Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 in 24 Hours [NOOK Book]


In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you will be editing and organizing your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds upon a real-world foundation in both the creative process and techniques, allowing you to learn the essentials of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 from the ground up.

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most ...

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In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you will be editing and organizing your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds upon a real-world foundation in both the creative process and techniques, allowing you to learn the essentials of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 from the ground up.

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Photoshop Elements tasks.

Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.

By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.

Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to do something.

Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.

Color section includes a full-color collection of images found throughout the book.

Learn how to…

  • Import photos from your digital camera and cell phone
  • Get the best scans of your old prints
  • Post your pictures on the Web in galleries and slideshows
  • Order prints directly within Photoshop Elements
  • Create printable scrapbook pages on your computer
  • Improve and repair your old photos
  • Remove unwanted objects (or people) from photos
  • Get the perfect group shot using the PhotoMerge features
  • Fix red eye, lighten dark pictures, smooth wrinkles, and sharpen blurry images
  • Create stunning artistic effects with the more than 100 filters available in Photoshop Elements

In addition to writing books like this one, Kate Binder does freelance magazine and book production and creates e-books for major publishers. Books written or cowritten by Kate include Easy Mac OS X Leopard, Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS3 in 24 Hours, Easy Adobe Photoshop Elements 4, Get Creative! The Digital Photo Idea Book, SVG for Designers, Photoshop 6 Cookbook, and PhotoImpact Solutions.

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Category: Graphics

Covers: Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6

User Level: Beginning—Intermediate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132715461
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author

Kate Binder has mastered Photoshop and several other graphics programs over the past 20 years, and is starting to feel quite old. She still enjoys tinkering with photos and does so at every opportunity. (It’s much more entertaining than doing actual work.) When she can be found working, Kate is most likely to be doing magazine or book production, creating ebooks for major publishers, or writing books like this one. Books Kate has written or cowritten include Easy Mac OS X Leopard (Que, 2007, ISBN 9780789737717), Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS3 in 24 Hours (Sams, 2007, ISBN 9780672329357), Easy Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 (Que, 2005, ISBN 9780789734679), Get Creative!: The Digital Photo Idea Book (McGraw-Hill, 2003, ISBN 9780072227215), SVG for Designers (McGraw-Hill, 2002, ISBN 9780072225297), Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Inside Out (Microsoft Press, 2002, ISBN 9780735616288), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mac OS X (Alpha, 2001, ISBN 9780789725288), Photoshop 6 Cookbook (Silver Pixel Press, 2001, ISBN 9781883403836), PhotoImpact Solutions (Muska and Lipman Publishing, 2000, ISBN 9781929685127), and Sams Teach Yourself QuarkXPress 4 in 14 Days (Hayden Books, 1997, ISBN 9780756302771). Kate lives in an old house in New Hampshire with her husband, journalist Don Fluckinger, accompanied by assorted children, greyhounds, cats, and (she’s pretty sure) a mouse under the dryer.

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I love Photoshop Elements, I really do. Now, I'm a graphics geek, so I'm a Photoshop user from way back—version 2. When I got my first good look at Photoshop Elements 1, I was thrilled that Adobe had managed to roll much of the power of Photoshop into such a simple, clean package. Now that we're up to version 6, I like the program even better.

Photoshop Elements is easy to use, but it still has a lot of great features brought over from Big Mama Photoshop, such as batch processing and my favorite Photoshop command, Shadow/Highlights. To sweeten the pot, there's a built-in photo catalog, called the Organizer, and easy ways to create fun projects using your photos, from hardbound books to slideshows that will really wow the boss or the grandparents.

You can get Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac OS X or for Windows, and it works almost identically on the two platforms. You'll find a few differences—for example, on the Mac, the Organizer is called Bridge—but for the most part, you can use either version with this book (which was written using the Windows version). If you are using a Mac, you'll need to translate keyboard shortcuts a bit; instead of using Ctrl, use the Command key, and instead of using Alt, use the Option key.

You've probably noticed that Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 in 24 Hours is divided into hours rather than chapters. Not surprisingly, there are 24 hours in the book. Don't view this as a challenge, however; I don't expect you to work through the book in 24 consecutive hours. Instead, complete each hour at your own pace. Feel free to skiparound. If you're already familiar with Photoshop or with older versions of Photoshop Elements, don't skip the Workshop sections. I know they look like homework (and they are!), but I've tried to keep them fun, useful, and short—and even experienced users will find them valuable.

I've posted a bunch of the photos used in this book on the Sams website. You can find them by going to Now, you won't see all the book's photos in this downloadable collection; I've indicated in the text when a photo is included so that you can work along with me on the Try It Yourself sections. But the real point of all this is for you to learn to work with your photos, those special images of your family, the things you're interested in, the places you travel, and whatever else you snap pictures of. So jump on in using your own photos, and—whatever else you do—have fun!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Working with Elements

