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Photoshop Elements 8 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-52967-6
416 pages
October 2009
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The perennial bestseller is updated and revised throughout for the latest release of Photoshop Elements 8

Richly illustrated in full color, this friendly, easy-to-understand guide provides all the essentials on the latest version of the affordable and popular image-editing program, Photoshop Elements. Get the scoop on using the latest digital imaging tools and techniques to correct color, brightness, and contrast; create postcards, slideshows, and movie files; apply artistic effects to your photos; fix flaws and even remove unwanted elements from your images; and so much more.

  • Use the Organizer on a Windows PC or Adobe Bridge on a Mac to sort, find, tag, and catalog your photos
  • Straighten crooked lines, crop for effect, or fix color, sharpness, red-eye, and contrast
  • Move people or objects in and out of your pictures, change the background, combine multiple images, or replace one color with another
  • Add effects with filters, get creative with type, or play with the drawing and painting tools
  • Tag your photos using People Recognition or by geographical location
  • Turn your photos into postcards, calendars, greeting cards, and photo books with a few simple clicks
  • Import images into Elements from a variety of sources
  • Upload and save images to Photoshop.com

Photoshop Elements 8 For Dummies  shows you how to make the most of Elements awesome image editing, organization, and photo sharing tools. Whether you’re concerned about color correction and clarity or just want a cool calendar of your kids for the wall, you’ll learn how to do it with this book!

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Getting to Know the Work Area.

Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Edit.

Chapter 3: Working with Resolutions, Color Modes, and File Formats.

Part II: Getting Organized.

Chapter 4: Getting Your Images.

Chapter 5: Viewing and Finding Your Images.

Chapter 6: Organizing and Managing Your Photos (Windows).

Part III: Selecting and Correcting Photos.

Chapter 7: Making and Modifying Selections.

Chapter 8: Working with Layers.

Chapter 9: Simple Image Makeovers.

Chapter 10: Correcting Contrast, Color, and Clarity.

Part IV: Exploring Your Inner Artist.

Chapter 11: Playing with Filters, Effects, Styles, and More.

Chapter 12: Drawing and Painting.

Chapter 13: Working with Type.

Part V: Printing, Creating, and Sharing.

Chapter 14: Getting It on Paper.

Chapter 15: Showing It Onscreen.

Chapter 16: Making Creations and Sharing.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Composing Better Photos.

Chapter 18: Ten More Project Ideas.


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Author Information

Barbara Obermeier is the principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California specializing in print and Web design. She is currently a Graphic Design faculty member at Brooks Institute.

Ted Padova is an internationally recognized authority on Adobe Acrobat, PDF, and digital imaging.

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Press Release

October 02, 2009
Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8, Wiley Offers Support

Wiley brings to market Photoshop Elements 8 For Dummies to support new Adobe software. Four more books to follow. Review copies avaible for press. Contact Ashley Evens, 201.748.6702 or aevens@wiley.com.

Hoboken, NJ -- Wiley has announced its plan to publish several new titles to support Adobe’s new Photoshop Elements 8 ($99.99), including the recently released Photoshop Elements 8 For Dummies. The Dummies books is one of the first to the market and it will be followed by:

  • Photoshop Elements 8 Digital Classroom (11/2009)
  • Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 8 (11/2009)
  • Photoshop Elements 8 All-in-One For Dummies (11/2009)
  • Photoshop Elements 8 After the Shoot (1/2010)

Key improvements to the software that will be covered in the new titles include:

-Improved Organization

  • Organizer feature allows Windows users to easily manage media and find photos and video clips
  • Auto-Analyzer automatically tags media to help users find the best quality and most interesting images quickly
  • People Recognition tool identifies and tags people in photos and has becoming increasingly more accurate in associating names and faces
  • Ability to sync images across multiple computers

-Dynamic, Easy Editing Capabilities

  • Adobe Photomerge Exposure function lets users merge multiple shots of the same scene into a perfectly lit and detailed photo
  • Recompose tool automatically resizes pictures with distorting the key parts of the original photo
  • Quick Fix previews gives users a choice of color, contrast, and lighting adjustments from multiple options so they can pick the corrections that work best for their needs
  • New Online Album templates offer users a way to showcase photos and videos together in an interactive format
  • Access to Adobe Bridge CS4 features for Mac users
  • Scene Cleaner feature eliminates unwanted elements in a photo to allow Mac users to create the perfect scene
  • Smart Brush and Touch-Up tools gives Mac users the power to apply incredible effects with a single stroke and do common editing tasks more quickly


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