Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 On Demand
FOR THOSE WHO WOULD RATHER BE SHOWN HOW THAN TOLD HOW
SEE HOW TO
• Get started quickly with the Welcome Screen
• Browse, organize, and process files using the Organizer
• Easily find and view just the photos and video clips you want to see
• Easily create photo books, calendars, collages, slide shows, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and CD/DVD labels
• Use auto controls to quickly fix a photo
• Use Guided Edit to walk you step by step through the editing process
• Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo
• Easily brush away wrinkles and other unwanted photo results
• Use image trickery and special effects to change or enhance a photo
• Use themes and artwork to liven up your photo projects
• Create perfect group shots, seamless panoramas, and more
• Easily share your work using e-mail, online galleries, mobile phones,
On the Web
This book uses real world examples to give you a context in which to perform a task. This book also includes workshops to help you put together individual tasks into projects. The Photoshop example files that you need for project tasks are available at www.perspection.com.
Perspection has written and produced books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Flash CS3 and 8, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS2, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Microsoft Expression Web, and Apple Mac OS X Leopard. Perspection was founded in 1991, and is committed to providing information and training to help people use software more effectively. Perspection has written more than 80 computer books, and sold more than 5 million copies.
About the Author
Steve Johnson has written more than 45 books on a variety of computer software, including Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Microsoft Expression Web, Apple Mac OS X Leopard, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS2, Adobe Flash CS3 and 8, and Adobe Dreamweaver CS3. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. When time permits, he likes to travel to such places as New Hampshire in October, and Hawaii. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.
Read an Excerpt
How You'll Learn
- How This Book Works
- What's New
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Step-by-Step Instructions
- Real World Examples
- Get More on the Web
Welcome to Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 On Demand, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Photoshop Elements 6. This book provides complete coverage of basic to advanced Photoshop Elements skills.
How This Book Works
You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents or index, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you're done.
If you're searching for what's new in Photoshop Elements 6, just look for the icon: New!. The new icon appears in the table of contents and through out this book so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Photoshop Elements 6. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.
Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as Ctrl+P, as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts is available in the back of this book and on the Web at http://www.perspection.com.
This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you "how" to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A "Did You Know?" provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a "See Also" leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.
Real World Examples
This book uses real world examples files to give you a context in which to use the task. By using the example files, you won't waste time looking for or creating sample files. You get a start file and a result file, so you can compare your work. Not every topic needs an example file, such as changing options, so we provide a complete list of the example files used through out the book. The example files that you need for project tasks along with a complete file list are available on the Web at http://www.perspection.com.
This book shows you how to put together the individual step-by-step tasks into indepth projects with the Workshop. You start each project with a sample file, work through the steps, and then compare your results with project results file at the end. The Workshop projects in the back of this book and associated files are available on the Web at http://www.perspection.com.
Get More on the Web
In addition to the information in this book, you can also get more information on the Web to help you get up to speed faster with Photoshop Elements 6. Some of the information includes:
- Only New Features. Download and print the new features list as a quick and easy guide.
- Keyboard Shortcuts. Download a list of keyboard shortcuts to learn faster ways to get the job done.
- Photographs. Download photographs and other graphics to use in your Photoshop Elements documents.
- More Content. Download new content developed after publication.
You can access these additional resources on the Web at http://www.perspection.com.
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Table of Contents
1 Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 6 1
2 Customizing the Way You Work in the Organizer 25
3 Importing Photos into the Organizer 41
4 Viewing Photos in the Organizer 63
5 Finding Photos in the Organizer 81
6 Working with Photos in the Organizer 99
7 Working with Photos in the Editor 125
8 Navigating and Using the Editor 153
9 Mastering the Art of Selection 177
10 Working with Layers 203
11 Adjusting and Correcting Color 237
12 Using Transformation and Retouching Tools 267
13 Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools 291
14 Working with Layer Styles and Photo Effects 323
15 Manipulating Images with Filters 343
16 Getting Creative with Type 363
17 Saving Photos for the Web and Other Devices 379
18 Making Speciality Projects 409
19 Printing and Sharing Photos 447
20 Customizing the Way You Work in the Editor 473