Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac


After more than two years, Adobe has finally released a new version of Photoshop Elements for the Mac. Version 6 packs a lot more editing firepower than iPhoto, and this Missing Manual puts every feature into a clear, easy-to-understand context — something that no other book on Elements does!

Photoshop Elements 6 is perfect for scrapbooking, making fancy photo collages, and creating Web galleries. It has lots of new features such as Guided Edit for performing basic editing ...

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After more than two years, Adobe has finally released a new version of Photoshop Elements for the Mac. Version 6 packs a lot more editing firepower than iPhoto, and this Missing Manual puts every feature into a clear, easy-to-understand context — something that no other book on Elements does!

Photoshop Elements 6 is perfect for scrapbooking, making fancy photo collages, and creating Web galleries. It has lots of new features such as Guided Edit for performing basic editing tasks, an improved Photomerge feature, a handy Quick Selection Tool, and much more. But knowing what to do and when is tricky. Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual explains not only how the tools and commands work, but when to use them. With it, you will:

  • Learn to import, organize, and fix photos quickly and easily.
  • Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image.
  • Jazz up your pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects.
  • Learn which tools the pros use — you'll finally understand how layers work!
  • Create collages and photo layout pages for greeting cards and other projects.
  • Get downloadable practice images and try new tricks right away.

This full-color guide starts with the simplest functions and progresses to increasingly complex features of Elements. If you're ready for the more sophisticated tools, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques. As always, author Barbara Brundage lets you know which Elements features work well, which don't, and why — all with a bit of wit and humor.

Don't hesitate: Now that Adobe's outstanding photo editor has been updated for the Mac, dive in with Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual right away.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596519360
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Brundage is the author of Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual, an Adobe Community Expert, and a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, and 6. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!

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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 6;
What's New in Elements 6;
Mac vs. PC;
Elements vs. Photoshop;
The Key to Learning Elements;
About This Book;
Part I: Introduction to Elements;
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements;
1.1 The Welcome Screen;
1.2 Adobe Bridge—Decisions, Decisions;
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 Photos in Elements;
2.3 Scanning Photos;
2.4 Capturing Video Frames;
2.5 Creating a New File;
2.6 The Many Uses for Bridge;
2.7 Saving Your Work;
2.8 Burning CDs and DVDs;
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;
Part II: Elemental Elements;
Chapter 4: The Quick Fix;
4.1 The Quick Fix Window;
4.2 Editing Your Photos;
4.3 Adjusting Skin Tones;
Chapter 5: Making Selections;
5.1 Selecting Everything;
5.2 Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas;
5.3 Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas;
5.4 Selecting with a Brush;
5.5 Removing 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: Fine-Tuning Your Images;
9.1 Fixing Blemishes;
9.2 Applying Patterns;
9.3 Color 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: Photomerge: Creating Panoramas, Group Shots, and More;
11.1 Creating Panoramas;
11.2 Merging Different Faces;
11.3 Arranging a Group Shot;
11.4 Correcting Lens Distortion;
11.5 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 Collages;
15.2 Working with the Content and Favorites Palettes;
15.3 Photo Books;
15.4 Greeting Cards;
15.5 CD/DVD Jacket;
15.6 CD/DVD Label;
15.7 Online Creations;
15.8 PDF Slideshows;
Chapter 16: Printing Your Photos;
16.1 Getting Ready to Print;
16.2 Ordering Prints;
16.3 Printing at Home;
16.4 The OS X Print Dialog Box;
16.5 Printing Multiple Images;
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 Creating a Web Photo Gallery;
Part VI: Additional Elements;
Chapter 18: Beyond the Basics;
18.1 Graphics Tablets;
18.2 Free Stuff from the Internet;
18.3 When You Really Need Photoshop;
18.4 Beyond This Book;
Part VII: Appendixes;
Elements, Menu by Menu;
Photoshop Elements Menu;
File Menu;
Edit Menu;
Image Menu;
Enhance Menu;
Layer Menu;
Select Menu;
Filter Menu;
View Menu;
Window Menu;
Help Menu;
Installation and Troubleshooting;
Installing Elements;
Scratch Disks;
Bridge CS3, Menu by Menu;
Bridge CS3 Menu;
File Menu;
Edit Menu;
View Menu;
Stacks Menu;
Label Menu;
Tools Menu;
Window Menu;
Help Menu;

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