Advanced Photoshop Elements 6 for Digital Photographers

Book description

Think you've exhausted all of the possibilities in Adobe's awesome Photoshop Elements software? Think again. In this fully updated essential guide, Philip Andrews delves deeper into the software than ever before with advanced tips, tricks, and techniques to help the experienced Elements user take their skills to the next level. Move beyond the basics and learn how to work with raw files. Create stunning panoramas without breaking the bank on a pano camera using the Elements Photomerge technology. Create professional-quality multimedia projects in no time. Using easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions as well as full color, inspirational images to demonstrate techniques, Philip shows you how to do all this and more in Advanced Photoshop Elements 6 for Digital Photographers. Don't fall behind the learning curve - instead, let Philip show you how to get one step ahead!

UNIQUE FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
*World-renowned Elements expert Philip Andrews takes you beyond the basics to help you get the most from this powerful software
*Precise step-by-step instructions cut through the fluff so you'll be perfecting your shots in no time!
*Packed with stunning full-color images that will inspire you to take your own work to the next level - let Philip show you what's possible when you dig a little deeper

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Foreword
  4. Introduction
  5. Chapter 1 The Next Level
    1. The comprehensive Photoshop Elements workflow
    2. Elements basics
    3. Basic Elements workflow
  6. Chapter 2 Scanner and Camera Techniques
    1. The basics – resolution
      1. 2.01 How many pixels do I need?
    2. The basics – color depth
      1. 2.02 More colors equal better quality
    3. Digital shooting technique
      1. 2.03 Exposure compensation
    4. Frame-by-frame control
      1. 2.04 Contrast
      2. 2.05 Color saturation
      3. 2.06 Image sharpness
      4. 2.07 White balance control
      5. 2.08 Applying fine-tuning automatically
      6. 2.09 Customizing your white balance
      7. 2.10 Shooting Raw for ultimate control
      8. So what is in a Raw file?
      9. The Raw advantage
      10. 2.11 Shooting workflows
      11. Film and print scanners
      12. 2.12 Scanning resolution – 'Know where you are going before you start the journey'
      13. 2.13 Color depth
      14. 2.14 Multi-sample
      15. 2.15 Highlight and shadow capture
      16. 2.16 Color cast correction
      17. 2.17 Dust and scratches
      18. 2.18 Noise Reduction technologies
      19. 2.19 Color regeneration features
      20. 2.20 Scanning workflow
      21. Fixing common shooting problems
      22. Fixing common scanning problems
  7. Chapter 3 Processing Raw files
    1. The Photoshop Elements approach to Raw processing
      1. 3.01 Enabling your Raw camera
      2. 3.02 Modifying your capture workflow for Raw
      3. 3.03 Using the Adobe Photo Downloader
      4. 3.04 The Adobe Camera Raw interface (1/4)
      5. 3.04 The Adobe Camera Raw interface (2/4)
      6. 3.04 The Adobe Camera Raw interface (3/4)
      7. 3.04 The Adobe Camera Raw interface (4/4)
      8. 3.05 The Conversion process
      9. 3.06 Keeping ACR up to date
      10. 3.07 Other Raw plug-ins
  8. Chapter 4 Photo Organization and Management
    1. 4.01 Add picture details in-camera
    2. 4.02 Organize photos whilst downloading
    3. 4.03 Captioning
    4. 4.04 Naming and renaming
    5. 4.05 Tagging your photos
    6. 4.06 Auto Face Tagging
    7. 4.07 Albums and how to group photos
    8. 4.08 Using Smart Albums
    9. 4.09 Changing your view
    10. 4.10 Locating files
    11. 4.11 Creating a backup
    12. 4.12 Versioning your edits
    13. 4.13 Creating Image Stacks
  9. Chapter 5 Pathways to Editing in Elements
    1. Auto editing summary
    2. Automatic editing
      1. Editing Options
      2. 5.01 Auto Smart Fix
      3. 5.02 Auto Red Eye Fix
      4. 5.03 New auto options for version 6
