The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

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Penguin, Oct 1, 2002 - Computers - 360 pages
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Imaging editing software packages, such as Photoshop Elements, are now the hottest component of the electronic imaging software market.

-- Author is a digital imaging expert that has written on both digital photography and image editing.

-- The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" format and style is ideal for presenting this program's multifunctional capabilities to a lower-level tech market.

Photoshop Elements, a pared down version of the standard Photoshop 6, offers surprisingly powerful image editing tools with an affordable price tag ($99 new/$69 upgrade) for budding digital photographers and computer graphics enthusiasts. As Adobe's first digital imaging package to target the mid-range market, it will appeal to anyone wanting to enhance their digital images or those who wish to create illustrations to go with exiting digital images. The essential steps to enhancing a digitally captured or scanned photograph are not the only areas covered in this book. Many more intermediate to advanced features in Elements will be reviewed: merging multiple photos, liquefying and blending pixels, cool ways to thumbnail images and preview filters, and handy instructions how to upload GIF and JPEG images onto the Web with Shutterbug. Plentiful screenshots in the book will walk readers through Elements highly intuitive interface. Step-by-step demonstration will be liberally used. A trial version of Elements will also be bundled.

  

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Contents

Introducing Photoshop Elements
1
An Elementary Approach to Elements
3
Starting Up Photoshop Elements
4
Touring the Interface
6
Ordering Up from the Menu Bar
7
Exploring the Toolbox
8
Uncovering Hidden Tools
10
Exploring the Shortcuts Bar
12
Saving Early Often and in the Right Format
159
FileSaving Basics
160
Ready Set Save
161
Understanding File Formats
162
Saving to PDF
163
Basic PDF Saves
164
Optimizing an Image for Email
166
Getting Creative with Text and Graphics
169

