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  • Task-based—Information is broken down into concise, one- and two-page tasks.
    • Allows students to learn the most important tasks of a program or operating system and get right to work on any project.

  • Step-by-Step—Numbered, easy-to-follow instructions.
    • Succinct numbered instructions provide a logical approach to learning tasks.

  • Visual Reference—Plenty of screen shots illustrate the step-by-step instructions.
    • Visually demonstrates and reinforces the instructions for a particular task as the students work at their computers.

  • Quick Reference Tabs—Tabs on each page identify the task.
    • Easy for the instructors and students to find a particular task and makes these texts useful after the course ends.

  • Shaded sidebars.
    • Sections that call attention to important features and additional helpful information.

  • Tips.
    • Highlighted through the book offer author advice, time-saving shortcuts, and pointers for students who want a further understanding of the program.

  • Industry-leading Authors.
    • Many of the authors are industry-leading teachers, writers, and designers, providing students with expert, professional training.

  • Value-priced.
    • All Visual QuickStart Guides are reasonably priced, making them an affordable option for learning multiple software programs.


  • Copyright 2003
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-201-79974-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-79974-3

Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe's easy-to-use, flexible version of its powerful Photoshop software, opens the door for amateur photographers, business users, and home hobbyists who want to create and edit digital images.

Photoshop Elements for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide uses task-based lessons to show readers the ropes in using Photoshop Elements to capture photos, correct color, work with layers, erase backgrounds, create photo-illustrations and Web graphics, simulate painting and drawing techniques, and more. Concise, step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots help users look up just what they need to know, and once the reader has mastered the software, this book works as a great visual reference.

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Creating and Managing Images with Photoshop Elements

Table of Contents


1. The Basics.

Understanding the Work Area. Browsing, Opening, and Closing Files. Saving Files. Selecting Tools. Using the Options and Shortcuts Bars. Working with Palettes. Using the Zoom Tool. Moving the View Area. Using the Hints Palette. Selecting Recipes from the How to Palette. Using the Help System.

2. Creating and Managing Images.

Understanding Resolution and Image Size. Creating a New Image. Importing Images from Camera and Scanner. Changing Image Size and Resolution. Getting Information about Your Image. Opening and Arranging Multiple Views. Using Rulers. Setting Up the Grid.

3. Changing and Adjusting Colors.

About Computers and Color Models. Working with Color Modes. Changing Color Modes. Managing Color. About Tonal Correction. Adjusting Levels Automatically. Adjusting Levels Manually. Lighting Your Image. Removing Color Cast. Replacing Color.

Making Selections.

About the Selection Tools. Using the Marquee Tools. Selecting Areas with the Lasso Tools. Using the Selection Brush Tool. Making Selections by Color. Adjusting Selections. Softening the Edges of a Selection. Modifying Selection Borders.

5. Working with Layers.

Understanding Layers. Using the Layers Palette. Layer Basics. Changing the Layer Order. Managing Layers. Merging Layers. Converting and Duplicating Layers. Copying Layers between Images. About Opacity and Blending Modes. Creating Masking Effects with Layer Groups. Applying Effects with Layer Styles. Making Color and Tonal Changes with Adjustment Layers. Using the Undo History Palette.

6. Fixing and Retouching Photos.

Cropping and Image. Straightening and Image. Using the clone Stamp Tool. Applying Patterns. Correcting Red Eye. Sharpening Image Detail. Blending Image Elements with the Smudge Tool. Using the Tonal Adjustment Tools. Removing Color. Adding a Color Tint to an Image.

7. Filters and Effects.

Using the Filters and Effects Palettes. Applying Filters and Effects. Filter Gallery. Effects Gallery. Simulating Action with the Blur Filters. Distorting Images. Creating Lights and Shadows. Using Textures. Creating Your Own Filters.

8. Painting and Drawing.

About Bitmap Images and Vector Graphics. Filling Areas with Color. Filling Areas with a Gradient. Creating and Saving Custom Gradients. Adding a Stroke to a Selection or Layer. Using the Brush Tool. Creating and Saving custom Brushes. Creating Special Painting Effects. Erasing with Customizable Brush Shapes. Erasing Backgrounds and Other Large Areas. Understanding Shapes. Drawing Basic Shapes. Transforming Shapes. Creating Custom Shapes.

9. Working with Type.

Creating and Editing Text. Changing the Look of Your Type. Working with Vertical Text. Anti-aliasing Type. Warping Text. Warping Text Style Gallery. Creating Text Effects with Type Masks. Applying Layer Style to Type. Text Layer Style Gallery.

10. Preparing Images for the Web.

Understanding Image Requirements for the Web. About the Save for Web Dialog Box. Optimizing and Image for the Web. Adjusting Optimization Settings. Making a Web Image Transparent. Previewing an Image. Sending Images by E-mail.

11. Saving and Printing Images.

Understanding File Formats. Setting Preferences for Saving Files. Setting Preferences for Saving Files. Formatting and Saving Multiple Images Automatically. Cataloging Your Images. Creating a Photographer's Picture Package. Setting Up Your Computer for Printing. Preparing an Image for Printing. Setting Additional Printing Options. Printing an Image. Using Online Photo Services.

12. Creative Techniques.

Creating Panoramas. Making Your Own Slideshow. About Web Photo Galleries. Creating Animated GIFs. Compositing Images.

Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts.



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