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Photoshop® Elements 8 After the Shoot

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A handy, full-color reference for using Photoshop Elements 8 while on the go

Photoshop Elements combines an easy-to-use set of features and enhancements with image editing power in an affordable program. The newest version—Photoshop Elements 8—features more online integration with products like the new Flash-based Web galleries.

Featuring a convenient trim size that goes where you go, this portable guide is essential reading for Elements users and especially suited if you are a mobile user who wants to edit and post your digital photographs while on the go.

  • Serves as a portable reference for effectively using the tools and features of Photoshop Elements 8

  • Offers a firm understanding of how to organize, correct, restore, and display digital photos and scanned images using Photoshop Elements 8

  • Appeals to anyone who needs to edit and post digital photos

  • Presents numbered steps and helpful examples to walk you through the most common Photoshop Elements 8 tasks

  • Provides examples and inspiration for using your digital images in print or online

Photoshop Elements 8 After the Shoot is the perfect guide if you are looking for a clear, concise, and portable guide to Photoshop Elements.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. It's all about the workflow
    2. Who should read this book
    3. How to use this book
    4. A word about Windows and Mac
    5. One last thing
  6. 1. Understanding the Purpose of Photoshop Elements
    1. 1.1. Division of Labor
      1. 1.1.1. Understanding the workflow concept
      2. 1.1.2. The four functions of PSE
        1. 1.1.2.1. Organizing your photos
        2. 1.1.2.2. Fixing and editing photos
        3. 1.1.2.3. Creating projects
        4. 1.1.2.4. Sharing photos with other people
    2. 1.2. Comparing PSE to Other Products in the Photoshop Family
      1. 1.2.1. Comparing PSE to its big brother, Photoshop
      2. 1.2.2. Comparing PSE to Lightroom
    3. 1.3. Joining Photoshop.com
  7. 2. Importing Photos into the Organizer
    1. 2.1. Understanding the Catalog Concept
      1. 2.1.1. Think of the library card catalog
      2. 2.1.2. How many catalogs do you need?
      3. 2.1.3. Catalog settings
    2. 2.2. Cataloging Photos That Are Already on Your System
    3. 2.3. Importing and Cataloging New Photos from Your Camera
    4. 2.4. Automatic Cataloging with a Watch Folder
    5. 2.5. Sharing Your Catalog with Other Computers
  8. 3. Understanding the Organizer
    1. 3.1. Setting Up Preferences
      1. 3.1.1. General preferences
      2. 3.1.2. Files preferences
      3. 3.1.3. Camera or Card Reader preferences
      4. 3.1.4. Adobe Partner Services preferences
      5. 3.1.5. Auto Analyzer Options preferences
    2. 3.2. Understanding the Workspace
      1. 3.2.1. The Media Browser
      2. 3.2.2. The Menu bar
      3. 3.2.3. Thumbnail View slider
      4. 3.2.4. The Task pane
      5. 3.2.5. The Status bar
    3. 3.3. Different Ways to View Your Photos
      1. 3.3.1. Using Full Screen mode
      2. 3.3.2. Comparing photos
      3. 3.3.3. The View menu
        1. 3.3.3.1. Media Types
        2. 3.3.3.2. Hidden Files
        3. 3.3.3.3. Details
        4. 3.3.3.4. Expand/Collapse All Stacks
    4. 3.4. Finding Missing Photos
  9. 4. Building and Maintaining an Organized System
    1. 4.1. Using Keyword Tags
      1. 4.1.1. The Keyword Tags panel
      2. 4.1.2. Creating and applying keywords
      3. 4.1.3. Removing a keyword tag
      4. 4.1.4. Searching for keywords
      5. 4.1.5. Organizing keywords
      6. 4.1.6. Editing keyword tags
      7. 4.1.7. The View Keyword Tag Cloud
      8. 4.1.8. About Smart Tags
      9. 4.1.9. Using People Recognition
    2. 4.2. Geotagging with the Map
    3. 4.3. Working the Properties Panel
      1. 4.3.1. General properties
      2. 4.3.2. Metadata properties
      3. 4.3.3. Keyword Tags properties
      4. 4.3.4. History properties
    4. 4.4. Using Rating Stars to Flag Your Favorites
      1. 4.4.1. Rating star methodology
      2. 4.4.2. Adding and removing stars
      3. 4.4.3. Filtering for stars
      4. 4.4.4. Combining keywords and stars
    5. 4.5. Using Other Methods for Finding Photos
      1. 4.5.1. Using the Timeline bar
      2. 4.5.2. Using the Find menu
      3. 4.5.3. Using the Search box
    6. 4.6. Organizing Photos Into Albums
      1. 4.6.1. Creating an album
      2. 4.6.2. Creating smart albums
      3. 4.6.3. Exporting and sharing an album
      4. 4.6.4. Designing an album slideshow
    7. 4.7. Backing Up and Archiving
      1. 4.7.1. Backing up to discs and hard drives
      2. 4.7.2. Backing up to Photoshop.com
  10. 5. Introduction to Editing Photos
    1. 5.1. Fixing Photos in the Organizer
    2. 5.2. Understanding Version Sets
    3. 5.3. Different Ways of Using the Editor
    4. 5.4. Surveying the Editor Workspace
      1. 5.4.1. The Menu bar
      2. 5.4.2. The Toolbox
      3. 5.4.3. The Options bar
      4. 5.4.4. The Active Image area
      5. 5.4.5. The Project Bin
      6. 5.4.6. The Panel Bin
    5. 5.5. Customizing the Workspace
      1. 5.5.1. Modifying the Panel Bin
      2. 5.5.2. Working with panels
    6. 5.6. Changing How Photos Are Displayed
      1. 5.6.1. Working with tabbed photos
      2. 5.6.2. Using Arrange Menu
      3. 5.6.3. Zooming and panning
      4. 5.6.4. Maximize view
    7. 5.7. Setting Up the Editor Preferences
      1. 5.7.1. General preferences
      2. 5.7.2. Performance preferences
      3. 5.7.3. Displays & Cursors preferences
    8. 5.8. Saving Files
      1. 5.8.1. Using the Save As command
      2. 5.8.2. Choosing a file type
        1. 5.8.2.1. JPEG
        2. 5.8.2.2. TIFF
        3. 5.8.2.3. PSD
  11. 6. Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
    1. 6.1. Turning Off In-Camera Contrast Settings
    2. 6.2. Using the Brightness/Contrast Command
    3. 6.3. Understanding Histograms
      1. 6.3.1. How exposure affects a histogram
      2. 6.3.2. How subject matter affects the histogram
    4. 6.4. Working with the Histogram Panel
    5. 6.5. Adjusting Brightness and Contrast Using Levels
    6. 6.6. Adjusting Midtone Contrast with Adjust Color Curves
    7. 6.7. Working Non-Destructively with an Adjustment Layer
      1. 6.7.1. Understanding layers
      2. 6.7.2. Creating a Levels adjustment layer
      3. 6.7.3. Working with layers
    8. 6.8. Correcting Difficult Contrast with Shadows/Highlights
  12. 7. Working with Color
    1. 7.1. Understanding Color Theory
    2. 7.2. Managing Color Spaces in Photoshop Elements
      1. 7.2.1. Comparing color spaces
      2. 7.2.2. Choosing a color editing space
      3. 7.2.3. Setting up the Editor's color working space
    3. 7.3. Adjusting a Photo's Color
      1. 7.3.1. Quickly removing a color cast
      2. 7.3.2. Adjusting color intuitively with Color Variations
      3. 7.3.3. Color correcting skin tones
      4. 7.3.4. Working with the Hue/Saturation command
        1. 7.3.4.1. Adjusting colors globally with Hue/Saturation
        2. 7.3.4.2. Adjusting colors locally with Hue/Saturation
      5. 7.3.5. Using the Photo Filter
    4. 7.4. Creating Custom Black and White Photos
    5. 7.5. Sepia Toning a Photo
  13. 8. Working with Raw Files
    1. 8.1. What Is Raw?
    2. 8.2. Disadvantages of Shooting Raw
    3. 8.3. Exposing a Raw Photo Correctly
    4. 8.4. Understanding How Raw Files Use Metadata
    5. 8.5. Converting Raw Files with Adobe Camera Raw
      1. 8.5.1. Overview of the ACR workspace
      2. 8.5.2. Converting a raw file for editing in the Editor
        1. 8.5.2.1. Setting white balance
        2. 8.5.2.2. Using the Basic panel to adjust tonality
        3. 8.5.2.3. Using the Detail panel
      3. 8.5.3. The Camera Calibration panel
      4. 8.5.4. Using the Crop tool
      5. 8.5.5. Comparing 8-bit and 16-bit files
      6. 8.5.6. Opening and saving raw files
  14. 9. Making Local Adjustments to Tone and Color
    1. 9.1. Using the Burn and Dodge Tools to Adjust Local Tonality
    2. 9.2. Using Selections to Isolate Image Content
      1. 9.2.1. Understanding selections
      2. 9.2.2. Exploring the Lasso tools
      3. 9.2.3. Understanding the smart selection tools
      4. 9.2.4. Creating a Quick Selection
    3. 9.3. Working with Smart Brushes
      1. 9.3.1. Refining a selection's edge
      2. 9.3.2. Changing Smart Brush styles
      3. 9.3.3. Working with multiple Smart Brush adjustments
    4. 9.4. Improving Your Experience with a Graphics Tablet
  15. 10. Improving Your Photos with Retouching
    1. 10.1. What Is Retouching?
    2. 10.2. Understanding the Primary Retouching Tools
      1. 10.2.1. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      2. 10.2.2. Aligning content with the Clone Overlay
      3. 10.2.3. Retouching with the Healing Brush
      4. 10.2.4. Comparing the Clone Stamp and the Healing Brush
    3. 10.3. Busting Dust with the Spot Healing Brush
    4. 10.4. Quickly Removing Red-Eye
    5. 10.5. Correcting Camera and Lens Distortion
  16. 11. Combining Multiple Photos
    1. 11.1. Manually Combining Photos
      1. 11.1.1. Using a selection to copy and paste
      2. 11.1.2. Transforming the geometry of a layer
    2. 11.2. Managing Group Photos with Photomerge Group Shot
    3. 11.3. Compositing Facial Features with Photomerge Faces
    4. 11.4. Removing Unwanted Subject Matter with Photomerge Scene Cleaner
    5. 11.5. Using Photomerge Panorama to Create Panoramas from Multiple Photos
    6. 11.6. Using Photomerge Exposure to Compensate for High Dynamic Range
  17. 12. Adding Special Effects to Your Photos
    1. 12.1. Using the Type Tool
      1. 12.1.1. Adding type to a photo
      2. 12.1.2. Adding a layer style to type
      3. 12.1.3. Taking layer styles one step further
      4. 12.1.4. Warping type
    2. 12.2. Understanding Filters and Effects
    3. 12.3. Adding Photo Effects Using the Effects Panel
    4. 12.4. Organizing Your Favorite Effects
  18. 13. Making Final Adjustments
    1. 13.1. Understanding Resolution
    2. 13.2. Adjusting Size and Resolution
      1. 13.2.1. Resampling image size
      2. 13.2.2. Using the correct image interpolation method
      3. 13.2.3. Changing size and resolution together
    3. 13.3. Using the Crop Tool
    4. 13.4. Resizing with Photomerge Recompose
    5. 13.5. Sharpening Your Photos
      1. 13.5.1. Optimizing the sharpening viewing environment
      2. 13.5.2. Using Adjust Sharpness to apply output sharpening
  19. 14. Sharing Your Photos
    1. 14.1. Printing with an Inkjet Printer
      1. 14.1.1. Setting up Editor's Print
        1. 14.1.1.1. 1 Select Printer
        2. 14.1.1.2. 2 Printer Settings
        3. 14.1.1.3. 3 Select Paper Size
        4. 14.1.1.4. 4 Select Type of Print
        5. 14.1.1.5. 5 Select Print Size
        6. 14.1.1.6. More Options
      2. 14.1.2. Setting up Organizer's Prints
        1. 14.1.2.1. Designing a contact sheet
        2. 14.1.2.2. Designing a picture package
        3. 14.1.2.3. Managing color in Prints
    2. 14.2. Having a Lab Do Your Printing
    3. 14.3. Using the Share Panel
      1. 14.3.1. Sharing your albums online and on disc
      2. 14.3.2. Creating e-mail attachments with ease
      3. 14.3.3. Using Photo Mail
      4. 14.3.4. Burning a data CD/DVD
      5. 14.3.5. More Options
    4. 14.4. Creating Photo Projects with the Create Panel
      1. 14.4.1. Creating photo books, calendars, greeting cards, and collages
      2. 14.4.2. Making Photo Prints
      3. 14.4.3. Creating a really cool slideshow
        1. 14.4.3.1. Adding text, graphics, and narration
        2. 14.4.3.2. Adjusting individual duration times, transitions, and sequences
        3. 14.4.3.3. Panning and zooming a slide
        4. 14.4.3.4. Adding additional media
        5. 14.4.3.5. Saving and outputting your slideshow
      4. 14.4.4. More Options
  20. Glossary