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Until now, Adobe Photoshop Elements hasn't been considered powerful or full-featured enough for serious image correction. This book changes that forever. Powerful, advanced tools that lie hidden inside Photoshop Elements are turned loose as you turn through every section and discover new methods.

All you need are the techniques found in this book and the author's custom Hidden Power tools included on the CD. These tools are powerful enhancements that unlock key features like ...

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Overview

Until now, Adobe Photoshop Elements hasn't been considered powerful or full-featured enough for serious image correction. This book changes that forever. Powerful, advanced tools that lie hidden inside Photoshop Elements are turned loose as you turn through every section and discover new methods.

All you need are the techniques found in this book and the author's custom Hidden Power tools included on the CD. These tools are powerful enhancements that unlock key features like Curves, channel separations (RGB and CMYK), and masking. Soon you'll be able to do more than you ever thought possible with your images, including:

  • Radically upgrade the quality of results using channels, custom separations, and image luminosity.
  • Alter reality by creating new photo-realistic objects and adding them to existing images.
  • Create dynamic images for the web using animation, slices, and rollovers.
  • Correct and enhance image tone and color using Curves, Color Balance and custom layer blending tools.
  • Make complicated masks and advanced selections to easily target your corrections
  • Create original, scalable line art for logos by harnessing the power of custom vectors

The enclosed CD contains an extraordinary collection of tools that expand what you can do with Photoshop Elements by unveiling powerful features hidden under the hood, including: Calculations, Channels, Clipping Paths, Color Balance, Curves, custom vectors, Masking, Snapshots, Color Separations (RGB, CMYK, Color and Luminosity, and RGBL), enhanced sharpening, and more! The CD also contains 70 image and project files to use while working along with the book's exercises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782141788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/16/2002
  • Edition description: Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lynch is the author Special Edition Using Photoshop 6 and Adobe Photoshop 5 How-To, as well as numerous articles on Photoshop, scanning, digital photography and imaging for various magazines. He is the editor of more than 30 current photography and digital imaging how-to books. His Photoshop work has appeared in print and on the web, in web site design, magazines, books, music CDs, trade-show installations, and as logos.

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Doing this book changed the way I work with images after 10 years of professional digital editing using Photoshop. I've streamlined techniques and simplified my approach while radically expanding on what Photoshop Elements can accomplish in correcting and altering images. After creating and working with the tools included on the CD, I no longer question what Elements can do, and more often wonder what it can't. This book is your bridge to improving your images and finding all the power you need using Photoshop Elements alone.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

a. What Makes a Good Image
b. But What Corrections Do You Make?
c. The Goal of This Book
d. Going Further with Hidden Power Tools


Part I: Preparation and Concepts for Serious Image Editing

Chapter 1: Essentials of Images and Image Editing

a. The Image Editing Process
b. The Tools You’ll Need
c. Basic Concepts of Tone, Contrast, and Color
d. Your Images and Equipment


Part II: Wrestling with Image Tone and Contrast

Chapter 2: Separating Color and Tone

a. The Art of Turning Color to Black-and-White
b. Turning Black-and-White to Color Again
c. Adding Color to Tone

Chapter 3: Manipulating Image Tones

a. Do Minor Cleanup First
b. Evaluating Image Tones
c. Redistributing Tone with Levels
d. Snapping and Fading Contrast with Curves
e. (Un)Sharpening and Boosting Contrast
f. Reduce Image Noise for Smoother Tone
g. Adding Image Noise for Realism
h. Masking with Image Tone


Part III: Serious Color Correction

Chapter 4: Applying Tonal Manipulations to Color

a. Minor Cleanup for Color Images
b. Levels Correction for Color
c. Curves Correction for Color

Chapter 5: Color-Specific Correction Tools

a. Using Hue/Saturation for Color Adjustments
b. Adjusting Color Balance
c. Painting in Color Changes: History Brush Application
d. Making Duotones
e. RGB Channel Calculations and Mixing
f. Separating CMYK Color
g. Using CMYK Color


Part IV: Rebuilding Images

Chapter 6: Altering Composition

a. Problems in Composition
b. Cropping as a Tool for Composition
c. Isolating Image Elements
d. Compositing Image Elements

Chapter 7: Reshaping Image Elements

a. Transformations and Distortions
b. Shaping Image Elements with Light and Shadow
c. Creating Image Elements


Part V: Images in Print

Chapter 8: Vectors

a. Making Vectors
b. Creating Vector Art
c. Applying a Clipping Path

Chapter 9: Options for Printing

a. Printers and Printer Resolution
b. Making Prints at Home
c. Printing to the Edge
d. Other Printing Options


Part VI: Images on the Web

Chapter 10: Creating and Using Web Graphics

a. Image file types for the Web
b. Basic guidelines for web design
c. Inserting images in HTML
d. Making a web gallery
e. Creating slices from a whole image
f. Creating rollovers
g. Creating animations
h. Looking beyond the book


Appendix: Other Concepts and References

a. The Toolbox
b. Resolution
c. File types
d. Bit depth
e. Blending modes
f
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Cool Book. Highly Recommended.

    I was looking for an alternative to Photoshop, and this book has it. Not only are the techniques mostly ones that I haven't seen (noise reductions and color changes made simple), but the tools allow me to do all the things Photoshop does that everyone says you can't like masking and curves. It isn't a beginner book, but it isn't exactly hard. It has useful discussion of why so I know. Lots of step-by-step. Great CD add ons for Elements that help you out. Techniques aren't just effects that work on the images provided with the book like they usually are. They work on my images. The most valuable book on working with digital images that I've bought, and I have a bunch. I can use Photoshop techniques I know from other books in Elements now.

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