Photoshop Elements 8 After the Shoot


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A handy, full-color reference for using Photoshop Elements 8 while on the go

Photoshop Elements combines an easy-to-use set of features and enhancements with image editing power in an affordable program. The newest version—Photoshop Elements 8—features more online integration with products like the new Flash-based Web galleries.

Featuring a convenient trim size that goes where you go, this portable guide is essential reading for Elements users and especially suited if you are a mobile user who wants to edit and post your digital photographs while on the go.

  • Serves as a portable reference for effectively using the tools and features of Photoshop Elements 8
  • Offers a firm understanding of how to organize, correct, restore, and display digital photos and scanned images using Photoshop Elements 8
  • Appeals to anyone who needs to edit and post digital photos
  • Presents numbered steps and helpful examples to walk you through the most common Photoshop Elements 8 tasks
  • Provides examples and inspiration for using your digital images in print or online

Photoshop Elements 8 After the Shoot is the perfect guide if you are looking for a clear, concise, and portable guide to Photoshop Elements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470565094
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Fitzgerald is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert who specializes in helping both hobbyist and professional photographers make the most of digital technology. He operates The Digital Darkroom, a consulting business, and is the author of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Workflow Bible, also from Wiley.

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Table of Contents

About the Author iii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xiv

Chapter 1 Understanding the Purpose of Photoshop Eiemems 3

Division of Labor 4

Understanding the workflow concept 4

The four functions of PSE 4

Organizing your photos 5

Fixing and editing photos 6

Creating projects 6

Sharing photos with other people 6

Comparing PSE to Other Products in the Photoshop Family 7

Comparing PSE to its big brother. Photoshop 7

Comparing PSE to Ughtroom 8 10

Chapter 2 Importing Photos into the Organizer 13

Understanding the Catalog Concept 14

Think of the library card catalog 14

How many catalogs do you need? 14

Catalog settings 15

Cataloging Photos That Are Already on Your System 16

Importing and Cataloging New Photos from Your Camera 17

Automatic Cataloging with a Watch Folder 20

Sharing Your Catalog with Other Computers 21

Chapter 3 Understanding the Organiser 23

Setting Up Preferences 24

General preferences 24

Files preferences 25

Camera or Card Reader preferences 26

Adobe Partner Services preferences 27

Auto Analyzer Options preferences 27

Understanding the Workspace 28

The Media Browser 28

The Menu bar 28

Thumbnail View slider 29

The Task pane 29

The Status bar 30

Different Ways to View Your Photos 30

Using Full Screen mode 32

Comparing photos 33

The View menu 34

Media Types 35

Hidden Files 35

Details 35

Expand/Collapse All Stacks 35

Finding Missing Photos 36

Chapter 4 Building and Maintaining an Organized System 39

Using Keyword Tags 40

The Keyword Tags panel 40

Creating and applying keywords 40

Removing a keyword tag 42

Searching for keywords 42

Organizing keywords 43

Editing keyword tags 44

The View Keyword Tag Cloud 44

About Smart Tags 45

Using People Recognition 45

Geotagging with the Map 47

Working the Properties Panel 48

General properties 48

Metadata properties 49

Keyword Tags properties 50

History properties 50

Using Rating Stars to Flag Your Favorites 50

Rating star methodology 51

Adding and removing stars 51

Filtering for stars 51

Combining keywords and stars 52

Using Other Methods for Finding Photos 52

Using the Timeline bar 52

Using the Find menu 52

Using the Search box 54

Organizing Photos into Albums 54

Creating an album 55

Creating smart albums 57

Exporting and sharing an album 58

Designing an album slideshow 59

Backing up and Archiving 60

Backing up to discs and hard drives 60

Backing up to 61

Chapter 5 Introduction to Editing Photos 65

Fixing Photos in the Organizer 66

Understanding Version Sets 67

Different Ways of Using the Editor 69

Surveying the Editor Workspace 70

The Menu bar 70

The Toolbox 71

The Options bar 71

The Active Image area 71

The Project Bin 72

The Panel Bin 72

Customizing the Workspace 72

Modifying the Panel Bin 72

Working with panels 73

Changing How Photos Are Displayed 75

Working with tabbed photos 75

Using Arrange Menu 75

Zooming and panning 76

Maximize view 77

Setting Up the Editor Preferences 77

General preferences 77

Performance preferences 78

Displays & Cursors preferences 79

Saving Files 80

Using the Save As command 80

Choosing a file type 81



PSD 82