      5. Automating editing of several pictures at once
      6. 5.04 Processing multiple files
      7. 5.05 Multi-selection editing
      8. 5.06 Bulk Red Eye fixing
    3. Semi-automatic editing
      1. 5.07 Using the Quick Fix Editor
    4. Semi-auto editing summary
      1. 5.08 Adjust Smart Fix
    5. Manual editing
      1. 5.09 The Full Edit workspace
    6. Manual editing summary
    7. New editing options in Photoshop Elements 6
      1. 5.10 Guided Edits
    8. Non Destructive editing, the professional's choice
      1. 5.11 Adjustment Layers
      2. 5.12 'All Layers' tool options
      3. 5.13 Blend Modes
      4. 5.14 Layer Masking
      5. 5.15 Duplicate layers
    9. Giving Elements a helping hand
      1. 5.16 Borrowing Photoshop features
      2. 5.17 Advanced layer masks
  10. Chapter 6 Image Changes – Beyond the Basics
    1. Advanced selection techniques
      1. 6.01 Adding to and subtracting from selections
      2. 6.02 Using the Selection Brush
      3. 6.03 The Quick Selection Tool
      4. 6.04 Advanced refining of selection edges
      5. 6.05 Saving and loading selections
      6. 6.06 Modifying selections
      7. 6.07 Transforming a selection
      8. 6.08 Precise control of selection size
    2. Understanding layers
      1. The magic of Frame layers
    3. Masking techniques
      1. 6.09 Painting masks with the Selection Brush
      2. 6.10 Fill and adjustment layer masks
      3. 6.11 Using selections with layer masks
      4. 6.12 'Group with Previous' masks
      5. 6.13 Changing the mode to grayscale
      6. 6.14 Desaturate the color file
      7. 6.15 A more sophisticated approach
      8. 6.16 The Convert to Black and White feature
      9. 6.17 Custom entries in Convert to Black and White
      10. 6.18 The Gradient Map conversions
      11. 6.19 Borrowing Photoshop's Black and White
    4. Advanced dodging and burning-in
      1. 6.20 Using selections to change tone
      2. 6.21 Erase back through tonal layers
      3. 6.22 Paint on dodging and burning-in
      4. 6.23 Blend mode Dodge and Burn
    5. Enhance your poorly exposed pictures
      1. 6.24 Screening image layers to enhance tones
      2. 6.25 Adding detail to highlights and shadows
    6. Tinted monochromes
      1. 6.26 Using Hue and Saturation to tone your pictures
      2. 6.27 Tinting borrowed from Photoshop
    7. Split toning
      1. 6.28 Select and tone
      2. 6.29 Two-layer erase
      3. 6.30 Color Variations based split toning
      4. 6.31 Photoshop's Color Balance split toning in Elements
    8. Black and white and color
      1. 6.32 Layer mask and gradient map
    9. Border techniques
      1. 6.33 Simple borders
      2. 6.34 Sophisticated edges using grayscale masks
      3. 6.35 Creating frames with Frame layers
      4. 6.36 Add Noise filter
      5. 6.37 Grain filter
      6. 6.38 Non-destructive textures
    10. Advanced sharpening secrets
      1. 6.39 Unsharp Masking to the rescue
      2. 6.40 Adjust Sharpness for the ultimate control
      3. 6.41 Another approach
  11. Chapter 7 Darkroom Techniques on the Desktop
    1. 7.01 Diffusion printing
    2. 7.02 Instant film transfer effect
    3. 7.03 Using the Unsharp Mask filter to add contrast
    4. 7.04 Lith printing technique
    5. 7.05 Correcting perspective problems
    6. 7.06 Add emphasis with saturation
    7. 7.08 Cross-processing effects
    8. 7.09 Digital hand coloring
    9. 7.10 Realistic depth of field effects
    10. 7.11 Beyond the humble drop shadow
    11. 7.12 Ring flash shadow
    12. 7.13 Elements' Curves features
    13. 7.14 Using Photoshop's Curves in Elements
    14. 7.15 Combining images seamlessly
    15. 7.16 Believable montages – a step further
    16. 7.17 Producing high-key pictures
    17. 7.18 Correcting lens problems
    18. 7.19 Change to old
    19. 7.20 Painterly photos
  12. Chapter 8 Professional Retouching
    1. 8.01 Adding a dreamy effect
    2. 8.02 Softening freckles
    3. 8.03 Eliminating blemishes
    4. Clone Stamp tool
    5. Healing Brush tool
    6. Spot Healing Brush
    7. Clone Stamp tool step-by-step
