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Overview

The popularity of digital cameras continues to grow exponentially. They are now more powerful, feature rich, and affordable—turning digital photography into a mainstream interest. And with Photoshop Elements, Adobe has created the most popular photo-editing program on the planet. Learning how to work Photoshop Elements and manage digital photos can be a challenge for anyone just getting started—from the hobbyist to the pro photographer. With the latest Photoshop Elements 4 update, Adobe delivers a powerful new program that provides photo editing and organizing functionality with improved performance. The updated version also includes new, more intuitive features that are streamlined and easier to use—when the photographer has the right learning tool in hand.

With Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual, author Barbara Brundage has written the perfect digital photography guide. In a clear, easy-to-read format, the author provides step-by-step instruction so readers can learn what they need to do to edit their photos successfully and manage their collection. This new edition also includes more than a dozen downloadable images so readers can practice using the editing tools. Readers will master useful editing techniques—from the most common to the advanced:

  • Automatically correct red eye and skin tones
  • Select and extract complex objects with the Magic Selection Brush and The Magic Extractor
  • Create photomontages
  • Restore old photographs
  • Post photos on the web
  • Manage and archive an entire collection
  • Design a custom slide show with panning and zooming capabilities

Once photographers learn how to edit their photos successfully, they'll also learn how to post them online or upload them to the Kodak EasyShare Gallery for use in creating personal mailing lists, post cards, calendars, and much more. Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual, is for any photographer interested in learning the right editing techniques for producing and sharing beautiful digital photography.

Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual covers the Windows version of the software only. When we published the book, there was no Mac version of the software (as there is now), and for various reasons, we've been unable to update this edition to include the Mac version. Nonetheless, if you're on a Mac, you can use this book. Just substitute Command for Ctrl, and Option for Alt whenever you see keystroke shortcuts, and about 98 percent of the Editor functions will work the same. The sections on the Organizer only apply to Windows because the Mac version has no Organizer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101589
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Brundage the author of Photoshop Elements 3: the Missing Manual, and a member of Adobe's pre-release groups for Elements 3 and 4. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first got interested in Elements for creating graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way she joined the large group of people who are finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras.