Chapter 6 Adjusting Brightness and Contrast 85

Turning Off In-Camera Contrast Settings 86

Using the Brightness/Contrast Command 86

Understanding Histograms 87

How exposure affects a histogram 87

How subject matter affects the histogram 89

Working with the Histogram Panel 90

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast Using Levels 91

Adjusting Midtone Contrast with Adjust Color Curves 95

Working Won-Destructively with an Adjustment Layer 97

Understanding layers 97

Creating a Levels adjustment layer 98

Working with layers 98

Correcting Difficult Contrast with Shadows/Highlights .99

Chapter 7 Working with Color 103

Understanding Color Theory 104

Managing Color Spaces in PSE 106

Comparing color spaces 106

Choosing a color editing space 107

Setting up the Editor's color working space 108

Adjusting a Photo's Color 110

Quickly removing a color cast 110

Adjusting color intuitively with Color Variations 112

Color correcting skin tones 114

Working with the Hue/Saturation command 115

Adjusting colors globally with Hue/Saturation 116

Adjusting colors locally with Hue/Saturation 116

Using the Photo Filter 118

Creating Custom Black and White Photos 118

Sepia Toning a Photo 120

Chapter 8 Working with Raw Files 123

What Is Raw? 124

Disadvantages of Shooting Raw 125

Exposing a Raw Photo Correctly 126

Understanding How Raw Files Use Metadata 128

Converting Raw Files with Adobe Camera Raw 129

Overview of the ACR workspace 129

Converting a raw file for editing in the Editor 131

Setting white balance 132

Using the Basic panel to adjust tonality 132

Using the Detail pane 133

The Camera Calibration panel 135

Using the Crop toot 135

Comparing 8-bit and 16-bit files 136

Opening and saving raw files 136

Chapter 9 Making Local Adjustments to Tone and Color 139

Using the Burn and Dodge Tools to Adjust Local Tonality 140

Using Selections to Isolate Image Content 143

Understanding selections 143

Exploring the Lasso tools 145

Understanding the smart selection tools 145

Creating a Quick Selection 146

Working with Smart Brushes 148

Refining a selection's edge 151

Changing Smart Brush styles 153

Working with multiple Smart Brush adjustments 154

Improving Your Experience with a Graphics Tablet 155

Chapter 10 Improving Your Photos with Retouching 159

What is Retouching? 160

Understanding the Primary Retouching Tools 161

Using the Clone Stamp tool 161

Aligning content with the Clone Overlay 164

Retouching with the Healing Brush 165

Comparing the Clone Stamp and the Healing Brush 168

Busting Dust with the Spot Healing Brush 168

Quickly Removing Red-Eye 169

Correcting Camera and Lens Distortion 170

Chapter 11 Combining Multiple Photos 175

Manually Combining Photos 176

Using a selection to copy and paste 176

Transforming the geometry of a layer 178

Managing Group Photos with Photomerge Group Shot 180

Compositing facial Features with Photomerge Faces 183

Removing Unwanted Subject Matter with Photomerge Scene Cleaner 184

Using Photomerge Panorama to Create Panoramas from Multiple Photos 187

Using Photomerge Exposure to Compensate for High Dynamic Range 189

Chapter 12 Adding Special Effects to Your Photos 193

Using the Type Tool 194

Adding type to a photo 195

Adding a layer style to type 197

Taking layer styles one step further 198

Warping type 199

Understanding Filters and Effects 200

Adding Photo Effects Using the Effects Panel 204

Organizing Your Favorite Effects 205

Chapter 13 Wing Final Adjustments 207

Understanding Resolution 208

Adjusting Size and Resolution 209

Resampling image size 210

Using the correct image interpolation method 212

Changing size and resolution together 213

Using the Crop Tool 213

Resizing with Photomerge Recompose 215

Sharpening Your Photos 219

Optimizing the sharpening viewing environment 220

Using Adjust Sharpness to apply output sharpening 221

Chapter 14 Sharing Your Photos 225

Printing with an Inkjet Printer 226

Setting up Editor's Print 226

1 Select Printer 227

2 Printer Settings 227

3 Select Paper Size 227

4 Select Type of Print 227

5 Select Print Size 228

More Options 228

Setting up Organizer's Prints 229

Designing a contact sheet 230

Designing a picture package? 230

Managing color in Prints 231

Having a Lab Do Your Printing 231

Using the Share Panel 232

Sharing your albums online and on disc 232

Creating e-mail attachments with ease 234

Using Photo Mail 236

Burning a data CD/DVD 236

More Options 236

Creating Photo Projects with the Create Panel 237

Creating photo books, calendars, greeting cards, and collages 237

Making Photo Prints 238

Creating a really cool slideshow 238

Adding text, graphics, and narration 239

Adjusting individual duration-times, transitions, and sequences 239

Panning and zooming a slide 240

Adding additional media 241

Saving and outputting your slideshow 241

More Options 242

Glossary 244

Index 250

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