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Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something - and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 Photoshop Elements 4 tasks. Each task-based spread includes these great features to get you up and running on Photoshop Elements 4 in no time:
* Helpful sidebars that offer practical tips and tricks
* Succinct explanations that walk you through step by step
* Full-color screen shots that demonstrate each task
* Two-page lessons that break big topics into bite-sized modules

Learn How To:
* Import images from different sources
* Remove red-eye, dust, and scratches
* Adjust shadows and highlights
* Turn an image into a sketch
* Change print size, canvas size, and resolution
* Create a Web photo gallery

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471777977
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech) Series , #21
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Wooldridge is a technology writer and Web developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written more than a dozen books in the Visual series.

Linda Wooldridge is a former senior editor at Macworld and author of Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS2.
For access to some of the example images used in this book, visit: www.mediacosm.com/elements

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started.

Introducing Photoshop Elements 4.

Understanding Digital Images.

Start Photoshop Elements.

The Photoshop Elements Workspace.

Anatomy of the Elements Toolbox.

Work with Toolbox Tools.

Work with Palettes.

Set Program Preferences.

Find Help.

Chapter 2: Acquiring and Storing Digital Images.

Find Images for Your Projects.

Import Images from a Scanner.

Import Images from a Digital Camera.

Import Images Using Organizer.

Download Images with Adobe Photo Downloader.

Import Images from a Video.

Save an Image.

Close an Image.

Open an Image.

Create a New Image.

Chapter 3: Image Basics.

Work with Image Windows.

Magnify with the Zoom Tool.

Adjust the Image View.

Change the Image Size.

Change the Image Print Size.

Change the Image Resolution.

Change the Image Canvas Size.

Revert an Image.

Duplicate an Image.

Chapter 4: Selection Techniques.

Select an Area with a Marquee.

Select an Area with a Lasso.

Select an Area with the Magic Wand.

Select an Area with the Magic Selection Brush.

Select an Area with the Selection Brush.

Add to or Subtract from a Selection.

Save and Load a Selection.

Chapter 5: Manipulating Selections.

Move a Selection.

Copy and Paste a Selection.

Delete a Selection.

Rotate a Selection.

Scale a Selection.

Skew or Distort a Selection.

Feather the Border of a Selection.

Chapter 6: Layer Basics.

Understanding Layers.

Add a Layer.

Select a Layer.

Hide a Layer.

Move a Layer.

Duplicate a Layer.

Change Layer Stacking Order.

Delete a Layer.

Create a Layer from a Background.

Change the Opacity of a Layer.

Link Layers.

Merge and Flatten Layers.

Create a Fill Layer.

Create an Adjustment Layer.

Blend Layers.

Chapter 7: Fast Retouching Techniques.

Quick Fix a Photo.

Remove Red Eye.

Retouch with the Clone Stamp Tool.

Correct a Spot.

Remove Dust and Scratches.

Crop an Image.

Crop with the Cookie Cutter Tool.

Rotate an Image.

Straighten an Image.

Sharpen an Image.

Extract an Object From a Background.

Chapter 8: Enhancing Contrast and Exposure.

Adjust Levels.

Adjust Shadows and Highlights.

Change Brightness and Contrast.

Lighten Areas with the Dodge Tool.

Darken Areas with the Burn Tool.

Add a Spotlight.

Fix an Underexposed Image.

Using the Blur and Sharpen Tools.

Chapter 9: Enhancing Colors.

Adjust Hue and Saturation.

Adjust Color with the Sponge Tool.

Correct Color with Color Variations.

Replace a Color.

Equalize Colors.

Posterize Colors.

Boost Colors with the Multiply Blending Mode.

Turn a Color Photo into Black and White.

Add Color to a Black-and-White Photo.

Chapter 10: Painting and Drawing on Photos.

Set the Foreground and Background Colors.

Add Color with the Brush Tool.

Change Brush Styles.

Add Color with the Paint Bucket Tool.

Draw a Shape.

Draw a Line.

Erase an Area.

Apply a Gradient.

Chapter 11: Applying Filters.

Blur an Image.

Distort an Image.

Turn an Image into a Painting.

Turn an Image into a Sketch.

Add Noise to an Image.

Pixelate an Image.

Emboss an Image.

Chapter 12: Adding Text Elements.

Add Text.

Change the Formatting of Text.

Change the Color of Text.

Apply a Filter to Text.

Create Warped Text.

Create Outlined Text.

Add a Shadow to Text.

Chapter 13: Applying Styles and Effects.

Add a Drop Shadow to a Photo.

Add a Drop Shadow to a Layer.

Frame an Image.

Add a Fancy Background.

Add Beveling to a Layer.

Add an Outer Glow to a Layer.

Add a Fancy Covering to a Layer.

Chapter 14: Automating Your Work.

Convert File Types.

Convert Image Sizes.

Add Watermarks.

Print a Contact Sheet.

Print a Picture Package.

Chapter 15: Organize Photos with Organizer.

Introducing Organizer.

Open Organizer.

Navigate the Organizer Workspace.

Catalog Photos Stored on Your Computer.

Catalog Photos from Your Camera.

Create a Catalog.

Open a Catalog.

View Photos in the Photo Browser.

View Photos by Date.

Review Photos as a Slide Show.

Work with Tags.

Tag Faces.

Group Photos Into a Collection.

View Photo Properties.

Add a Caption.

Find a Photo.

Back Up Photos.

Create a Slide Show.

Chapter 16: Outputting Files.

Add Caption and Copyright Information.

Save a JPEG for the Web.

Save a GIF for the Web.

Create a Web Photo Gallery.

Create a Postcard.

Send an Image with E-Mail.

Preview a Printout.

Print an Image.

Export Images.

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