    8. Healing Brush tool step-by-step
    9. Spot Healing Brush tool step-by-step
      1. 8.04 Removing the Red
      2. 8.06 Brighten Eyes
      3. 8.07 Tone down skin highlights and shadows
    10. Sample all layers
    11. Retouch duplicate layer
      1. 8.08 Retouching non-destructively
    12. Mask editing adjustments
    13. Use Adjustment layers
  13. Chapter 9 Photo Restoration
    1. 9.01 Restoration basics
    2. 9.02 Dust and scratches be gone
    3. 9.03 Uncovering the faded
    4. 9.04 Levels based color restoration
    5. 9.05 Working with a scanned print
    6. 9.06 Extra correction help
    7. 9.07 Adjusting shadow tones
    8. 9.08 Recreating missing content
    9. 9.09 Removing stains
    10. ACR and JPEG/TIFF files
  14. Chapter 10 Making Better Panoramas (1/2)
  15. Chapter 10 Making Better Panoramas (2/2)
    1. Advanced shooting techniques
      1. 10.01 Positioning the camera
      2. 10.02 Camera support
      3. Other capture methods
      4. 10.03 Exposure
      5. 10.04 Focus and zoom
      6. 10.05 Depth of field
      7. 10.06 White balance
      8. 10.07 Timing
      9. 10.08 Ensuring consistent overlap
      10. 10.09 Dealing with the moving subject
      11. 10.10 Advanced panorama editing in Photoshop Elements 6
      12. 10.11 Fixing misaligned picture parts
      13. 10.12 Coping with extremes of brightness
      14. 10.13 Creating artificially increased DOF
      15. 10.14 Correcting exposure differences
      16. 10.15 Adjusting for changes in color balance
      17. 10.16 Vertical panoramas
      18. 10.17 High-resolution mosaics
      19. 10.18 Panoramic printing
      20. 10.19 Spinning panorama movies
      21. 10.20 Panorama workflow
  16. Chapter 11 Extending Your Web Abilities
    1. Building websites – the basics
      1. 11.01 Elements' Online Galleries websites
    2. Creating individual web assets using Photoshop Elements
      1. 11.02 Optimizing photos for the web
      2. 11.03 Making seamless backgrounds
      3. 11.04 Using background matting
  17. Chapter 12 Free Form Photo Collages
    1. Before you start – edit then layout
      1. 12.01 Basic steps for layout creation
      2. 12.02 The new super Project Bin
      3. 12.03 Editing existing Photo Collages
      4. 12.04 Adding, removing and replacing photos
      5. 12.05 Adding, moving and deleting pages
      6. 12.06 Using the Content and Effects palettes
      7. 12.07 Align, arrange and distribute your frames
      8. 12.08 Printing your Photo Collages and Photo Books
      9. Order a Kodak Photo Book or Kodak Prints
  18. Chapter 13 Finely Crafted Output
    1. Printing basics
    2. The inkjet printer
    3. Laser
    4. Dye Sublimation
    5. Other printing processes
    6. Image resolution vs printer resolution
      1. 13.01 Basic steps
      2. 13.02 Creating contact sheets
      3. 13.03 Multiple prints on a page
    7. Ensuring color consistency between devices
      1. 13.04 Setting up a color-managed workflow
      2. 13.05 Calibrating your screen – ColorVision Spyder
    8. Getting intimate with your printer
      1. 13.06 Calibrating your printer – resolution, color, tone and sharpness tests
      2. 13.07 Calibrating your printer – ColorVision PrintFIX
      3. 13.08 Making great black and white prints
      4. 13.09 What about permanence?
      5. 13.10 Preparing your images for professional outsourcing
      6. 13.11 Shoot small print big
      7. 13.12 Printing workflow
  19. Appendices
    1. Blend modes
    2. Faster Elements at no extra cost
    3. Plug-ins
    4. Jargon buster
    5. Keyboard shortcuts
    6. Elements/Photoshop feature equivalents
  20. Index
    1. A
    2. B
    3. C
    4. D
    5. E
    6. F
    7. G
    8. H
    9. I
    10. J
    11. K
    12. L
    13. M
    14. N
    15. O
    16. P
    17. Q
    18. R
    19. S
    20. T
    21. U
    22. V
    23. W
    24. Z

Product information

  • Title: Advanced Photoshop Elements 6 for Digital Photographers
  • Author(s): Philip Andrews
  • Release date: October 2009
  • Publisher(s): Focal Press
  • ISBN: 9781136101410