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Sams Teach Yourself Digital Photography and Photoshop Elements 3 All in One


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  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32688-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32688-2

You have a digital camera and now you want to get all those great pictures loaded onto your computer, but how? And then, how do you edit the photos to correct your mistakes and organize them for easy access? Sams Publishing has the answers to all of your digital photography questions in one easy-to-understand book. Sams Teach Yourself Digital Photography and Photoshop Elements 3 All In One will help you quickly get comfortable with your digital photography tools and technology. You'll learn to:

  • Take great digital pictures
  • Load digital images onto your computer
  • Organize images into digital albums
  • Edit photos and get creative with Photoshop Elements
  • Output digital photos to a printer, web album, CD or DVD
Your pictures will truly be worth a thousand words with the help of Sams Teach Yourself Digital Photography and Photoshop Elements 3 All In One



The examples developed for the book in one convenient file for download - 5.7 MB -- examples.zip

The examples for Chapter 17 - 568 KB -- ch17.zip

The examples for Chapter 20 - 400 KB -- ch20.zip

The examples for Chapter 21 - 156 KB -- ch21.zip

The examples for Chapter 24 - 568 KB -- ch24.zip

The examples for Chapter 25 - 4.1 MB -- ch25.zip

The examples for Chapter 26 - 120 KB -- ch26.zip

The examples for Chapter 28 - 164 KB -- ch28.zip

The examples for Chapter 32 - 24 KB -- ch32.zip

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Digital Camera Settings and Controls

Technical Details

Table of Contents


    What Is Photography?

    A Brief History of Photography

      Get a Lens, Friends...

      Mr. Eastman's Invention

      It IS Rocket Science!

      Space Frozen in Time

    Magic Moments

    The Photograph As a Communications Tool

    The Photograph As an Abstraction of Reality

    Color Is Critical


1. Understanding the Digital Revolution.

    Considering Digital Graphics

      Advantages of Digital Photography Over Film

      Disadvantages of Digital Photography

    Computers As a Photo Tool

    Making Versus Taking a Picture

    How Photos Are Used Today

      Magazine and Newspaper Photographs

      Advertising/TV Photography

      Law Enforcement


      Photos in Web Publishing


2. The Digital Camera.

    How to Make a Simple Camera

    How the Camera Works

      Lenses and Focusing

      Camera Pros and Cons

    How Digital Cameras Work

      Inside the Camera

      Color and the CCD

    Bit Depth and Resolution


    Overview of Current Digital Cameras

      Snapshot Cameras

      Intermediate Cameras

      Professional/Prosumer Cameras

      Disposable Cameras

    Memory Cards

    Using Video Cameras for Still Photos


3. Technical Details.

    Understanding How Lenses Work


      Focal Length

      Visual Angle

      Zoom Versus Prime Lenses


      Depth of Field

    Manipulating Exposure Controls


      Shutter Issues

      White Balance

    Learning Workarounds for Camera Settings

      Focus Workarounds

      Flash Workarounds

      Exposure Workarounds

    Caring for Digital Cameras

      Lens and Screen Cleaning

      Batteries and AC Adapters



4. Seeing Photographically.

    Comparing What You See and What the Lens Sees

    Organizing Perception = Composition

    Framing a Picture

      The Shape of the Image

      The Shape of the Subject

      The Shape of the Space

      Dealing with Print and Screen Formats

      Learning the Rule of Thirds

    Discovering Perspective-The Illusion of Reality

      Linear Perspective

      Aerial Perspective

      Contrast in Sharpness

      Vertical Location


    The Importance of Scale

      A Matter of Comparison

      Using the Horizon

      Choosing Your Viewpoint

    Finding Balance and Symmetry

    Building Relationships

    Working with Texture and Pattern




5. Telling a Story.

    How Does a Picture Communicate?


      Shared Experiences

      Creating a Mood

    Using Color

      Color Defined

      Using Limited Palettes

      Working with Tonality


    Planning Photo Essays

      Shooting a Photo Essay

    Release Forms


6. Controlling the Environment.

    Natural Backgrounds

    Indoor Settings

      Using Backdrops and Props

      Finding Interesting Backgrounds

      Props for All Occasions

    Improving on Nature

      Dulling Spray


    Clothing and Makeup

      The Glamour Drape

    Food Photography

      Tricks of the Trade

    Designing Photos for Type and Image Enhancement

      Planning for Type



7. Painting with Light.

    Using Available Light

      Larger Source = Softer Light

      Smaller Source = Harder Light

      Balancing Daylight and Artificial Light

    Using Built-in Flash

    Using Studio Lighting

      Choosing Lights

      Keys, Accents, and Fills

      Cookies, Flags, and Gobos

    Tabletop Lighting

      Shooting Tables

      The Jewelry Tent

      Pitching a Tent


8. Shooting Portraits.

    Portrait Posing

      Couples and Group Portraits

      The Flattering Portrait Trick

    Children and Other Animals



      Older Kids


      Farm and Zoo Animals


      Motion in a Still Picture



9. Saving and Uploading Your Pictures.

    Getting from the Camera to the Computer

      Transferring an Image

      Using a Card Reader for Image Transfer

    File Formats and File Sizes

      Saving File Space

      Using File Compression with Saved Images

      Other Formats

    Storage Media

    Scanned Images

      Using a Scanner

      Scanning Film

      Scanning Small Objects


10. Better Pictures Through Digital Wizardry.

    Can You Improve on Perfection?

