Photoshop Elements 2 Complete Course
Photoshop Elements 2 Complete Course
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DescriptionWritten by an Adobe-certified expert and illustrated throughout in full color, this Complete Course shows you how to master the full range of Elements tools and techniques while working on a single project. Twelve sessions and more than sixty step-by-step tutorials, accompanied by vivid color images and screen shots, show you how to create a series of sophisticated, themed greeting cards from start to finish. After completing the course, you'll have an impressive portfolio piece, a set of cool cards you can actually use, and a thorough understanding of Photoshop Elements 2 fundamentals.
* Build layered collages
* Color correct photographs
* Apply special effects and filters (covered in bonus sessions on the enclosed CD)
* Adobe?? Photoshop?? Elements 2 tryout, Windows version
* All the files needed to create the project
* Bonus sessions on using filters and applying effects
* Shortcuts and help summary
System Requirements: PC running Windows 98 or later; Mac running OS 8 or higher. See the What's on the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.
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Creating a New Document.
Choosing and Using Color.
Preparing Images for Compositing.
Manipulating Image Content.
Applying Special Effects.
Part I: Course Setup.
Photoshop Elements 2 Basics.
Overview of Photoshop Elements 2.
How Photoshop Elements 2 Compares to Photoshop.
The Tutorial Files.
Part II: Understanding Basic Features.
Session 1: Creating and Saving Images.
Creating a Document from Scratch.
Scanning into Photoshop Elements 2.
Getting Digital Photographs into Photoshop Elements 2.
Managing Digital Photographs with the File Browser.
Importing Still Frames from Video.
Harvesting Images from a PDF File.
Session 2: Getting Comfortable with the Interface.
Making the Most of Tools and Menu Bars.
Using and Organizing Palettes.
Color Management in Photoshop Elements 2.
Help System Summary.
Session 3: Handling Documents.
Viewing Document Information.
Using Rulers and Grids.
Zooming In and Out.
Opening Multiple Document Windows.
Navigating in the Document Window.
Changing Image Size and Resolution.
Cropping an Image.
Changing Canvas Size.
Session 4: Fixing Mistakes.
Using the Eraser Tools and the Undo Commands.
Retracing Your Steps in the Undo History Palette.
Reverting to the Last Saved Version.
Part III: Mastering Selections and Layers.
Session 5: Making Selections.
Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso Tool.
Anti-aliased versus Aliased Selections.
Selecting with the Magic Wand Tool.
Selecting with the Selection Brush Tool.
Modifying a Selection.
Moving a Selection.
Editing Selected Artwork.
Session 6: Working with Layers.
Creating and Converting a Background Layer.
Generating a New Layer.
Copying Layers between Documents.
Creating a Layer from a Selection.
Creating a Layer by Duplication.
Managing Layers in the Layers Palette.
Demystifying Blending Modes.
Changing Layer Blending Mode and Opacity.
Using Fill and Adjustment Layers.
Combining Images with a Layer Mask.
Applying Layer Styles.
Merging and Saving Layers.
Part IV: Fixing Photographs.
Session 7: Retouching and Adjusting Photographs.
The Quick Fix Approach.
Straightening and Cropping a Scanned Photograph.
Removing Dust and Damage.
Adjusting Tones with Levels.
Limiting Levels Adjustments.
Applying Auto Levels.
Session 8: Color Correcting Photographs.
Correcting Color with Levels.
Correcting Color with the Auto Color Correction Command.
Correcting Color Cast with the Color Cast Command.
Applying Color Variations.
Remedying Flash Problems.
Adjusting Color Saturation.
Part V: Using Text and Shapes.
Session 9: Adding Shapes.
The Anatomy of a Shape.
Creating Geometric Shapes.
Creating Custom Shapes.
Moving and Transforming Shapes.
Changing Shape Attributes.
Combining Shapes to Create a Unique Shape.
Simplifying a Shape Layer.
Session 10: Creating and Editing Text.
Creating Horizontal Text.
Creating Vertical Text.
Working with Multiple Lines of Text.
Formatting Text Manually.
Simplifying a Type Layer.
Grouping Text and Image.
Part VI: Outputting.
Session 11: Printing.
Preparing Files for Printing.
Making a Contact Sheet.
Creating a Picture Package.
Creating a Panorama.
Session 12: Outputting for the Web and Screen.
Using Photoshop Elements 2 in Web Design.
Optimizing Photographs for the Web.
Making a Web Page Background.
Optimizing Graphics and Text for the Web.
Making Artwork for Rollover Buttons.
Creating an Animated GIF.
Making a Web Photo Gallery Site.
Automatically Attaching an Image to E-mail.
Creating a PDF Slideshow.
Part VII: CD-ROM Bonus Material: Enhancing Images.
Bonus Session 1: (CD-ROM) Using Filters.
Bonus Session 2: (CD-ROM) Applying Effects.
Item 3...Should be R:204, G:153 and B: 102 not R:204, B: 153, and C: 102
Item 8...Should read Choose Select->Inverse not Invert
Item 4 Forgot to mention that you need to hold down the Alt (Macintosh: Option) key for the cursor to change to a double circle.
Links from the book
Authors Weblog for reporting errata and reader comments:
Adobe Systems, Inc. Web site:
Download the trial version of Photoshop Elements 2