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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers

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This book breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements book has ever done—it tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why. If you’re looking for one of those “tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter” books, this isn’t it. You can grab any other Elements book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and printing your photos like a pro. You’ll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are—once you know the secrets.


Each year we train thousands of digital photographers and, almost without exception, they have the same questions and face the same problems—that’s exactly what we cover in this book.

You’ll learn:

  • The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits

  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you’ll be amazed at how the pros do it!)

  • How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs and TIFFs, too! (And you’ll learn why so many pros like it best—because it’s faster and easier)

  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there’s an entire chapter just on this!)

  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos

  • The most requested photographic special effects, and much more!

    Although Elements 10 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CS5 doesn’t offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS5 has that Elements 10 still doesn’t have (things like paths, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you’ll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements. Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn’t waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, set your exposure, etc., and there’s no talk about which camera or printer to buy. It’s all Elements, step by step, cover to cover, in the only book of its kind, and you’re gonna love it!

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Acknowledgments (Scott)
    5. Acknowledgments (Matt)
    6. Other Books By Scott KelBy
    7. Other Books By Matt Kloskowski
    8. About the Authors
    9. Table of Contents
    10. The Quick Q&A You’re Going To Wish You Read First
    11. Chapter 1. Organized Chaos: Managing Photos Using the Organizer
      1. Importing Your Photos
      2. Backing Up Your Photos to a Disc or Hard Drive
      3. Importing Photos from Your Scanner
      4. Automating the Importing of Photos by Using Watched Folders
      5. Changing the Size of Your Photo Thumbnails
      6. Seeing Full-Screen Previews
      7. Sorting Photos by Date and Viewing Filenames
      8. Adding Scanned Photos? Enter the Right Time & Date
      9. Finding Photos Fast by Their Month & Year
      10. Tagging Your Photos (with Keyword Tags)
      11. Auto Tagging with Smart Tags
      12. Tagging Multiple Photos
      13. Assigning Multiple Tags to One Photo
      14. Tagging Images of People
      15. Sharing Your Keyword Tags with Others
      16. Albums: It’s How You Put Photos in Order One by One
      17. Using Smart Albums for Automatic Organization
      18. Choosing Your Own Icons for Keyword Tags
      19. Deleting Keyword Tags or Albums
      20. Seeing Your Photo’s Metadata (EXIF Info)
      21. Adding Your Own Info to Photos
      22. Finding Photos
      23. Finding Duplicate Photos
      24. Finding Photos Using the Date View
      25. Seeing an Instant Slide Show
      26. Comparing Photos
      27. Reducing Clutter by Stacking Your Photos
      28. Sharing Your Photos
    12. Chapter 2. Raw Justice: Processing Your Images Using Camera Raw
      1. Opening RAW, JPEG, and TIFF Photos into Camera Raw
      2. Miss the JPEG Look? Try Applying a Camera Profile
      3. The Essential Adjustments: White Balance
      4. The Essential Adjustments #2: Exposure
      5. Letting Camera Raw Auto Correct Your Photos
      6. The Fix for Shadow Problems: Fill Light
      7. Adding “Snap” (or Softening) to Your Images Using the Clarity Slider
      8. Making Your Colors More Vibrant
      9. Cropping and Straightening
      10. Editing Multiple Photos at Once
      11. Saving RAW Files in Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) Format
      12. Sharpening in Camera Raw
      13. Camera Raw’s Noise Reduction
      14. Removing Red Eye in Camera Raw
      15. The Trick for Expanding the Range of Your Photos
      16. Black & White Conversions in Camera Raw
    13. Chapter 3. Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos
