Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One

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Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One marks a landmark in computer publishing. In addition to offering 12 lessons of project-based tutorials with all sample files included, each lesson starts with a video introduction, hosted by the author himself, Deke McClelland. And these are no ordinary videos. Produced by Adobe's official video training partner, Total Training, each video measures 960 by 540 pixels and plays at 30 frames per second, with no interlacing. That's a play rate of 15.5 million pixels per second, making ...

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Overview

Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One marks a landmark in computer publishing. In addition to offering 12 lessons of project-based tutorials with all sample files included, each lesson starts with a video introduction, hosted by the author himself, Deke McClelland. And these are no ordinary videos. Produced by Adobe's official video training partner, Total Training, each video measures 960 by 540 pixels and plays at 30 frames per second, with no interlacing. That's a play rate of 15.5 million pixels per second, making this the first computer publication to include high-definition video, playable on any modern PC with a DVD-ROM drive. The picture is so crystal clear, it's like watching the world-reknowned expert work right along with you.

In addition to the video — all new recordings created exclusively for this title — the book has been completely revamped for Photoshop Elements 4. Inside the full-color pages are new exercises devoted to color-correcting skin tones, auto-tagging images with faces, isolating foreground subjects, extracting people and objects from their backgrounds, creating custom slide shows, correcting red-eye, and sharing images online. Every bit as wildly ambitious and brass-tacks practical as the best-selling image editor itself, Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One will have you gasping with amazement at your own creations. Deke puts the magic of digital imaging squarely where it belongs — in your hands.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100988
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/10/2005
  • Series: One-On-One Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print.One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.In 2004 Deke created the One-on-One™ book series, which uses video, step-by-step exercises, and hundreds of full-color illustrations to provide readers with the closest thing possible to private instruction from a recognized expert. These ambitious, self-paced guides include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One and Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One. Late in 2006 Deke teamed up with vanguard online training company lynda.com to bring the One-on-One training strategy to a line of video products, beginning with Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview, the first series available for the public beta of Photoshop CS3. In addition to the full 20-plus hour Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, his plans include Illustrator One-on-One and InDesign One-on-One. Among Deke's current lynda.com videos are Photoshop Elements 5 Essentials and the #1 ranked Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks (available for immediate viewing at www.lynda.com/deke).Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a regular speaker for the Photoshop Fling cruise seminars. Deke lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two super-powered boys.

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Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Getting and organizing photos 3
Lesson 2 Quick fix and save 51
Lesson 3 Correcting colors 81
Lesson 4 Making selections 115
Lesson 5 Crop, straighten, and size 161
Lesson 6 Paint, edit, and heal 187
Lesson 7 Filters and distortions 217
Lesson 8 Building layered compositions 245
Lesson 9 Text and shapes 273
Lesson 10 Styles and adjustment layers 305
Lesson 11 Sharing your photos 331
Lesson 12 Slide shows and other creations 361
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    SMILE! YOU'RE ON PHOTOSHOP!

    Are you a student or an instructor working in a classroom or vocational setting? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Deke McClelland and Galen Fott, have done an outstanding job of writing a practical manual that walks you through Photoshop Elements 4, just as if the authors were teaching you in a classroom environment. McClelland and Fott, begin by explaining how to import and organize image files. Then, the authors examine the Quick Fix mode, which lets you correct the colors in an image by clicking buttons and adjusting slider bars. They also introduce you to the program's most capable color adjustment commands. Next, the authors examine ways to select a region of an image and edit it independently of other regions using the various selection tools along with a few menu commands. Then, they continue by exploring ways to crop, straighten, and resize digital photographs using a small but essential collection of tools and commands. The authors also explain how to use Photoshop Elements' paint, edit, and healing tools to brush color and effects into an image. Next, they explain how to modify the perceived focus of a photograph, apply effects filters, and apply free-form distortions. Then, the authors explore the many facets of building a layered composition in Photoshop Elements, from creation to navigation, from stroking to stacking order, from free-form transformations to four-point distortions, and, from applying blend modes to erasing backgrounds. They continue by showing you how to use Photoshop Elements text and shape tools, as well as ways to edit text and shapes by applying formatting attributes and transformations. Next, the authors explore the worlds of layer styles and adjustment layers, both of which enable you to modify an image composition without harming a single pixel in the original photographs. Then, they explain ways to share your images with other people, whether by printing or distributing the electronic files online. Finally, the authors show you how to use both the Organizer and Editor workspaces to assemble each of five kinds of creations. In this most excellent book, the author has included over two hours of video instruction on the accompanying DVD. More importantly, every work file you need is provided on the DVD, so you can benefit from a true hands-on experience.

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