Synopses & Reviews
With Photoshop Elements 6, the most popular photo-editing program on Earth just keeps getting better. It's perfect for scrapbooking, email-ready slideshows, Web galleries, you name it. But knowing what to do and when is tricky. That's why our Missing Manual is the bestselling book on the topic. This fully revised guide explains not only how the tools and commands work, but when to use them.
Photoshop Elements 6 is packed with new features. You get a new Quick Edit function, Windows Vista compatibility, improved RAW conversion, a handy Quick Selection Tool, and more. In fact, there's so much to the latest version that it can be quite confusing at times. Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual carefully explains every feature the program has to offer by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context --something no other book does!
- Learn to import, organize, and fix photos quickly and easily.
- Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image.
- Jazz up your pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects.
- Learn which tools the pros use -- you'll finally understand how layers work!
- Create collages and photo layout pages for greeting cards and other projects.
- Get downloadable practice images and try new tricks right away.
This guide progresses from simple to complex features, but if you're ready for the more sophisticated tools, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques. As always, author Barbara Brundage lets you know which Elements features work well, which don't, and why -- all with a bit of wit and good humor.
Don't hesitate. Dive into Adobe's outstanding photo editor with Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual
About the Author
Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups since Elements 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara, who lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!
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 6; What's New in Elements 6; If You Have a Mac; Elements vs. Photoshop; The Key to Learning Elements; About This Book; Part I: Introduction to Elements; Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements; 1.1 The Welcome Screen; 1.2 Organizing Your Photos; 1.3 Editing Your Photos; 1.4 Getting Started in a Hurry; Chapter 2: Importing, Managing, and Saving Your Photos; 2.1 Importing from Cameras; 2.2 Opening Stored Images; 2.3 Scanning Photos; 2.4 Capturing Video Frames; 2.5 Creating a New File; 2.6 Using the Organizer; 2.7 Saving Your Work; 2.8 Backing Up Your Files; Chapter 3: Rotating and Resizing Your Photos; 3.1 Straightening Scanned Photos; 3.2 Rotating Your Images; 3.3 Straightening the Contents of Your Image; 3.4 Cropping Pictures; 3.5 Zooming and Repositioning Your View; 3.6 Changing the Size of Your Image; Part II: Elemental Elements; Chapter 4: The Quick Fix; 4.1 The Quick Fix Window; 4.2 Editing Your Photos; 4.3 Adjusting Skin Tones; 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 Removing Objects from an Image's Background; 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 Fill and Adjustment Layers; 6.5 Moving Layers Between Images; Part III: 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 the Color You Want; 7.6 Sharpening Your Images; Chapter 8: Elements for Digital Photographers; 8.1 The RAW Converter; 8.2 Photo Filter; 8.3 Processing Multiple Files; Chapter 9: Retouching:Fine-Tuning Your Images; 9.1 Fixing Blemishes; 9.2 Applying Patterns; 9.3 Color Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast; 9.4 Making Your Colors More Vibrant; 9.5 Changing the Color of an Object; 9.6 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 a Black-and-White Photo; 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 Correcting Lens Distortion; 11.5 Transforming Images; Part IV: Artistic Elements; Chapter 12: Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools; 12.1 Picking and Using a Basic Brush; 12.2 The Specialty 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 Tool; 12.9 Drawing with Shapes; 12.10 The Cookie Cutter; Chapter 13: Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients; 13.1 Using Filters; 13.2 Adding Effects; 13.3 Adding Layer Styles; 13.4 Applying Gradients; 13.5 Gradient Maps; Chapter 14: Type in Elements; 14.1 Adding Type to an Image; 14.2 Warping Type; 14.3 Adding Special Effects; 14.4 Type Masks: Setting an Image in Type; Part V: Sharing Your Images; Chapter 15: Creating Projects; 15.1 Photo Collages; 15.2 Working with the Content and Favorites Palettes; 15.3 Photo Books; 15.4 Greeting Cards; 15.5 CD/DVD Jacket; 15.6 CD/DVD Label; 15.7 Online Creations; Chapter 16: Printing Your Photos; 16.1 Getting Ready to Print; 16.2 Ordering Prints; 16.3 Printing at Home (The Editor); 16.4 Printing at Home (The Organizer); 16.5 Printing Multiple Photos; Chapter 17: Elements 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 Your Photos; 17.5 Sending Photos to Other Gear; 17.6 Sharing Photos with Yahoo Maps; Chapter 18: Online Galleries, Slideshows, and Flipbooks; 18.1 Online Galleries; 18.2 Slideshows; 18.3 Flipbooks; Part VI: Additional Elements; Chapter 19: Beyond the Basics; 19.1 Graphics Tablets; 19.2 Free Stuff from the Internet; 19.3 When You Really Need Photoshop; 19.4 Beyond This Book; Part VII: Appendixes; The Organizer, Menu by Menu; System Menu; Welcome Menu; File Menu; Edit Menu; Find Menu; View Menu; Window Menu; Help Menu; Undo; Redo; Display Menu; Editor Menu; The Editor, Menu by Menu; System Menu; Welcome Screen; File Menu; Edit Menu; Image Menu; Enhance Menu; Layer Menu; Select Menu; Filter Menu; View Menu; Window Menu; Help Menu; Installation and Troubleshooting; Installing Elements; Installing Elements; Registration; Scratch Disks; Troubleshooting; Colophon;