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Join the digital photo revolution! In short sessions that can take just a minute, you¿ll learn to enhance those pictures you took with your digital camera or picture cell phone¿or old snapshots you recapture with your scanner. Remove that red-eyed look from flash photos. Fix contrast and brightness on under- or over-exposed shots. Adjust for vibrant, life-like color. Fix old or damaged family photos. (You can even get rid of the clutter in your closet by storing them conveniently on your hard drive or burning them on CDs!) Learn how to create compact picture files from your photos so you can share them easily with your family and friends via email or post them to your personal website. Create digital albums and shows from your new personal collection of impressive digital photographs, and produce high-quality prints from your color inkjet printer¿all without the cost and delay of photofinishing.
Along with the popularity of MP3 music, the fun, convenience, and sheer economy of digital photogrpahy is a great reason to buy a new computer and camera. Adobe has designed Photoshop Elements so you can get great-looking results with just a few clicks, and Easy Photoshop Elements is the perfect book to deliver on that promise of incredible ease of use!
Easy Photoshop Elements can also show you how to create photo albums and slide shows using other popular applications - Photoshop Album, Micro Research 3-D Album, and Microsoft PowerPoint. The book includes a CD with sample files you can use to recreate the book's lessons yourself, template files for building your own albums and shows, and a trial version of 3-D Album.
1. Learning the Ropes.
Starting Photoshop Elements and Opening a Picture. Viewing and Adjusting the Active Image Area. Using the Shortcuts Bar and Browsing for a File. Selecting Tools from the Toolbox. Controlling How Tools Behave with the Options Bar. Using Palettes. Arranging and Controlling Palettes. Using the Search Box and Following a Recipe. Taking a Tutorial. Setting Your Own Preferences. Saving Your Work.
Getting Photos into Your Computer. Scanning Images. Grabbing a Video Frame. Capturing a Frame from a Video File. Taking an Image from the Clipboard. Copying a Picture from a Web Page. Scanning a Slide. Making a Positive from a Negative. Importing an Acrobat Image. Resizing and Printing an Image. Printing Contact Sheets. Changing Paper (Canvas) Size. Printing a Picture Package. Saving Your Picture Archive on CD.
Making a Quick Fix. Making a Quick Fix with a Slider Adjustment. Undoing Your Mistakes. Cropping a Picture. Straightening a Crooked Picture. Rotating an Image on Opening. Rotating an Image for Artistic Effect. Resizing and Resampling an Image. Transforming Image Perspective. Adding a White Border to Your Prints. Removing “Red Eye” in Flash Photos. Correcting a Color Cast. Selecting Color Variations. Replacing a Specific Color. Adjusting Brightness and Contrast. Changing a Color Photo to Black and White. Sharpening Focus. Making Edges Softer. Selecting and Coloring Shapes in the Shot.
Adding and Printing Photo Captions. Adding Text to Prints in a Picture Package. Overlaying Text on an Image. Selecting and Editing Text. Changing Fonts and Text Properties. Moving or Deleting Text. Resizing Text. Creating Vertical Text. Rotating Text. Transforming and Skewing Text. Warping Text. Adding a Talk Bubble. Applying a Text Effect. Adding a Drop Shadow to Text. Creating “Hollow” Text.
Adding a Decorative Border. Creating a Gradient Fill. Mounting a Photo on a Fancy Background. Adding a Beautiful Sky. Creating a High-Contrast Black-and-White Picture. Making a Photo Look Like an Oil Painting. Posterizing a Picture. Making a Photo Look Like a Sketch. Applying the Pointillize Filter. Using a Blur Filter.
Creating a Shape. Adding a Bevel to a Shape. Filling a Shape with Color. Using the Eyedropper to Pick a Color. Using the Color Swatches Palette. Painting and Drawing with a Brush and Pencil. Controlling How Brushes Behave. Painting with the Pattern Stamp. Using the Erasers. Softening Edges.
Adding Eyelight for Personality. Fixing Dark and Light Areas in a Photo. Removing or Softening Facial Lines. Removing Facial Blemishes. Changing Hair Color. Flattering by Softening Focus. Enhancing or Toning Down a Color. Adding a Vignette to a Portrait. Adding a Soft Glow. Trimming Contours on the Face or Body.
Making a Web Photo Gallery. Loading Your Photos into Photoshop Album. Building an Album with Photoshop Album. Creating a PowerPoint Photo Slideshow. Creating a Screensaver Show with 3D-Album.
Painting on a New Layer. Copying an Object to a New Layer. Repositioning a Layer. Controlling Layers. Creating a Fill Layer and Adjusting Layer Opacity. Flipping or Rotating a Layer. Using an Adjustment Layer. Using Blending Modes on Layers. Copying and Pasting a Layer Style.
Previewing a Halftone Image for Color Printing. Previewing a Halftone Image for B&W Printing. Using Color Management for Commercial Printing. Preparing a Still Image for Video. Sending a Picture via Email. Converting to Indexed Color for the Web. Optimizing a Picture for the Web. Saving As an Animated Picture for the Web. Downloading and Installing the JPEG 2000 Plug-In.
Saving Best-Quality Photos for Printing. File Formats for Desktop Publishing. Renaming a Batch of Files. Converting Files in a Batch. Applying a Copyright Notice.
Placing Artwork in an Image. Creating Panoramic Views. Achieving a 3D Effect. Try Some “Trick” Photography. Getting an Antique Look.