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Photoshop Elements 8: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks

Photoshop Elements 8: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks

ISBN: 978-0-470-60676-6

Dec 2009

272 pages

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Description

Expand your basic skill set with these best practices for getting the most out of Photoshop Elements 8!

Photoshop Elements combines an easy-to-use set of features and enhancements with image editing power in an affordable program. The newest version—Photoshop Elements 8—features more online integration with products like the new Flash-based Web galleries.

Packed with beyond-the-basic techniques that show you how to take your Photoshop Elements skills to the next level, this invaluable book reveals ground-breaking ideas and innovative tips and tricks for taking digital images from basic know-how to creative wow!

  • Provides adventurous Photoshop Elements users with a visual reference on how to use the bells and whistles found in the latest version of the software, Photoshop Elements 8
  • Distinguishes itself as not your ordinary how-to guide by revealing the best features of Photoshop Elements 8
  • Offers easy-to-follow, full color step-by-step instructions and detailed imagery throughout

Take your image editing skills to new heights with the featured Photoshop Elements 8 tips and tricks.

1 Organize and Prepare Photos for Processing.

#1 Develop a Workflow.

#2 Import Your Images.

#3 View Photos with Full-Screen Mode.

#4 Sort the Good Pictures from the Bad.

#5 Stack Your Images.

#6 Create Albums to Group Your Pictures.

#7 Use Keywords to Tag Your Images.

#8 Find Photos with Face Recognition.

#9 Change the Organizer Interface As Needed.

#10 Set Preferences to Make Organizer Work for You.

#11 Back Up Your Pictures to Protect Them.

2. Start Adjusting Your Images in Photoshop Elements

#12 Open Pictures and Use Save As.

#13 Make the Editor Interface Your Own.

#14 Set Preferences to Make Editor Work for You.

#15 Experiment to Learn More about Controls.

#16 You Cannot Hurt Your Pictures.

#17 Crop Your Photos for Tighter Shots.

#18 Fix and Rotate Crooked Pictures.

#19 Use Guided Edit to Help You Learn the Program.

#20 Set Blacks and Whites with Levels.

#21 Adjust Your Midtones with Levels.

#22 Adjust Your Midtones with Color Curves.

#23 Quickly Adjust Dark Shadows and Bright Highlights.

#24 Correct Color to Remove Color Casts.

#25 Enhance Color with Hue/Saturation.

#26 Use Quick Edit to Work Fast.

3. Work with RAW Photos in Photoshop Elements.

#27 Change Images Nondestructively.

#28 Crop Your Photos to Start Your Processing.

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

#30 Adjust Midtones to Make Tonalities Light or Dark.

#31 Correct Color to Clean Up Color Casts.

#32 Use Vibrance and Clarity to Intensify Images.

#33 Sharpen Photos with Precision.

#34 Control Noise in Your Photo.

#35 Apply Adjustments to Multiple Photos.

#36 Move Your Picture to Photoshop Elements.

4. Choose Local Control Features.

#37 Create and Use a Selection.

#38 Use Marquee Tools for Specific Shapes.

#39 Use Lasso Tools to Follow Picture Elements.

#40 Use Automated Tools for Easy Selections.

#41 Expand or Contract Your Selection.

#42 Select What Is Easy and Invert.

#43 Blend Edges by Feathering.

#44 Use Selections for Traditional Edge Darkening.

#45 Use the Smart Brush for Specific Area Fixes.

5. Create Adjustment Layers for Nondestructive Changes.

#46 Understand How Layers Work.

#47 Understand How Adjustment Layers Work.

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

#49 Work Midtones with a Levels Adjustment Layer.

#50 Correct Color with an Adjustment Layer.

#51 Enhance Color with an Adjustment Layer.

#52 Fix Problem Exposures with Layer Blending Modes.

#53 Understand How Layer Masks Work.

#54 Remove Adjustments with Black.

#55 Add Adjustments Using Black and Then White.

#56 Combine Layer Masks with Selections.

#57 Balance Colors and Tones in a Picture.

#58 Bring Out Shadow Detail in Specific Areas.

#59 Darken Highlight Detail in Specific Areas.

#60 Add a Graduated Filter Effect.

#61 Flatten Layers When Done.

6. Solve Photo Problems.

#62 Clone Out Problems.

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

#64 Fix Problems due to Lens Distortion.

#65 Fix Perspective Problems with Building Photographs.

#66 Remove Dead Space with Recompose.

#67 Make an Out-of-Focus Background.

#68 Remove Distracting Colors.

#69 Improve Blank Skies.

#70 Create the Focus with Gaussian Blur.

#71 Add a New Background for Your Subject.

7. Size and Sharpen Photos.

#72 Basic Workflow for Image Sizing.

#73 Size Photos for Printing.

#74 Size Photos for E-mail.

#75 Sharpen Photos with Unsharp Mask.

#76 Sharpen Photos with Adjust Sharpness.

#77 Sharpen Photos When You Have Layers.

#78 Selectively Sharpen Parts of Your Photo.

8. Go Beyond the Basics.

#79 Convert Color Photos to Black-and-White.

#80 Adjust Your Photos in Black-and-White.

#81 Create Toned Images.

#82 Use the Smart Brush for Creative Effects.

#83 Create a Hand-Colored Look.

#84 Photograph a Scene for a Panoramic Image.

#85 Merge Photos for a Panoramic Picture.

9. Software Plug-ins Make Work Easier.

#86 Use Color Efex Pro for Quick Creative Adjustments.

#87 Use Color Efex Pro for Efficient Photo Work.

#88 Remove Noise with Dfine.

#89 Get Dramatic Black-and-White with Silver Efex Pro.

#90 Use FocalPoint for Easy Depth-of-Field Effects.

#91 Try PhotoTune for Fast Color and Tonal Adjustments.

#92 Use Enlarge It for Making Big Prints.

10. Get Photos out of Photoshop Elements.

#93 Gain More Options with Photoshop.com.

#94 Protect Your Photos with Online Backup.

#95 Access Your Photos Anywhere Internet Service Is Available.

#96 Create Online Photo Albums.

#97 Share Your Photos Online.

#98 Print Your Photos.

#99 Print a Group of Photos.

#100 Make a Photo Greeting Card.

#101 Create Photo Collages.

#102 Add Frame Effects to Your Pictures.

#103 Make a Slide Show.

#104 Put Your Photos on a DVD or CD.