Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual


Anyone still think that Adobe Photoshop Elements is a toy version of the real thing? As the most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but also has capabilities the mothership lacks. Each new version includes more tools designed specifically for today's consumer digital photo enthusiasts. The latest edition, Photoshop Elements 5, solidifies the reputation of this superb and inexpensive product with new scrapbook features, a link to online photo ...

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Anyone still think that Adobe Photoshop Elements is a toy version of the real thing? As the most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but also has capabilities the mothership lacks. Each new version includes more tools designed specifically for today's consumer digital photo enthusiasts. The latest edition, Photoshop Elements 5, solidifies the reputation of this superb and inexpensive product with new scrapbook features, a link to online photo services, and many other improvements.

In fact, there's so much to Photoshop Elements that it can be quite confusing at times. That's precisely why our Missing Manuals are the bestselling books on the topic. Adobe provides a pamphlet and some help files; our book, now in its fifth edition, carefully explains every feature the program has to offer (something no other book has done) by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context. Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual covers the Windows version of Adobe's workhorse and gives you the low down on a host of new features:

  • Learn to create multiple page documents, custom photo layouts with frames, and highly customized layouts for scrapbook projects
  • Master the new editor for Layer Styles, which lets you customize individual layers in a photo
  • "Attach" your photos to areas of a Yahoo! Map so your friends and family can see the pictures you took in specific places

Author Barbara Brundage also introduces you to a new sophisticated tool called "Curves" to adjust the color and contrast in your photos, and shows you how to burn multi-session CDs and DVDs. As always, she lets you know which features work well, which don't, and why — all with a bit of wit and good humor. Although the book progresses from simple to complex tasks, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques, such as creating photomontages (composites), restoring old photos, preparing images for the Web, and archiving. More than a dozen downloadable images let you practice using the editing tools right away!

Now updated for the next version of Photoshop Elements, this guide carefully explains every feature the program has to offer by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context.

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With each new release, Photoshop Elements gets more powerful. While Adobe's done a great job of making Elements easier, you're likely to use only a fraction of its power if you don't get some guidance. We recommend Barbara Brundage's superb Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual.

Elements' layout can still confuse newcomers. Brundage gets you past that confusion in a hurry, so you can do real work. She helps you set up Elements for comfort and efficiency; quickly import and organize your existing images; then use Elements' core tools -- rotate, crop, Quick Fix, and so forth.

Next, she turns to Elements' "digital darkroom" tools. Elements can't fix every photo, but you may be surprised at how much it can fix. (In fact, even some older Elements features have been tweaked in this version to deliver better results.) Brundage, who coauthored the outstanding Digital Photography: The Missing Manual, really understands what digital photographers need to know to get great results.

Increasingly, Elements offers “pro” features, such as support for RAW files. Brundage demystifies these features, so nonprofessionals can really take advantage of them. Speaking of new features, Brundage covers pretty much all of them. True black-and-white conversion. Sophisticated color curves. Elements' great new graphics, frames, special effects, and photo layouts. Support for multi-page documents and Web-based photo galleries. New mapping tools. Burst mode photo storage. You name it.

