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Photoshop Elements 2021 For Dummies


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Introduction 1 About This Book 1 Icons Used in This Book 2 Beyond the Book 3 Where to Go from Here 3 Part 1: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 2021 5 Chapter 1: Getting Started with Image Editing 7 Getting Familiar with the Home Screen 7 Launching the Photo Editor 9 Making Basic Edits in Quick Mode 10 Sharing a Photo 12 Retracing Your Steps 14 Using the History panel 14 Reverting to the last save 15 Getting a Helping Hand 15 Saving Files with Purpose 17 Using the Save/Save As dialog box 17 Saving files for the web 19 Chapter 2: Basic Image-Editing Concepts 21 Grappling with the Ubiquitous Pixels 22 Understanding resolution 22 Understanding image dimensions 25 The Art of Resampling 25 Choosing a Resolution for Print or Onscreen 28 Working with File Formats 28 JPEG (*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.jpe) 28 PNG (*.png) 30 TIFF (*.tif, *.tiff) 30 Getting Familiar with Color 31 Getting Color Right 32 Color the easy way 33 Calibrating your monitor 33 Choosing a color workspace 34 Understanding how profiles work 35 Chapter 3: Exploring the Photo Editor 37 Examining the Photo Editor 37 Examining the image window 41 Uncovering the contextual menus 45 Selecting the tools 45 Selecting from the Tool Options 48 Playing with panels 48 Using the Photo Bin 51 Creating different views of an image 52 Viewing filenames 52 Using Photo Bin Actions 53 Finding Your Bearings in Guided Mode 53 Controlling the Editing Environment 55 Launching and navigating Preferences 55 Checking out all the Preferences panes 56 Part 2: Managing Media 61 Chapter 4: Navigating the Organizer 63 Organizing Photos and Media on a Hard Drive 64 Adding Images to the Organizer 65 Adding files from folders and removable media 65 Downloading camera images with the Elements Downloader 67 Importing additional photos from folders 69 Navigating the Media Browser 71 Using a Scanner 72 Understanding image requirements 72 Using scanner plug-ins (Windows) 73 Scanning on the Mac 75 Scanning many photos at a time 75 Phoning in Your Images 76 Setting Organizer Preferences 78 Chapter 5: Organizing Your Pictures 81 Touring the Organizer 81 Organizing Groups of Images with Tags 85 Creating and viewing a tag 85 Adding icons to tags 87 Working with custom tags 88 Working with default tags 90 Working with sub-categories 90 Sorting photos according to tags 91 Auto Curating Images 92 Working with Auto Creations 92 Adding new Events 93 Rating Images with Stars 93 Adding Images to an Album 94 Creating an album 94 Using albums for temporary work 97 Editing an album 97 Finding out more about sharing your albums 98 Adding People in the Media Browser 98 Placing Pictures on Maps 100 Working with Events 102 Chapter 6: Viewing and Finding Your Images 105 Cataloging Files 105 Using the Catalog Manager 106 Working with catalogs 107 Backing up your catalog 108 Backing up photos and files 109 Switching to a Different View 110 Viewing Photos in Memories (Slideshow) 111 Searching for Photos 113 Using Search 113 Searching for untagged items 115 Searching captions and notes 115 Searching by history 116 Searching metadata 116 Searching similarities 118 Grouping Files That Get in the Way 119 Marking files as hidden 119 Stackin' 'em up 120 Creating versions 121 Part 3: Selecting and Correcting Photos 123 Chapter 7: Editing Camera Raw Images 125 Launching the Camera Raw Editor 126 Understanding Camera Raw 127 Learning Raw file format attributes 128 Opening images in the Camera Raw Editor 129 Getting Familiar with the Raw Editor 130 Getting Familiar with the Panels 133 Using the Basic panel 134 Sharpening and reducing noise 137 Using the Calibration panel 139 Working with Filmstrips 140 Synchronizing edits 141 Synchronizing defaults 143 Working with Profiles 143 Looking at the Adobe Camera Raw profiles 144 Managing profiles 145 Creating a Favorites list 146 Opening Non-Raw Images in the Camera