You are previewing Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.
O'Reilly logo
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0

Book Description

If you are just starting to work with digital images and want great results fast, this complete, easy-to-follow guide is the one for you. As you take your first steps into the magical world of digital imaging, you'll rapidly gain mastery. Everything you need to make your once-in-a-lifetime photos look like a pro shot them is here-with real-life examples and hands-on projects from author and professional photographer Philip Andrews. Become skilled at how to capture superb images from the start as Philip guides you in plain-English through real-life examples.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. 1. The Buzz of Digital Photography
    1. The beginning – the digital photograph
    2. Making the digital image
    3. Quality factors in a digital image
    4. The steps in the digital process
    5. Where does Photoshop Elements fit into the process?
    6. Photoshop Elements 5.0
  9. 2. Introducing Photoshop Elements 5.0
    1. Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 – new tools and features
    2. The Photoshop Elements 5.0 workflow
    3. The interface
      1. The change continues
      2. New tools and features
      3. Revamped favorites
      4. Menus
      5. Tools
      6. Tool types
      7. The Quick Fix editor
      8. The Organizer workspace (Photo Browser or Date View)
      9. The Photo Creations feature
  10. 3. First Steps
    1. The Welcome screen
    2. Step 1: Getting your pictures into Elements
      1. Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Camera or Card Reader
      2. Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Scanner
      3. Ensuring enough pixels for the job
      4. Editor: Image > Divide Scanned Photos
      5. Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Files and Folders
      6. How to multi-select the files to import
      7. Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Mobile Phone
      8. Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Online Sharing Service
      9. Organizer: File > Get Photos > By Searching
    3. Other options for getting your photos into Elements
    4. Creating new documents
      1. Editor: File > New > Blank File
      2. Editor: File > New > Image from Clipboard
      3. Editor: File > Create or Organizer: File > Create
      4. Editor/Organizer: File > New > Photomerge Panorama
      5. Editor: File > Import > Frame From Video
    5. Step 2: Viewing your pictures
      1. Organizer: View > View Photos in Full Screen
      2. First stop – View Photos in Full Screen
      3. Organizer: View > Compare Photos Side by Side
      4. Comparing apples with apples
      5. Editor: View > Zoom In and Zoom Out
      6. Editor: Window > Navigator
    6. Step 3: Image rotating
    7. Step 4: Cropping and straightening
      1. Cropping
      2. New rotation controls
    8. Step 5: Automatic corrections
      1. First some background
      2. Organizer: Edit > Auto Smart Fix and Auto Red Eye Fix
      3. Version Sets
      4. Undo, Revert and Undo History
    9. Step 6: Printing
    10. Step 7: Saving
      1. Editor: File > Save
      2. Editor: File > Save As
      3. ‘The formats I use’
