book cover
By Scott Kelby
Publisher: New Riders
Pub Date: November 14, 2005
ISBN: 0-321-38483-0
Pages: 472

Table of Contents  | Index

Are you ready for an Elements book that breaks all the rulesagain?


Like the best-selling former edition, The Photoshop Elements 4 Book for Digital Photographers breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that's rarely doneit cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements book has ever doneit tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why.


If you're looking for one of those "tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter" books, this isn't it. You can grab any other Elements book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade for correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques areonce you know the secrets.


Newly updated to cover Photoshop Elements 4, this full-color, easy-to-follow guide includes new tips that take advantage of Elements 4's hottest new features, including the Magic Selection Brush, which offers a quick way to make accurate selections in your photos; Magic Extractor, which lets you select an image and instantly remove the background; Auto Red Eye and Auto Skin tone tools; cool slideshow effects (text, graphics, narration, pans and zooms, and more); online sharing service; and more!

book cover
By Scott Kelby
Publisher: New Riders
Pub Date: November 14, 2005
ISBN: 0-321-38483-0
Pages: 472

Table of Contents  | Index

      I had no intentions of writing this book
      So now I had intentions
      How the book was developed
      New and improved (with the same great taste!)
      This version has a secret weapon
      So what's not in this book?
      Is this book for you?
      Is this book for Windows users, Mac users, or both?
      How should you use this book?
      Wait, one more thing! You can download the photos used in the book!
   Chapter 1.  Organized Chaos: managing photos using the organizer
      Saving Your Digital Negatives
      Creating a Contact Sheet for Your CD
      Dealing with the Welcome Screen
      Importing Photos from Your Scanner
      Automating the Importing of Photos by Using Watched Folders
      Changing the Size of Your Photo Thumbnails
      Seeing Full-Screen Previews
      Sorting Photos by Date
      Adding Scanned Photos? Enter the Right Time and Date
      Finding Photos Fast by Their Month and Year
      Tagging Your Photos (Tags are Keywords)
      Tagging Images of People (Face Tagging)
      Tagging Multiple Photos
      Assigning Multiple Tags to One Photo
      Combining (Merging) Tags
      Sharing Your Tags (or Collections) with Others
      Collections: It's How You Put Photos in Order One by One
      Choosing Your Own Icons for Tags and Collections
      Deleting Tags (or Collections)
      Seeing Your Photo's Metadata (EXIF Info)
      Adding Your Own Info to Photos
      Finding Photos
      Finding Photos Using the Date View
      Seeing an Instant Slide Show
      Comparing Photos
      Comparing Photos by Zooming and Panning
      Reducing Clutter by Stacking Your Photos
   Chapter 2.  Raw Hide: mastering camera raw
      Editing Your RAW Images in Camera Raw
      Noise Reduction in Camera Raw
      Sharpening within Camera Raw
      Bracketing with Camera Raw
      Saving RAW Files in Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) Format
      Working with 16-Bit Images
   Chapter 3.  Super Size Me: resizing and cropping
      Cropping Photos
      Cropping Using the "Rule of Thirds"
      Auto-Cropping to Standard Sizes
      Cropping to an Exact Custom Size
      Cropping into a Shape
      Cropping without the Crop Tool
      Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area
      Auto-Cropping Gang-Scanned Photos
      Straightening Photos with the Straighten Tool
      Straightening Crooked Photos
      Resizing Digital Camera Photos
      Resizing and How to Reach Those Hidden Free Transform Handles
      Making Your Photos Smaller (Downsizing)
      Rule-Breaking Resizing for Poster-Sized Prints
      Automated Saving and Resizing
   Chapter 4.  Color Me Badd: color correction for photographers
      Before You Color Correct Anything, Do This First!
