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A complete book-and-DVD training package covering Photoshop Elements 8.Photoshop Elements combines an easy-to-use set of features and enhancements combined 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. This unique full-color book and instructional DVD provides you with an exciting learning tool that will help you get working with Elements 8 quickly ...
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Overview

A complete book-and-DVD training package covering Photoshop Elements 8.Photoshop Elements combines an easy-to-use set of features and enhancements combined 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. This unique full-color book and instructional DVD provides you with an exciting learning tool that will help you get working with Elements 8 quickly and easily.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Digital Classroom is like having your own personal instructor guiding you through each lesson, while you work at your own pace.

Thirteen self-paced lessons encourage you to discover essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

A team of Adobe Certified Instructors escort you through the in and outs of working with Photoshop Elements 8, the user-friendly image-editing program.

This full-color book and instructional DVD package includes step-by-step instructions, lesson files, and video tutorials that complement the topics covered in each lesson.

Discusses the most important features of Photoshop Elements 8 including: importing photos from digital cameras and scanners, retouching and repairing damaged photos, enhancing digital images, and perfecting group shots with Photomerge.

Addresses editing images for posting on the Web, using the sharpness interface to correct blurry images, exploring the Curves tool to adjust contract and brightness, and organizing images with auto-stacking.

The DVD demonstrates how to edit and apply effects for stellar digital images, painting and retouching, and exploring the different filters and techniques that tap into your creative side to produce great images.

Get in the digital classroom and get started using Photoshop Elements 8 today!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470566923
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Series: Digital Classroom Series , #21
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The AGI Creative Team develops and delivers training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals. American Graphic Institute's team of Adobe Certified Instructors has created many of Adobe's official training books as well as technical training programs for Adobe employees.

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Table of Contents

Starting Up.

About the Photoshop Elements 8 Digital Classroom.

Prerequisites.

System requirements.

Starting Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

Loading lesson files.

Managing catalogs.

Creating a new catalog.

Switching Catalogs.

Reconnecting to missing files.

Reconnect missing files window.

Working with the video tutorials.

Setting up for viewing the video tutorials.

Viewing the video tutorials.

Additional resources.

Lesson 1: Importing your Photos into Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Starting up.

How Photoshop Elements works.

The welcome screen.

Getting photos into the Organizer using the Photo Downloader.

Getting photos from a camera or card reader.

The Photo Downloader.

Get photos from a scanner.

Get photos and videos by searching.

Setting a Watch Folder.

Adding fi les and folders to the Organizer.

Getting a still image from a video frame.

Workspaces.

Organizer basics.

How to get help.

Photoshop help.

Support Center.

The Inspiration Browser.

Lesson 2: Organizing Your Photos.

Starting up.

Understanding the Organizer workspace.

Photo Browser.

Options Bar.

Timeline.

Properties.

Albums.

Keyword Tags.

Analyzing photos in the Organizer.

Rotating photos.

Hiding photos.

Reviewing photos.

Compare photos side by side.

Stacks.

Organizing using albums.

Creating a new album.

Creating album categories.

Creating a Smart Album.

Tagging your photos.

Adding ratings.

Adding keywords and categories.

People Recognition.

Finding your photos.

Find photos by star rating.

Find photos by keyword.

Find photos using the keyword Tag Cloud.

Lesson 3: Fixing Common Photographic Problems.

Starting up.

Welcome screen.

Understanding the Editor workspace.

The Project Bin.

The Panel Bin.

Editing modes: Full, Quick, and Guided.

Using Quick Fix.

Using Auto Smart Fix.

Auto Levels.

Auto Contrast.

Correcting color automatically.

Comparing images in Full Edit View.

Using the Navigator.

The Guided Edit mode.

Fixing an underexposed or dark image.

Fixing an overexposed or light image.

Using Full Edit mode.

Removing a color cast.

Correcting skin tone.

Photomerge Exposure.

The Toolbox.

Using tools.

Red Eye Removal tool.

Whitening teeth.

Enhancing blue skies.

Sharpening.

Cropping images.

Rotating images.

Resizing images.

Recompose.

Lesson 4: Adjusting Exposure.

Starting up.

Welcome screen.

Understanding exposure.

Exposure adjustments with blending modes.

Improving underexposed images.

Improving faded or overexposed images.

Making adjustments manually.

Adjusting brightness and contrast manually.

Adjusting shadows and highlights manually.

Making tonal adjustments using Levels.

Histogram.

Making tonal adjustments using Curves.

Comparing images in Full Edit view.

Using adjustment layers.

Correcting selected parts of an image.

Hue/Saturation adjustments.

Working with selections.

Using the Quick Selection tool.

Saving selections.

Moving selections to a new layer.

Lesson 5: Adjusting Color.

Starting up.

Welcome screen.

Understanding color.

HSB color.

About image modes.

Bitmap mode.

Grayscale mode.

Indexed Color mode.

Switching image modes.

Comparing methods of adjusting color.

Understanding Edit Guided.

Understanding Edit Quick.

Understanding Edit Full.

Adjusting tonal range in Full Edit.

Making a duplicate of a file.

Restoring shadow and highlight detail.

Correcting color in Full Edit.

Correcting color casts using Color Variations.

Removing a color cast using Levels.

Adjusting color curves in an image.

Adjusting color saturation and hue.

Adjusting saturation in specific areas.

Making selections.

The importance of selections.

About the selection tools.

Using the Selection Brush tool.

Add to or subtract from a selection.

Smoothing selection edges with anti-aliasing and feathering.

