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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Classroom in a Book

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Classroom in a Book is the most thorough and comprehensive way for you to master all the new features in Adobe's consumer-targeted image editing software. Each chapter in this step-by-step, project-based guide contains a project that builds on your growing knowledge of the program, while end-of-chapter review questions reinforce each lesson. You will learn the basics of editing your images with Photoshop Elements and will learn how best to use the program's many new features. In this new cross-platform (Mac and Windows) version of the book you will receive complete coverage of all of the new features of Adobe Photoshop 8. Use People Recognition to automatically identify people in your photos, Auto-Analyzer to find your most interesting and highest quality shots, recompose photos to any size or to fit a specific layout without distortion, perform one-step color and lighting adjustments, create perfectly lit shots with Photomerge Exposure, manage your photo library in a single catalog that's automatically synched across multiple computers, and much more.

Table of Contents

  1. Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 8 Classroom in a Book®
    1. What’s on the Disc
      1. Lesson files ... and so much more
    2. Getting Started
        1. About Classroom in a Book
        2. Prerequisites
          1. Requirements on your computer
          2. Required skills
        3. Installing Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
        4. Copying the Classroom in a Book files
          1. Copying the Lessons files from the CD
          2. Creating a work folder
          3. Creating a catalog file
        5. Reconnecting missing files to a catalog
        6. Additional resources
    3. 1. Photoshop Elements for Windows - A Quick Tour
        1. How Photoshop Elements works
          1. About the Photoshop Elements workspaces
          2. The Organizer workspace
          3. The Editor workspace
          4. Using panels and the Panel Bin
        2. Workflow
        3. Importing media
          1. Getting photos
          2. Creating a new catalog
        4. Using the Adobe Photo Downloader
          1. Getting photos from a digital camera or card reader
          2. Getting photos from files and folders
        5. Reviewing and comparing
          1. Viewing photos at full screen or side-by-side
        6. Choosing files
        7. Sharing photos in e-mail
        8. Creating an Adobe ID
          1. Signing up from the Welcome screen
          2. Signing up from the Organizer or Editor
          3. Signing in to your Photoshop.com account
        9. Using Help
          1. Help in the application
          2. LiveDocs Help on the Web
          3. Help PDF
          4. Links in the application
          5. Navigating Help
          6. Search tips
          7. Links to help in the application
          8. Hot-linked tips
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    4. 2. Basic Organizing on Windows
        1. Getting started
        2. Getting photos
          1. Creating a new catalog
          2. Dragging photos from Windows Explorer
          3. Getting photos from a known location
          4. Searching for photos to import
          5. Importing from a digital camera
          6. Using watched folders
        3. Viewing photo thumbnails in the Organizer
          1. Using the Media Browser views
          2. Using the Date View
        4. Working with star ratings and keyword tags
          1. Applying keyword tags and rating photos
          2. Creating new categories and sub-categories
          3. Applying and editing category assignments
          4. Creating and applying new keyword tags
          5. Converting keyword tags and categories
          6. Applying more keyword tags to images
          7. Working with keyword tags in Full Screen mode
          8. Using keyword tags to find pictures
          9. Automatically finding faces for tagging
          10. About People Recognition
          11. Naming faces in the Media Browser
          12. Finding people for tagging
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    5. 3. Basic Organizing on Mac OS
        1. A Quick Tour of Photoshop Elements (Mac OS)
        2. Working in Photoshop Elements
        3. The Bridge workspace
        4. Choosing files
        5. The Photoshop Elements workspace
          1. Using panels and the Panel Bin
        6. Working with the Application Frame
        7. Opening Bridge from Photoshop Elements
        8. Getting photos
          1. Browsing for files with Adobe Bridge
          2. Opening files from Photoshop Elements
          3. Opening files from the Finder
        9. Getting photos from a camera or card reader
          1. Using the Adobe Photo Downloader
        10. Reviewing and comparing photos
          1. Viewing a selection of photos in the Preview panel
          2. Viewing photos at full-screen size
          3. Viewing a full-screen slideshow
          4. Compare and select photos using Review mode
        11. Sharing photos by e-mail
        12. Using Help
          1. Help in the application
          2. Help on the Web
          3. Help PDF
          4. Navigating Help
          5. Search tips
          6. Links to help in the application
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    6. 4. Advanced Organizing on Windows
        1. Getting started
        2. Advanced import options
          1. Photo Downloader options
          2. Acquiring still frames from a video
          3. Importing from a PDF document
          4. Scanning images
        3. Organizing photos
          1. Working with version sets
          2. About stacks
          3. Tips for working with stacks
          4. Creating albums
          5. The Map view
        4. Viewing and finding photos
          1. Finding photos by visual similarity
