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Advanced Photoshop Elements 5.0 for Digital Photographers

Book Description

Once you have mastered the fundamentals, this easy-to-follow, advanced guide takes you to new levels of expertise. Advance your skills and artistry far beyond the basics with expert guidance from the top industry insider to achieve professional-level results. Find innovative ways to exploit the new features of Elements 5.0 to achieve outstanding digital images. You learn how to stretch your digital photos and Elements to their limits and master all the insider tricks, tips, and techniques that guarantee outstanding results.

Learn everything you need to know about raw files, workflow, storage, toning, speed tweaks for no cost, how to fix scanning problems, make the most of dodging and burning-in techniques, adjust images for changes in color balance, set up a color managed workflow; and more from this completely updated edition for Elements 5.0. Learn how to use new features like the Adjust Color Curves and Sharpness options, the Convert to Black and White feature, 5 click web photo galleries and the Correct Camera Distortion filter. New chapters walk you through professional retouching, a complete raw workflow for Elements users, and the new free-form layout feature - Photo Layouts, including the Artworks and Effects palette.

Superbly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs, written in Philip's trademark no-nonsense style, this must-have guide will help ensure that your digital photography stands out from the crowd as you learn how to:

* Take control of advanced image changes and apply amazing graphics capabilities
* Use scanner and camera capture techniques like the pros
* Extend your web capabilities
* Produce professional results quickly from your raw files with a complete workflow solution based around Elements.
* Explore the creative potential of the new Photo Layout feature
* Produce darkroom effects digitally
* Integrate all the power of Elements 5.0 to fit together for prize-winning results
* Transform your photographs with step-by-step, illustrated color tutorials into results that will amaze you (and your friends, family, colleagues, and customers)
* Increase your productivity with timesaving tips, workarounds, and advice to create an efficient, smooth workflow
* Master professional retouching techniques
* Create awesome panoramas
* Much, much more.

Learn how to get the most from Philip Andrews, best-selling author, renowned photographer, Adobe Photoshop Elements Ambassador, professional photographer, accomplished teacher, best-selling international author, and alpha tester for Adobe.

FREE Bonus! Companion website ( www.adv-elements.com ) provides even more tools to hone your skills with.

* Images for you to manipulate as you follow step-by-step book projects
* Video tutorials and printable lesson plans
* Links for examples, updates, and further learning
* Raw and 16-bits/Channel files to examine and put to the test
* And more!

Praise for previous editions of this title:

"Philip's friendly style makes learning Photoshop Elements a breeze. This book gives you everything you need to feel like a digital pro in no time at all."-Richard Coencas, Photoshop Elements Quality Engineer Lead, Adobe Systems

