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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