          2. Finding photos using details and metadata
          3. Metadata support for audio and video files
          4. Viewing and managing files by folder location
          5. Hiding files
          6. Working with smart albums
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    7. 5. Advanced Organizing on Mac OS
        1. Getting started
        2. Advanced import options
          1. Photo Downloader options
          2. Acquiring still frames from a video
          3. Importing from a PDF document
          4. Scanning images
        3. Organizing photos
          1. About keyword tags, labels, and star ratings
          2. Assigning labels and ratings
          3. Working with keyword tags
        4. Searching by keywords, labels, and ratings
          1. Searching for photos with the Find command
          2. Finding photos using the Filter panel
          3. Performing a Quick Search
        5. Creating Collections
          1. Working with Smart Collections
          2. About stacks
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    8. 6. Creating Projects
        1. Getting started
          1. Finding the lesson files on Windows
          2. Finding the lesson files on Mac OS
        2. Creating a greeting card
          1. Choosing a theme and a layout
          2. Working with frames
          3. Adjusting a photo inside a frame
          4. Working with backgrounds
          5. Adding graphics from the Content library
          6. Refining a project in Full Edit mode
        3. Producing a Photo Book
          1. Rearranging the order of images in a project
          2. Choosing a theme and a photo layout
          3. Refining your Photo Book layout
          4. Replacing design elements
          5. Adding graphics
          6. Adding text to your project
        4. Assembling a photo collage
          1. Setting up your project page
          2. Exploring the artwork library
          3. Adding a background
          4. Adding more images
          5. Working with layers
          6. Adding graphics from the Content library
          7. Applying effects
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    9. 7. Printing, Sharing, and Exporting
        1. Getting started
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
        2. About printing
          1. Printing a contact sheet
            1. Printing a contact sheet on Windows
            2. Printing a contact sheet on Mac OS
          2. Printing a Picture Package
            1. Printing a Picture Package on Windows
            2. Printing a Picture Package on Mac OS
          3. Printing individual photos
          4. Ordering professionally printed photos online
        3. Creating an Adobe ID
          1. Creating an Adobe ID on Mac OS
          2. Creating an Adobe ID on Windows
          3. Signing up from the Welcome screen
          4. Signing up from the Organizer or Editor
          5. Signing in to your Photoshop.com account
        4. About sharing
          1. Using Photo Mail
        5. Creating a Web Photo Gallery on Mac OS
        6. Creating an Online Album on Windows
          1. Adding photos to your Online Album
          2. Changing the order of photos in an Online Album
          3. Sharing an existing album online
          4. Backing up and synchronizing media files
          5. Setting backup and synchronization options
          6. Checking backup and synchronization status
          7. Synchronizing separate computers
          8. Using an online sharing service
        7. About exporting
          1. Burning photos to CD or DVD
            1. Burning a CD or DVD on Windows
            2. Burning a CD or DVD on Mac OS
          2. Saving copies of your images for use on the Web
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    10. 8. Adjusting Color in Images
        1. Getting started
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Getting to know the Edit modes
        2. Correcting color problems
          1. Fixing files automatically in batches
        3. Using Guided Edit
          1. Correcting color in Guided Edit mode
            1. Locating the lesson file on Windows
            2. Locating the lesson file on Mac OS
          2. Removing a color cast using Guided Edit
          3. Adjusting lighting using Guided Edit
        4. Using Quick Edit mode
          1. Applying automatic adjustments separately
          2. Opening an image for Quick Fix editing
            1. Locating the lesson file on Windows
            2. Locating the lesson file on Mac OS
          3. Using Smart Fix
          4. Applying other automatic fixes
        5. Using the Touch Up tools
          1. Brightening a smile
            1. Locating the lesson file on Windows
            2. Locating the lesson file on Mac OS
          2. Setting up the Quick Edit workspace
          3. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
          4. Adding to and subtracting from an adjustment selection
          5. Modifying the Touch Up adjustment
        6. Using the Smart Brush tool
          1. Locating the lesson file on Windows
          2. Locating the lesson file on Mac OS
          3. Applying a Smart Brush adjustment
          4. Tweaking a Smart Paint adjustment
          5. Applying multiple Smart Paint adjustments
        7. Comparing methods of fixing color
          1. Creating extra working copies of an image
          2. Correcting color automatically
          3. Adjusting the results of an automatic fix manually
          4. Tweaking results from an automatic fix
          5. Comparing results
        8. Adjusting skin tones
        9. Working with red eye
          1. Using automatic Red Eye Fix
          2. Using the Red Eye Removal tool
        10. Making selections
          1. Using the Selection Brush tool
          2. Editing a saved selection
          3. Using the Quick Selection tool
          4. Working with selections
        11. Replacing the color of a pictured object
