elements and create great images for print, email, or the web.

Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One, the third in a series by Photoshop expert Deke McClelland, is a complete training system on how to use Adobe® Photoshop Elements software to edit and optimize images. The book contains 12 step-by-step lessons on real-world tasks along with 2 hours of video tutorials on CD. The samples in the book are in full color, so you can see how the images actually look. You can read about a particular technique in the book and then see how it's done first hand in the video.

Deke's conversational style and full-color photographs make learning both fun and easy. In addition to learning how to use the software for specific tasks, you will also learn about photography and graphic theory, best practices, and tips for avoiding problems. Both image-editing novices and those already familiar with using Photoshop Elements will find valuable tips so they can use the software to do things such as create photo-montages (composites), restore old photos, prepare images to post on the Web, and archive photos. If you want to make your images the best they can be, then Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One is for you.

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What makes this book stand out among several great Photoshop Elements tutorials? First, author Deke McClelland. He’s been bringing deep insight and real personality to teaching these topics for over a decade -- in person, and in his classic Photoshop Bibles. Second: two hours of broadcast-quality video, in which McClelland personally coaches you through every significant task.

Watch him first. Then, turn to the corresponding full-color, chapter-length lesson and practice hands-on, setting your own pace. McClelland’s structured lessons and end-of-lesson quizzes give you confidence that you’ve really mastered the material.

What’ll you learn? Everything from organizing photos to QuickFix, cropping to layers, color correction to slide shows. The book’s primarily intended for beginning-to-intermediate Elements users. But McClelland can’t resist drawing on his colossal storehouse of knowledge, sharing tips even most experienced users don’t know. Bill Camarda, from the June 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008444
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: One-On-One Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Deke McClelland is a popular expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He serves as host to the interactive "Best of Photoshop" CD that ships with Photoshop, and has written more than 70 titles (including Photoshop Bible and Photoshop 7 for Dummies) translated into 25 languages with 3 million copies in print. One of the most award-winning writers in the business, Deke has received a total of seven honors from the Computer Press Association. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a contributing editor for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines. In 2002, Deke was inducted into the National Association of Photoshop Professional's Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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Table of Contents

Preface : how one-on-one works
Lesson 1 Getting and organizing photos 3
Lesson 2 Quick fix and save 49
Lesson 3 Correcting colors 77
Lesson 4 Making selections 109
Lesson 5 Crop, straighten, and size 141
Lesson 6 Paint, edit, and heal 167
Lesson 7 Filters and distortions 195
Lesson 8 Building layered compositions 223
Lesson 9 Text and shapes 251
Lesson 10 Styles and adjustment layers 283
Lesson 11 Sharing your photos 309
Lesson 12 Slide shows and other creations 339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    mostly about image editing

    McClelland presents a set of 12 tutorials in the form of this book. It may appeal to you if you are the type who gets fidgety and impatient by just reading a book. Most of us can learn a subject better by doing some problems or tasks in it. Some can only learn in this fashion. Hence the book and its enclosed CD could be handy. Perhaps aided by the CD containing not just the usual data files used in the tutorials, but also a 2 hour video of the author. Most other technical books with CDs don't go to this extent of providing a video. The tutorials themselves delve rather deeply into many aspects of Elements. Like the way it handles both raster and vector objects, where the latter is often text. So you get true proportional scaling of text. Elements, as you might know, is a stripped down version of Photoshop, in terms of its image editing abilities. Its forte is cataloging and publishing that catalog on the web. But in going through this book, it seems mostly about the image editing. The most difficult lessons seem to be here. Which may not be a bad thing. Even if your primay goal is to put up photos on your website, being able to enhance them is a good skill to master.

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