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The Photoshop® Elements 11 Book for Digital Photographers

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This book (for Windows and Mac) breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that's never been done before–it cuts through the bull and shows exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge readers to come up with their own settings or figure things out on their own. Instead, it tells readers flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why. This book gives the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos like a pro. Readers will be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are–once they know the secrets.

This book covers:

-The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
-How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat
-How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs and TIFFs, too!
-The sharpening techniques the pros really use
-How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
-The most requested photographic special effects
-All the brand new features of Elements 11, which offers better ways to manage photos, map images, share memories, use templates, and easily create pro-quality photographic effects

And the book's secret weapon: It also covers slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many Photoshop CS6 features from right within Elements 11.
-And much more!

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 Author
  9. Contents
  10. Nine Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
  11. 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. Choosing Your Own Icons for Keyword Tags
    18. Deleting Keyword Tags or Albums
    19. Seeing Your Photo’s Metadata (EXIF Info)
    20. Adding Your Own Info to Photos
    21. Finding Photos
    22. Finding Duplicate Photos
    23. Seeing an Instant Slide Show
    24. Comparing Photos
    25. Reducing Clutter by Stacking Your Photos
    26. Places: Viewing Your Photos on a Map
  12. Raw Justice: Processing Your Images Using Camera Raw
    1. Opening Your Photos into Camera Raw
    2. Miss the JPEG Look? Try Applying a Camera Profile
    3. Updating to the Latest Camera Raw Editing Features (Not for New Users)
    4. The Essential Adjustments: White Balance
    5. The Essential Adjustments: Exposure
    6. Letting Camera Raw Auto Correct Your Photos
    7. Adding Punch to Your Images with Clarity
    8. Making Your Colors More Vibrant
    9. Cropping and Straightening
    10. Editing Multiple Photos at Once
    11. The Advantages of Adobe’s DNG Format for RAW Photos
    12. Sharpening in Camera Raw
    13. Reducing Noise in Noisy Photos
    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. Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos
    1. Basic Cropping
    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. edIT: Using Quick, Guided, and Expert Editing
    1. Which Editing Mode Do I Use: Quick, Guided, or Expert?
    2. Photo Quick Fix in Quick Mode
    3. Special Effects in Guided Mode (the Only Time to Use It)
    4. A Quick Look at Expert Mode (It’s Not Just for Experts!)
  15. Layer Cake: Working with Layers
    1. Layer Basics
    2. Using Multiple Layers
    3. Everything Else About Layers
    4. Layer Blend Modes for Photographers
    5. The Power of Layer Masks
  16. Little Problems: Fixing Common Problems
    1. Adjusting Flesh Tones
    2. Fixing Shots with a Dull Gray Sky
    3. Using the Smart Brush Tool to Select and Fix at the Same Time
    4. Adding Contrast to Cloudy Skies
    5. Removing Digital Noise
    6. Focusing Light with Digital Dodging and Burning
    7. Opening Up Shadow Areas That Are Too Dark
    8. Fixing Areas That Are Too Bright
    9. When Your Subject Is Too Dark
    10. Automatic Red-Eye Removal
    11. Instant Red-Eye Removal
    12. Fixing Problems Caused by Your Camera’s Lens
    13. The Elements Secret to Fixing Group Shots
    14. Blending Multiple Exposures (a.k.a. Pseudo-HDR Technique)
  17. Select Start: Selection Techniques
    1. Selecting Square, Rectangular, or Round Areas
    2. Saving Your Selections
    3. Softening Those Harsh Edges
    4. Easier Selections with the Quick Selection Tool
    5. Making Really Tricky Selections, Like Hair (and Some Cool Compositing Tricks, Too!)
  18. Retouch Me: Retouching Portraits
    1. Quick Skin Tone Fix
    2. Removing Blemishes and Hot Spots
    3. Lessening Freckles or Facial Acne
    4. Removing Dark Circles Under Eyes
    5. Removing or Lessening Wrinkles (and Why You Still Need the Healing Brush)
    6. Brightening the Whites of the Eyes
    7. Making Eyes That Sparkle
    8. Whitening and Brightening Teeth
    9. Repairing Teeth
    10. Digital Nose Jobs Made Easy
    11. Transforming a Frown into a Smile
    12. Slimming and Trimming
    13. Advanced Skin Softening
    14. Fixing Reflections in Glasses
  19. Clone Wars: Removing Unwanted Objects
    1. Cloning Away Distractions
    2. Removing Spots and Other Artifacts
    3. The Magic of Content Aware
    4. Automatically Cleaning Up Your Scenes (a.k.a. The Tourist Remover)
  20. Side Effects: Special Effects for Photographers
    1. Creating a Picture Stack Effect
    2. The Orton (Dreamy-Focus-Like) Effect
    3. Enhancing Depth of Field (or Faking That 85mm f/1.4 Look)
    4. Automating Special Effects with Actions
    5. Trendy Desaturated Skin Look
    6. High-Contrast Portrait Look
    7. Getting the Grungy, High-Contrast Look 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. Matching Photo Styles
    14. Neutral Density Gradient Filter
    15. Getting the Instagram Look
    16. Fake Duotone
    17. Simulating Film Grain
  21. Sharpen Your Teeth: Sharpening Techniques
    1. Basic Sharpening
    2. Creating Extraordinary Sharpening
    3. Luminosity Sharpening
    4. Edge Sharpening Technique
    5. The Most Advanced Sharpening in Elements
    6. Advanced Sharpening Using Adjust Sharpness
  22. Fine Print: Printing, Color Management, and My Elements 11 Workflow
    1. Setting Up Your Color Management
    2. You Have to Calibrate Your Monitor Before You Go Any Further
    3. Getting Pro-Quality Prints That Match Your Screen
    4. Sharpening for Printing
    5. Making the Print
    6. What to Do If the Print Still Doesn’t Match Your Screen
    7. My Elements 11 Workflow from Start to Finish
  23. Index
  24. Ad Pages