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Photoshop Elements 5 : The Missing Manual - Barbara Brundage

Photoshop Elements 5

The Missing Manual

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Anyone still think that Adobe Photoshop Elements is a toy version of the real thing? As the most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but also has capabilities the mothership lacks. Each new version includes more tools designed specifically for today's consumer digital photo enthusiasts. The latest edition, Photoshop Elements 5, solidifies the reputation of this superb and inexpensive product with new scrapbook features, a link to online photo services, and many other improvements.

In fact, there's so much to Photoshop Elements that it can be quite confusing at times. That's precisely why our Missing Manuals are the bestselling books on the topic. Adobe provides a pamphlet and some help files; our book, now in its fifth edition, carefully explains every feature the program has to offer (something no other book has done) by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context. "Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual" covers the Windows version of Adobe's workhorse and gives you the low down on a host of new features: Learn to create multiple page documents, custom photo layouts with frames, and highly customized layouts for scrapbook projects Master the new editor for Layer Styles, which lets you customize individual layers in a photo "Attach" your photos to areas of a Yahoo Map so your friends and family can see the pictures you took in specific places

Author Barbara Brundage also introduces you to a new sophisticated tool called "Curves" to adjust the color and contrast in your photos, and shows you how to burn multi-session CDs and DVDs. As always, she lets you know which features work well, which don't, and why -- all with a bit of wit and good humor. Although the book progresses from simple to complex tasks, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques, such as creating photomontages (composites), restoring old photos, preparing images for the Web, and archiving. More than a dozen downloadable images let you practice using the editing tools right away.

About the Author

Barbara Brundage has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has worked in both advertising and technical writing. She also plays the harp and attended Eastman School of Music, where she studied with legendary harpist Eileen Malone. Barbara makes her living as a professional harpist and has performed for a wide range of dignitaries and celebrities including Margaret Thatcher, Tom Cruise, the Clintons, and Isaac Stern. She is the founder of Seaside Press, through which she publishes her arrangements, which are popular with harpists around the world.

The Missing Credits
Introductory Elements
Finding Your Way Around Elements
The Welcome Screen
Organizing Your Photos
Photo Downloader
Editing Your Photos
Your Elements Tools
Bins and Palettes
Getting Help and the How To Palette
Escape Routes
Getting Started in a Hurry
Importing, Managing, and Saving Your Photos
Importing from Cameras
The Photo Downloader
Opening Stored Images
Working with PDF Files
Scanning Photos
Capturing Video Frames
Creating a New File
Picking a Document Size
Choosing Resolution
Choosing Color Mode
Choosing Your File''s Contents
Using the Organizer
The Photo Browser
Creating Categories and Tags
Creating Collections
Searching for Photos
Searching by Metadata
Saving Your Work
The File Formats Elements Understands
Changing the File Format
Backing Up Your Files
Saving to CDs and DVDs
Organizer Backups
Rotating and Resizing Your Photos
Straightening Scanned Photos
Straightening Two or More Photos at a Time
Straightening Individual Photos
Rotating Your Images
Rotating and Flipping Options
Straightening the Contents of Your Image
Straighten Tool
Free Rotate
Cropping Pictures
Using the Crop Tool
Cropping Your Image to an Exact Size
Cropping with the Marquee Tool
Zooming and Repositioning Your View
Image Views
The Zoom Tool
The Hand Tool
Changing the Size of Your Image
Resizing Images for Email and the Web
Resizing for Printing
Adding Canvas
The Quick Fix
The Quick Fix Window
The Quick Fix Toolbox
The Quick Fix Control Panel
Different Views: After vs. Before and After
Editing Your Photos
Fixing Red Eye
Smart Fix
Adjusting Lighting and Contrast
Quick Fix Suggested Workflow
Adjusting Skin Tones
Elemental Elements
Making Selections
Making Quick Selections
Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas
Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas
Controlling the Selection Tools
The Magic Wand
The Lasso Tools
Selecting with a Brush
The Magic Selection Brush
The Selection Brush
Selecting Objects from an Image''s Background
Changing and Moving Selections
Inverting a Selection
Making a Selection Larger or Smaller
Moving Selections
Saving Selections
Layers: The Heart of Elements
Understanding Layers
The Layers Palette
The Background
Creating Layers
Adding a Layer
Deleting Layers
Duplicating a Layer
Copying and Cutting from Layers
Managing Layers
Making Layers Invisible
Adjusting Transparency
Locking Layers
Blend Mode
Rearranging Layers
Aligning and Distributing Layers
Grouping and Linking Layers
Merging and Flattening Layers
Fill and Adjustment Layers
Adding Fill and Adjustment Layers
Layer Masks
Moving Layers Between Images
Basic Image Retouching
Fixing Exposure Problems
Deciding Which Exposure Fix to Use
Fixing Major Exposure Problems
The Shadows/Highlights Command
Controlling the Colors You See
Calibrating Your Monitor
Choosing a Color Space
Using Levels
Understanding the Histogram
Adjusting Levels: The Eyedropper Method
Adjusting Levels: The Slider Controls
Removing Unwanted Color
Using the Color Cast Tool
Using Color Variations
Choosing the Color You Want
The Color Picker
The Eyedropper Tool
The Color Swatches Palette
Sharpening Your Images
Unsharp Mask
Adjust Sharpness
The High-Pass Filter
The Sharpen Tool
Elements for Digital Photographers
The RAW Converter
Using the RAW Converter
White Balance
Adjusting Exposure, Shadows, Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation
Adjusting Sharpness and Reducing Noise
Converting to DNG
Photo Filter
Processing Multiple Files
Choose Your Files
File Renaming
Changing Image Size and File Type
Applying Quick Fix Commands
Attaching Labels
Retouching 102: Fine-Tuning Your Images
Fixing Blemishes
The Spot Healing Brush: Fixing Small Areas
The Healing Brush: Fixing Larger Areas
The Clone Stamp
Applying Patterns
The Healing Brush
The Pattern Stamp
Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast
Making Your Colors More Vibrant
Using the Hue/Saturation Dialog Box
Adjusting Saturation with the Sponge Tool
Changing the Color of an Object
Using an Adjustment Layer
Replacing Specific Colors
Using a Brush to Replace
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ISBN: 9780596527280
ISBN-10: 0596527284
Series: Missing Manual
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 10th October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.78  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.09