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Teach Yourself VISUALLY™ Photoshop® Elements 7

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This is the Photoshop Elements guide made just for visual learners. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 Photoshop Elements tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, showing you how to import images from a digital camera, create a catalog or smart album, use the selection tools, merge group shots or combine faces. adjust colors with the Smart Brush, add effects to your images, and more. Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Praise for Visual Books
  3. Credits
  4. About the Authors
  5. Authors' Acknowledgments
  6. How to Use This Book
    1. Who Needs This Book
    2. Book Organization
    3. Chapter Organization
    4. What You Need to Use This Book
    5. Using the Mouse
      1. Click
      2. Double-click
      3. Right-click
      4. Click and Drag, and Release the Mouse
    6. The Conventions in This Book
      1. Bold
      2. Italics
      3. Numbered Steps
      4. Bulleted Steps
      5. Indented Text
      6. Notes
      7. Icons and buttons
      8. Operating System Difference
    7. What's on the Web Site
  7. 1. Getting Started
    1. 1.1. Introducing Photoshop Elements 7
    2. 1.2. Understanding Digital Images
    3. 1.3. Start Photoshop Elements
      1. 1.3.1. Start Photoshop Elements
    4. 1.4. The Editor Workspace
    5. 1.5. The Organizer Workspace
    6. 1.6. Switch between the Editor and the Organizer
      1. 1.6.1. Switch between the Editor and the Organizer
    7. 1.7. Anatomy of the Photoshop Elements Toolbox
    8. 1.8. Work with Toolbox Tools
      1. 1.8.1. Work with Toolbox Tools
        1. 1.8.1.1. SELECT A TOOL
        2. 1.8.1.2. SELECT A HIDDEN TOOL
        3. 1.8.1.3. MOVE THE TOOLBOX
    9. 1.9. Work with Palettes
      1. 1.9.1. Work with Palettes
        1. 1.9.1.1. EXPAND OR COLLAPSE A PALETTE IN THE PALETTE BIN
        2. 1.9.1.2. OPEN A NEW PALETTE
        3. 1.9.1.3. MOVE A PALETTE
        4. 1.9.1.4. CLOSE A PALETTE
        5. 1.9.1.5. CLOSE THE PALETTE BIN
    10. 1.10. Set Program Preferences
      1. 1.10.1. Set Program Preferences
    11. 1.11. Find Help
      1. 1.11.1. Find Help
  8. 2. Getting Digital Photos into Photoshop Elements
    1. 2.1. Get Photos for Your Projects
    2. 2.2. Import Photos from a Digital Camera or Card Reader
      1. 2.2.1. Import Photos from a Digital Camera or Card Reader
    3. 2.3. Import Photos from a Scanner
      1. 2.3.1. Import Photos from a Scanner
    4. 2.4. Import Photos from a Folder
      1. 2.4.1. Import Photos from a Folder
    5. 2.5. Watch a Folder for New Images
      1. 2.5.1. Watch a Folder for New Images
        1. 2.5.1.1. RECEIVE A WATCH NOTIFICATION
    6. 2.6. Open a Photo
      1. 2.6.1. Open a Photo
        1. 2.6.1.1. OPEN A PHOTO FROM A FOLDER
        2. 2.6.1.2. OPEN AN ORGANIZER PHOTO FOR EDITING
    7. 2.7. Create a Blank Image
      1. 2.7.1. Create a Blank Image
    8. 2.8. Save a Photo
      1. 2.8.1. Save a Photo
        1. 2.8.1.1. SAVE A NEW PHOTO
        2. 2.8.1.2. VIEW A VERSION SET IN THE ORGANIZER
    9. 2.9. Duplicate a Photo
      1. 2.9.1. Duplicate a Photo
    10. 2.10. Close a Photo
      1. 2.10.1. Close a Photo
