Elements 9 offers much of Photoshop's power without the huge price tag. It's an ideal tool for most image-editing buffs -- including scrapbookers, photographers, and aspiring graphic artists. But Elements still doesn't come with a decent manual. This bestselling book will help you get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac.
Quickly learn your way around. Customize Elements to suit your working style.
Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick image fixes with ease.
Retouch any image. Learn how to repair and restore your old and damaged photos.
Add some pizzazz. Give images more zip with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects.
Find your creative flair. Create scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo books, and more.
Use advanced techniques. Work with layers, blend modes, and other tools.
Try out your new skills. Download practice images and try new tricks as you learn.
Introduction to Elements
Chapter 1 Finding Your Way Around Elements
Organizing Your Photos
Editing Your Photos
Getting Started in a Hurry
Chapter 2 Importing, Managing, and Saving Your Photos
Importing from Cameras
Opening Stored Images
Capturing Video Frames
Creating a New File
Using the Organizer
Searching for Photos
Saving Your Work
Backing Up Your Files
Chapter 3 Rotating and Resizing Your Photos
Straightening Scanned Photos
Straightening the Contents of an Image
Zooming and Repositioning Your View
Changing the Size of an Image
Resizing Images for Email and the Web
Chapter 4 The Quick Fix
The Quick Fix Window
Editing Your Photos
Adjusting Skin Tones
Chapter 5 Making Selections
Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas
Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas
Selecting with a Brush
Removing Objects from an Image’s Background
Changing and Moving Selections
Chapter 6 Layers: The Heart of Elements
Adjustment and Fill Layers
Moving Objects Between Images
Chapter 7 Basic Image Retouching
Fixing Exposure Problems
Controlling the Colors You See
Removing Unwanted Color
Chapter 8 Elements for Digital Photographers
The Raw Converter
Processing Multiple Files
Chapter 9 Retouching: Fine-Tuning Your Images
Color Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast
Making Colors More Vibrant
Changing an Object’s Color
Chapter 10 Removing and Adding Color
Method One: Making Color Photos Black and White
Method Two: Removing Color from a Photo
Creating Spot Color
Colorizing Black-and-White Photos
Chapter 11 Photomerge: Creating Panoramas, Group Shots, and More
Merging Different Faces
Arranging a Group Shot
Tidying Up with Scene Cleaner
Correcting Lens Distortion
Chapter 12 Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools
Picking and Using a Basic Brush
The Specialty Brushes
The Impressionist Brush
The Pencil Tool
The Paint Bucket
Dodging and Burning
Blending and Smudging
The Eraser Tool
Drawing with Shapes
The Cookie Cutter Tool
Chapter 13 Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients
Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!
Kristen Borg provided quality control for Photoshop Elements 9: The Missing Manual. The book was composited in Adobe InDesign CS4 by Nate McDermott. Holly Bauer provided production assistance.
The cover of this book is based on a series design originally created by David Freedman and modified by Mike Kohnke, Karen Montgomery, and Fitch (www.fitch.com). Back cover design, dog illustration, and color selection by Fitch.
David Futato designed the interior layout, based on a series design by Phil Simpson. The text font is Adobe Minion; the heading font is Adobe Formata Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont’s TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS.