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Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 in 24 Hours

Book Description

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you will be editing and organizing your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds upon a real-world foundation in both the creative process and techniques, allowing you to learn the essentials of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 from the ground up.

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Photoshop Elements tasks.

Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.

By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.

Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to do something.

Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.

Color section includes a full-color collection of images found throughout the book.

Learn how to…

  • Import photos from your digital camera and cell phone

  • Get the best scans of your old prints

  • Post your pictures on the Web in galleries and slideshows

  • Order prints directly within Photoshop Elements

  • Create printable scrapbook pages on your computer

  • Improve and repair your old photos

  • Remove unwanted objects (or people) from photos

  • Get the perfect group shot using the PhotoMerge features

  • Fix red eye, lighten dark pictures,  smooth wrinkles, and sharpen blurry images

  • Create stunning artistic effects with the more than 100 filters available in Photoshop Elements

  • In addition to writing books like this one, Kate Binder does freelance magazine and book production and creates e-books for major publishers. Books written or cowritten by Kate include Easy Mac OS X Leopard, Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS3 in 24 Hours, Easy Adobe Photoshop Elements 4, Get Creative! The Digital Photo Idea Book, SVG for Designers, Photoshop 6 Cookbook, and PhotoImpact Solutions.

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    Category: Graphics

    Covers: Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6

    User Level: Beginning—Intermediate

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    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
      1. Dedication
    2. About the Author
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. We Want to Hear from You
      1. Reader Services
    5. Introduction
    6. I. Working with Elements
      1. 1. Welcome to Photoshop Elements
        1. Getting Help
          1. Tool Tips
          2. Guided Edit
          3. Photoshop Elements Help
        2. Don’t Know Much About History?
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activity
      2. 2. A Tour of the Desktop
        1. Using the Organizer and the Editor
          1. Organize
          2. Fix
          3. Create
          4. Share
        2. Finding Your Way Around the Organizer
          1. The Menu Bar
          2. Toolbar
          3. Photo Browser
          4. Task Pane
          5. Status Bar
        3. Finding Your Way Around the Editor
          1. The Menu Bar
          2. Options Bar
          3. Toolbox
            1. Navigation and Measuring Tools
            2. Selection Tools
            3. Type Tools
            4. Crop Tools
            5. Retouching Tools
            6. Painting and Drawing Tools
            7. Shape Tools
            8. Foreground and Background Swatches
          4. Workspace
          5. Palette Bin
          6. Status Bar
          7. Image Bin
          8. What Changes in Quick Fix and Guided Edit Modes
        4. Setting Preferences
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      3. 3. Creating and Saving Image Files
        1. Creating a New Image File
          1. Using Document Presets
        2. Opening an Existing File
        3. Adjusting Resolution
        4. Saving Your Work
          1. Choosing a File Format
          2. Choosing Other Save Options
            1. Saving a Photoshop EPS File
            2. Saving a Photoshop PDF File
            3. Saving a TIFF File
          3. Setting Preferences for File Saving
        5. Undoing and Redoing
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      4. 4. Importing Photos from Cameras and Scanners
        1. Importing Images from a Camera or Cell Phone
          1. Using a USB Cable
          2. Using a Card Reader
        2. Importing Still Frame Captures
        3. Using a Scanner
          1. Making a Scan
        4. Changing Image and Canvas Sizes
          1. Image Size
          2. Canvas Size
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      5. 5. Organizing Your Photos
        1. Creating Stacks
        2. Creating Albums
          1. Working with Albums
          2. Creating Smart Albums
        3. Using Keywords