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Table of Contents

Foreword;
The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgements;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
Why Photoshop Elements?;
What You Can Do with Elements 4;
What's New in Elements 4;
Elements vs. Photoshop;
The Key to Learning Elements;
About This Book;
Part I: Introductory Elements;
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements;
1.1 The Welcome Screen;
1.2 Organizing Your Photos;
1.3 Editing Your Photos;
1.4 Getting Started in a Hurry;
Chapter 2: Importing and Managing Your 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 The Organizer;
Chapter 3: Rotating, Resizing, and Saving;
3.1 Straightening Scanned Photos;
3.2 Rotating Your Images;
3.3 Straightening the Contents of Your Image;
3.4 Cropping Pictures;
3.5 Changing Your View of Your Image;
3.6 Changing the Size of Your Image;
3.7 Saving Your Work;
3.8 Backing up Your Files;
Chapter 4: The Quick Fix;
1.1 The Quick Fix Window;
4.2 Editing Your Photos;
4.3 Adjusting Skin Tones;
Part II: Elemental Elements;
Chapter 5: Making Selections;
5.1 Making Quick Selections;
5.2 Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas;
5.3 Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas;
5.4 Selecting with a Brush;
5.5 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 Fill and Adjustment Layers;
6.5 Moving Layers Between Images;
Part III: 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 the Color You Want;
7.6 Sharpening Your Images;
Chapter 8: Elements for Digital Photographers;
8.1 The RAW Converter;
8.2 Photo Filter;
8.3 Processing Multiple Files;
Chapter 9: Retouching 102: Fine-Tuning Your Images;
9.1 Fixing Blemishes;
9.2 Applying Patterns;
9.3 Making Your Colors More Vibrant;
9.4 Changing the Color of an Object;
9.5 Making Color Photos Black and White;
9.6 Creating Spot Color;
9.7 Colorizing a Black-and-White Photo;
9.8 Special Effects;
Chapter 10: Creating Panoramas and Transforming Images;
10.1 Creating Panoramas;
10.2 Transforming Images;
Part Four: Artistic Elements;
Chapter 11: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools;
11.1 Picking and Using a Basic Brush;
11.2 The Specialty Brushes;
11.3 The Impressionist Brush;
11.4 The Pencil Tool;
11.5 The Paint Bucket;
11.6 Dodging and Burning;
11.7 Blending and Smudging;
11.8 The Eraser Tool;
11.9 Drawing with Shapes;
11.10 The Cookie Cutter;
Chapter 12: Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients;
12.1 Using Filters;
12.2 Adding Effects;
12.3 Applying Gradients;
12.4 Gradient Maps;
Chapter 13: Type in Elements;
13.1 Adding Type to an Image;
13.2 Warping Type;
13.3 Adding Special Effects;
13.4 Type Masks: Setting an Image in Type;
Part Five: Sharing Your Images;
Chapter 14: Printing Your Photos;
14.1 Getting Ready to Print;
14.2 Using a Photo Processing Service;
14.3 Printing from the Editor;
14.4 Printing from the Organizer;
14.5 Printing Multiple Images;
14.6 Creating Projects;
Chapter 15: Elements and the Web;
15.1 Image Formats and the Web;
15.2 Saving Images for the Web or Email;
15.3 Creating Animated GIFs;
15.4 Emailing Your Photos;
15.5 Sending Photos to Other Gear;
Chapter 16: HTML Photo Galleries and Slideshows;
16.1 HTML Photo Galleries;
16.2 Slideshows;
Part Six: Additional Elements;
Chapter 17: Beyond the Basics;
17.1 Graphics Tablets;
17.2 Free Stuff from the Internet;
17.3 When You Really Need Photoshop;
17.4 Beyond This Book;
Part Seven: Appendixes;
Appendix A: The Organizer, Menu by Menu;
A.1 File Menu;
A.2 Edit;
A.3 Find;
A.4 View;
A.5 Window;
A.6 Help;
Appendix B: The Editor, Menu by Menu;
B.1 File Menu;
B.2 Edit Menu;
B.3 Image;
B.4 Enhance;
B.5 Layer;
B.6 Select;
B.7 Filter;
B.8 View;
B.9 Window;
B.10 Help;
Appendix C: Installation and Troubleshooting;
C.1 Installing Elements;
C.2 Troubleshooting;
Colophon;

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    'A PHOTOGRAPH IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!!'

    Do you want to improve your photos, keep them organized, and make top-notch prints and truly nifty creative projects? Well, you're in luck! Author Barbara Brundage, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you (no matter whether you are a professional or amateur photographer) rejuvenate old prints, slides and even digital photos, to eliminate the wear and tear of all of those years. Brundage, begins by showing you how to navigate Elements' slightly confusing layout and mishmash of programs within programs. Then, she covers how to get photos into Elements, the basics of organizing them, and how to open files and create new images from scratch. The author continues by looking at how to save and back up your images, and explains the concept of resolution. She also shows you how to use the Quick Fix window to dramatically improve your photos. She continues by covering two key concepts (making selections and layers) that you'll use throughout the book. In addition, the author next shows you how to make basic corrections, such as exposure, color adjustments, sharpening, and removing dust and scratches. Then, she'll show you how to make some more sophisticated fixes, like changing the light, using the clone stamp to make repairs, making your photos more lively with hue/saturation, and changing the colors in an image. The author continues by covering topics unique for people who use digital cameras, like RAW conversion and batch processing your photos. She also shows you how to use the Elements' Photomerge feature to create multi-photo panoramas, and to make perspective corrections to your images. The author also covers painting on your photos and drawing shapes using filters and effects to create a more artistic look an, adding type to your images. She continues by showing you how to get the most out of your printer, how to create images for the Web and email how to make slide shows and Web Galleries with your photos and, all the fun projects in the Create section of the program. Finally, she looks at how to use a graphics tablet in Elements and some resources for after you've finished this book. This excellent book is intended by the author to make learning Elements easier by avoiding technical jargon as much as possible, and explaining why and when you'll want to use certain features in the program. Thus, in keeping the preceding in mind, this book is useful to people who are advanced photographers, as it is to those who are just getting started with their first digital camera.

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