Search Field
13
Palettes and the Palette Well
14
Combining Palettes
17
Using Online Help
18
Hints Recipes and Tutorials
19
Getting Started
21
The Open File Policy
22
Touring the Image Window
23
Title Bar
24
Gather Information About Your Image
25
Browsing for Files
27
Navigating with the File Browser
28
More File Browser Tricks
29
Rename a Batch of Files
30
View a File Contact Sheet
31
Creating New Files
32
Capturing Images
35
Importing Files
36
Scan Em and Capture Em
37
Picking Good Images
38
Considering the Final Output
39
Calibrating Your Scanner
40
Previewing
41
Cropping the Image
42
Optimizing File Size
43
Setting the Resolution
44
Scanning
45
Digital Cameras
46
Previewing
47
Saving Files
48
Copying Images from the Web
49
Building an Elementary Skill Set
51
Understanding Images and Graphics
53
Taking a Closer Look at Rasters
54
Understanding Resolution
55
Dealing with Image Compression
56
Theyre Just Lines and Shapes
57
A Fancy Name for Shapes
58
Converting Vectors to Rasters
60
Selecting Bitmaps
61
So Whats a Selection Anyway?
62
Exploring the Basic Selection Tools
63
Elliptical Selections
65
Adjusting Selections
66
Deselecting and Reselecting
67
Subtracting from a Selection
68
Intersecting with a Selection
69
Feathering Selections
70
Changing the Marquee Shape
71
Changing the Marquees Appearance
72
Selecting Freeform and Vector Objects
73
Freeform Lassoing
74
The Polygonal Lasso
75
Magnetic Lasso
76
Changing Lasso Preferences
77
Working with the Selection Brush
78
Brushing Up on HandDrawn Selections
79
Making a Mask Selection
81
Adjusting Tolerance
83
Changing and Transforming Selections
84
Filling Selections
85
Using the Shape Selection Tool
86
Saving and Loading Selections
87
Introducing Layers
89
Getting the Layer of the Land
90
Customizing Palette Icon Size
91
Changing the Order of Layers
92
Creating a Layered Image
93
Adding and Naming Layers
94
Editing a Layer
95
Deleting Layers
96
Flattening Layers
97
Getting Into Layers
101
Dragging and Dropping Images
102
Pasting One Selection into Another Selection
103
Scaling a New Layer
104
Checking Image Size
105
Changing a Layers Appearance
106
Adjusting Opacity
107
Arranging Layers
109
Adjustment and Fill Layers
110
Working with Photographs
113
Quick Phixes for Phunky Photos
115
Straightening a Crooked Image
116
Cropping to Improve Bad Images
117
Finding a Quick Fix
118
Using Instant Fix Options from the Enhance Menu
120
Fixing Fill and Backlights
122
Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
123
Adjusting Colors
124
Color Variations
125
Working with Colors
129
Color Modes
130
RGB
131
Grayscale
132
Managing Color
133
Picking Colors
134
Getting Your Images on the Level
135
The Levels Dialog Box
137
Adjusting Levels
138
Changing Color Variations to Boost Saturation
141
Removing a Color Cast
142
The Express Way
143
The DoItYourself Way
144
Replacing Colors
146
Retouching and Editing Images
149
Retouching to Solve Lighting Problems
150
Burning in More Detail
152
Sponging to Change Saturation
153
Smudging Out the Rough Spots
154
Retouching to Adjust Clarity
155
Blurring Distinctions
157
Adding Text to Your Images
171
Understanding the Type Mask Tools
173
Tweaking Type Attributes
174
Working with Fonts
175
Changing Colors
176
Adjusting the Size and Location of the Text Box
177
Using AntiAliasing
178
Adding Special Effects
180
Warping Text
181
Putting an Outline Around the Text
182
Rotating Text
184
Getting Sketchy with Your Images
187
Exploring the Paint Box
188
Drawing Lines
189
Dont Get Opacity with Me
192
Erasing Your BooBoos
194
Just Erasing
195
The Background Eraser Tool
196
Erasing Magically
198
Using the Auto Erase Option
199
Brushing Up Your Images
203
Exploring Elementary Brushes
204
The Brush Tool
205
The Impressionist Tool
207
The Airbrush Tool
208
Selecting a Brush
210
Changing Brush Size
212
Applying Brush Dynamics
213
Creating Your Own Brush
214
Rename and Delete Brushes
215
Trying Different Brush Modes
216
Drawing Shapes
219
Working with the Shape Tools
221
Working with the Options Bar
222
Creating a Logo
224
Drawing Custom Shapes
226
Drawing Lines
228
Manipulating the Shapes
230
Resizing and Moving
231
Using Add Subtract Intersect and Extrude
232
Types of Options
233
Applying Options
234
Advanced Techniques and 5pecial Effects
235
Applying Filters
237
The Filters Palette
238
Applying Filters
239
Choosing the Right Filter
240
Artistic Filters
241
Blur Filters
242
Distort Filters
244
Pixelate Filters
245
Texturizing Filters
246
Other Filters
247
Optimizing Filter Effects
248
Adding Special Effects
251
Choosing the Effect You Want
252
Framing Effects
253
Image Effects
255
Textural Effects
256
Textual Effects
258
Sorting Through the History Palette Settings
259
Working with Layer Styles
261
Working with the Layer Styles Palette
262
Adding Special Effects Using the Layer Style Palette
263
Adding a Drop Shadow
264
Creating a Glow Effect
265
Beveling a Layer
267
Changing Style Settings
269
Lighting and Glow Settings
270
Bevel Settings
271
Copy or Remove a Layer Style
272
Transforming Layers and Shapes
275
What to Transform
276
Choosing the Background Layer
278
Choosing Part of a Layer
279
Choosing Multiple Layers
280
Rotating Layers and Shapes
281
Rotating a Shape
282
The Rotate Tool Choices
283
Scaling
284
Distorting
285
Cool Things You Can Do
289
Taking the Photos
290
Aligning Images
292
The Finished Product
293
Creating the Animation
295
Creating a Batch Process
296
The Least You Need to Know
297
Presenting Your Pictures
299
Putting Pictures on Paper
301
Getting Started with Printing
302
Printing Hard with a Vengeance
303
Changing the Print Location
305
Making the Most of the Page
306
Viewing a Directory with Contact Sheets
307
The Print Package
309
Ordering Prints from an Online Vendor
310
Creating Images for the Web
315
Saving for the Web
316
Naming Your Web Images
318
Optimizing Images
322
Testing Images
323
Optimizing a Selected File Format
324
JPEG
325
PNG
326
Transparent Images
327
Web Photo Galleries
329
Getting Organized
330
Online Resources
333
Glossary
337
Index
343
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Erica Sadun is an experienced author and programmer, holding a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech's Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center. A digital imaging expert, she began working with capture techniques in 1984. She has authored and co-authored several books and articles on digital photography and digital imaging, Digital Photography! I Didn't Know You Could Do That... (Sybex/078212965X) and Photoshop 6.0 Quick Reference (Sybex/0782129250) are but a few.

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