"With Philip as your guide, you'll be using Elements like a pro and making great images in no time.”-
Nigel Atherton, Chief Editor, "What Digital Camera” and "Better Digital Photography”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. The Next Level
    1. The comprehensive Photoshop Elements workflow
    2. Elements basics
    3. Basic Elements workflow
  8. 2. Scanner and Camera Techniques
    1. The basics – resolution
      1. 2.01 How many pixels do I need?
    2. The basics – color depth
      1. 2.02 More colors equal better quality
    3. Digital shooting technique
      1. 2.03 Exposure compensation
    4. Frame-by-frame control
      1. 2.04 Contrast
      2. 2.05 Color saturation
      3. 2.06 Image sharpness
      4. 2.07 White balance control
      5. 2.08 Applying fine-tuning automatically
      6. 2.09 Customizing your white balance
      7. 2.10 Shooting RAW for ultimate control
      8. So what is in a RAW file?
    5. The RAW advantage
      1. 2.11 Shooting workflows
    6. Film and print scanners
      1. 2.12 Scanning resolution – ‘Know where you are going before you start the journey’
      2. 2.13 Color depth
      3. 2.14 Multi-sample
      4. 2.15 Highlight and shadow capture
      5. 2.16 Color cast correction
      6. 2.17 Dust and scratches
      7. 2.18 Noise Reduction technologies
      8. 2.19 Color regeneration features
      9. 2.20 Scanning workflow
      10. Fixing common shooting problems
      11. Fixing common scanning problems
  9. 3. Processing Raw files
    1. 3.01 Enabling your raw camera
    2. 3.02 Modifying your capture workflow for raw
    3. 3.03 Using the Adobe Photo Downloader
    4. 3.04 The Adobe Camera Raw interface
    5. 3.05 The Conversion process
    6. 3.06 Keeping ACR up to date
    7. 3.07 Other Raw plug-ins
  10. 4. Photo Organization and Management
    1. Organizing your photos with Photoshop Elements
      1. 4.01 Add picture details in-camera
      2. 4.02 Organize photos whilst downloading
    2. Organizing using Photo Browser
      1. 4.03 Captioning
      2. 4.04 Naming and renaming
      3. 4.05 Tagging your photos
      4. 4.06 Auto Face Tagging
      5. 4.07 Collections and how to group photos
      6. 4.08 Changing your view
      7. 4.09 Locating files
    3. Protecting your assets
      1. 4.10 Creating a backup
    4. Back up regularly
    5. Store the duplicates securely
      1. 4.11 Versioning your edits
    6. Versions and Photoshop Elements
      1. 4.12 Creating Image Stacks
  11. 5. Pathways to Editing in Elements
    1. Automatic editing
    2. Auto editing summary:
      1. 5.01 Auto Smart Fix
      2. 5.02 Adjust Smart Fix
      3. 5.03 Auto Red Eye Fix
    3. Automating editing of several pictures at once
      1. 5.04 Processing multiple files
      2. 5.05 Multi-selection editing
      3. 5.06 Bulk Red Eye fixing
    4. Semi-automatic editing
    5. Semi-auto editing summary
      1. 5.07 Using the Quick Fix editor
      2. 5.08 Semi-auto Full Edit features
    6. Manual editing
      1. 5.09 The Full Edit workspace
  12. 6. Image Changes – Beyond the Basics
    1. Advanced selection techniques
      1. 6.01 Adding to and subtracting from selections
      2. 6.02 Using the Selection Brush
      3. 6.03 Magical selections
      4. 6.04 Saving and loading selections
      5. 6.05 Modifying selections
      6. 6.06 Transforming a selection
      7. 6.07 Precise control of selection size
    2. Understanding layers
    3. Masking techniques
      1. 6.08 Painting masks with the Selection Brush
      2. 6.09 Fill and adjustment layer masks
      3. 6.10 Using selections with layer masks
      4. 6.11 ‘Group with Previous’ masks
    4. Converting color to black and white
      1. 6.12 Changing the mode to grayscale
      2. 6.13 Desaturate the color file
      3. 6.14 A more sophisticated approach
      4. 6.15 The new Convert to Black and White feature
    5. Advanced dodging and burning-in
      1. 6.16 Using selections to change tone
      2. 6.17 Erase back through tonal layers
      3. 6.18 Paint on dodging and burning-in
    6. Enhance your poorly exposed pictures
      1. 6.19 Screening image layers to enhance tones
      2. 6.20 Adding detail to highlights and shadows
    7. Tinted monochromes
      1. 6.21 Using Hue and Saturation to tone your pictures
    8. Split toning
      1. 6.22 Select and tone
      2. 6.23 Two-layer erase
    9. Black and white and color
      1. 6.24 Layer mask and gradient map
    10. Border techniques
      1. 6.25 Simple borders
      2. 6.26 Sophisticated edges using grayscale masks
      3. 6.27 Creating frames with Frame Layers
    11. Adding texture
      1. 6.28 Add Noise filter
      2. 6.29 Grain filter
      3. 6.30 Non-destructive textures
    12. Advanced sharpening secrets
      1. 6.31 Unsharp Masking to the rescue
      2. 6.32 Adjust Sharpness for the ultimate control
      3. 6.33 Another approach
  13. 7. Darkroom Techniques on the Desktop
    1. 7.01 Diffusion printing
    2. 7.02 Instant film transfer effect
    3. 7.03 Using the Unsharp Mask filter to add contrast
    4. 7.04 Lith printing technique
    5. 7.05 Correcting perspective problems
    6. 7.06 Add emphasis with saturation
    7. 7.07 Restoring color to faded images
    8. 7.08 Cross-processing effects