Raw Editor 146 Changing Image Defaults 147 Working with XML Files and Preferences 147 Changing program defaults 148 Using Save Options 149 Using sidecar files 149 Chapter 8: Making and Modifying Selections 151 Defining Selections 151 Creating Rectangular and Elliptical Selections 152 Perfecting squares and circles with Shift and Alt (Option on the Mac) 154 Applying Marquee options 154 Making Freeform Selections with the Lasso Tools 156 Selecting with the Lasso tool 157 Getting straight with the Polygonal Lasso tool 159 Snapping with the Magnetic Lasso tool 159 Working Wizardry with the Magic Wand 162 Talking about Tolerance 162 Wielding the Wand to select 163 Modifying Your Selections 165 Adding to, subtracting from, and intersecting a selection 165 Avoiding key collisions 166 Painting with the Selection Brush 167 Painting with the Quick Selection Tool 169 Selecting with the Auto Selection Tool 171 Selecting Your Subject 172 Fine-Tuning with the Refine Selection Brush 174 Working with the Cookie Cutter Tool 176 Eliminating with the Eraser Tools 178 The Eraser tool 178 The Background Eraser tool 179 The Magic Eraser tool 180 Using the Select Menu 181 Selecting all or nothing 181 Reselecting a selection 181 Inversing a selection 181 Feathering a selection 182 Refining the edges of a selection 182 Using the Modify commands 184 Applying the Grow and Similar commands 184 Saving and loading selections 185 Chapter 9: Working with Layers 187 Getting to Know Layers 187 Converting a background to a layer 188 Anatomy of the Layers panel 189 Using the Layer and Select menus 192 Working with Different Layer Types 194 Image layers 194 Adjustment layers 195 Fill layers 197 Shape layers 198 Type layers 199 Tackling Layer Basics 199 Creating a new layer from scratch 199 Using Layer via Copy and Layer via Cut 201 Duplicating layers 201 Dragging and dropping layers 202 Using the Paste into Selection command 202 Moving a Layer's Content 203 Transforming Layers 204 Adding Layer Masks 205 Flattening and Merging Layers 208 Flattening layers 208 Merging layers 209 Chapter 10: Simple Image Makeovers 211 Cropping and Straightening Images 211 Cutting away with the Crop tool 212 Fixing distortion with the Perspective Crop tool 214 Cropping with a selection border 216 Straightening images 216 Recomposing Images 217 Employing One-Step Auto Fixes 219 Auto Smart Fix 220 Auto Smart Tone 221 Auto Levels 222 Auto Contrast 223 Auto Haze Removal 223 Auto Color Correction 223 Auto Shake Reduction 224 Auto Sharpen 224 Auto Red Eye Fix 225 Editing in Quick Mode 227 Fixing Small Imperfections with Tools 230 Cloning with the Clone Stamp tool 231 Retouching with the Healing Brush 233 Zeroing in with the Spot Healing Brush 235 Repositioning with the Content-Aware Move tool 237 Lightening and darkening with Dodge and Burn tools 239 Smudging away rough spots 240 Softening with the Blur tool 242 Focusing with the Sharpen tool 242 Sponging color on and off 244 Replacing one color with another 245 Chapter 11: Correcting Contrast, Color, and Clarity 249 Editing Your Photos Using a Logical Workflow 250 Adjusting Lighting 251 Fixing lighting with Shadows/Highlights 251 Using Brightness/Contrast 252 Pinpointing proper contrast with Levels 253 Adjusting Color 255 Removing color casts automatically 256 Adjusting with Hue/Saturation 257 Eliminating color with Remove Color 258 Switching colors with Replace Color 259 Correcting with Color Curves 262 Adjusting skin tones 262 Defringing layers 264 Eliminating haze 266 Adjusting color temperature with photo filters 267 Mapping your colors 268 Adjusting Clarity 269 Removing noise, artifacts, dust, and scratches 270 Blurring when you need to 271 Sharpening for better focus 274 Opening closed eyes 276 Colorizing a photo 278 Smoothing skin 279 Adjusting facial features 280 Reducing shake 281 Moving Photos 282 Working Intelligently with the Smart Brush Tools 284 Part 4: Exploring Your Inner Artist 287 Chapter 12: Playing with Filters, Effects, Styles, and More 289 Having Fun with Filters 289 