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The Photoshop® Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers

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Adobe’s Photoshop Elements is America’s #1 selling consumer photo editing software, and this updated book—covering both 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 your 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 improved and brand new features of Elements 12, such as the enhanced work environment; the ability to move objects and have the background automatically filled in; one-touch Frames, Effects, and Textures;  and the ability to more easily share your images online and with your mobile devices

  • 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. Content
    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. Changing the Size of Your Photo Thumbnails
      5. Seeing Full-Screen Previews
      6. Sorting Photos by Date and Viewing Filenames
      7. Adding Scanned Photos? Enter the Right Time & Date
      8. Finding Photos Fast by Their Month & Year
      9. Tagging Your Photos (with Keyword Tags)
      10. Auto Tagging with Smart Tags
      11. Tagging Multiple Photos
      12. Assigning Multiple Tags to One Photo
      13. Tagging Images of People
      14. Albums: It’s How You Put Photos in Order One by One
      15. Choosing Your Own Icons for Keyword Tags
      16. Deleting Keyword Tags or Albums
      17. Seeing Your Photo’s Metadata (EXIF Info)
      18. Adding Your Own Info to Photos
      19. Finding Photos
      20. Finding Duplicate Photos
      21. Seeing an Instant Slide Show
      22. Comparing Photos
      23. Reducing Clutter by Stacking Your Photos
      24. Places: Viewing Your Photos on a Map
      25. Sharing Your Photos from the Organizer to Adobe Revel
    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. Using the Smart Brush Tool to Select and Enhance Skies at the Same Time
      3. Adding Contrast and Drama to Cloudy Skies
      4. Removing Digital Noise
      5. Focusing Light with Digital Dodging and Burning
      6. Opening Up Shadow Areas That Are Too Dark
      7. Fixing Areas That Are Too Bright
      8. When Your Subject Is Too Dark
      9. Automatic Red-Eye Removal
      10. Instant Red-Eye Removal
      11. Fixing Problems Caused by Your Camera’s Lens
      12. The Elements Secret to Fixing Group Shots
    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. Removing Spots and Other Artifacts
      2. The Amazing (and Easiest) Way to Remove Distracting Stuff from Your Photos
      3. Moving Things Without Leaving a Hole Using Content Aware Move
      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. Burned-In Edge Effect (Vignetting)
      11. Using Color for Emphasis
      12. Matching Photo Styles
      13. Neutral Density Gradient Filter
      14. Getting the Instagram Look
      15. Fake Duotone
      16. 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 12 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 12 Portrait Workflow from Start to Finish
    23. Index