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Photoshop® Elements 7: Top 100 Simplified® Tips & Tricks

Book Description

You already know Photoshop Elements 7 basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Photoshop Elements 7.

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  • Combines multiple skills requiring in-depth knowledge

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Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Praise for Visual Books
  3. CREDITS
  4. ABOUT THE AUTHORS
  5. How To Use This Book
  6. 1. Organize and Prepare Photos for Processing
    1. 1.1. #1 Develop a Workflow
    2. 1.2. #2 Import your images
    3. 1.3. #3 Sort the good pictures from the bad
    4. 1.4. #4 Create Albums to group your pictures
    5. 1.5. #5 Use Keywords to tag your images
    6. 1.6. #6 Change the Organizer interface as needed
    7. 1.7. #7 Set Preferences to make Organizer work for you
    8. 1.8. #8 Back Up Your Pictures to protect them
  7. 2. Start Adjusting Your Images in Photoshop Elements
    1. 2.1. #9 Open pictures and Use Save As
    2. 2.2. #10 Make the Editor Interface your own
    3. 2.3. #11 Set Preferences to make Editor work for you
    4. 2.4. #12 Experiment to Learn more about controls
    5. 2.5. #13 You Cannot Hurt your pictures
    6. 2.6. #14 Crop Your Photos for tighter shots
    7. 2.7. #15 Fix and Rotate crooked pictures
    8. 2.8. #16 Use Guided Edit to help you learn the program
    9. 2.9. #17 Set Blacks and Whites with Levels
    10. 2.10. #18 Adjust Your Midtones with Levels
    11. 2.11. #19 Adjust Your Midtones with Color Curves
    12. 2.12. #20 Quickly Adjust dark shadows and bright highlights
    13. 2.13. #21 Correct Color to remove color casts
    14. 2.14. #22 Enhance Color with Hue/Saturation
    15. 2.15. #23 Use Quick Edit to Work Fast
  8. 3. Work with RAW Photos in Photoshop Elements
    1. 3.1. #24 Change images Nondestructively
    2. 3.2. #25 Crop Your Photos to start your processing
    3. 3.3. #26 Adjust Blacks and Whites to give a photo strength
    4. 3.4. #27 Adjust Midtones to make tonalities light or dark
    5. 3.5. #28 Correct Color to clean up color casts
    6. 3.6. #29 Use Vibrance and Clarity to intensify images
    7. 3.7. #30 Sharpen Photos with precision
    8. 3.8. #31 Control Noise in your photo
    9. 3.9. #32 Apply adjustments to Multiple Photos
    10. 3.10. #33 Move Your Picture to Photoshop Elements
  9. 4. Choose Local Control Features
    1. 4.1. #34 Create and use A Selection
    2. 4.2. #35 Use Marquee Tools for specific shapes
    3. 4.3. #36 Use Lasso Tools to follow picture elements
    4. 4.4. #37 Use Automated Tools for easy selections
    5. 4.5. #38 Expand or Contract your selection
    6. 4.6. #39 Select What Is Easy and invert
    7. 4.7. #40 Blend Edges by feathering
    8. 4.8. #41 Use selections for Traditional Edge Darkening
    9. 4.9. #42 Use the Smart Brush for specific area fixes
  10. 5. Create Adjustment Layers for Nondestructive Changes
    1. 5.1. #43 Understand How Layers Work
    2. 5.2. #44 Understand How Adjustment Layers Work
    3. 5.3. #45 Work Blacks and Whites with a Levels adjustment layer
    4. 5.4. #46 Work Midtones with a Levels adjustment layer
    5. 5.5. #47 Correct Color with an adjustment layer
    6. 5.6. #48 Enhance Color with an adjustment layer
    7. 5.7. #49 Fix Problem Exposures with layer blending modes
    8. 5.8. #50 Understand How Layer Masks Work
    9. 5.9. #51 Remove Adjustments with black
    10. 5.10. #52 Add Adjustments using black and then white
    11. 5.11. #53 Combine Layer Masks with selections
    12. 5.12. #54 Balance Colors and Tones in a picture
    13. 5.13. #55 Bring Out Shadow Detail in specific areas
    14. 5.14. #56 Darken Highlight Detail in specific areas
    15. 5.15. #57 Add a Graduated Filter Effect
    16. 5.16. #58 Flatten Layers when done
  11. 6. Solve Photo Problems
    1. 6.1. #59 Clone Out problems
    2. 6.2. #60 Remove People from a Scene with Photomerge
    3. 6.3. #61 Fix problems due to Lens Distortion
    4. 6.4. #62 Fix Perspective Problems with building photographs
    5. 6.5. #63 Make an Out-of-Focus Background
    6. 6.6. #64 Remove Distracting Colors
    7. 6.7. #65 Improve Blank Skies
    8. 6.8. #66 Concentrate Attention with Gaussian Blur
    9. 6.9. #67 Add a New Background for your subject
  12. 7. Size and Sharpen Photos
    1. 7.1. #68 Basic Workflow for image sizing
    2. 7.2. #69 Size photos For Printing
    3. 7.3. #70 Size photos For E-mail
    4. 7.4. #71 Sharpen Photos with Unsharp Mask
    5. 7.5. #72 Sharpen Photos with Adjust Sharpness
    6. 7.6. #73 Sharpen photos When You Have Layers
    7. 7.7. #74 Selectively Sharpen parts of your photo
  13. 8. Go Beyond the Basics
    1. 8.1. #75 Convert color photos to Black-and-White
    2. 8.2. #76 Adjust your photos in Black-and-White
    3. 8.3. #77 Create Toned Images
    4. 8.4. #78 Use the Smart Brush for Creative Effects
    5. 8.5. #79 Create a Hand-Colored Look
    6. 8.6. #80 Photograph a scene for a Panoramic Image
    7. 8.7. #81 Merge Photos for a panoramic picture
  14. 9. Software Plug-Ins Make Work Easier
    1. 9.1. #82 Use Color Efex for quick creative adjustments
    2. 9.2. #83 Use Color Efex for efficient photo work
    3. 9.3. #84 Sharpen Effectively with Sharpener Pro
    4. 9.4. #85 Remove Noise with Dfine
    5. 9.5. #86 Get Dramatic Black-and-White with Silver Efex
    6. 9.6. #87 Use FocalPoint for Easy Depth-of-Field Effects
    7. 9.7. #88 Use Enlarge It for Making Big Prints
  15. 10. Get Photos out of Photoshop Elements
    1. 10.1. #89 Gain more options With Photoshop.com
    2. 10.2. #90 Protect Your Photos with online backup
    3. 10.3. #91 Access Your Photos anywhere Internet service is available
    4. 10.4. #92 Create online Photo Albums
    5. 10.5. #93 Share Your Photos online
    6. 10.6. #94 Print your photos
    7. 10.7. #95 Print a Group of photos
    8. 10.8. #96 Make a photo Greeting Card
    9. 10.9. #97 Create Photo Collages
    10. 10.10. #98 Add Frame Effects to your pictures
    11. 10.11. #99 Make a Slide Show
    12. 10.12. #100 Put your photos On a DVD or CD
    13. 10.13. #101 Make Labels for CD/DVD discs