    Moral and Ethical Issues

    Software for Image Enhancement

      Microsoft Picture It! Photo Edition

      Jasc Paint Shop Pro

      Adobe Photoshop CS

      Adobe Photoshop Elements

      Other Photo Software


11. Welcome to Photoshop Elements.

    Opening Elements

    Getting Help

      Tool Tips


      The Help Button


12. A Tour of the Desktop.

    Finding Your Way Around

    Understanding the Shortcuts Bar

    Starting a New Image

    Using the Tools in the Toolbox

      Utility Tools

      Selection Tools

      Miscellaneous Tools

      Painting Tools

      Toning Tools


      Tool Shortcuts

    Understanding the Options Bar

    Using the Menus

    Taking a Look at the File and Edit Menus

      Using the File Browser

    What's on the Edit Menu?

    Taking a Look at the Image Menu



      Divide Scanned Photos



    Taking a Look at the Enhance Menu

      Adjust Smart Fix

      Adjust Lighting

      Adjust Color

    Taking a Look at the Layer Menu

    Taking a Look at the Select Menu

    Taking a Look at the Filter Menu

    Taking a Look at the View Menu

    Taking a Look at the Window Menu

    Using the Photo Bin

    Setting Preferences


13. Handling Photoshop Elements Files.

    Starting a New Image File

    Browsing for a File

    Saving Your Work

      Choosing a File Format

      Choosing Other Save Options

    Adjusting Resolution

    Saving for the Web

    Attaching Files to Email

    Exporting a PDF

    Undoing and Redoing

    Using the Undo History Palette


14. Printing Your Pictures.

    Choosing a Printer

      Inkjet Printers

      All in One Printer/Scanner/Copier Combinations

      Laser Printers

      Dye-Sublimation Printers


    Preparing the Image

      Choosing a Paper Type

      Selecting Page Setup Options

      Previewing an Image

    Printing the Page

    Making Contact Sheets and Picture Packages

      Contact Sheets

      Picture Packages


15. Posting Your Work on the Web.

    Internet Limitations and What They Mean to You

    Optimizing Images for the Web

      JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)

      GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

      PNG (Portable Network Graphics)

    Optimizing a Graphic Step by Step

    Preparing Text for the Web

    Preparing Backgrounds

    Making Transparent Images

    Making Pages Load Faster

    Creating a Web Gallery

    Emailing a Picture


16. Keeping Track of Your Pictures.

    Photoshop Elements Organizer

      Understanding Organizer

      Starting an Album

      Maintaining Links in Organizer

      Finding Your Photos

      Making Photo Collections

      Searching for a Photo

      Working with the Photo

    iPhoto for Macintosh

      Importing Photos

      Arranging and Sorting Your Pictures

      Editing a Photo

      Creating Albums

      Sharing Your Photos



17. Making Selections and Using Layers.

    Using the Selection Tools

      Making Selections with Marquees

      Selecting with the Lasso Tools

      Making Selections with the Magic Wand

      Using the Selection Brush Tool

      Selecting and Deselecting All

    Modifying Selections

      Inverting a Selection

      Feathering a Selection

      Changing Your Selection with Modify, Grow, Similar

      Saving and Loading Selections

      Stroking and Filling Selections

      Using the Paint Bucket Tool to Fill a Selection

    Working with Layers

      Managing Layers

      Adding a New Layer

      Moving or Removing a Layer

      Grouping Layers Together

      Changing Layer Opacity


18. Working with the Brush Tools.

    The Brushes Palette

      Brush Options Dialog Box

      Tablet Options


      The Airbrush

      The Brush

      The Impressionist Brush

      The Color Replacement Brush

      The Eraser

      The Pencil


19. Adding Type.

    Using the Type Tools

      Adding Horizontal and Vertical Type

      Choosing Fonts

    Using the Type Mask Tools

    Working with Layer Styles and Text

      Editing Layer Styles

    Warping Text



20. Cropping and Resizing a Photo.


    Thinking About Good Composition


      Resizing an Image

      Resizing a Canvas

      Resizing a Portion of an Image

    Rotating an Image

      Flipping Images

      Rotating by Degrees

    Straightening Images

      Straightening and Leveling "By Hand"

      Straightening Selections

    Skewing Selections

    Distorting Selections

    Changing the Perspective of a Selection


21. Too Light/Too Dark: Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color.

    Quick Fix

    Using the Automatic Correction Tools

      Auto Smart Fix

      Auto Levels

      Auto Contrast

      Auto Color Correction

    Adjusting by Eye with Color Variations

    Adjusting Color with Color Cast

    Adjusting Color with Hue/Saturation

    Removing and Replacing Color

    Compensating for Lighting Mistakes

    Correcting an Image, Step by Step


22. Removing Red Eye, Dust, and Scratches.

    Making Basic Cleanups

      Removing Small Objects with the Clone Stamp Tool

      Removing Small Objects with Copy and Paste

    Fixing Red Eye

      A Pound of Prevention...