  9. 3. Organizing Your Photos
    1. 3.1. Introducing the Organizer
    2. 3.2. Open the Organizer
      1. 3.2.1. Open the Organizer
        1. 3.2.1.1. FROM THE WELCOME WINDOW
        2. 3.2.1.2. FROM THE EDITOR
    3. 3.3. Create a Catalog
      1. 3.3.1. Create a Catalog
    4. 3.4. View Photos in the Photo Browser
      1. 3.4.1. View Photos in the Photo Browser
    5. 3.5. Work with Albums
      1. 3.5.1. Work with Albums
        1. 3.5.1.1. CREATE A NEW ALBUM
        2. 3.5.1.2. VIEW AN ALBUM
    6. 3.6. Create a Smart Album
      1. 3.6.1. Create a Smart Album
    7. 3.7. View Photos by Date
      1. 3.7.1. View Photos by Date
    8. 3.8. Work with Keyword Tags
      1. 3.8.1. Work with Keyword Tags
        1. 3.8.1.1. CREATE A KEYWORD TAG
        2. 3.8.1.2. ASSIGN A TAG
        3. 3.8.1.3. FILTER BY TAGS
        4. 3.8.1.4. REMOVE A TAG FROM A PHOTO
    9. 3.9. Tag Faces
      1. 3.9.1. Tag Faces
    10. 3.10. Map a Photo
      1. 3.10.1. Map a Photo
    11. 3.11. View Photo Properties
      1. 3.11.1. View Photo Properties
    12. 3.12. Add a Caption
      1. 3.12.1. Add a Caption
    13. 3.13. Find Photos
      1. 3.13.1. Find Photos
        1. 3.13.1.1. FIND PHOTOS BY DATE
        2. 3.13.1.2. FIND PHOTOS BY TEXT
    14. 3.14. Stack Photos
      1. 3.14.1. Stack Photos
        1. 3.14.1.1. UNSTACK PHOTOS
  10. 4. Image Editing Basics
    1. 4.1. Work with Image Windows
      1. 4.1.1. Work with Image Windows
    2. 4.2. Magnify with the Zoom Tool
      1. 4.2.1. Magnify with the Zoom Tool
        1. 4.2.1.1. INCREASE MAGNIFICATION
        2. 4.2.1.2. DECREASE MAGNIFICATION
        3. 4.2.1.3. MAGNIFY A DETAIL
    3. 4.3. Adjust the Image View
      1. 4.3.1. Adjust the Image View
        1. 4.3.1.1. USING THE HAND TOOL
        2. 4.3.1.2. USING THE SCROLL BARS
    4. 4.4. Change the Image Size
      1. 4.4.1. Change the Image Size
    5. 4.5. Change the Image Print Size
      1. 4.5.1. Change the Image Print Size
    6. 4.6. Change the Image Resolution
      1. 4.6.1. Change the Image Resolution
    7. 4.7. Change the Image Canvas Size
      1. 4.7.1. Change the Image Canvas Size
    8. 4.8. Undo Changes to an Image
      1. 4.8.1. Undo Changes to an Image
    9. 4.9. Revert an Image
      1. 4.9.1. Revert an Image
  11. 5. Selection Techniques
    1. 5.1. Select an Area with a Marquee
      1. 5.1.1. Select an Area with a Marquee
        1. 5.1.1.1. SELECT WITH THE RECTANGULAR MARQUEE
        2. 5.1.1.2. SELECT WITH THE ELLIPTICAL MARQUEE
    2. 5.2. Select an Area with a Lasso
      1. 5.2.1. Select an Area with a Lasso
        1. 5.2.1.1. SELECT WITH THE REGULAR LASSO
        2. 5.2.1.2. SELECT WITH THE POLYGONAL LASSO
        3. 5.2.1.3. SELECT WITH THE MAGNETIC LASSO
    3. 5.3. Select an Area with the Magic Wand
      1. 5.3.1. Select an Area with the Magic Wand
    4. 5.4. Select an Area with the Quick Selection Tool
      1. 5.4.1. Select an Area with the Quick Selection Tool
    5. 5.5. Select an Area with the Selection Brush
      1. 5.5.1. Select an Area with the Selection Brush
        1. 5.5.1.1. SELECT WITH THE SELECTION BRUSH
        2. 5.5.1.2. DESELECT WITH THE SELECTION BRUSH
    6. 5.6. Add to or Subtract from a Selection
      1. 5.6.1. Add to or Subtract from a Selection