Incidentally: As of this writing, only the Windows version of Photoshop Elements 5 is available. But a Mac version is anticipated. And, with a few typical adjustments (use Mac keyboard shortcuts instead of Windows), this book should work fine for the Mac version, too. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527280
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Brundage is the author of the bestselling Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual, and a member of Adobe's pre-release group for Elements since version 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first got interested in Elementsfor creating graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
Why Photoshop Elements?;
What You Can Do with Elements 5;
What's New in Elements 5;
If You Have a Mac;
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, Managing, and Saving 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 Using the Organizer;
2.7 Saving Your Work;
2.8 Backing Up Your Files;
Chapter 3: Rotating and Resizing Your Photos;
3.1 Straightening Scanned Photos;
3.2 Rotating Your Images;
3.3 Straightening the Contents of Your Image;
3.4 Cropping Pictures;
3.5 Zooming and Repositioning Your View;
3.6 Changing the Size of Your Image;
Chapter 4: The Quick Fix;
4.1 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 Selecting Objects from an Image's Background;
5.6 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 Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast;
9.4 Making Your Colors More Vibrant;
9.5 Changing the Color of an Object;
9.6 Special Effects;
Chapter 10: Removing and Adding Color;
10.1 Method One: Making Color Photos Black and White;
10.2 Method Two: Removing Color from a Photo;
10.3 Creating Spot Color;
10.4 Colorizing a Black-and-White Photo;
Chapter 11: Creating Panoramas and Correcting Perspective;
11.1 Creating Panoramas;
11.2 Correcting Lens Distortion;
11.3 Transforming Images;
Part IV: Artistic Elements;
Chapter 12: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools;
12.1 Picking and Using a Basic Brush;
12.2 The Specialty Brushes;
12.3 The Impressionist Brush;
12.4 The Pencil Tool;
12.5 The Paint Bucket;
12.6 Dodging and Burning;
12.7 Blending and Smudging;
12.8 The Eraser Tool;
12.9 Drawing with Shapes;
12.10 The Cookie Cutter;
Chapter 13: Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients;
13.1 Using Filters;
13.2 Adding Effects;
13.3 Adding Layer Styles;
13.4 Applying Gradients;
13.5 Gradient Maps;
Chapter 14: Type in Elements;
14.1 Adding Type to an Image;
14.2 Warping Type;
14.3 Adding Special Effects;
14.4 Type Masks: Setting an Image in Type;
Part V: Sharing Your Images;
Chapter 15: Creating Projects;
15.1 Photo Layouts;
15.2 Photo Book Pages;
15.3 Album Pages;
15.4 Greeting Cards;
15.5 CD Jacket;
15.6 DVD Jacket;
15.7 CD/DVD Label;
15.8 Online Creations;
Chapter 16: Printing Your Photos;
16.1 Getting Ready to Print;
16.2 Ordering Prints;
16.3 Printing at Home (The Editor);
16.4 Printing at Home (The Organizer);
16.5 Printing Multiple Photos;
Chapter 17: Elements and the Web;
17.1 Image Formats and the Web;
17.2 Saving Images for the Web or Email;
17.3 Creating Animated GIFs;
17.4 Emailing Your Photos;
17.5 Sending Photos to Other Gear;
17.6 Sharing Photos with Yahoo Maps;
Chapter 18: Photo Galleries, Slideshows, and Flipbooks;
18.1 Photo Galleries;
18.2 Slideshows;
18.3 Flipbooks;
Part VI: Additional Elements;
Chapter 19: Beyond the Basics;
19.1 Graphics Tablets;
19.2 Free Stuff from the Internet;
19.3 When You Really Need Photoshop;
19.4 Beyond This Book;
Part VII: Appendixes;
Appendix A: The Organizer, Menu by Menu;
A.1 File Menu;
A.2 Edit Menu;
A.3 Find Menu;
A.4 View Menu;
A.5 Window Menu;
A.6 Help Menu;
Appendix B: The Editor, Menu by Menu;
B.1 File Menu;
B.2 Edit Menu;
B.3 Image Menu;
B.4 Enhance Menu;
B.5 Layer Menu;
B.6 Select Menu;
B.7 Filter Menu;
B.8 View Menu;
B.9 Window Menu;
B.10 Help Menu;
Appendix C: Installation and Troubleshooting;
C.1 Installing Elements;
C.2 Installing Elements;
C.3 Registration;
C.4 Scratch Disks;
C.5 Troubleshooting;

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Great Book for Elements Users

    concise, easy to follow info that is useful as a reference while working on projects in Elements. My only con is sometimes the information was not under what i would have assumed so i had to use the index to find it. However a minor detraction from what is imo the best book series out there for elements users

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    Best of 9 Books.

    I have purchased 9 books on Elements, at this point.This one is where I should have begun .I find it to be clear and thorough. If you are new to this topic I strongly reccomend you start with this book. W.K.I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006


    Do you need to edit and organize your photos? If you do, then this book is for you. Author Barbara Brundage, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that is intended 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. Brundage, begins by showing you how to navigate Elements¿ slightly confusing layout and mishmash of programs within programs. Then, the author covers how to get photos into Elements, the basics of organizing them, and how to open files and create new images from scratch as well as, how to save and back up your images. Next, he explains how to rotate and crop your photos, and includes a primer on that most important digital imaging concept--resolution. The author then shows you how to use the Quick Fix window to dramatically improve your photos. He continues by covering two key concepts that you¿ll use throughout the book. Then, the author shows you how to make basic corrections, such as exposure, color adjustments, sharpening , and removing dust and scratches. Next, he covers topics unique to people who use digital cameras, like RAW conversion and batch processing your photos. The author then moves on to 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. He continues by covering how to convert your photos to black and white, and tinting and recoloring black and white photos. Then, he shows you how to use the Elements¿ Photomerge feature to create multiphoto panoramas and to make perspective corrections to your images. Next, the author covers how to paint your photos and draw shapes, use filters and effects to create a more artistic look and add type to your images. Then he shows you how to get the most out of your printer, how to create images for the Web and email, how to make slideshows and Web Galleries with your photos, and all the fun projects you can create with Elements 5. Finally, he looks at information about using a .graphics tablet in Elements and some resources for after you¿ve finished this book. You¿ll also find tutorials throughout this most excellent book that refer to files you can download from the missing manual web site, so you can practice the techniques you¿re reading about. More importantly, this book assumes you know how to perform basic activities on your computer, like clicking and double-clicking your mouse and dragging objects onscreen.

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