    11. Step 8: Organizing your pictures
      1. Tags
      2. Collections
      3. Stacks and Auto Stacks
    12. Step 9: Backing up your files
      1. Organizer: File > Backup
      2. Multi Disk Backups
  11. 4. Simple Image Changes
    1. Three levels of editing
    2. Setting up your screen for Elements
      1. Popularity can be a problem
      2. Before you start
    3. Brightness and contrast changes
      1. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/Contrast
      2. Editor: Enhance > Auto Contrast
      3. Editor: Enhance > Auto Levels
      4. Editor: Enhance > Auto Smart Fix
      5. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Smart Fix
      6. The Quick Fix editor – ‘quick change central’
      7. Altering a few tones only
      8. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Shadows/Highlights
    4. Dodge and Burn tools
    5. Color corrections
      1. Editor: Enhance > Auto Color Correction
      2. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color Cast
      3. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations
      4. The Red Eye Removal tool
      5. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Skin Tone
    6. Using filters and effects
      1. Editor: Filters menu
      2. Editor: Filter > Filter Gallery
      3. Editor: Window > Artwork and Effects
      4. Editor: Filter > Blur > Motion Blur
      5. Editor: Filter > Sketch > Chalk & Charcoal
      6. Editor: Filter > Distort > Liquify
      7. Editor: Filter > Sketch > Graphic Pen
      8. Editor: Filter > Stylize > Emboss
      9. Third party filters
    7. Getting help with Elements
      1. Hints
      2. The How To feature
      3. Help
  12. 5. Hands on Techniques
    1. Better digital capture
      1. So what is in a RAW file?
    2. Elements raw processing Step-by-step
      1. Opening the Raw file
      2. Rotate
      3. Adjusting white balance
      4. Tonal control
      5. Color strength adjustments
      6. Sharpness/Smoothness and Noise Reduction
      7. Output options
      8. Save, Open or Done
      9. Color depth or ‘What do you mean 8 bits per channel?’
    3. Manual tonal control
      1. Editor: Window > Histogram
      2. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels
    4. Specialized color control
      1. Editor: Enhance > Auto Color Correction
      2. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation
      3. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations
      4. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves
      5. Sponge
      6. Editor: Filter > Adjustments > Posterize
      7. Editor: Filter > Adjustments > Invert
      8. Editor: Filter > Adjustments > Photo Filter
    5. High quality sharpening techniques
      1. Editor: Enhance > Auto Sharpen
      2. Editor: Enhance > Unsharp Mask
      3. Editor: Enhance > Adjust Sharpness
      4. Elements’ sharpening tools
    6. Retouching techniques
      1. Editor: Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches
      2. Clone Stamp
      3. Spot Healing Brush
      4. Healing Brush
      5. Editor: Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise
    7. Adding texture to an image
      1. Editor: Filter > Noise > Add Noise
      2. Editor: Filter > Texture > Grain
      3. Editor: Filter > Texture > Texturizer
    8. Changing the size of your images
      1. Editor: Image > Resize > Image Size
      2. Editor: Image > Resize > Canvas Size
      3. Increasing the canvas size with the Crop tool
  13. 6. Using Selections and Layers
    1. Selection basics
      1. Drawing selection tools
      2. Drawing selection tool summaries
      3. Color selection tools
    2. Modifying drawn and color-based selections
      1. The new Magic Selection Brush
      2. The Magic Extractor feature
    3. Selections in action
      1. Advanced dodging and burning
      2. Artificial depth of field
      3. Filtering a selection
      4. Selective saturation changes
    4. Layers and their origins
      1. The Layers palette
      2. Layer types
      3. Frame Layers
      4. Layer transparency
      5. Layer blend modes
      6. Layer Styles
      7. Organizing layers
      8. Quick guide to Layer shortcuts
  14. 7. Combining Text with Your Images
    1. Creating simple type
    2. Creating Paragraph Text
    3. Basic text changes
    4. Creating and using type masks
    5. Reducing the ‘jaggies’
    6. Warping type
    7. Applying styles to type layers
    8. New text alternatives in version 5.0
    9. Debunking some type terms
      1. Font size
      2. Font family and style
      3. Alignment and justification
      4. Leading
  15. 8. Using Elements’ Painting and Drawing Tools
    1. Cookie Cutter tool
    2. Painting tools
      1. Paint Brush
      2. The More Options palette
      3. Airbrush
      4. Pencil
      5. Paint Bucket
      6. Choosing my paint colors
      7. Painting tools summary
      8. The Impressionist Brush tool
      9. Color Replacement tool
      10. Erasing
      11. Smart erasing
    3. Better with a tablet
    4. Painting tools in action
      1. Hand coloring black and white
    5. Drawing tools
      1. Even more shapes
      2. Cookie Cutter tool
