Whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist, Photoshop Elements 12 is an ideal image-editing tool—once you know how to use it. This bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.
The important stuff you need to know:
Get to work right away. Import, organize, edit, crop, and color-correct your photos with ease.
Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos.
Add pizzazz. Dress up your photos with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
Share photos. Create online albums, email-ready slideshows, and web-ready files.
Use your words. Make greeting cards, calendars, and flyers by adding text to images.
Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, scrapbooks, collages, and other projects.
Find your artistic flair. Create digital artwork from scratch, using tools to draw, paint, and blend.
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 Photos
Importing from Cameras
Opening Stored Images
Creating a New File
Using the Organizer
Searching for Photos
Saving Your Work
Backing Up Files
Chapter 3 Rotating and Resizing 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
Other Fast Fixes
Getting Fancy: Effects, Textures, and Frames
Chapter 5 Making Selections
Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas
Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas
Selecting with a Brush
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 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 Impressionist Brush
The Pencil Tool
The Paint Bucket
Dodging and Burning
Blending and Smudging
The Eraser Tools
Drawing with Shapes
The Cookie Cutter Tool
Chapter 13 Filters, Actions, 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 since Elements 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara, who lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, 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!
Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:
I've been using Photoshop Elements since version 2. That's the last version with a user's manual. Still I thought I'd been able to keep up with new functionality simply by looking at the toolbars and menus. But this book shows that I've missed a lot. It has been extremely helpful in getting full value from all the capabilities of Elements.
I find the hardcopy book best for learning about the various features. But I also purchased the electronic copy for quick, convenient reference while I'm in the process of editing photos.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend