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Photoshop Elements 10 Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks

ISBN: 978-1-118-16158-6
272 pages
November 2011
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A visual guide to getting the most out of Photoshop Elements 10

If you understand the basics of Photoshop Elements, you'll love this collection of 100 must-know tips and tricks. Two-page tutorials, full-color screen shots, and step-by-step instructions make it easy to see and follow the directions, helping you to get the very most from this top-selling image-editing software. This guide catches you up on Photoshop Elements 10, covers features you may not have known about, and alerts you to a slew of cool effects and techniques.

  • Explains techniques, best practices, and creative ways to transform your digital images from everyday to extraordinary
  • Includes beautiful photos and tips from an experienced photographer and author who shares his secrets on how to create images that wow viewers
  • Features step-by-step instruction in a series of two-page, highly visual tutorials, with helpful, full-color screen shots on every page
  • Perfect for visual learners who are migrating from older versions of the software or who already have a comfort level with Photoshop Elements and want to move to a new skill level

Take your image editing and Photoshop Elements skills beyond the essentials with this practical guide.

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1 Organize and Prepare Photos for Processing

#1 Set Up a Workflow 4

#2 Import Your Images 6

#3 View Photos with Full-Screen Mode 10

#4 Sort the Good Pictures from the Bad 12

#5 Stack Your Images 14

#6 Create Albums to Group Your Pictures 16

#7 Use Keywords to Tag Your Images 18

#8 Post Pictures to Facebook with the Organizer 22

#9 Change the Organizer Interface As Needed 26

#10 Back Up Your Pictures to Protect Them 28

2 Start Adjusting Your Images in Photoshop Elements

#11 Open Pictures and Use Save As 32

#12 Make the Editor Interface Your Own 34

#13 Set Preferences to Make Editor Work for You 36

#14 You Cannot Hurt Your Pictures 38

#15 Crop Your Photos for Tighter Shots 40

#16 Fix and Rotate Crooked Pictures 42

#17 Use Guided Edit to Help You Learn the Program 44

#18 Use Guided Edit for Special Effects 46

#19 Use Guided Edit for Photo Play 48

#20 Set Blacks and Whites with Levels 50

#21 Adjust Your Midtones with Levels 52

#22 Adjust Your Midtones with Color Curves 54

#23 Quickly Adjust Dark Shadows and Bright Highlights 56

#24 Correct Color to Remove Color Casts 58

#25 Enhance Color with Hue/Saturation 60

#26 Use Quick Edit to Work Fast 62

3 Work with RAW Photos in Photoshop Elements

#27 Change Images Nondestructively 66

#28 Crop Your Photos to Start Your Processing 68

#29 Adjust Blacks and Whites to Give a Photo Strength 70

#30 Adjust Midtones to Make Tonalities Light or Dark 72

#31 Correct Color to Clean Up Color Casts 74

#32 Use Vibrance and Clarity to Intensify Images 76

#33 Sharpen Photos with Precision 78

#34 Control Noise in Your Photo 80

#35 Apply Adjustments to Multiple Photos 82

#36 Move Your Picture to Photoshop Elements 84

4 Choose Local Control Features

#37 Create and Use a Selection 88

#38 Use Marquee Tools for Specific Shapes 90

#39 Use Lasso Tools to Follow Picture Elements 92

#40 Use Automated Tools for Easy Selections 94

#41 Expand or Contract Your Selection 96

#42 Select What Is Easy and Invert 98

#43 Blend Edges by Feathering 100

#44 Use Selections for Traditional Edge Darkening 102

#45 Use the Smart Brush for Specific Area Fixes 104

5 Create Adjustment Layers for Nondestructive Changes

#46 Understand How Layers Work 108

#47 Understand How Adjustment Layers Work 110

#48 Work Blacks and Whites with a Levels Adjustment Layer 114

#49 Work Midtones with a Levels Adjustment Layer 116

#50 Correct Color with an Adjustment Layer 118

#51 Enhance Color with an Adjustment Layer 120

#52 Fix Problem Exposures with Layer Blending Modes 122

#53 Understand How Layer Masks Work 124

#54 Combine Two Photos with Layer Masks 126

#55 Remove Adjustments with Black 130

#56 Add Adjustments Using Black and Then White 132

#57 Combine Layer Masks with Selections 136

#58 Balance Colors and Tones in a Picture 138

#59 Bring Out Shadow Detail in Specific Areas 140

#60 Darken Highlight Detail in Specific Areas 142

#61 Flatten Layers When Done 144

6 Solve Photo Problems

#62 Clone Out Problems 148

#63 Remove People from a Scene with Photomerge Scene Cleaner 152

#64 Remove Unwanted Objects with Enhanced Spot Healing 154

#65 Fix Problems Due to Lens Distortion 156

#66 Fix Perspective Problems with Building Photographs 158

#67 Remove Dead Space with Recompose 160

#68 Make an Out-of-Focus Background 162

#69 Remove Distracting Colors 164

#70 Improve Blank Skies 166

#71 Create the Focus with Gaussian Blur 170

#72 Add a New Background for Your Subject 172

7 Size and Sharpen Photos

#73 Basic Workflow for Image Sizing 178

#74 Size Photos for Printing 180

#75 Size Photos for E-Mail 182

#76 Sharpen Photos with Unsharp Mask 184

#77 Sharpen Photos with Adjust Sharpness 186

#78 Sharpen Photos When You Have Layers 188

#79 Selectively Sharpen Parts of Your Photo 190

8 Go Beyond the Basics

#80 Convert Color Photos to Black-and-White 194

#81 Adjust Your Photos in Black-and-White 196

#82 Create Toned Images 198

#83 Use the Smart Brush for Creative Effects 200

#84 Create Out-Of-Bounds Effects with Guided Edit 202

#85 Add Text to a Page 206

#86 Photograph a Scene to Get More Exposure Detail 208

#87 Merge Photos for More Photo Detail 210

#88 Photograph a Scene for a Panoramic Image 212

#89 Merge Photos for a Panoramic Image 214

#90 Transfer Styles between Photos 218

9 Software Plug-ins Make Work Easier

#91 Use Viveza for Quick Creative Adjustments 222

#92 Use Color Efex Pro for Efficient Photo Work 224

#93 Remove Noise with Dfine 226

#94 Get Dramatic Black-and-White with Silver Efex Pro 228

#95 Use Bokeh for Easy Depth-of-Field Effects 230

#96 Try PhotoTune for Fast Color and Tonal Adjustments 232

#97 Use Snap Art for Creative Effects 234

10 Get Photos out of Photoshop Elements

#98 Protect Your Photos with Online Backup 238

#99 Share Your Organizer Albums Online 240

#100 Access Your Photos Anywhere Internet Service Is Available 242

#101 Share Your Photos Online 244

#102 Print Your Photos 246

#103 Print a Calendar 250

#104 Print a Photo Book 252

#105 Add a Border Effect to Your Pictures 254

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Rob Sheppard is the author/photographer of over 30 photography books, a well-known speaker and workshop leader, and editor-at-large for the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine. As author/photographer, Sheppard has written hundreds of articles about digital photography, plus books ranging from guides to photography such as Digital Photography: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks, 4th Edition to books about Photoshop Elements and Lightroom including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for Digital Photographers Only and Photoshop Elements 9: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks. His website is at and his blog is at
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