        4. Face Tagging
        5. Rating Your Pictures
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      6. 6. Making Quick Fixes
        1. When Is Quick Fix the Right Tool?
        2. General Fixes
        3. Lighting
          1. Light and Shadows
        4. Color
          1. Working with the Components of Color
        5. Sharpen
          1. How Sharpening Works
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      7. 7. Making Selections and Using Layers
        1. Using the Selection Tools
          1. Selecting with the Lasso Tools
          2. Selecting with the Magic Wand and the Quick Selection Tool
        2. Modifying Selections
          1. Reshaping Selections
          2. Refining Selection Edges
          3. Stroking and Filling Selections
        3. Working with Layers
          1. Managing Layers
            1. Adding and Deleting Layers
            2. Moving and Combining Layers
            3. Grouping and Linking Layers
            4. Changing Layer Visibility and Opacity
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      8. 8. Adding Type
        1. Using the Type Tools
          1. Adding Type to an Image
          2. Changing Type Attributes
          3. Using the Type Mask Tools
        2. Applying Special Effects to Type
          1. Warping Text
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activity
      9. 9. Printing Your Pictures
        1. Understanding Color Systems
        2. Choosing a Printer
          1. Inkjet Printers
          2. Dye Sublimation Printers
          3. Color Laser Printers
        3. Printing the Page
          1. Preparing to Print
          2. Printing Picture Packages
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      10. 10. Sharing Your Pictures Online
        1. Web Image Basics
        2. Ways to Share Photos Online
          1. Emailing Photos
            1. Using the Email Attachments Option
            2. Using the Stationary and Layouts Wizard
            3. Sending a PDF Slideshow
          2. Creating an Online Gallery
          3. Using the EasyShare and SmugMug Galleries
        3. DIY Web Design 101
          1. Creating Backgrounds
          2. Setting Type
          3. Using Transparency
          4. Making Pages Load Faster
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
    7. II. Simple Corrections
      1. 11. Composing and Cropping Your Pictures
        1. Cropping Images
          1. Thinking About Good Composition
        2. Rotating Images
          1. Straightening Crooked Pictures
          2. Flipping Images
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      2. 12. Straightening, Skewing, and Distorting an Image
        1. Transforming Images
          1. Skewing a Picture
          2. Distorting a Picture
          3. Changing a Picture’s Perspective
          4. Using Free Transform
        2. Fixing Distorted Images
        3. Summary
        4. Q&A
        5. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activity
      3. 13. Removing Red Eye, Dust, and Scratches
        1. Making Basic Cleanups
          1. Removing Small Objects with Copy and Paste
        2. Fixing Red Eye
          1. Using the Red Eye Removal Tool
        3. Removing Dust and Scratches
          1. Using the Dust & Scratches Filter
          2. Removing Dust and Scratches with the Healing Brush
        4. Smoothing Out JPEG Artifacts and Noise
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      4. 14. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color
        1. Using the Automatic Correction Tools
          1. Auto Levels
          2. Auto Contrast
          3. Auto Color Correction
        2. Adjusting Color Manually
          1. Adjusting by Eye with Color Variations
          2. Adjusting Color with Remove Color Cast
          3. Adjusting Color with Hue/Saturation
          4. Removing and Replacing Color
          5. Adjust Color Curves
          6. Adjust Color for Skin Tone
        3. Adjusting Lighting Manually
          1. Using the Traditional Tools
          2. Compensating for Lighting Mistakes
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activity
      5. 15. Using Guided Edit
        1. A Word of Warning
        2. Basic Photo Edits
        3. Lighting and Exposure
        4. Color Correction
        5. Guided Activities
        6. Photomerge
        7. Summary
        8. Q&A
        9. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
    8. III. Photo Rescue
      1. 16. Repairing Black-and-White Pictures
        1. Easy Fixes
          1. Fixing Poor Contrast
          2. Dodging and Burning
          3. Painting over Small Blotches
        2. Repairing Serious Damage
          1. Removing Tints
          2. First Steps
