Synopses & Reviews
Ideal for scrapbookers, serious and casual photographers, and budding graphic artists alike, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac is more powerful and easier to use than previous versions. But figuring out how and when to use the program's tools is still tricky. With this book, you'll learn not only what each tool does, but also when it makes the most sense to use it and why. You get easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from importing photos to organizing, editing, sharing, and storing your images. You'll also find a tour of Bridge, the ultra-deluxe file browser that comes with Photoshop CS4 --and Elements 8.
How do you use the Photomerge Exposure? How do Quick Fix previews work? With a gentle introduction to get you started quickly, and advanced tips to help you produce really creative work, this Missing Manual provides the answers you need.
- Get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of every feature
- Learn to import, organize, back up, 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
- Remove unwanted objects from images with the new Recompose tool
- Learn advanced techniques like working with layers and applying blend modes
- Download practice images and try new tricks right away
This relentlessly practical guide offers hard-to-find coverage of the Mac version of Photoshop Elements. This guide carefully explains every feature Photoshop Elements has to offer by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context. Readers learn which tools work well, which don't, and why -- all with a bit of wit and good humor. With coverage on how to use Elements alongside iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom, this book covers everything Mac digital photo mavens need to know to create stunning photos, slideshows, and more.
About the Author
Barbara Brundage is the author of Photoshop Elements 7: The Missing Manual, and Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual, an Adobe Community Expert, and a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first 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; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; Why Photoshop Elements?; What You Can Do with Elements 8; What's New in Elements 8; If You Use Windows; Elements vs. Photoshop; The Key to Learning Elements; About This Book; Part I: Introductory Elements; Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Elements; 1.1 The Welcome Screen; 1.2 Adobe Bridge--Decisions, Decisions; 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 Photos in Elements; 2.3 Scanning Photos; 2.4 Capturing Video Frames; 2.5 Creating a New File; 2.6 The Many Uses for Bridge; 2.7 Saving Your Work; 2.8 Burning CDs and DVDs; Chapter 3: Rotating and Resizing Your Photos; 3.1 Straightening Scanned Photos; 3.2 Rotating Your 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; Chapter 4: The Quick Fix; 4.1 The Quick Fix Window; 4.2 Editing Your Photos; 4.3 Adjusting Skin Tones; Part II: Elemental Elements; 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 Adjustment and Fill Layers; 6.5 Moving Objects 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 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 Your 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 Correcting Lens Distortion; 11.6 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 Tool; 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: 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; Part V: Sharing Your Images; Chapter 15: Creating Projects; 15.1 Photo Collages; 15.2 Working with the Content and Favorites Panels; 15.3 Photo Books; 15.4 Greeting Cards; 15.5 CD/DVD Jackets; 15.6 CD/DVD Labels; 15.7 PDF Projects; Chapter 16: Printing Your Photos; 16.1 Getting Ready to Print; 16.2 Ordering Prints; 16.3 Printing at Home; 16.4 The OS X Print Dialog Box; 16.5 Printing Multiple Images; 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; 17.5 Creating a Web Photo Gallery; Part VI: Additional Elements; Chapter 18: Beyond the Basics; 18.1 Graphics Tablets; 18.2 Free Stuff from the Internet; 18.3 When You Really Need Photoshop; 18.4 Beyond This Book; Part VII: Appendixes; Elements, Menu by Menu; Photoshop Elements Menu; 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; Activation; Scratch Disks; Troubleshooting; Bridge CS4, Menu by Menu; Adobe Bridge CS4 Menu; File Menu; Edit Menu; View Menu; Stacks Menu; Label Menu; Tools Menu; Window Menu; Help Menu; Colophon;