Photoshop Elements 4.0 Maximum Performance: Professional Image Editing for Photographers

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You will learn how to create professional quality digital images with Photoshop Elements 4.0 without the need to upgrade to Photoshop with this unique guide from best-selling author Mark Galer. This complete package of book and DVD walks you through Elements' powerful and less well-known post-production editing techniques showing you how to get maximum results from this low-price program.

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Overview

You will learn how to create professional quality digital images with Photoshop Elements 4.0 without the need to upgrade to Photoshop with this unique guide from best-selling author Mark Galer. This complete package of book and DVD walks you through Elements' powerful and less well-known post-production editing techniques showing you how to get maximum results from this low-price program.

A series of creative projects, packed with tips and tricks and illustrated with large, full-color screengrabs, guide you through a wide range of advanced techniques for professional quality editing.

Including coverage of new Elements 4.0 features, the straighten tool and the auto extraction tool, all the main features of Elements are covered - camera RAW, 16 bit editing, Healing Brush, Shadows/ Highlights, Reduce Noise and much more.

The projects are supported by a DVD containing 4 hours of QuickTime movie tutorials, over 200 high-resolution images as well as loadable presets. Completed multi-layered project files are also available on the DVD so that you can compare and analyse these projects against your own.

All the content is suitable for Mac users. Visit the book's webpage on www.focalpress.com for information on how to adapt keyboard modifier keys when using the keyboard shortcuts.

Other Photoshop Elements 4.0 titles published by Focal include Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0: a visual introduction to the program for those starting out in digital imaging; Advanced Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Digital Photographers: an advanced book aimed at photographers; Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 A-Z: an alphabetical listing of the main features of Elements, with shortcut keys and techniques.

You will learn how to create professional quality digital images with Photoshop Elements 4.0 without the need to upgrade to Photoshop with this unique guide from best-selling author Mark Galer. This complete package of book and DVD walks you through Elements' powerful and less well-known post-production editing techniques showing you how to get maximum results from this low-price program.

A series of creative projects, packed with tips and tricks and illustrated with large, full-color screengrabs, guide you through a wide range of advanced techniques for professional quality editing.

Including coverage of new Elements 4.0 features, the straighten tool and the auto extraction tool, all the main features of Elements are covered - camera RAW, 16 bit editing, Healing Brush, Shadows/ Highlights, Reduce Noise and much more.

The projects are supported by a DVD containing 3 hours of QuickTime movie tutorials, over 200 high-resolution images as well as loadable presets. Completed multi-layered project files are also available on the DVD so that you can compare and analyse these projects against their own.

Other Photoshop Elements 4.0 titles published by Focal include Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0: a visual introduction to the program for those starting out in digital imaging; Advanced Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Digital Photographers: an advanced book aimed at photographers; Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 A-Z: an alphabetical listing of the main features of Elements, with shortcut keys and techniques. Gain the same professional results with Elements 4.0 as if using full-version Photoshop with fantastic lesser-known techniques and workarounds

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Did Adobe make Photoshop Elements 4.0 too powerful? If you're a photographer, this book will show you how to use Elements ($100) to do work you've always thought you needed Photoshop ($600) for. Sometimes, it may take a workaround, or a loadable preset, or an advanced technique to get the results you're after. Mark Galer has ferreted those out for you, and illuminated them through 21 hands-on projects.

Early on, you'll learn how to use Elements' surprisingly capable Levels feature to optimize image tonality; later, another project walks you through optimizing highlights and shadow tones. Chapter-length projects help you make the most of Elements' features for controlling contrast, hue, saturation, and sharpening. Galer even walks you through utilizing the Camera RAW images now available from DSLRs and many “prosumer” digital cameras. (Elements' support for RAW is just more evidence of how far it's come.)

In Part II, Galer introduces techniques for controlling depth of field; crafting better character and glamour portraits; and customizing Gradient to add powerfully dramatic lighting to your landscapes. Next, he turns to montage in its many forms, showing how to do everything from replacing skies to constructing realistic panoramas. There's even a lesson on using High Dynamic Range to represent a wider range of intensity levels and create images with unprecedented realism and detail.

The accompanying DVD offers all the project files and presets you'll need to use these techniques, along with four full hours of QuickTime movie tutorials walking you through each project. See for yourself just how much Photoshop Elements can do. Bill Camarda, from the May 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240520124
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/17/2006
  • Edition description: BK & DVD
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Galer is the Program Director and Senior lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, Australia. He is also co-writer of their popular online photography courses. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photography Foundations for Art & Design, the Popular Photoshop Elements; Maximum Performance and Photoshop; Essential Skills series. He is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
How to use this book
Introduction (Elements - the hidden power)
Part 1: Core workarounds, tips and techniques
1 - Cropping
2 - Levels
3 - Target Tones
4 - Curves
5 - Hue/ Saturation
6 - Sharpening
7 - Printing

Part 2: Enhance
1 - Depth of Field
2 - Shafts of Light
3 - Black and White
4 - Toning
5 - Character Portrait
6 - Glamor Portrait

Part 3: Montage
1 - Non-destructive Montage
2 - Replacing a Sky
3 - Tonal Contraction
4 - Creative Typography
5 - Displacement
6 - Preserving Shadows
7 - Panoramas

Jargon Buster
Short Cuts
Index

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