    9. 7.09 Digital hand coloring
    10. 7.10 Realistic depth of field effects
    11. 7.11 Beyond the humble drop shadow
    12. 7.12 Ring flash shadow
    13. 7.13 New Curves features
    14. 7.14 Dust and scratches be gone
    15. 7.15 Combining images seamlessly
    16. 7.16 Believable montages – a step further
    17. 7.17 Producing high-key pictures
    18. 7.18 Correcting lens problems
    19. 7.19 Change to old
    20. 7.20 Painterly photos
  14. 8. Professional Retouching
    1. Visual surgery without a hint of anything plastic
      1. 8.01 Adding a dreamy effect
      2. 8.02 Softening freckles
      3. 8.03 Eliminating blemishes
      4. Clone Stamp tool
      5. Healing Brush tool
      6. Spot Healing Brush
      7. Clone Stamp tool step-by-step
      8. Healing Brush tool step-by-step
      9. Spot Healing Brush tool step-by-step
      10. 8.04 Brighten Eyes
      11. 8.05 Tone down skin highlights and shadows
      12. 8.06 Retouching non-destructively
      13. Sample all layers
      14. Retouch duplicate layer
      15. Mask editing adjustments
      16. Use Adjustment layers
  15. 9. Making Better Panoramas
    1. Advanced shooting techniques
      1. 9.01 Positioning the camera
      2. 9.02 Camera support
      3. 9.03 Exposure
      4. 9.04 Focus and zoom
      5. 9.05 Depth of field
      6. 9.06 White balance
      7. 9.07 Timing
      8. 9.08 Ensuring consistent overlap
      9. 9.09 Dealing with the moving subject
      10. 9.10 Fixing misaligned picture parts
      11. 9.11 Coping with extremes of brightness
      12. 9.12 Creating artificially increased DOF
      13. 9.13 Correcting exposure differences
      14. 9.14 Adjusting for changes in color balance
      15. 9.15 Vertical panoramas
      16. 9.16 High-resolution mosaics
      17. 9.17 Panoramic printing
      18. 9.18 Spinning panorama movies
      19. 9.19 Panorama workflow
  16. 10. Extending Your Web Abilities
    1. Building websites – the basics
      1. 10.01 Elements’ Photo Galleries websites
    2. Creating individual web assets using Photoshop Elements
      1. 10.02 Optimizing photos for the web
      2. 10.03 Button creation
      3. 10.04 Effective headings
      4. 10.05 Making seamless backgrounds
      5. 10.06 Using background matting
      6. 10.07 Creating downloadable slide shows
      7. 10.08 Assembling the site
      8. 10.09 Uploading the site
  17. 11. Producing Effective Graphics
    1. Revisiting painting and drawing basics
      1. 11.01 Controlling brush characteristics
    2. The More Options palette
      1. 11.02 Changing an existing brush
      2. 11.03 Creating a new brush
      3. 11.04 Text
      4. 11.05 Adding styles to text layers
      5. 11.06 Customizing shapes
      6. 11.07 Adding pictures to shapes
      7. 11.08 Using shapes as borders
      8. 11.09 Customizing the shapes you use
    3. Text and pictures
      1. 11.10 Images in text
      2. 11.11 Text in images
      3. 11.12 Realistic text and image montages
      4. 11.13 Hand drawn logos
      5. 11.14 Reducing your picture’s colors
      6. 11.15 Posterized pictures
      7. 11.16 Kaleidoscopic images
      8. 11.17 Presentation backgrounds
  18. 12. Free Form Photo Layouts
    1. Before you start – edit then layout
      1. 12.01 Basic steps for layout creation
      2. 12.02 Editing existing Photo Layouts
      3. 12.03 Adding, removing and replacing photos
      4. 12.04 Adding, moving and deleting pages
      5. 12.05 Using the Artwork and Effects palette
      6. 12.06 Align, arrange and distribute your frames
      7. 12.07 Printing your Photo Layouts
    2. Print Preview
    3. Print Photos
    4. Order a Kodak Photo Book
      1. 12.08 Adding your own backgrounds and graphics
  19. 13. Photo Creations
    1. The Photo Creations options
      1. 13.01 Multimedia slide shows
    2. The version 5.0 slide show Editor in action
      1. 13.02 Producing a VCD with a menu
      2. 13.03 Creating pages for printing and publishing
      3. 13.04 Publish a photo book
      4. 13.05 Book publishing without using Photo Creations
      5. 13.06 On-line publishing options
      6. 13.07 Creating a greeting card
      7. 13.08 Making a CD or DVD Jacket
      8. 13.09 VCD/DVD with Menu
      9. 13.10 Flipbooks
      10. 13.11 Your pictures month by month
  20. 14. 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
      1. 14.01 Basic steps
      2. 14.02 Creating contact sheets
      3. 14.03 Multiple prints on a page
    7. Ensuring color consistency between devices
      1. 14.04 Setting up a color-managed workflow
      2. 14.05 Calibrating your screen – Adobe Gamma
      3. 14.06 Calibrating your screen – ColorVision Spyder
    8. Getting intimate with your printer
      1. 14.07 Calibrating your printer – resolution, color, tone and sharpness tests
      2. 14.08 Calibrating your printer – ColorVision PrintFIX
      3. 14.09 Making great black and white prints
      4. 14.10 What about permanence?
      5. 14.11 Preparing your images for professional outsourcing
      6. 14.12 Shoot small print big
      7. 14.13 Printing workflow
  21. Appendices
    1. Blend modes
    2. Faster Elements at no extra cost
    3. Plug-ins
    4. Jargon buster
    5. Keyboard shortcuts
    6. Elements/Photoshop feature equivalents
  22. Index