      Photo Quick Fix
      Getting a Visual Readout (Histogram) of Your Corrections
      Color Correcting Digital Camera Images
      Dave's Amazing Trick for Finding a Neutral Gray
      Studio Portrait Correction Made Simple
      Drag-and-Drop Instant Color Correction
      Adjusting Flesh Tones
      Warming Up (or Cooling Down) a Photo
      Color Correcting One Problem Area Fast!
      Getting a Better Conversion from Color to Black and White
   Chapter 5.  The Big Fixx: digital camera image problems
      Compensating for "Too Much Flash" or Overexposure
      Removing Digital Noise
      Focusing Light with Digital Dodging and Burning
      Opening Up Shadow Areas That Are Too Dark
      Fixing Areas That Are Too Bright
      Fixing Photos Where You Wish You Hadn't Used the Flash
      When You Forget to Use Fill Flash
      Fixing Underexposed Photos
      Automatic Red-Eye Removal
      Instant Red-Eye Removal
      Removing Red Eye and Recoloring the Eye
      Repairing Keystoning
   Chapter 6.  The Mask: selection techniques
      Selecting Square, Rectangular, or Round Areas
      Saving Your Selections
      How to Select Things That Aren't Round, Square, or Rectangular
      Softening Those Harsh Edges
      Selecting Areas by Their Color
      Making Selections Using a Brush
      Selecting Everything on a Layer at Once!
      Getting Elements to Help You Make Tricky Selections
      Easier Selections with the Magic Selection Tool
      Removing Backgrounds
   Chapter 7.  Head Games: retouching portraits
      Quick Skin Tone Fix
      Removing Blemishes
      Lessening Freckles or Facial Acne
      Removing Dark Circles under Eyes
      Removing or Lessening Wrinkles
      Whitening the Eyes
      Making Eyes that Sparkle
      Enhancing Eyebrows and Eyelashes
      Colorizing Hair
      Whitening and Brightening Teeth
      Removing Hot Spots
      Digital Nose Job
      Transforming a Frown into a Smile
      Glamour Skin Softening
      Slimming and Trimming
      Removing Love Handles
   Chapter 8.  Take Me Away: removing unwanted objects
      Cloning Away Unwanted Objects
      Removing Things in a Straight Line
      Covering Unwanted Elements
      Removing Spots and Other Artifacts
      Removing Distracting Objects (Healing Brush)
   Chapter 9.  38 Special: photographic special effects
      Creating Drama with a Soft Spotlight
      Burned-In Edge Effect (Vignetting)
      Using Color for Emphasis
      Soft Focus Effect
      Changing an Object's Color
      Replacing the Sky
      Neutral Density Gradient Filter
      Putting One Photo Inside Another
      Simple Depth-of-Field Effect
      Creating Photo Montages
      Creating the Classic Vignette Effect
      Fake Duotone
      Getting the Polaroid™ Look
      Photo to Sketch in 60 Seconds Flat
      Automated Pano Stitching with Photomerge
   Chapter 10.  Get Back: photo restoration techniques
      Colorizing Black-and-White Photos
      Repairing Washed-Out Photos
      Removing Spots and Other Little Junk
      Removing Lots of Specks, Dust, and Scratches
      Repairing Damaged or Missing Parts
      Repairing Rips and Tears
   Chapter 11.  Sharp Dressed Man: sharpening techniques
      Basic Sharpening
      Creating Extraordinary Sharpening
      Luminosity Sharpening
      Edge Sharpening Technique
   Chapter 12.  The Show Must Go On: showing it to your clients
      Watermarking and Adding Copyright Info
      Creating Your Own Custom Copyright Brush
      Poster Presentation
      Creating a Digital Frame
      Putting Your Photos Up on the Web
      Getting One 5x7", Two 2.5x3.5", and Four Wallet-Size Photos on One Print
      Using Picture Package Layouts with More Than One Photo
      Creating a PDF Presentation for a Client
      How to Email Photos
   Chapter 13.  Create (or Die): how to make Presentations With Your Photos
      Creating with Your Photos
      Making Full-Blown Slide Shows
      Creating Postcards or Greeting Cards
      Creating Photo Album Pages
      Creating Calendars
      Creating a Video CD
      Creating Your Own Photo Website
      Ordering Prints with Just One Click
   Additional Resources