        1. 5.6.1.1. ADD TO YOUR SELECTION
        2. 5.6.1.2. SUBTRACT FROM YOUR SELECTION
    7. 5.7. Save and Load a Selection
      1. 5.7.1. Save and Load a Selection
        1. 5.7.1.1. SAVE A SELECTION
        2. 5.7.1.2. LOAD A SELECTION
    8. 5.8. Invert a Selection
      1. 5.8.1. Invert a Selection
    9. 5.9. Deselect a Selection
      1. 5.9.1. Deselect a Selection
  12. 6. Manipulating Selections
    1. 6.1. Move a Selection
      1. 6.1.1. Move a Selection
        1. 6.1.1.1. MOVE A SELECTION IN THE BACKGROUND
        2. 6.1.1.2. MOVE A SELECTION IN A LAYER
    2. 6.2. Copy and Paste a Selection
      1. 6.2.1. Copy and Paste a Selection
    3. 6.3. Delete a Selection
      1. 6.3.1. Delete a Selection
    4. 6.4. Rotate a Selection
      1. 6.4.1. Rotate a Selection
    5. 6.5. Scale a Selection
      1. 6.5.1. Scale a Selection
    6. 6.6. Skew or Distort a Selection
      1. 6.6.1. Skew or Distort a Selection
        1. 6.6.1.1. SKEW A SELECTION
        2. 6.6.1.2. DISTORT A SELECTION
    7. 6.7. Feather the Border of a Selection
      1. 6.7.1. Feather the Border of a Selection
        1. 6.7.1.1. FEATHER A SELECTION
        2. 6.7.1.2. DELETE THE SURROUNDING BACKGROUND
  13. 7. Layer Basics
    1. 7.1. What Are Layers?
    2. 7.2. Create and Add to a Layer
      1. 7.2.1. Create and Add to a Layer
        1. 7.2.1.1. CREATE A LAYER
        2. 7.2.1.2. COPY AND PASTE INTO A LAYER
    3. 7.3. Hide a Layer
      1. 7.3.1. Hide a Layer
    4. 7.4. Move a Layer
      1. 7.4.1. Move a Layer
    5. 7.5. Duplicate a Layer
      1. 7.5.1. Duplicate a Layer
    6. 7.6. Delete a Layer
      1. 7.6.1. Delete a Layer
    7. 7.7. Reorder Layers
      1. 7.7.1. Reorder Layers
        1. 7.7.1.1. USING THE LAYERS PALETTE
        2. 7.7.1.2. USING THE ARRANGE COMMANDS
    8. 7.8. Change the Opacity of a Layer
      1. 7.8.1. Change the Opacity of a Layer
    9. 7.9. Link Layers
      1. 7.9.1. Link Layers
    10. 7.10. Merge Layers
      1. 7.10.1. Merge Layers
    11. 7.11. Rename a Layer
      1. 7.11.1. Rename a Layer
    12. 7.12. Create a Fill Layer
      1. 7.12.1. Create a Fill Layer
    13. 7.13. Create an Adjustment Layer
      1. 7.13.1. Create an Adjustment Layer
    14. 7.14. Blend Layers
      1. 7.14.1. Blend Layers
        1. 7.14.1.1. BLEND A REGULAR LAYER
        2. 7.14.1.2. BLEND AN ADJUSTMENT LAYER
  14. 8. Retouching Photos
    1. 8.1. Retouch with Guided Edit
      1. 8.1.1. Retouch with Guided Edit
    2. 8.2. Quick Fix a Photo
      1. 8.2.1. Quick Fix a Photo
    3. 8.3. Improve Colors with the Touch Up Palette
      1. 8.3.1. Improve Colors with the Touch Up Palette
        1. 8.3.1.1. ADD BLUE TO SKIES
        2. 8.3.1.2. WHITEN TEETH
    4. 8.4. Remove Red Eye
      1. 8.4.1. Remove Red Eye
    5. 8.5. Retouch with the Clone Stamp Tool
      1. 8.5.1. Retouch with the Clone Stamp Tool
    6. 8.6. Correct a Spot
      1. 8.6.1. Correct a Spot
    7. 8.7. Remove Dust and Scratches
      1. 8.7.1. Remove Dust and Scratches
    8. 8.8. Crop an Image
      1. 8.8.1. Crop an Image
    9. 8.9. Crop with the Cookie Cutter Tool
      1. 8.9.1. Crop with the Cookie Cutter Tool
    10. 8.10. Rotate an Image
      1. 8.10.1. Rotate an Image
    11. 8.11. Straighten an Image
      1. 8.11.1. Straighten an Image
