Synopses & Reviews
Whether youre a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist, Photoshop Elements 12 is an ideal image-editing tool—once you know how to use it. This bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, youll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.
The important stuff you need to know:
- Get to work right away. Import, organize, edit, crop, and color-correct your photos with ease.
- Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos.
- Add pizzazz. Dress up your photos with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
- Share photos. Create online albums, email-ready slideshows, and web-ready files.
- Use your words. Make greeting cards, calendars, and flyers by adding text to images.
- Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, scrapbooks, collages, and other projects.
- Find your artistic flair. Create digital artwork from scratch, using tools to draw, paint, and blend.
About the Author
Barbara Brundage has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has worked in both advertising and technical writing. She also plays the harp and attended Eastman School of Music, where she studied with legendary harpist Eileen Malone. Barbara makes her living as a professional harpist and has performed for a wide range of dignitaries and celebrities including Margaret Thatcher, Tom Cruise, the Clintons, and Isaac Stern. She is the founder of Seaside Press, through which she publishes her arrangements, which are popular with harpists around the world.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; Why Photoshop Elements?; What You Can Do with Elements 12; What's New in Elements 12; Elements vs. Photoshop; The Key to Learning Elements; About This Book; About the Online Resources; Safari® Books Online; Part 1: Introduction to Elements; Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements; 1.1 Getting Started; 1.2 Organizing Your Photos; 1.3 Editing Your Photos; 1.4 Getting Started in a Hurry; Chapter 2: Importing, Managing, and Saving Photos; 2.1 Importing from Cameras; 2.2 Opening Stored Images; 2.3 Creating a New File; 2.4 Using the Organizer; 2.5 Searching for Photos; 2.6 Saving Your Work; 2.7 Backing Up Files; Chapter 3: Rotating and Resizing Photos; 3.1 Straightening Scanned Photos; 3.2 Rotating Images; 3.3 Straightening the Contents of an Image; 3.4 Cropping Pictures; 3.5 Zooming and Repositioning Your View; 3.6 Changing the Size of an Image; 3.7 Resizing Images for Email and the Web; Part 2: Elemental Elements; Chapter 4: The Quick Fix; 4.1 The Quick Fix Window; 4.2 Editing Your Photos; 4.3 Other Fast Fixes; 4.4 Getting Fancy: Effects, Textures, and Frames; Chapter 5: Making Selections; 5.1 Selecting Everything; 5.2 Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas; 5.3 Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas; 5.4 Selecting with a Brush; 5.5 Extracting Objects; 5.6 Changing and Moving Selections; Chapter 6: Layers: The Heart of Elements; 6.1 Understanding Layers; 6.2 Creating Layers; 6.3 Managing Layers; 6.4 Adjustment and Fill Layers; 6.5 Moving Objects Between Images; Part 3: Retouching; Chapter 7: Basic Image Retouching; 7.1 Fixing Exposure Problems; 7.2 Controlling the Colors You See; 7.3 Using Levels; 7.4 Removing Unwanted Color; 7.5 Choosing Colors; 7.6 Sharpening Images; Chapter 8: Elements for Digital Photographers; 8.1 The Raw Converter; 8.2 Blending Exposures; 8.3 Photo Filter; 8.4 Processing Multiple Files; Chapter 9: Retouching: Fine-Tuning Images; 9.1 Fixing Blemishes; 9.2 Applying Patterns; 9.3 Recomposing Photos; 9.4 Color Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast; 9.5 Making Colors More Vibrant; 9.6 Changing an Object's Color; 9.7 Special Effects; Chapter 10: Removing and Adding Color; 10.1 Method One: Making Color Photos Black and White; 10.2 Method Two: Removing Color from a Photo; 10.3 Creating Spot Color; 10.4 Colorizing Black-and-White Photos; Chapter 11: Photomerge: Creating Panoramas, Group Shots, and More; 11.1 Creating Panoramas; 11.2 Merging Different Faces; 11.3 Arranging a Group Shot; 11.4 Tidying Up with Scene Cleaner; 11.5 Merging Styles; 11.6 Correcting Lens Distortion; 11.7 Transforming Images; Part 4: Artistic Elements; Chapter 12: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools; 12.1 Picking and Using a Basic Brush; 12.2 Special Brushes; 12.3 The Impressionist Brush; 12.4 The Pencil Tool; 12.5 The Paint Bucket; 12.6 Dodging and Burning; 12.7 Blending and Smudging; 12.8 The Eraser Tools; 12.9 Drawing with Shapes; 12.10 The Cookie Cutter Tool; Chapter 13: Filters, Actions, Layer Styles, and Gradients; 13.1 Using Filters; 13.2 Applying Actions and Effects; 13.3 Adding Layer Styles; 13.4 Applying Gradients; 13.5 Gradient Maps; Chapter 14: Text in Elements; 14.1 Adding Text to an Image; 14.2 Warping Text; 14.3 Adding Special Effects; 14.4 Type Masks: Setting an Image in Text; 14.5 Artistic Text; Part 5: Sharing Images; Chapter 15: Creating Projects; 15.1 Photo Collages; 15.2 Photo Books; 15.3 Greeting Cards; 15.4 Photo Calendars; 15.5 CD/DVD Jackets; 15.6 CD/DVD Labels; 15.7 Working with the Graphics and Favorites Panels; Chapter 16: Printing Photos; 16.1 Getting Ready to Print; 16.2 Ordering Prints; 16.3 Printing at Home; 16.4 Printing Multiple Images (Windows); 16.5 Printing Multiple Images (Mac); Chapter 17: Email and the Web; 17.1 Image Formats and the Web; 17.2 Saving Images for the Web or Email; 17.3 Creating Animated GIFs; 17.4 Emailing Photos; Chapter 18: Creating Slideshows; 18.1 Full Screen View; 18.2 PDF Slideshows; 18.3 The Slide Show Editor (Windows only); 18.4 A Few More Ways to Share; Part 6: Additional Elements; Chapter 19: Beyond the Basics; 19.1 Graphics Tablets; 19.2 Stuff from the Internet; 19.3 Beyond This Book; Part 7: Appendixes; Installation and Troubleshooting; Installing Elements in Windows; Installing Elements on a Mac; Scratch Disks; Troubleshooting;