      1. Cropping Photos
      2. Auto-Cropping to Standard Sizes
      3. Cropping to an Exact Custom Size
      4. Cropping into a Shape
      5. Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area
      6. Auto-Cropping Gang-Scanned Photos
      7. Straightening Photos with the Straighten Tool
      8. Resizing Digital Camera Photos
      9. Resizing and How to Reach Those Hidden Free Transform Handles
      10. Making Your Photos Smaller (Downsizing)
      11. Automated Saving and Resizing
      12. Resizing Just Parts of Your Image Using the Recompose Tool
    14. Chapter 4. Jonas Sees in Color: Color Correction Secrets
      1. Before You Color Correct Anything, Do This First!
      2. The Advantages of Adjustment Layers
      3. Photo Quick Fix
      4. Getting a Visual Readout (Histogram) of Your Corrections
      5. Color Correcting Digital Camera Images
      6. Dave’s Amazing Trick for Finding a Neutral Gray
      7. Studio Photo Correction Made Simple
      8. Adjusting Flesh Tones
      9. Warming Up (or Cooling Down) a Photo
      10. Color Correcting One Problem Area Fast!
      11. Getting a Better Conversion from Color to Black and White
      12. Correcting Color and Contrast Using Color Curves
    15. Chapter 5. Little Problems: Fixing Common Problems
      1. Using the Smart Brush Tool to Select and Fix at the Same Time
      2. Removing Digital Noise
      3. Focusing Light with Digital Dodging and Burning
      4. Opening Up Shadow Areas That Are Too Dark
      5. Fixing Areas That Are Too Bright
      6. When Your Subject Is Too Dark
      7. Automatic Red-Eye Removal
      8. Instant Red-Eye Removal
      9. Fixing Problems Caused by Your Camera’s Lens
      10. The Elements Secret to Fixing Group Shots
      11. Blending Multiple Exposures (a.k.a. Pseudo-HDR Technique)
    16. Chapter 6. Select Start: Selection Techniques
      1. Selecting Square, Rectangular, or Round Areas
      2. Saving Your Selections
      3. Softening Those Harsh Edges
      4. Selecting Areas by Their Color
      5. Making Selections Using a Brush
      6. Getting Elements to Help You Make Tricky Selections
      7. Easier Selections with the Quick Selection Tool
      8. Removing People (or Objects) from Backgrounds
    17. Chapter 7. Retouch Me: Retouching Portraits
      1. Quick Skin Tone Fix
      2. The Power of Layer Masks
      3. Removing Blemishes and Hot Spots
      4. Lessening Freckles or Facial Acne
      5. Removing Dark Circles Under Eyes
      6. Removing or Lessening Wrinkles
      7. Brightening the Whites of the Eyes
      8. Making Eyes That Sparkle
      9. Whitening and Brightening Teeth
      10. Repairing Teeth
      11. Digital Nose Jobs Made Easy
      12. Transforming a Frown into a Smile
      13. Slimming and Trimming
      14. Advanced Skin Softening
      15. Fixing Reflections in Glasses
    18. Chapter 8. Clone Wars: Removing Unwanted Objects
      1. Cloning Away Distractions
      2. Removing Spots and Other Artifacts
      3. Removing Distracting Objects (Healing Brush)
      4. The Magic of Content-Aware Fill
      5. Automatically Cleaning Up Your Scenes (a.k.a. The Tourist Remover)
    19. Chapter 9. Side Effects: Special Effects for Photographers
      1. Automatic Special Effects
      2. Creating a Picture Stack Effect
      3. The Orton Effect
      4. Enhancing Depth of Field
      5. Trendy Desaturated Portrait Look
      6. High-Contrast Look
      7. Getting the Grungy, High-Contrast Look Right Within Camera Raw
      8. Converting to Black and White
      9. Panoramas Made Crazy Easy
      10. Creating Drama with a Soft Spotlight
      11. Burned-In Edge Effect (Vignetting)
      12. Using Color for Emphasis
      13. The Faded Antique Look
      14. Matching Photo Styles
      15. Replacing the Sky
      16. Neutral Density Gradient Filter
      17. Skylight Filter Effect
      18. Taming Your Light
      19. Creating Photo Collages
      20. Scott’s Three-Step Portrait Finishing Technique
      21. Fake Duotone
      22. Simulating Film Grain
    20. Chapter 10. Sharpen Your Teeth: Sharpening Techniques
      1. Basic Sharpening
      2. Creating Extraordinary Sharpening
      3. Luminosity Sharpening
      4. Edge Sharpening Technique
      5. Advanced Sharpening Using Adjust Sharpness
    21. Chapter 11. Fine Print: Step-by-Step Printing and Color Management
      1. Setting Up Your Color Management
      2. Calibrating Your Monitor
      3. Getting Pro-Quality Prints That Match Your Screen
      4. Making the Print
      5. My Elements 10 Workflow from Start to Finish
    22. Index