Blur the edges of a selection by feathering.

Saving selections.

Modifying a new selection with a saved selection.

Inverting a selection.

Converting to Black and White.

Adding color to areas of an image.

Saving and exporting images.

About saving images and fi le formats.

Lesson 6: Sharing Your Photos.

Starting up.

Welcome screen.

Sharing photos.

Creating an online album.

Sharing options for online albums.

Stop sharing an online album.

Sharing photos by e-mail.

Attaching a photo to an e-mail.

Sending a photo using Photo Mail.

Setting up Adobe E-mail Service.

Using the Quick Share panel.

Sharing photos using online services.

Ordering prints.

Ordering a printed photo book.

Printing photos.

Printing photos in the Organizer.

Adding photos using the Print Photos dialog box.

Printing a contact sheet.

Printing a picture package.

Setting page and printer options.

Specifying measurement units for printing.

Backing up and synchronizing fi les.

Backing up and synchronizing fi les to Photoshop.com.

About synchronized albums on Photoshop.com.

Starting backup or synchronization.

Stopping and restarting backup or synchronization.

Exporting photos.

Lesson 7: Working with Type.

Starting up.

Welcome screen.

Placing text on a layer.

Formatting a text layer.

Editing a text layer.

Making cartoon bubbles.

Adding text over the cartoon bubble.

Adding eff ects to type.

Adding text to multiple images.

Warping type.

Adding a layer style to type.

Creating an animation with text.

Adding a stroke.

Getting the layers ready for animating.

Time to animate.

Lesson 8: Photo Retouching: Secrets of the Pros.

Starting up.

Working with what you have.

Using the histogram.

Working over the image.

Improving your image.

Brushing on corrections.

Lesson 9: The Art of Illusion: Photo Composites.

Starting up.

Welcome screen.

What is a photo composite?

Understanding layers.

Working with layers.

Creating a new blank file.

Creating a type layer.

Combining images.

About the Layers panel.

Editing layers.

Converting the Background layer into a regular layer.

Selecting a layer.

Showing or hiding a layer.

Changing the stacking order of layers.

Locking or unlocking a layer.

Deleting a layer.

Using opacity and blending modes.

About opacity and blending options in layers.

Specifying the opacity of a layer.

Specifying a blending mode for a layer.

Using the Magic Extractor.

Flattening an image.

Completing the composite.

Working with clipping groups.

About layer clipping groups.

Creating a clipping group.

Using Layer styles.

Working with layer styles.

Hiding or showing all layer styles in an image.

Change the scale of a layer style.

Copying style settings between layers.

Removing a layer style.

Lesson 10: Making Photoshop Elements Creations.

Starting up.

Creating a panorama.

Creating a slide show.

Adding text to your slide show.

Adding graphics.

Applying transitions.

Panning and zooming.

Reordering slides.

Setting the slide order.

Drag and drop on the storyboard.

Quick Reorder menu.

Working with audio.

Adding audio.

Adding narration.

Choosing an output option.

Save as a file.

Burn to disk.

Send to TV.

Creating a photo calendar.

Lesson 11: Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers.

Starting up.

Working with Camera Raw files.

Understanding the Camera Raw dialog box.

Using the Camera Raw dialog box.

Saving a DNG file.

Vignetting a photo.

The basics of filters.

Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask.

Using Undo History for comparisons.

Using the Blur fi lter to create depth of field.

Lesson 12: Photoshop Elements for Artists.

Starting up.

Creating a new document from scratch.

Using brushes to add style to your work.

Creating texture with brushes and gradients.

The Impressionist brush.

Using shapes creatively.

Working with patterns.

Creating patterns.

Applying patterns.

Scrapbooking made easier.

Creating a texture.

Creating a text effect.

Adding text to the background.

Add images and create a border.

Lesson 13: Creating Web and Video Graphics.

Starting up.

The diff erences between print and the screen.

Resolution and color for the Web and video.

Preparing images for the Web.

Web image formats.

Saving fi les for the Web.

Preparing images for video.

Safe margins.

Saving files for video.

Self study.

Review.

Lesson 14: Using Adobe Bridge.

Starting up.

What is Adobe Bridge?

Navigating through Bridge.

Using folders in Adobe Bridge.

Making a Favorite.

Creating and locating metadata.

Using keywords.

Opening a file from Adobe Bridge.

Searching for files using Adobe Bridge.

Searching by name or keyword.

Using the Filter panel.

Collections.

Stacks.

Automation tools in Adobe Bridge.

Automated tools for Photoshop Elements: Web Photo Gallery.

Saving or uploading your Web Gallery.

Automated tools for Photoshop Elements: PDF contact sheet.

Changing the view.

Integration with Photoshop Elements.

Self study.

Review.

Appendices.

Appendix A - tools.

Appendix B - Keyboard Shortcuts.

Appendix C - Understanding Digital Files.

Understanding Resolution.

Understanding Color Modes & Bit Depth.

Understanding File Formats.

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    If you are a novice photographer/designer and feel that regular Photoshop is too much for what you need it for, Photoshop Elements 8 and the Digital Classroom book are the perfect choice. This book clearly explains how to make your pictures look the best they can and everything is easy to follow. I really enjoyed the several chapters pertaining to adjusting color and exposure. This is perfect for those "great" shots you take that don't come out quite the way you expected. I also like the fact that with Elements 8 you can actually blend photos together using the Layers feature. This is a very handy book and program for those who want to get a little more out of their photos, without feeling like they need to have a professional photography studio software to accomplish it. Thanks AGI.

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