          1. Replacing a color throughout the image
          2. Replacing a color in a limited area of the image
        12. About printing color pictures
        13. Working with color management
          1. Setting up color management
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    11. 9. Fixing Exposure Problems
        1. Getting started
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
        2. Correcting images automatically in batches
        3. Brightening an underexposed image
        4. Applying the Quick Fix
        5. Exploring Guided Edit
        6. Fixing an image in Full Edit mode
          1. Using blending modes
        7. Adding adjustment layers
          1. Creating adjustment layers for lighting
        8. Correcting parts of an image
          1. Creating a selection
          2. Using layers to isolate parts of an image
          3. Correcting underexposed areas
          4. Adding more intensity
        9. Improving faded or overexposed images
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Creating a set of duplicate files
          4. Using blending modes to fix a faded image
          5. Adjusting shadows and highlights manually
          6. Adjusting brightness and contrast manually
          7. Adjusting levels
          8. Comparing results
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    12. 10. Repairing, Retouching, and Recomposing Images
        1. Getting started
          1. Finding the lesson files on Windows
          2. Finding the lesson files on Mac OS
        2. Using the Straighten tool
        3. Improving the composition of an image
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Recomposing a group photo
        4. Removing wrinkles and spots
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Preparing the file for editing
          4. Using the Healing Brush tool
          5. Refining the healing brush results
        5. Restoring a damaged photograph
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Preparing a working copy of the image file
          4. Using the Clone Stamp tool to fill in missing areas
          5. Using the Selection Brush tool
          6. Refining a saved selection
          7. Filtering flaws out of the backdrop area
          8. Adding definition with the Smart Brush
          9. Merging layers
          10. Finishing up the project
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    13. 11. Working with Text
        1. Getting started
        2. Placing text on an image
          1. Using a text search to find a file
            1. Searching text on Windows
            2. Searching text on Mac OS
          2. Adding an asymmetrical border
          3. Adding a text layer
          4. Editing a text layer
          5. Saving a work file with layers
        3. Overlaying text on an image
          1. Creating a new document for the text
          2. Applying a Layer Style to a text layer
            1. Locating the lesson files on Windows
            2. Locating the lesson files on Mac OS
          3. Adding text to multiple images
          4. Using Layer styles and distortions
            1. Locating the lesson image on Windows
            2. Locating the lesson image on Mac OS
          5. Adding a layer style
        4. Warping text
          1. Creating an un-stylized copy of the text layer
          2. Simplifying text and applying a pattern
          3. Hiding and revealing layers
          4. Deleting layers and layer styles
        5. Creating a type mask
          1. Locating the lesson image on Windows
          2. Locating the lesson image on Mac OS
          3. Working with the Type Mask tool
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    14. 12. Combining Multiple Images
        1. Getting started
          1. Locating the lesson files on Windows
          2. Locating the lesson files on Mac OS
        2. Merging photos into a panorama
          1. Cropping the merged image
          2. Creating a Photomerge Panorama interactively
        3. Creating a composite group shot
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Working with Photomerge Group Shot
        4. Removing unwanted intruders
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Using the Scene Cleaner tool
        5. Blending differently exposed photos
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Using the Photomerge Exposure tool
          4. Merging exposures automatically
          5. Adjusting the automatically merged image
        6. Combining multiple photographs in one file
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Arranging the image layers
          4. Creating a gradient clipping mask
          5. Applying the clipping mask to a layer
          6. Creating a clean edge with defringing
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    15. 13. Advanced Editing Techniques
        1. Getting started
        2. Working with camera raw images
          1. Locating the lesson file by text on Windows
          2. Locating the lesson file by text on Mac OS
        3. Improving a camera raw image
          1. Adjusting the white balance
          2. Working with the Temperature and Tint settings
          3. Using the tone controls on a raw image
        4. Saving the image
          1. About the DNG format
        5. About histograms
          1. Using the histogram
          2. Understanding highlights and shadows
          3. Adjusting levels
        6. About Unsharp Mask
          1. Applying the Unsharp Mask filter
        7. Using the filter gallery
          1. Setting up on Windows
          2. Setting up on Mac OS
          3. Creating effects with filters
          4. Experimenting with filters in the gallery
        8. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
        9. Learning more
        1. Review questions
        2. Review answers
    16. Production Notes
        1. Team credits
        2. Typefaces used
        3. Photo Credits
    17. Contributors