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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Photographers

Book Description

A complete reference guide for all levels of photographers who use Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Section One: Introducing Photoshop Elements
    1. Digital Basics
      1. Photography is everywhere
      2. The beginning – the digital photograph
      3. Creating digital photos
      4. The steps in the digital process
      5. Where does Photoshop Elements fit into the process?
        1. Photoshop Elements 8
    2. Photoshop Elements
      1. Top tools for the photographer
      2. The Photoshop Elements workflow
      3. The Organizer workspace
      4. The Editor workspace
      5. Moving between Organizer and Editor spaces
      6. The Create and Share task panes
      7. New and improved features for Photoshop Elements 8
      8. Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements
      9. Photoshop Elements 8 for the Apple Macintosh
      10. First steps
      11. The Welcome screen
      12. Step 1: Getting your pictures into Elements
      13. Step-by-step to better scanning
      14. Creating new documents
      15. Step 2: Viewing your pictures
      16. Step 3: Image rotating
      17. Step 4: Cropping and straightening
      18. Step 5: Automatic corrections
      19. Step 6: Printing
      20. Step 7: Saving
      21. Step 8: Organizing your pictures
      22. Step 9: Backing up your files
  8. Section Two: The Photographer’s Toolkit
    1. Organize
      1. The Organizer workspace
      2. The Welcome Screen
      3. The Organizer Menu Bar
      4. The Organizer Shortcuts Bar
      5. The Organizer Bottom Bar
      6. Managing your photos with the Organizer
      7. Organizing and searching features
      8. Albums – the Elements way to group alike photos
      9. Locating files
      10. Attaching a Map Reference
      11. Protecting your assets
      12. Bridge – the center for Mac-based image management
        1. The latest version of Bridge
      13. Setting up Bridge
      14. Using Bridge to manage your Elements photos
    2. Fix
      1. The Fix Task Pane
      2. Automatic editing options
      3. Automating editing of several pictures at once
    3. Create
      1. Photo projects
      2. Photo Book and Photo Collages
      3. Photo Calendar
      4. Photo Stamps
      5. Greeting Card
      6. Photo Prints
      7. Flipbook
      8. Slide Shows
      9. PDF Slide Show
      10. VCD/DVD with Menu
      11. CD/DVD Labels
      12. CD and DVD Jackets
      13. Web Gallery
      14. Instant Movie
    4. Share
      1. Share, share and share alike!
      2. Archiving files direct to CD/DVD
      3. Sharing online
      4. Phone Photos
    5. Raw
      1. Better digital capture
      2. Enabling your Raw camera
      3. Modifying your capture workflow for Raw
      4. Auto Raw Conversions
      5. The Adobe Camera Raw utility
      6. Raw Enhancement Workflow
      7. Output options
      8. The manual raw conversion process via ACR
      9. Keeping ACR up to date
      10. Other Raw plug-ins
      11. Raw file queue
        1. Applying changes across multiple raw files
        2. Applying changes across rated raw files
        3. The raw advantage
    6. Edit Guided
      1. The Guided editor mode – ‘help when you need it’
    7. Edit Quick
      1. The Quick editor mode – ‘quick change central’
    8. Edit Full
      1. The Full Editor interface
      2. Setting up your screen for Elements
      3. Setting Color Management in Photoshop Elements
      4. Brightness and contrast changes
      5. Dodge and Burn tools
      6. Color corrections
      7. Transforming the shape of photos
  9. Section Three: Elements in Action
    1. Advanced Techniques
      1. The importance of Bit Depth
      2. Manual tonal control
      3. Specialized color control
      4. High quality sharpening techniques
      5. Retouching techniques
      6. Adding texture to an image
      7. Changing the size of your images
    2. Selections
      1. Selection basics
      2. Beyond One Step Selections
      3. Selections in action
    3. Layers
      1. Layers and their origins
      2. Layer Masking techniques
    4. Text
      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. Debunking some common type terms
      9. Other ways to add text
    5. Painting
      1. Painting tools
      2. Better with a tablet
      3. Custom brush creation
      4. Painting tools in action
      5. Drawing tools
    6. Filters
      1. Using filters and plug-ins
    7. Photomerge
      1. Taking images with Photomerge in mind
      2. Getting images into Photomerge
      3. Photomerge Group Shot
      4. Photomerge Faces
      5. Photomerge Scene Cleaner
      6. Photomerge Exposure
      7. Photomerge Panorama
      8. Photomerge Panorama in action
      9. Fixing Photomerge problems
    8. Photo Books and Collages
      1. Elements’ advanced layout options
      2. Creating Photo Books with Elements
      3. Five steps to creating an Elements Photo Book
      4. Creating Photo Collages
      5. Edit an existing design
      6. Adding, replacing and removing photos
      7. Adding, moving and deleting pages
      8. The Create Module
    9. Web
      1. The Photoshop Elements’ community
      2. Images and the Net
      3. Getting the balance right
      4. Web compression formats side by side
      5. Making your own web gallery
      6. Online Gallery versus Online Album
      7. Other ways to share albums
      8. Creating Web Galleries in Elements for Macintosh
      9. Sending images as email attachments
      10. Photoshop.com is your new online partner
      11. Making simple web animations with Elements
      12. Creating your own slideshows
    10. Printing
      1. Pathways to printing in Elements
      2. Making your first print
      3. Making multiple prints
      4. Color Management in the Print Dialog
      5. Typical printing problems and their solutions
      6. Web-based Printing
      7. Printing directly from Photoshop.com
    11. Theory into Practice
      1. The Project – ‘A Family History’
      2. 1. Capturing the source files
      3. 2. Importing, tagging and creating Albums
      4. 3. Crop, Straighten, Trim
      5. 4. Brightness, Contrast, Color
      6. 5. Removing backgrounds
      7. 6. Restore and retouch
      8. 7. Convert to gray and tint
      9. 8. Creating a Photo Book
      10. 9. Add extra elements and fine-tune
      11. 10. Output to print
  10. Appendices
    1. Organizer Preferences (Win)
    2. Editor Preferences:
    3. Color Settings
    4. Bridge Preferences (Mac)
    5. Premiere Elements 8 (Windows)
  11. Index