Hour 1: Welcome to Photoshop Elements 5

Getting Help..... 6

Don’t Know Much About History?... 9

Summary..... 10

Q&A...... 11

Workshop..... 11

Hour 2: A Tour of the Desktop 13

Using the Organizer and the Editor.. 13

Finding Your Way Around the Organizer.. 17

Finding Your Way Around the Editor.. 23

Setting Preferences.... 36

Summary..... 36

Q&A...... 37

Workshop..... 37

Hour 3: Creating and Saving Image Files 39

Creating a New Image File... 39

Opening an Existing File... 42

Adjusting Resolution.... 45

Saving Your Work.... 48

Undoing and Redoing.... 59

Summary..... 60

Q&A...... 60

Workshop..... 61

Hour 4: Importing Photos from Cameras and Scanners 63

Importing Images from a Camera or Cell Phone. 63

Importing Still Frame Captures... 68

Using a Scanner.... 69

Changing Image and Canvas Sizes.. 73

Summary..... 76

Q&A...... 76

Workshop..... 76

Hour 5: Organizing Your Photos 79

Creating Stacks.... 79

Creating Albums.... 82

Using Keywords.... 88

Face Tagging..... 90

Rating Your Pictures.... 91

Summary..... 92

Q&A...... 93

Workshop..... 93

Hour 6: Making Quick Fixes 97

When Is Quick Fix the Right Tool?.. 97

General Fixes..... 99

Lighting..... 100

Color..... 103

Sharpen..... 106

Summary..... 107

Q&A..... 108

Workshop..... 108

Hour 7: Making Selections and Using Layers 111

Using the Selection Tools... 111

Modifying Selections.... 118

Working with Layers.... 125

Summary..... 132

Q&A..... 132

Workshop..... 133

Hour 8: Adding Type 135

Using the Type Tools.... 135

Applying Special Effects to Type.. 142

Summary..... 147

Q&A..... 147

Workshop..... 148

Hour 9: Printing Your Pictures 149

Understanding Color Systems... 149

Choosing a Printer.... 151

Printing the Page.... 154

Summary..... 163

Q&A..... 163

Workshop..... 163

Hour 10: Sharing Your Pictures Online 165

Web Image Basics.... 166

Ways to Share Photos Online... 168

DIY Web Design 101.... 179

Summary..... 187

Q&A..... 187

Workshop..... 188

Part II: Simple Corrections

Hour 11: Composing and Cropping Your Pictures 193

Cropping Images.... 193

Rotating Images.... 198

Summary..... 202

Q&A..... 202

Workshop..... 203

Hour 12: Straightening, Skewing, and Distorting an Image 205

Transforming Images.... 205

Fixing Distorted Images... 213

Summary..... 215

Q&A..... 216

Workshop..... 216

Hour 13: Removing Red Eye, Dust, and Scratches 219

Making Basic Cleanups... 219

Fixing Red Eye.... 226

Removing Dust and Scratches... 229

Smoothing Out JPEG Artifacts and Noise. 233

Summary..... 235

Q&A..... 235

Workshop..... 235

Hour 14: Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color 239

Using the Automatic Correction Tools.. 240

Adjusting Color Manually... 243

Adjusting Lighting Manually... 257

Summary..... 263

Q&A..... 264

Workshop..... 264

Hour 15: Using Guided Edit 267

A Word of Warning.... 267

Basic Photo Edits.... 268

Lighting and Exposure... 270

Color Correction.... 272

Guided Activities.... 274

Photomerge..... 275

Summary..... 275

Q&A..... 276

Workshop..... 276

Part III: Photo Rescue

Hour 16: Repairing Black-and-White Pictures 281

Easy Fixes..... 282

Repairing Serious Damage... 290

Finishing Touches.... 297

Summary..... 301

Q&A..... 301

Workshop..... 301

Hour 17: Making Color Repairs 303

When the Color Is the Problem.. 304

Image Correction Tools... 309

Making Repairs When Nothing Is Really Wrong. 313

Hand-Coloring a Black-and-White Photo. 315

Summary..... 316

Q&A..... 317

Workshop..... 317

Hour 18: Removing and Replacing Objects 319

Drag-and-Drop Copying... 319

Removing a Person.... 324

Using Photomerge Group Shot... 327

Using PhotoMerge Faces... 330

Summary..... 333

Q&A..... 333

Workshop..... 333

Hour 19: Using the Improvement Filters 337

Working with Filters.... 337

Adding or Removing Noise... 339

Using the Blur Filters.... 344

Using the Render Filters... 350

Adding Texture.... 360

Adjusting the Effect of Filters... 365

Summary..... 366

Q&A..... 367

Workshop..... 367

Part IV: Going Creative

Hour 20: Using the Artistic Filters 371

Using the Watercolor Filters... 372

Simulating Oil Painting... 374

Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal, and Pen. 377

More Painterly Effects... 381

Summary..... 384

Q&A..... 384

Workshop..... 385

Hour 21: Creating Art from Scratch 387

Choosing Colors.... 387

Using the Shape Tools... 392

Using the Brush Tool.... 398

Using the Pencil Tool.... 405

Using the Eraser Tools... 406

Summary..... 410

Q&A..... 410

Workshop..... 411

Hour 22: Making Composite Images 413

Working with Lighting and Scale.. 413

Using Layer Styles to Create Composites. 415

Using Adjustment Layers to Fix Image Problems. 418

Understanding Blending Modes... 425

Applying Photo Effects and Adding Content. 431

Summary..... 433

Q&A..... 434

Workshop..... 434

Hour 23: Going Wild with Your Images 437

Liquifying an Image.... 437

Twisting Colors.... 440

Using Weird Effects.... 447

Summary..... 452

Q&A..... 452

Workshop..... 452

Hour 24: Creating Photo Projects 455

Books..... 455

Calendars..... 457

Photo Collages.... 458

Prints and Stamps.... 460

Disc Jackets and Labels... 461

Cards..... 463

Summary..... 464

Q&A..... 464

Workshop..... 465

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