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Photoshop Elements All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
My approach to my new book, Photoshop Elements All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, was that you might begin the book as a dummy,but after learning exactly what you need to know about Elements, you’ll put down the book as a decidedly non-dummy. Digital imaging is actually a science, but I studiously avoided the techno-babble to present the techniques and facts in a tone and organization that makes digesting all this stuff very easy on the system.
Much of Photoshop Elements All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies explains Elements’ tools, presented within the context of what you want to do. I begin with the basics—how to crop a photo, straighten it, fix poor exposure—the everyday stuff. Then we get into the strange worlds of selecting stuff, by geometry and by color similarity. Add to that layers; you can shuffle around pieces of photos like you’d do with a physical scrapbook. But as an Elements owner, you’ll quickly realize that you can do much of the fantastic stuff the full-featured program, Photoshop CS, is used for in magazine ads and Web pages.
You’ll learn all the steps for making compositions from two or more photos—both photorealistic and fantasy pieces. I’ll also show you how to create fictitious characters such as an invisible man and a centaur.
The book is 672 full-color pages and it is divided into 9 mini-books, plus a free downloadable bonus mini-book. Each mini-book foucused and self-contained so you can quicly turn to the mini-book that contains the info you need right now. Here’s a quck guide to the main theme and the kind of projects and problem soloving you'll find in each of the mini-books that make up Photoshop Elements All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies:
How to install Elements, and choose the best user preferences so you can get right down to work.
How to download your photos from your digital camera right into Elements’ cataloguing utility, and how to scan. And if you still own a film camera, I’ll clue you in to how to get your 35mm film digitized.
If you’ve got a blue or red cast to your photos, I show you how to balance the colors in only two or three steps.
There are different methods to isolate image areas and correct only what you select. Elements has very powerful selection tools, as you’ll see.
Working with Layers
The concept of layers is a tad mystic, so I show you how to use them to build very sophisticated imagery.
Basic Image retouching
Sometimes, a photo just needs a little help to elevate it from snapshot to professional photography. Using layers and other features, I take you through the journeyman’s ropes.
Add some polish to that e-card with effects and other Elements features. Typography is what you cress your thoughts up in, and I’ll show you what lives beyond Times New Roman : ).
Ambitious Image Retouching
In this mini-book, I’ll show you nothing short of bringing a photo back from the dead!
Special Effects Images
Photoshop Elements All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies can be ordered ordered right now , it covers the latest version for Windows (but Mac users and users of previous versions can learn a lot from the book), and I hope you’ll see that I had as much fun writing it as you will learning from it.
This is my favorite section. You’ll be creating magazine-quality astounding fantasy images that look perfectly photographic in no time!