      3. Shapes and graphics in the new Artwork and Effects palette
  16. 9. Photo Layouts
    1. Four steps to Photo Layout creation
    2. Editing existing Photo Layout designs
    3. Adding, removing and replacing photos
    4. Adding, moving and deleting pages
    5. The Artwork and Effects palette
      1. Artwork and Effects > Artwork
      2. Artwork and Effects > Themes
      3. Artwork and Effects > Special Effects
      4. Artwork and Effects > Text
      5. Artwork and Effects > Favorites
  17. 10. Creating Great Panoramas
    1. Taking Photomerge images
      1. Image overlap
      2. Keep the camera level
      3. Maintain focal length
      4. Pivot around the lens
      5. Maintain exposure
      6. Keep white balance consistent
      7. Watch the edges
    2. Editing your panorama
      1. Editor: File > New > Photomerge Panorama
    3. Photomerge from the Photo Browser
      1. Photo Browser: File > New > Photomerge Panorama
    4. Photomerge in action
      1. Vertical stitches
      2. Document stitches
      3. Making panoramas that spin
    5. Fixing panorama problems
    6. Top tips from panoramic professionals
  18. 11. Preparing Images for the Web or E-mail
    1. Images and the Net
      1. GIF
      2. JPEG
      3. JPEG 2000
      4. PNG
      5. Flash
    2. Getting the balance right
    3. Web compression formats side by side
    4. Making your own web gallery
      1. Multi-select pictures to include
      2. Built for speed
      3. Going live
      4. Step-by-step Photo Galleries creation
      5. Sharing online – the Web Photo Galleries alternative
    5. Sending images as e-mail attachments
      1. Attach Selected Items to E-mail dialog
    6. Making simple web animations with Elements
      1. Traditional animation
      2. Animation – the Elements method
      3. Animation advice
      4. Flipbooks – a new way to animate
    7. Creating your own slide shows
      1. Creating slide shows
      2. Version 5.0 slide shows in action
    8. Editing the slide photos
  19. 12. Preparing Images for Printing
    1. Printing the Elements way
      1. Printing from the Organizer workspace
    2. The link between paper type and quality prints
    3. Making your first print
    4. Printing a section of a full image
    5. Making multiple prints
      1. Contact sheets
      2. Picture packages
      3. Picture labels
      4. Individual Prints
      5. Balancing image size and picture quality
    6. Aiming for the best prints
      1. Getting to know your printer
      2. Typical printing problems and their solutions
    7. Web-Based Printing
      1. Making your first online prints
      2. Options for web printing
  20. 13. Photo Creations
    1. The Photo Creation projects
      1. Photo Book Pages, Photo Layout and Album Pages
      2. Greeting Card
      3. CD and DVD Jackets
      4. CD/DVD Label
      5. Slide shows on your computer or TV
      6. VCD/DVD with Menu
      7. Photo Gallery
      8. Flipbook
      9. Photo Calendar
      10. Photo Stamps
  21. 14. Managing Your Files
    1. Organizing your photos with Photoshop Elements 5.0
      1. It starts in-camera
      2. And continues when downloading
    2. Organizing and searching features
      1. Tagging your photos
      2. Creating new tags
      3. New Face Tagging technology
    3. Collections – the Elements way to group like photos
      1. Adding photos to a group
      2. Using Collection Groups
      3. Collection and Tagging strategies:
    4. Locating files
      1. Finding tagged photos or those contained in a collection
      2. Find by details or metadata
    5. Attaching a Map Reference
    6. Protecting your assets
      1. Making your first backup
      2. Multi-disk Backup
      3. Multi-session Backup
      4. Online Backup
      5. Backup glossary
      6. Backup hardware
      7. Back up regularly
      8. Store the duplicates securely
      9. Versioning your edits
      10. Versions and Photoshop Elements
      11. Elements’ image stacks
      12. Auto Stacking
      13. Automating editing tasks
    7. Multi-selection editing
  22. 15. Theory into Practice: Real Life Elements Projects
    1. Project 1: Slide shows from your home videos
    2. Project 2: Stitching big paintings together
    3. Project 3: Professional folio of images on CD-ROM
    4. Project 4: The school newsletter
    5. Project 5: Real estates go digital
    6. Project 6: Photographic print display
    7. Project 7: Business manager presentation
    8. Project 8: Restoration of a family heirloom
    9. Project 9: Menu for restaurant
    10. Project 10: Advertisement optimized for black and white
    11. Project 11: Company logo, letterhead, business card
    12. Project 12: Holiday panoramic posters
  23. 16. Where to From Here?
    1. The differences between Elements and Photoshop
      1. Offset printing
      2. Web-based production
      3. Color management
      4. Automated functions
      5. Paths
      6. Curves
      7. Color Balance
      8. 16-bit support
      9. High Dynamic Range photos
      10. Vanishing Point
    2. Who can guide me further?
  24. Appendices
    1. Jargon buster
    2. Keyboard shortcuts
    3. Elements/Photoshop feature equivalents
  25. Index