          3. Repairing Tears and Folds
        3. Finishing Touches
          1. Applying Vignetting
          2. Applying Tints
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      2. 17. Making Color Repairs
        1. When the Color Is the Problem
          1. Correcting Color Cast
          2. Making Selective Color Adjustments
          3. Using Shadows/Highlights
        2. Image Correction Tools
          1. Blur and Sharpen
          2. The Sponge Tool
        3. Making Repairs When Nothing Is Really Wrong
        4. Hand-Coloring a Black-and-White Photo
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      3. 18. Removing and Replacing Objects
        1. Drag-and-Drop Copying
        2. Removing a Person
        3. Using Photomerge Group Shot
        4. Using PhotoMerge Faces
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      4. 19. Using the Improvement Filters
        1. Working with Filters
        2. Adding or Removing Noise
          1. Despeckle
          2. Dust & Scratches
          3. Reduce Noise
          4. Median
          5. Add Noise
        3. Using the Blur Filters
          1. Blur and Blur More
          2. Gaussian Blur
          3. Smart Blur
          4. Radial Blur
          5. Motion Blur
        4. Using the Render Filters
          1. Clouds, Difference Clouds, and Fibers
          2. Lens Flare
          3. Lighting Effects
            1. Light Type
            2. Properties
            3. Texture Channel
            4. Adjusting Lights
          4. Texture Fill
          5. 3D Transform
        5. Adding Texture
          1. Craquelure
          2. Grain
          3. Mosaic Tiles
          4. Patchwork
          5. Stained Glass
          6. Texturizer
        6. Adjusting the Effect of Filters
        7. Summary
        8. Q&A
        9. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
    9. IV. Going Creative
      1. 20. Using the Artistic Filters
        1. Using the Watercolor Filters
          1. Watercolor
          2. Dry Brush
          3. Spatter
        2. Simulating Oil Painting
          1. Underpainting
          2. Palette Knife
          3. Paint Daubs
        3. Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal, and Pen
          1. Rough Pastels
          2. Smudge Stick
          3. Chalk & Charcoal
          4. Conté Crayon
          5. Graphic Pen
          6. Sumi-e
        4. More Painterly Effects
          1. Creating a Neon Effect with Glowing Edges
          2. Sponging an Image
          3. Combining Multiple Filters
        5. Summary
        6. Q&A
        7. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      2. 21. Creating Art from Scratch
        1. Choosing Colors
          1. Using the Color Picker
          2. Using the Color Swatches Palette
          3. Other Tips for Selecting Colors
        2. Using the Shape Tools
          1. Changing the Style
          2. Setting the Geometry Options
          3. Combining Shapes to Create Complex Shapes
          4. Creating a Custom Shape
        3. Using the Brush Tool
          1. Setting Brush Options
          2. Painting with the Impressionist Brush
        4. Using the Pencil Tool
          1. Setting Pencil Options
          2. Replacing One Color with Another
        5. Using the Eraser Tools
          1. Erasing with the Eraser Tool
          2. Erasing with the Magic Eraser
          3. Erasing with the Background Eraser
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      3. 22. Making Composite Images
        1. Working with Lighting and Scale
        2. Using Layer Styles to Create Composites
        3. Using Adjustment Layers to Fix Image Problems
          1. Adding an Adjustment Layer
          2. Editing the Adjustment Layer Mask
        4. Understanding Blending Modes
        5. Applying Photo Effects and Adding Content
        6. Summary
        7. Q&A
        8. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
      4. 23. Going Wild with Your Images
        1. Liquifying an Image
        2. Twisting Colors
          1. Using Gradient Map
          2. Using Invert
          3. Posterizing Colors
          4. Adjusting the Threshold
        3. Using Weird Effects
          1. Neon Glow
          2. Plastic Wrap
          3. Diffuse Glow
          4. Ocean Ripple
          5. Wave
          6. Solarize
        4. Summary
        5. Q&A
        6. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activity
      5. 24. Creating Photo Projects
        1. Books
        2. Calendars
        3. Photo Collages
        4. Prints and Stamps
        5. Disc Jackets and Labels
        6. Cards
        7. Summary
        8. Q&A
        9. Workshop
          1. Quiz
          2. Quiz Answers
          3. Activities
    10. Color Gallery