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The Photoshop Elements 14 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 unlock the power of layers (you’ll be amazed at how easy it is!)
    •    How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs,
    •    TIFFs, and PSDs, 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 brightening people in dark shadows and getting the best color possible
    •    The most requested photographic special effects, and much more!

Although Elements 14 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CC doesn’t offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CC has that Elements 14 still doesn’t have (things like channels, HDR, 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, you can follow along with all the images used in the book, available for download on the book’s companion webpage.

Since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn’t waste your time talking about what a pixel is, 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
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Ten Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
  8. 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. Changing the Size of Your Photo Thumbnails
    5. Seeing Full-Screen Previews
    6. Sorting Photos by Date and Viewing Filenames
    7. Change the Time & Date of Your Photos (Great, If You Travel)
    8. Finding Photos Fast by Their Month & Year
    9. Tagging Your Photos (with Keyword Tags)
    10. Tagging Multiple Photos
    11. Assigning Multiple Tags to One Photo
    12. Tagging Images of People
    13. Albums: It’s How You Put Photos in Order One by One
    14. Choosing Your Own Icons for Keyword Tags
    15. Deleting Keyword Tags or Albums
    16. Seeing Your Photo’s Metadata (EXIF Info)
    17. Adding Your Own Info to Photos
    18. Finding Photos
    19. Finding Duplicate Photos
    20. Creating a Slide Show
    21. Reducing Clutter by Stacking Your Photos
    22. Places: Viewing Your Photos on a Map
    23. Quickly Email Your Photos
  9. Chapter 2. 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. The Essential Adjustments: White Balance
    4. The Essential Adjustments: Exposure
    5. Letting Camera Raw Auto Correct Your Photos
    6. Adding Punch to Your Images with Clarity
    7. Making Your Colors More Vibrant
    8. Cropping and Straightening
    9. Editing Multiple Photos at Once
    10. The Advantages of Adobe’s DNG Format for RAW Photos
    11. Sharpening in Camera Raw
    12. Reducing Noise in Noisy Photos
    13. Removing Red Eye in Camera Raw
    14. The Trick for Expanding the Range of Your Photos
    15. Black & White Conversions in Camera Raw
  10. Chapter 3. 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
  11. Chapter 4. edIT which mode do I use: quick, guided, or expert?
    1. Photo Quick Fix in Quick Mode
    2. Special Effects in Guided Mode (the Only Time to Use It)
    3. A Quick Look at Expert Mode (It’s Not Just for Experts!)
  12. Chapter 5. 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
  13. Chapter 6. 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. Removing Haze from Your Photos
    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. Saving Blurry Photos Using the Shake Reduction Filter
    14. The Elements Secret to Fixing Group Shots
  14. Chapter 7. 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!)
  15. Chapter 8. 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)
  16. Chapter 9. Side Effects special effects for photographers
    1. Effects and Presets Galore in Quick Edit Mode
    2. Creating a Picture Stack Effect
    3. Enhancing Depth of Field (or Faking That 85mm f/1.4 Look)
    4. Trendy Desaturated Skin Look
    5. High-Contrast Portrait Look
    6. Converting to Black and White
    7. Panoramas Made Crazy Easy
    8. Burned-In Edge Effect (Vignetting)
    9. Creating the Selective Color Effect
    10. Neutral Density Gradient Filter
    11. Getting the Instagram Look
    12. Fake Duotone
  17. Chapter 10. Sharpen your Teeth sharpening techniques
    1. Basic Sharpening
    2. Creating Extraordinary Sharpening
    3. Edge Sharpening Technique
    4. The Most Advanced Sharpening in Elements
    5. Advanced Sharpening Using Adjust Sharpness
    6. Chapter 11. Fine Print printing, color management, and my Elements 14 workflow
    7. Setting Up Your Color Management
    8. You Have to Calibrate Your Monitor Before You Go Any Further
    9. Getting Pro-Quality Prints That Match Your Screen
    10. Sharpening for Printing
    11. Making the Print
    12. What to Do If the Print Still Doesn’t Match Your Screen
    13. My Elements 14 Photography Workflow
  18. Index