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Photoshop® Elements 10: Top 100 Simplified® Tips & Tricks

Book Description

A visual guide to getting the most out of Photoshop Elements 10

If you understand the basics of Photoshop Elements, you'll love this collection of 100 must-know tips and tricks. Two-page tutorials, full-color screen shots, and step-by-step instructions make it easy to see and follow the directions, helping you to get the very most from this top-selling image-editing software. This guide catches you up on Photoshop Elements 10, covers features you may not have known about, and alerts you to a slew of cool effects and techniques.

  • Explains techniques, best practices, and creative ways to transform your digital images from everyday to extraordinary

  • Includes beautiful photos and tips from an experienced photographer and author who shares his secrets on how to create images that wow viewers

  • Features step-by-step instruction in a series of two-page, highly visual tutorials, with helpful, full-color screen shots on every page

  • Perfect for visual learners who are migrating from older versions of the software or who already have a comfort level with Photoshop Elements and want to move to a new skill level

Take your image editing and Photoshop Elements skills beyond the essentials with this practical guide.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. CREDITS
  5. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  6. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  7. HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
  8. Table of Contents
  9. Chapter 1: Organize and Prepare Photos for Processing
    1. Set Up a WORKFLOW
    2. IMPORT your images
    3. VIEW PHOTOS with full-screen mode
    4. SORT the good pictures from the bad
    5. STACK your images
    6. CREATE ALBUMS to group your pictures
    7. USE KEYWORDS to tag your images
    8. POST PICTURES TO FACEBOOK with the Organizer
    9. CHANGE THE ORGANIZER INTERFACE as needed
    10. BACK UP YOUR PICTURES to protect them
  10. Chapter 2: Start Adjusting Your Images in Photoshop Elements
    1. Open pictures and USE SAVE AS
    2. MAKE THE EDITOR INTERFACE your own
    3. SET PREFERENCES to make Editor work for you
    4. YOU CANNOT HURT your pictures
    5. CROP YOUR PHOTOS for tighter shots
    6. FIX AND ROTATE crooked pictures
    7. USE GUIDED EDIT to help you learn the program
    8. USE GUIDED EDIT for special effects
    9. USE GUIDED EDIT for Photo Play
    10. SET BLACKS AND WHITES with Levels
    11. ADJUST YOUR MIDTONES with Levels
    12. ADJUST YOUR MIDTONES with Color Curves
    13. QUICKLY ADJUST dark shadows and bright highlights
    14. CORRECT COLOR to remove color casts
    15. ENHANCE COLOR with Hue/Saturation
    16. Use Quick Edit to WORK FAST
  11. Chapter 3: Work with RAW Photos in Photoshop Elements
    1. Change images NONDESTRUCTIVELY
    2. CROP YOUR PHOTOS to start your processing
    3. ADJUST BLACKS AND WHITES to give a photo strength
    4. ADJUST MIDTONES to make tonalities light or dark
    5. CORRECT COLOR to clean up color casts
    6. USE VIBRANCE AND CLARITY to intensify images
    7. SHARPEN PHOTOS with precision
    8. CONTROL NOISE in your photo
    9. Apply adjustments to MULTIPLE PHOTOS
    10. MOVE YOUR PICTURE to Photoshop Elements
  12. Chapter 4: Choose Local Control Features
    1. CREATE AND USE a selection
    2. USE MARQUEE TOOLS for specific shapes
    3. USE LASSO TOOLS to follow picture elements
    4. USE AUTOMATED TOOLS for easy selections
    5. EXPAND OR CONTRACT your selection
    6. SELECT WHAT IS EASY and invert
    7. BLEND EDGES by feathering
    8. USE SELECTIONS FOR traditional edge darkening
    9. USE THE SMART BRUSH for specific area fixes
  13. Chapter 5: Create Adjustment Layers for Nondestructive Changes
    1. Understand HOW LAYERS WORK
    2. Understand HOW ADJUSTMENT LAYERS WORK
    3. WORK BLACKS AND WHITES with a Levels adjustment layer
    4. WORK MIDTONES with a Levels adjustment layer
    5. CORRECT COLOR with an adjustment layer
    6. ENHANCE COLOR with an adjustment layer
    7. FIX PROBLEM EXPOSURES with layer blending modes
    8. Understand HOW LAYER MASKS WORK
    9. COMBINE TWO PHOTOS with layer masks
    10. REMOVE ADJUSTMENTS with black
    11. ADD ADJUSTMENTS using black and then white
    12. COMBINE LAYER MASKS with selections
    13. BALANCE COLORS AND TONES in a picture
    14. BRING OUT SHADOW DETAIL in specific areas
    15. DARKEN HIGHLIGHT DETAIL in specific areas
    16. FLATTEN LAYERS when done
  14. Chapter 6: Solve Photo Problems
    1. CLONE OUT problems
    2. Remove people from a scene with PHOTOMERGE SCENE CLEANER
    3. Remove unwanted objects with ENHANCED SPOT HEALING
    4. Fix problems due to LENS DISTORTION
    5. FIX PERSPECTIVE PROBLEMS with building photographs
    6. Remove dead space with RECOMPOSE
    7. Make an OUT-OF-FOCUS BACKGROUND
    8. Remove DISTRACTING COLORS
    9. Improve BLANK SKIES
    10. Create the focus with GAUSSIAN BLUR
    11. ADD A NEW BACKGROUND for your subject
  15. Chapter 7: Size and Sharpen Photos
    1. BASIC WORKFLOW for image sizing
    2. Size photos FOR PRINTING
    3. Size photos FOR E-MAIL
    4. Sharpen photos with UNSHARP MASK
    5. Sharpen photos with ADJUST SHARPNESS
    6. Sharpen photos WHEN YOU HAVE LAYERS
    7. SELECTIVELY SHARPEN parts of your photo
  16. Chapter 8: Go Beyond the Basics
    1. Convert color photos to BLACK-AND-WHITE
    2. Adjust your photos in BLACK-AND-WHITE
    3. Create TONED IMAGES
    4. USE THE SMART BRUSH for creative effects
    5. Create out-of-bounds effects with GUIDED EDIT
    6. ADD TEXT to a page
    7. Photograph a scene to GET MORE EXPOSURE DETAIL
    8. MERGE PHOTOS for more photo detail
    9. Photograph a scene for a PANORAMIC IMAGE
    10. MERGE PHOTOS for a panoramic image
    11. TRANSFER STYLES between photos
  17. Chapter 9: Software Plug-ins Make Work Easier
    1. USE VIVEZA for quick creative adjustments
    2. USE COLOR EFEX pro for efficient photo work
    3. REMOVE NOISE with Dfine
    4. Get dramatic black-and-white WITH SILVER EFEX PRO
    5. Use Bokeh for EASY DEPTH-OF-FIELD EFFECTS
    6. TRY PHOTOTUNE for fast color and tonal adjustments
    7. Use Snap Art FOR CREATIVE EFFECTS
  18. Chapter 10: Get Photos out of Photoshop Elements
    1. PROTECT YOUR PHOTOS with online backup
    2. SHARE your organizer albums online
    3. ACCESS YOUR PHOTOS anywhere internet service is available
    4. SHARE your photos online
    5. PRINT your photos
    6. PRINT a calendar
    7. PRINT a photo book
    8. ADD A BORDER EFFECT to your pictures
  19. Index