Author(s): Mike Wooldridge
Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something - and skip the long - winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle scores of Photoshop Elements 2 tasks, from importing digital camera photos and sizing images to repairing photo damage, using filters, and creating a Web photo gallery. "If I need to learn anything, I just buy one of your books. Wonders! I have even trained my friends to give me Visual books as gifts." - Illona Bergstrom (Aventura, FL). "You all are creating a wonderful learning environment. Keep it up!" - Percy Khambatta (Bukit Panjang, Singapore). "Teach Yourself" sidebars offer practical tips and tricks; full-color screen shots demonstrating each task; succinct explanations, which walk you through step by step; and two-page lessons breaking big topics into bite-sized modules.
Mike Wooldridge is a technology writer, Web designer, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also the author of several other VISUAL books, including Teach Yourself Visually Illustrator 10, Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop 7, and Master Visually Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX.
Chapter 1: GETTING STARTED. Working with Images. Understanding Photoshop Elements. Start Photoshop Elements on a PC. Start Photoshop Elements on a Mac. The Photoshop Elements PC Workspace. The Photoshop Elements Mac Workspace. Find Images for Your Projects. Open or Close Palettes. Set Preferences. Get Help. View Hints. Using a How--To Recipe. Open an Image. Browse for an Image. Create a New Image. Save an Image. Exit Photoshop Elements. Chapter 2: UNDERSTANDING PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS BASICS. Magnify with the Zoom Tool. Adjust Views. View Rulers. View a Grid. Using Shortcuts to Select Tools. Using the Shortcuts Bar. Undo Commands. Revert an Image. Chapter 3: CHANGING THE SIZE OF AN IMAGE. Change the On--Screen Size of an Image. Change the Print Size of an Image. Change the Resolution of an Image. Change the Canvas Size of an Image. Crop an Image. Chapter 4: MAKING SELECTIONS. Select with the Marquee Tools. Select with the Lasso Tools. Select with the Magnetic Lasso Tool. Select with the Magic Wand Tool. Paint a Selection. Select All the Pixels in an Image. Move a Selection Border. Add to or Subtract from a Selection. Expand or Contract a Selection. Invert a Selection. Grow a Selection. Chapter 5: MANIPULATING SELECTIONS. Move a Selection. Copy and Paste a Selection. Delete a Selection. Rotate a Selection. Scale a Selection. Skew or Distort a Selection. Using the Free Transform Tool. Feather the Border of a Selection. Chapter 6: PAINTING AND DRAWING WITH COLOR. Select the Foreground and Background Colors. Select a Web--Safe Color. Select a Color with the Eyedropper Tool. Select a Color with the Swatches Palette. Store a Color in the Swatches Palette. Using the Paintbrush Tool. Change Brush Styles. Using the Paint Bucket Tool. Using the Impressionist Brush. Using the Pattern Stamp. Fill a Selection. Stroke a Selection. Draw a Shape. Draw a Line. Apply a Gradient. Chapter 7: ADJUSTING COLORS. Change Brightness and Contrast. Using the Dodge and Burn Tools. Using the Blur and Sharpen Tools. Adjust Levels. Adjust Hue and Saturation. Using the Variations Command. Using the Sponge Tool. Replace a Color. Equalize Colors. Posterize Colors. Using the Threshold Command. Invert the Colors of an Image. Chapter 8: RETOUCHING PHOTOGRAPHS. Apply a Quick Fix. Using the Clone Stamp. Using the Red Eye Brush. Adjust Backlighting. Add Fill Flash. Remove a Color Cast. Remove Dust and Scratches. Chapter 9: WORKING WITH LAYERS. What Are Layers? Create and Add to a Layer. Hide a Layer. Move a Layer. Duplicate a Layer. Delete a Layer. Reorder Layers. Change the Opacity of a Layer. Merge and Flatten Layers. Rename a Layer. Transform a Layer. Create a Solid Fill Layer. Create a Gradient Fill Layer. Create a Pattern Fill Layer. Create an Adjustment Layer. Edit an Adjustment Layer. Link Layers. Blend Layers. Chapter 10: APPLYING EFFECTS AND STYLES. Add a Drop Shadow to an Image. Frame an Image. Add a Fancy Background. Add a Drop Shadow to a Layer. Add Beveling to a Layer. Add an Outer Glow to a Layer. Add a Fancy Covering to a Layer. Chapter 11: APPLYING FILTERS. Turn an Image into a Painting. Blur an Image. Sharpen an Image. Distort an Image. Add Noise to an Image. Turn an Image into Shapes. Turn an Image into a Charcoal Sketch. Apply Glowing Edges to an Image. Add Texture to an Image. Cast a Spotlight on an Image. Emboss an Image. Create a Cutout Image. Offset an Image. Using the Liquify Tools. Chapter 12: ADDING AND MANIPULATING TYPE. Add Horizontal Type to an Image. Add Vertical Type to an Image. Edit Type. Delete Type. Change the Formatting of Type. Change the Color of Type. Apply a Filter to Type. Warp Type. Outline Type. Cast a Shadow with Type Chapter 13: AUTOMATING YOUR WORK. Convert File Types. Convert Image Sizes. Create a Contact Sheet. Create a Picture Package. Create a Web Photo Gallery. Create a Panoramic Image. E--mail an Image. Capture an Image from Video. Make a PDF Slideshow. Chapter 14: SAVING FILES. Save in the Photoshop Format. Save an Image for Use in Another Application. Save a JPEG for the Web. Save a GIF for the Web. Save a GIF with Transparency. Save a GIF with Web--Safe Colors. Save a GIF Animation. Add Caption and Copyright Information. Chapter 15: PRINTING IMAGES. Print an Image from a PC. Print an Image from a Mac. Preview a Printout.