    12. 8.12. Sharpen an Image
      1. 8.12.1. Sharpen an Image
    13. 8.13. Extract an Object from a Background
      1. 8.13.1. Extract an Object from a Background
    14. 8.14. Merge Group Shots
      1. 8.14.1. Merge Group Shots
    15. 8.15. Combine Faces
      1. 8.15.1. Combine Faces
  15. 9. Enhancing Contrast and Exposure
    1. 9.1. Enhance Lighting with Guided Edit
      1. 9.1.1. Enhance Lighting with Guided Edit
    2. 9.2. Adjust Levels
      1. 9.2.1. Adjust Levels
    3. 9.3. Adjust Shadows and Highlights
      1. 9.3.1. Adjust Shadows and Highlights
    4. 9.4. Change Brightness and Contrast
      1. 9.4.1. Change Brightness and Contrast
    5. 9.5. Lighten Areas with the Dodge Tool
      1. 9.5.1. Lighten Areas with the Dodge Tool
    6. 9.6. Darken Areas with the Burn Tool
      1. 9.6.1. Darken Areas with the Burn Tool
    7. 9.7. Add a Spotlight
      1. 9.7.1. Add a Spotlight
    8. 9.8. Using the Blur and Sharpen Tools
      1. 9.8.1. Using the Blur and Sharpen Tools
        1. 9.8.1.1. USING THE BLUR TOOL
        2. 9.8.1.2. USING THE SHARPEN TOOL
  16. 10. Enhancing Colors
    1. 10.1. Enhance Colors with Guided Edit
      1. 10.1.1. Enhance Colors with Guided Edit
    2. 10.2. Adjust Skin Color
      1. 10.2.1. Adjust Skin Color
    3. 10.3. Adjust Color with the Sponge Tool
      1. 10.3.1. Adjust Color with the Sponge Tool
        1. 10.3.1.1. DECREASE SATURATION
        2. 10.3.1.2. INCREASE SATURATION
    4. 10.4. Correct Color with Color Variations
      1. 10.4.1. Correct Color with Color Variations
    5. 10.5. Replace a Color
      1. 10.5.1. Replace a Color
    6. 10.6. Turn a Color Photo into Black and White
      1. 10.6.1. Turn a Color Photo into Black and White
    7. 10.7. Add Color to a Black-and-White Photo
      1. 10.7.1. Add Color to a Black-and-White Photo
    8. 10.8. Adjust Color Using Color Curves
      1. 10.8.1. Adjust Colors Using the Curves Tool
  17. 11. Painting and Drawing on Photos
    1. 11.1. Set the Foreground and Background Colors
      1. 11.1.1. Set the Foreground and Background Colors
        1. 11.1.1.1. SET THE FOREGROUND COLOR
        2. 11.1.1.2. SET THE BACKGROUND COLOR
    2. 11.2. Add Color with the Brush Tool
      1. 11.2.1. Add Color with the Brush Tool
    3. 11.3. Change Brush Styles
      1. 11.3.1. Change Brush Styles
        1. 11.3.1.1. SELECT FROM A PREDEFINED SET
        2. 11.3.1.2. CUSTOMIZE A BRUSH
    4. 11.4. Add Color with the Paint Bucket Tool
      1. 11.4.1. Add Color with the Paint Bucket Tool
        1. 11.4.1.1. SELECT THE PAINT BUCKET TOOL
        2. 11.4.1.2. SET THE TOLERANCE
        3. 11.4.1.3. SET IMAGE OPACITY
        4. 11.4.1.4. FILL NONCONTIGUOUS AREAS
    5. 11.5. Replace a Color
      1. 11.5.1. Replace a Color
    6. 11.6. Adjust Colors with the Smart Brush
      1. 11.6.1. Adjust Colors with the Smart Brush
        1. 11.6.1.1. UNDO THE SMART BRUSH EFFECT
    7. 11.7. Draw a Shape
      1. 11.7.1. Draw a Shape
    8. 11.8. Draw a Line
      1. 11.8.1. Draw a Line
    9. 11.9. Erase an Area
      1. 11.9.1. Erase an Area
        1. 11.9.1.1. ERASE THE BACKGROUND LAYER
        2. 11.9.1.2. ERASE A NORMAL LAYER
    10. 11.10. Apply a Gradient
      1. 11.10.1. Apply a Gradient
  18. 12. Applying Filters
    1. 12.1. Blur an Image
