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Photoshop Elements 2 Complete Course [With CDROM]


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Introduction.Is This Book for You?How Should You Approach This Book?What's in This Book?What Conventions Are Used in This Book?Confidence Builder.Creating a New Document.Choosing and Using Color.Preparing Images for Compositing.Combining Images.Manipulating Image Content.Adding Text.Applying Special Effects.Part I: Course Setup.Photoshop Elements 2 Basics.Overview of Photoshop Elements 2.How Photoshop Elements 2 Compares to Photoshop.Project Overview.The Tutorial Files.Software Requirements.System Requirements.Part II: Understanding Basic Features.Session 1: Creating and Saving Images.Session Introduction.Creating a Document from Scratch.Understanding Resolution.Scanning into Photoshop Elements 2.Getting Digital Photographs into Photoshop Elements 2.Managing Digital Photographs with the File Browser.Importing Still Frames from Video.Harvesting Images from a PDF File.Saving Files.File Formats.Session Review.Session 2: Getting Comfortable with the Interface.Session Introduction.Making the Most of Tools and Menu Bars.Using and Organizing Palettes.Selecting Colors.Using Brushes.Setting Preferences.Color Management in Photoshop Elements 2.Help System Summary.Session Review.Session 3: Handling Documents.Session Introduction.Viewing Document Information.Using Rulers and Grids.Zooming In and Out.Opening Multiple Document Windows.Navigating in the Document Window.Changing Image Size and Resolution.Cropping an Image.Changing Canvas Size.Session Review.Session 4: Fixing Mistakes.Session Introduction.Using the Eraser Tools and the Undo Commands.Retracing Your Steps in the Undo History Palette.Reverting to the Last Saved Version.Session Review.Part III: Mastering Selections and Layers.Session 5: Making Selections.Session Introduction.Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso Tool.Anti-aliased versus Aliased Selections.Selecting with the Magic Wand Tool.Selecting with the Selection Brush Tool.Modifying a Selection.Moving a Selection.Editing Selected Artwork.Session Review.Session 6: Working with Layers.Session Introduction.Layer Basics.Creating and Converting a Background Layer.Generating a New Layer.Copying Layers between Documents.Creating a Layer from a Selection.Creating a Layer by Duplication.Managing Layers in the Layers Palette.Demystifying Blending Modes.Changing Layer Blending Mode and Opacity.Using Fill and Adjustment Layers.Combining Images with a Layer Mask.Applying Layer Styles.Merging and Saving Layers.Session Review.Part IV: Fixing Photographs.Session 7: Retouching and Adjusting Photographs.Session Introduction.The Quick Fix Approach.Straightening and Cropping a Scanned Photograph.Fixing Discoloration.Removing Dust and Damage.Adjusting Tones with Levels.Limiting Levels Adjustments.Applying Auto Levels.Adjusting Exposure.Manipulating Content.Sharpening.Session Review.Session 8: Color Correcting Photographs.Session Introduction.Correcting Color with Levels.Correcting Color with the Auto Color Correction Command.Correcting Color Cast with the Color Cast Command.Applying Color Variations.Adjusting Backlighting.Remedying Flash Problems.Adjusting Color Saturation.Replacing Color.Session Review.Part V: Using Text and Shapes.Session 9: Adding Shapes.Session Introduction.The Anatomy of a Shape.Creating Geometric Shapes.Creating Custom Shapes.Moving and Transforming Shapes.Changing Shape Attributes.Combining Shapes to Create a Unique Shape.Simplifying a Shape Layer.Session Review.Session 10: Creating and Editing Text.Session Introduction.Creating Horizontal Text.Creating Vertical Text.Working with Multiple Lines of Text.Formatting Text Manually.Editing Text.Simplifying a Type Layer.Warping Text.Grouping Text and Image.Session Review.Part VI: Outputting.Session 11: Printing.Session Introduction.Preparing Files for Printing.Making a Contact Sheet.Creating a Picture Package.Creating a Panorama.Session Review.Session 12: Outputting for the Web and Screen.Session Introduction.Using Photoshop Elements 2 in Web Design.Optimizing Photographs for the Web.Making a Web Page Background.Optimizing Graphics and Text for the Web.Making Artwork for Rollover Buttons.Creating an Animated GIF.Making a Web Photo Gallery Site.Automatically Attaching an Image to E-mail.Creating a PDF Slideshow.Session Review.Part VII: CD-ROM Bonus Material: Enhancing Images.Bonus Session 1: (CD-ROM) Using Filters.Bonus Session 2: (CD-ROM) Applying Effects.Appendix A.Appendix B.Index.

About the Author

Jan Kabili is an Adobe-certified expert who has coordinated the curriculum for Adobe training at and served as a lead instructor at Ojai Digital Arts Center. She is also the author of Photoshop 7 Complete Course.


"...a fantastic tome...vibrant, well-designed...the ideal helping hand..." (Digital Photography Made Easy, May 2004)

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