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Advanced Photoshop Elements 7 for Digital Photographers

Book Description

This essential guide for intermediate/advanced photographers has now been fully updated for Elements 7.

Bestselling author and Elements guru Philip Andrews turns his expansive knowledge to this powerful application, delivering, once again, a practical approach in a crystal-clear writing style.

For the advanced Elements user, this book offers a standalone guide to advancing knowledge of the software. For those with a little less experience, it works seamlessly in conjunction with Philip's other Elements guide: "Adobe Photoshop Elements 7: A visual introduction to digital photography". Philip expands on the solid foundation delivered by that title to deliver a master-guide that shows you just how powerful this deceptively simple software package can be.

Throughout the book, Philip takes a pro's approach, emphasising a streamlined, non-destructive workflow. Diverse chapters cover the entire spectrum of photographic potential offered by the software, including key areas such as: darkroom techniques, advanced selection techniques, professional retouching, photo restoration, panoramas, collages, RAW processing and printing. Additionally, the content is supplemented by extra great learning tools available on a brand new website including; downloadable resources, and Elements vodcasts.

Essential reading for all photographers using Elements 7.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Full Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
  7. 1 The Next Level
    1. The comprehensive Photoshop Elements workflow
    2. Elements basics
    3. Basic Elements workflow
  8. 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
    5. So what is in a Raw file?
    6. The Raw advantage
      1. 2.11 Shooting workflows
      2. 2.12 Scanning resolution - 'Know where you are going before you start the journey'
      3. 2.13 Color depth
      4. 2.14 Multi-sample
      5. 2.15 Highlight and shadow capture
      6. 2.16 Color cast correction
      7. 2.17 Dust and scratches
      8. 2.18 Noise Reduction technologies
      9. 2.19 Color regeneration features
      10. 2.20 Scanning workflow
    7. Fixing common shooting problems
    8. Fixing common scanning problems
  9. 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
      5. 3.05 The new Camera Calibration tab
      6. 3.06 The raw conversion process
      7. 3.07 Keeping ACR up to date
      8. 3.08 Other Raw plug-ins
  10. 4 Photo Organization and Management
    1. Organizing your photos with Photoshop Elements
      1. 4.01 Add picture details in-camera
      2. 4.02 Organize photos while 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 Synchronizing and Backing Up Albums
      10. 4.10 Changing your view
      11. 4.11 Locating files
    2. Protecting your assets
      1. 4.12 Creating a backup
      2. 4.13 Versioning your edits
      3. 4.14 Creating Image Stacks
  11. 5 Pathways to Editing in Elements
    1. Automatic editing
      1. 5.01 Auto Smart Fix
      2. 5.02 Auto Red Eye Fix
      3. 5.03 Other auto options
    2. Automating editing of several pictures at once
      1. 5.04 Processing multiple files
      2. 5.05 Multi-selection editing
      3. 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. Three Editing Modes in Elements plus one Online
      1. 5.10 Guided Edits
      2. 5.11 Enhancing via Photoshop.com
    7. Non-Destructive editing, the professional's choice
      1. 5.12 Adjustment Layers
      2. 5.13 Select and adjust in one stroke
      3. 5.14 'All Layers' tool options
      4. 5.15 Blend Modes
      5. 5.16 Layer Masking
      6. 5.17 Duplicate layers
    8. Giving Elements a helping hand
      1. 5.18 Borrowing Photoshop features
      2. 5.19 Advanced layer masks
  12. 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
    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
    10. Adding texture
      1. 6.36 Add Noise filter
      2. 6.37 Grain filter
      3. 6.38 Non-destructive textures
    11. 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
  13. 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
  14. 8 Professional Retouching
    1. Visual surgery without a hint of anything plastic
      1. 8.01 Adding a dreamy effect
      2. 8.02 Softening freckles
      3. 8.03 Eliminating blemishes
    2. Clone Stamp tool
    3. Healing Brush tool
    4. Spot Healing Brush
    5. Clone Stamp tool step-by-step
    6. Healing Brush tool step-by-step
    7. Spot Healing Brush tool step-by-step
      1. 8.04 Removing the Red
      2. 8.05 Brighten Eyes
      3. 8.06 Tone down skin highlights and shadows
      4. 8.07 Retouching non-destructively
  15. 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
  16. 10 Making Better Panoramas
    1. Advanced shooting techniques
      1. 10.01 Positioning the camera
      2. 10.02 Camera support
    2. Other capture methods
      1. 10.03 Exposure
      2. 10.04 Focus and zoom
      3. 10.05 Depth of field
      4. 10.06 White balance
      5. 10.07 Timing
      6. 10.08 Ensuring consistent overlap
      7. 10.09 Dealing with the moving subject
      8. 10.10 Advanced panorama editing in Photoshop Elements 7/6
      9. 10.11 Fixing misaligned picture parts
      10. 10.12 Coping with extremes of brightness
      11. 10.13 Creating artificially increased DOF
      12. 10.14 Correcting exposure differences
      13. 10.15 Adjusting for changes in color balance
      14. 10.16 Vertical panoramas
      15. 10.17 High-resolution mosaics
      16. 10.18 Panoramic printing
      17. 10.19 Spinning panorama movies
      18. 10.20 Panorama workflow
  17. 11 Extending Your Web Abilities
    1. Building websites - the basics
      1. 11.01 Elements' Online Album 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
  18. 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 panes
      7. 12.07 Align, arrange and distribute your frames
      8. 12.08 Printing your Photo Collages and Photo Books
    2. Order a Kodak Photo Book or Kodak Prints
  19. 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
  20. 14 Extending the Power of Elements
    1. Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom
    2. Why Lightroom plus Elements
    3. Enough talk, let's get to it!
    4. The workspace
    5. The Lightroom workflow modules
    6. Using Elements to edit Lightroom managed images
    7. Edit Photo dialog
  21. 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
  22. Index