      1. 12.1.1. Blur an Image
    2. 12.2. Distort an Image
      1. 12.2.1. Distort an Image
    3. 12.3. Turn an Image into a Painting
      1. 12.3.1. Turn an Image into a Painting
    4. 12.4. Turn an Image into a Sketch
      1. 12.4.1. Turn an Image into a Sketch
    5. 12.5. Add Noise to an Image
      1. 12.5.1. Add Noise to an Image
    6. 12.6. Pixelate an Image
      1. 12.6.1. Pixelate an Image
    7. 12.7. Emboss an Image
      1. 12.7.1. Emboss an Image
    8. 12.8. Apply Multiple Filters
      1. 12.8.1. Apply Multiple Filters
  19. 13. Adding Text Elements
    1. 13.1. Add Text
      1. 13.1.1. Add Text
    2. 13.2. Change the Formatting of Text
      1. 13.2.1. Change the Formatting of Text
    3. 13.3. Change the Color of Text
      1. 13.3.1. Change the Color of Text
    4. 13.4. Create Warped Text
      1. 13.4.1. Create Warped Text
    5. 13.5. Create Beveled Text
      1. 13.5.1. Create Beveled Text
    6. 13.6. Add a Shadow to Text
      1. 13.6.1. Add a Shadow to Text
  20. 14. Applying Styles and Effects
    1. 14.1. Frame a Photo with a Drop Shadow
      1. 14.1.1. Frame a Photo with a Drop Shadow
    2. 14.2. Add a Drop Shadow to a Layer
      1. 14.2.1. Add a Drop Shadow to a Layer
    3. 14.3. Create a Vintage Photo
      1. 14.3.1. Create a Vintage Photo
    4. 14.4. Add a Fancy Background
      1. 14.4.1. Add a Fancy Background
    5. 14.5. Add an Outline to a Layer
      1. 14.5.1. Add an Outline to a Layer
    6. 14.6. Add an Outer Glow to a Layer
      1. 14.6.1. Add an Outer Glow to a Layer
    7. 14.7. Add a Fancy Covering to a Layer
      1. 14.7.1. Add a Fancy Covering to a Layer
        1. 14.7.1.1. COVER WITH GLASS
        2. 14.7.1.2. COVER WITH METAL
    8. 14.8. Add a Watermark
      1. 14.8.1. Add a Watermark
  21. 15. Presenting Photos Creatively
    1. 15.1. Create a Slide Show
      1. 15.1.1. Create a Slide Show
    2. 15.2. Create a Collage
      1. 15.2.1. Create a Collage
    3. 15.3. Create a Greeting Card
      1. 15.3.1. Create a Greeting Card
    4. 15.4. Create a Flipbook
      1. 15.4.1. Create a Flipbook
    5. 15.5. Create PhotoStamps
      1. 15.5.1. Create PhotoStamps
    6. 15.6. Create a Photo Panorama
      1. 15.6.1. Create a Photo Panorama
  22. 16. Saving and Sharing Your Work
    1. 16.1. Save a JPEG for the Web
      1. 16.1.1. Save a JPEG for the Web
    2. 16.2. Save a GIF for the Web
      1. 16.2.1. Save a GIF for the Web
    3. 16.3. Save a PNG for the Web
      1. 16.3.1. Save a PNG for the Web
    4. 16.4. Convert File Types
      1. 16.4.1. Convert File Types
    5. 16.5. E-mail Images with Photo Mail
      1. 16.5.1. E-mail Images with Photo Mail
    6. 16.6. Print a Photo
      1. 16.6.1. Print a Photo
    7. 16.7. Print Multiple Photos
      1. 16.7.1. Print Multiple Photos
    8. 16.8. Print a Picture Package
      1. 16.8.1. Print a Picture Package
    9. 16.9. Export Photos
      1. 16.9.1. Export Photos
    10. 16.10. Back Up Photos
      1. 16.10.1. Back Up Photos
    11. 16.11. Sign Up for Online Photo Hosting
      1. 16.11.1. Sign Up for Online Photo Hosting
    12. 16.12. Share a Photo Album Online
      1. 16.12.1. Share a Photo Album Online
    13. 16.13. Back Up and Synchronize Photos Online
      1. 16.13.1. Back Up and Synchronize Photos Online