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Photoshop Elements 11 Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks

ISBN: 978-1-118-38085-7
272 pages
October 2012
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Get the most out of Photoshop Elements 11 with this simplified guide

If you already understand the basics of Photoshop Elements and are eager try out some unique tips and techniques, then 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 gets you up to speed on Photoshop Elements 11 and helps you expand your skill set with these best practices for getting the most out of the new version.

  • Shares innovative techniques and unique tips for using the newest and coolest features found in the new Photoshop Elements 11
  • Explains techniques, best practices, and creative ways to transform your digital images from everyday to extraordinary
  • Features beautiful photos and tips from an experienced photographer and author who shares his secrets on how to create memorable images
  • Includes step-by-step instruction in a series of two-page, highly visual tutorials, with helpful, full-color screen shots on every page

Take your image editing and Photoshop Elements skills to the next level with this practical guide.

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1 Import and Organize Photos

#1 Import Your Images  4

#2 Use the Organizer Interface  8

#3 Sort the Good Pictures From the Bad  10

#4 Stack Your Images  12

#5 Back Up Your Pictures to Protect Them  14

#6 Use Instant Fix   16

#7 Create Albums to Group Your Pictures   18

#8 Work With People View    20

#9 Work With Places View   24

#10 Work With Events View    28

#11 Use Keywords to Tag Your Images    32

2 Start Adjusting Your Images in Photoshop Elements

#12 Open Pictures and Use Save As    38

#13 Set Preferences to Make Editor Work for You       40

#14 You Cannot Hurt Your Pictures     42

#15 Crop Your Photos for Tighter Shots   44

#16 Fix and Rotate Crooked Pictures    46

#17 Use Guided Edit to Help You Learn the Program      48

#18 Set Blacks and Whites with Levels    50

#19 Adjust Your Midtones with Levels   52

#20 Adjust Your Midtones with Color Curves        54

#21 Quickly Adjust Dark Shadows and Bright Highlights    56

#22 Correct Color to Remove Color Casts  58

#23 Enhance Color with Hue/Saturation   60

#24 Use Quick Edit to Work Fast     62

3 Work with RAW Photos in Photoshop Elements

#25 Change Images Nondestructively   66

#26 Crop Your Photos to Start Your Processing       68

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

#28 Adjust Midtones to Make Tonalities Light or Dark     72

#29 Correct Color to Clean Up Color Casts   74

#30 Use Vibrance and Clarity to Intensify Images       76

#31 Sharpen Photos with Precision     78

#32 Control Noise in Your Photo    80

#33 Apply Adjustments to Multiple Photos   82

#34 Move Your Picture to Photoshop Elements       84

4 Choose Local Control Features

#35 Create and Use a Selection  88

#36 Use Marquee Tools for Specific Shapes  90

#37 Use Lasso Tools to Follow Picture Elements      92

#38 Use Automated Tools for Easy Selections        94

#39 Expand or Contract Your Selection    96

#40 Select What Is Easy and Invert     98

#41 Blend Edges by Feathering     100

#42 Refine Edges for More Selection Control       102

#43 Use the Smart Brush for Specific Area Fixes       104

5 Create Adjustment Layers for Nondestructive Changes

#44 Understand How Layers Work    108

#45 Understand How Adjustment Layers Work      110

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

#47 Work Midtones with a Levels Adjustment Layer      116

#48 Correct Color with an Adjustment Layer       118

#49 Enhance Color with an Adjustment Layer       120

#50 Fix Problem Exposures with Layer Blending Modes     122

#51 Understand How Layer Masks Work  124

#52 Combine Two Photos with Layer Masks        126

#53 Remove Adjustments with Black   130

#54 Add Adjustments Using Black and Then White     132

#55 Combine Layer Masks with Selections  136

#56 Balance Colors and Tones in a Picture  138

#57 Bring Out Shadow Detail in Specific Areas      140

#58 Darken Highlight Detail in Specific Areas       142

#59 Flatten Layers When Done     144

6 Solve Photo Problems

#60 Clone Out Problems    148

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

#62 Remove Unwanted Objects with Enhanced Spot Healing   154

#63 Fix Problems Due to Lens Distortion   156

#64 Fix Perspective Problems with Building Photographs    158

#65 Remove Dead Space with Recompose  160

#66 Make an Out-Of-Focus Background  162

#67 Remove Distracting Colors     164

#68 Improve Blank Skies    166

#69 Control the Focus with Tilt-Shift Effects        170

#70 Add a New Background for Your Subject       172

7 Size and Sharpen Photos

#71 Basic Workflow for Image Sizing    178

#72 Size Photos for Printing   180

#73 Size Photos for E-Mail   182

#74 Sharpen Photos with Unsharp Mask  184

#75 Sharpen Photos with Adjust Sharpness  186

#76 Sharpen Photos When You Have Layers        188

#77 Selectively Sharpen Parts of Your Photo        190

8 Go Beyond the Basics

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

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

#80 Create Toned Images   198

#81 Try Filters for Creative Effects     200

#82 Create a Graphic Novel Look     202

#83 Use the Smart Brush for Creative Effects        204

#84 Create Pop Art Effects with Guided Edit        206

#85 Add Text to a Page    208

#86 Photograph a Scene to Get More Exposure Detail    210

#87 Merge Photos for More Photo Detail   212

#88 Photograph a Scene for a Panoramic Image       214

#89 Merge Photos for a Panoramic Image  216

#90 Transfer Styles Between Photos   220

9 Software Plug-ins Make Work Easier

#91 Use Viveza for Quick Creative Adjustments     224

#92 Use Color Efex Pro for Efficient Photo Work       226

#93 Remove Noise with Dfine  228

#94 Get Dramatic Black-and-White with Silver Efex Pro     230

#95 Use Snap Art for Creative Effects    232

10 Get Photos out of Photoshop Elements

#96 Calibrate Your Monitor   236

#97 Print Your Photos  240

#98 Print a Calendar   244

#99 Print a Photo Book     246

#100 Add a Border Effect to Your Pictures  248

#101 Make a Greeting Card    250

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