      A Couple of Cures

      Fixing Red Eye from Scratch

    Removing Dust and Scratches

      Using the Dust & Scratches Filter

      Using the Despeckle and Unsharp Mask Filters

      Removing Dust and Scratches with the Clone Stamp



23. Using How Tos and Tutorials.

    Using How Tos

    Doing a "To Do"

    Following a Tutorial

    Going Online for Help and Inspiration

      Websites for Ideas and Help

      Photoshop Elements User Newsletter

      The National Association of Photoshop Professionals


24. Repairing Black-and-White Pictures.

    Easy Fixes

      Correcting Lack of Contrast

      Dodging and Burning

      Painting Over Small Blotches

    Preparing an Old Photo for Repair by Removing Sepia

    Repairing Serious Damage

      First Steps

      Repairing Tears

    Applying Vignetting

    Cleaning Up a Picture, Step by Step

    Applying Tints


25. Making Color Repairs.

    Correcting Color Cast

    Lightening Shadows and Improving Contrast

    Making Selective Color Adjustments

    Image Correction Tools

      Blur and Sharpen

      The Sponge Tool

    Adjusting Saturation

      The Smudge Tool

    Making Repairs When Nothing's Really Wrong

    Hand Coloring a Black-and-White Photo


26. Removing and Replacing Objects.

    Drag-and-Drop Copying

    Removing a Person

    Replacing a Face

    Putting Back What Was Never There


27. Using the Improvement Filters.

    Working with Filters

    Using the Sharpen Filters

    Using the Blur Filters

      Smart Blur

      Gaussian Blur

      Radial Blur

      Motion Blur

    Adding or Removing Noise


      Dust & Scratches


      Add Noise

    Using the Render Filters


      Difference Clouds

      Lens Flare

      Lighting Effects

      Texture Fill

      3D Transform

    Adding Texture

    Adjusting the Effect of Filters



28. Color Modes and Color Models.

    Color Models

      RGB Model

      CMYK Model

      HSB Model

    The Modes and Models of Color

      Bitmap and Grayscale


      Indexed Color

    Color Bit Depth and Why It Matters

    Calibrating Your Monitor


29. Creating Art from Scratch.

    Choosing Colors

      Using Color Pickers

      Using the Swatches Palette

      Other Tips for Selecting Colors

    Using the Shape Tools

      Changing the Style

      Setting the Geometry Options

      Drawing Additional Shapes

      Finding More Custom Shapes

      Selecting a Shape

    Using the Brush Tool

      Setting Brush Options

      Painting with the Impressionist Brush

    Adding New Elements to an Existing Picture

    Using the Pencil Tool

      Setting Pencil Options

      Replacing One Color with Another

    Using the Eraser Tools

      Erasing with the Eraser Tool

      Erasing with the Background Eraser Tool


30. Using the Artistic Filters.

    Using the Watercolor Filters

      Dry Brush


    Simulating Oil Painting


      Palette Knife

      Paint Daubs

    Working with Pastels, Chalk, Charcoal, and Pen

      Rough Pastels

      Smudge Stick

      Chalk & Charcoal

      Conté Crayon

      Graphic Pen and Halftone Pattern


    Creating a Neon Effect with Glowing Edges

      Adding a Neon Glow

    Texturizing with Grain

    Sponging an Image


31. Making Composite Images.

    Working with Lighting and Scale

    Using Layer Styles to Create Composites

    Using Adjustment Layers to Fix Image Problems

      Adding an Adjustment Layer

      Editing the Adjustment Layer Mask

    Understanding Blend Modes

    Applying Effects

      Making an Effect from Scratch

      Creating Drop Shadows from Scratch

      Making Reflections

    Using Distortions to Blend Composite Images

    Putting Together Stitched Panoramas

      Working with Photomerge

      Considerations When You Shoot a Panorama


32. Going Wild with Your Images.

    Posterizing Colors

    Adjusting the Threshold

    Liquifying an Image

    Replacing Colors with Gradient Map and Invert

      Using Gradient Map

      Creating Your Own Gradient

      Using Invert

    Animating a GIF

    Setting Type in a Circle

    Using the Magic Eraser

    Adding Metallic Effects

    Using Weird Effects

      Plastic Wrap

      Diffuse Glow

      Ocean Ripple



    Pixelate Filters


      Pointillism and Mosaic


      Find Edges, Glowing Edges, and Trace Contour



    Combining Filters


      Rough Pastels and Film Grain

    Third-Party Filters




Appendix A. Glossary.

Appendix B. Photoshop Elements Menus.

    Mac Menus

    Windows Menus

Appendix C. All the Shortcuts...



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