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Advanced Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers

Book Description

Philip Andrews shares his in-depth knowledge of Elements in this advanced guide ensuring that you can achieve optimum results from this powerful package. Once you've mastered the basics of Photoshop Elements, this is the book to further develop your skills to get professional results!

Beyond exploring techniques, Philip addresses how to manage the digital workflow in general, covering scanner and camera capture techniques, advanced image changes, providing detailed information on how to produce darkroom techniques digitally with Elements, as well as graphics capabilities and explaining how they all fit together.

The associated website, www.adv-elements.com includes images featured in the book, so you can easily put these new found skills into practice.

Superbly illustrated in color throughout, written in Philip's trademark no-nonsense style, this guide will ensure you stay ahead of the rest. This is definitely the book for the digital photographer who wants to stand out from the crowd!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Picture credits
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Introduction
  9. 1 The Next Level
    1. Elements basics
    2. Basic Elements workflow
  10. 2 Scanner and Camera Techniques
    1. The basics – resolution
    2. 2.01 How many pixels do I need?
    3. The basics – color depth
    4. 2.02 More colors equals better quality
    5. Digital shooting technique
    6. 2.03 Exposure Compensation
    7. Frame-by-frame control
    8. 2.04 Contrast
    9. 2.05 Color saturation
    10. 2.07 White balance control
    11. 2.08 Applying fine-tuning automatically
    12. 2.09 Customizing your white balance
    13. 2.10 Shooting RAW for ultimate control
    14. 2.11 Shooting workflows
    15. Film and print scanners
    16. 2.12 Scanning resolution
    17. 2.13 Color depth
    18. 2.14 Multi-sample
    19. 2.15 Highlight and shadow capture
    20. 2.16 Color cast correction
    21. 2.17 Dust and scratches
    22. 2.18 Noise reduction technologies
    23. 2.19 Color regeneration features
    24. 2.20 Scanning workflow
    25. Fixing common shooting problems
    26. Fixing common scanning problems
  11. 3 Image Changes – Beyond the Basics
    1. Advanced selection techniques
    2. 3.01 Adding to and subtracting from selections
    3. 3.02 Saving and loading selections
    4. 3.03 Modifying selections
    5. 3.04 Transformimg a selection
    6. 3.05 Precise control of selection size
    7. Understanding layers
    8. Masking techniques
    9. 3.06 Painting masks with the Selection Brush
    10. 3.07 Fill and adjustment layer masks
    11. 3.08 Using selections with layer masks
    12. Converting color to black and white
    13. 3.10 Changing the mode to grayscale
    14. 3.11 Desaturate the color file
    15. Advanced dodging and burning-in
    16. 3.12 Using selections to change tone
    17. 3.13 Erase back through tonal layers
    18. Enhance your poorly exposed pictures
    19. 3.14 Screening image layers to enhance tones
    20. 3.15 Adding detail to highlights and shadows
    21. Tinted monochromes
    22. 3.16 Using Hue and saturation to tone your pictures
    23. Split toning
    24. 3.17 Select and tone
    25. 3.18 Two-layer erase
    26. Black and white and color
    27. 3.19 Layer mask and gradient map
    28. Border techniques
    29. 3.20 Simple borders
    30. 3.21 Sophisticated edges using grayscale masks
    31. Adding texture
    32. 3.22 Add Noise filter
    33. 3.23 Grain filter
    34. 3.24 Non-destructive textures
  12. 4 Darkroom Techniques on the Desktop
    1. 4.01 Diffusion printing
    2. 4.02 Instant film transfer effect
    3. 4.03 Using the Unsharp Mask filter to add contrast
    4. 4.04 Lith printing technique
    5. 4.05 Correcting perspective problems
    6. 4.06 Add emphasis with saturation
    7. 4.07 Restoring color to faded images
    8. 4.08 Cross-processing effects
    9. 4.09 Digital hand coloring
    10. 4.10 Realistic depth of field effects
    11. 4.11 Beyond the humble drop shadow
    12. 4.12 Ring flash shadow
    13. 4.13 Hidden ‘Curves’ features
    14. 4.14 Dust and scratches be gone
    15. 4.15 Combining images seamlessly
  13. 5 Making Better Panoramas
    1. Advanced shooting techniques
    2. 5.01 Positioning the camera
    3. 5.02 Camera support
    4. 5.03 Exposure
    5. 5.04 Focus and zoom
    6. 5.05 Depth of field
    7. 5.06 White balance
    8. 5.07 Timing
    9. 5.08 Ensuring consistent overlap
    10. 5.09 Dealing with the moving subject
    11. 5.10 Fixing misaligned picture parts
    12. 5.11 Coping with extremes of brightness
    13. 5.12 Creating artificially increased DOF
    14. 5.13 Correcting exposure differences
    15. 5.14 Adjusting for changes in color balance
    16. 5.15 Vertical panoramas
    17. 5.16 High resolution mosaics
    18. 5.17 Panoramic printing
    19. 5.18 Spinning panorama movies
    20. 5.19 Panorama workflow
  14. 6 Extending Your Web Abilities
    1. Building websites – the basics
    2. 6.01 Web Photo Gallery websites
    3. 6.02 Customizing Web Photo Gallery templates
    4. Creating individual web assets using Photoshop Elements
    5. 6.03 Optimizing photos for the web
    6. 6.04 Button creation
    7. 6.05 Effective headings
    8. 6.06 Making seamless backgrounds
    9. 6.07 Creating downloadable slide shows
    10. 6.08 Assembling the site
    11. 6.09 Uploading the site
  15. 7 Producing Effective Graphics
    1. Revisiting painting and drawing basics
    2. 7.01 Controlling brush characteristics
    3. 7.02 Changing an existing brush
    4. 7.03 Creating a new brush
    5. 7.04 Text
    6. 7.05 Adding styles to text layers
    7. 7.06 Customizing shapes
    8. 7.07 Adding pictures to shapes
    9. Text and pictures
    10. 7.08 Images in text
    11. 7.09 Text in images
    12. 7.10 Realistic text and image montages
    13. 7.11 Hand drawn logos
    14. 7.12 Reducing your picture’s colors
    15. 7.13 Posterized pictures
    16. 7.14 Kaleidoscopic images
    17. 7.15 Presentation backgrounds
  16. 8 Finely Crafted Output
    1. Printing basics
    2. The inkjet printer
    3. Laser
    4. Dye sublimation
    5. Other printing processes
    6. Image resolution vs printer resolution
    7. 8.01 Basic print steps
    8. 8.02 Creating contact sheets
    9. 8.03 Multiple prints on a page
    10. Ensuring color consistency between devices
    11. 8.04 Setting up a color managed workflow
    12. 8.05 Calibrating your screen – Adobe Gamma
    13. 8.06 Calibrating your screen – ColorVision Spyder
    14. Getting intimate with your printer
    15. 8.07 Calibrating your printer – resolution, color and tone tests
    16. 8.08 Calibrating your printer – ColorVision PrintFIX
    17. 8.09 Making great black and white prints
    18. 8.10 Preparing your images for professional outsourcing
    19. 8.11 Shoot small print big
    20. 8.12 Printing workflow
  17. Appendices
    1. Jargon buster
    2. Keyboard shortcuts
    3. Elements/Photoshop feature equivalents
  18. Index