Applying filters 290 Corrective or destructive filters 291 One-step or multistep filters 291 Fading a filter 292 Selectively applying a filter 292 Working in the Filter Gallery 293 Distorting with the Liquify filter 295 Correcting Camera Distortion 297 Exploring Elements' Unique Filters 298 Creating a comic 299 Getting graphic 300 Using the Pen and Ink filter 301 Dressing Up with Photo and Text Effects 302 Adding Shadows, Glows, and More 304 Applying styles 305 Working with styles 306 Using the Graphics panel 307 Mixing It Up with Blend Modes 308 General blend modes 309 Darken blend modes 309 Lighten blend modes 311 Lighting blend modes 312 Inverter blend modes 314 HSL blend modes 314 Using Photomerge 315 Photomerge Panorama 316 Photomerge Group Shot 318 Photomerge Scene Cleaner 320 Photomerge Exposure 321 Photomerge Compose 323 Chapter 13: Drawing and Painting 327 Choosing Color 327 Working with the Color Picker 328 Dipping into the Color Swatches panel 329 Sampling with the Eyedropper tool 331 Getting Artsy with the Pencil and Brush Tools 332 Drawing with the Pencil tool 332 Painting with the Brush tool 334 Using the Impressionist Brush 336 Creating your own brush 337 Filling and Outlining Selections 339 Fill 'er up 339 Outlining with the Stroke command 341 Splashing on Color with the Paint Bucket Tool 342 Working with Multicolored Gradients 343 Applying a preset gradient 343 Customizing gradients 345 Working with Patterns 348 Applying a preset pattern 348 Creating a new pattern 349 Creating Shapes of All Sorts 350 Drawing a shape 350 Drawing multiple shapes 352 Specifying Geometry options 352 Editing shapes 354 Chapter 14: Working with Type 355 Understanding Type Basics 355 Tools 356 Modes 356 Formats 357 Creating Point Type 358 Creating Paragraph Type 359 Creating Path Type 360 Using the Text On Selection tool 360 Using the Text On Shape tool 361 Using the Text On Custom Path tool 363 Specifying Type Options 364 Editing Text 366 Simplifying Type 367 Masking with Type 368 Stylizing and Warping Type 371 Adjusting type opacity 371 Applying filters to your type 372 Painting your type with color and gradients 372 Warping your type 374 Part 5: Printing, Creating, and Sharing 375 Chapter 15: Getting It on Paper 377 Getting Pictures Ready for Printing 378 Working with Color Printer Profiles 379 Printing a photo with the printer managing color 381 Printing a photo with Elements managing color 383 Printing a picture package or contact sheet 384 Getting Familiar with the Print Dialog Box 384 Using the Prints options 384 Creating transfers and more with More Options 386 Chapter 16: Sharing Your Work 389 Getting Familiar with the Elements Sharing Options 389 Planning ahead 390 Understanding photo sharing in Elements 391 Using the Share Panel 392 Emailing photos 393 Working with Adobe Premiere Elements 394 Sharing your photos on social networks 395 Chapter 17: Making Creations 399 Checking Out the Create Panel 399 Grasping Creation-Assembly Basics 400 Creating a Quote Graphic 404 Creating a Memories Video 407 Creating a PDF Slideshow 408 Making Additional Creations 408 Part 6: The Part of Tens 409 Chapter 18: The Ten Best Guided Edits 411 Correct Skin Tone 411 Sharpen 413 Object Removal 414 Perfect Portrait 416 Replace Background 418 Remove a Color Cast 421 Levels 422 Resize Your Photo 424 Recompose 425 Move & Scale Object 427 Chapter 19: Ten (or So) More Project Ideas 431 Screen Savers 431 Flyers, Ads, and Online Auctions 432 Clothes, Hats, and More 434 Posters 435 Household and Business Inventories 435 Project Documentation 436 School Reports and Projects 436 Blogs 436 Wait - There's More 436 Index 437

About the Author

Barbara Obermeier is the principal of Obermeier Design as well as an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University. Ted Padova is adjunct professor of visual arts and digital photography at Sillman University in Dumaguete, Philippines. Barbara and Ted are the authors or coauthors of more than 90 books.

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