Provides instructions for one hundred tasks for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, covering such topics as adjusting images, working with RAW photographs, choosing local control features, creating adjustment layers, sizing and sharpening photographs, and using plug-ins
1. Organize and prepare photos for processing : Set up a workflow ; Import your images ; View photos with Full-Screen mode ; Sort the good pictures from the bad ; Stack your images ; Create albums to group your pictures ; Use keywords to tag your images ; Tag photos with Face Recognition ; Change the organizer interface as needed ; Back up your pictures to protect them -- 2. Start adjusting your images in Photoshop Elements : Open pictures and use Save As ; Make the Editor interface your own ; Set preferences to make Editor work for you ; You cannot hurt your pictures ; Crop your photos for tighter shots ; Fix and rotate crooked pictures ; Use Guided Edit to help you learn the program ; Use Guided Edit for special effects ; Set blacks and whites with levels ; Adjust your midtones with levels ; Adjust your midtones with color curves ; Quickly adjust dark shadows and bright highlights ; Correct color to remove color casts ; Enhance color with Hue/Saturation ; Use Quick Edit to work fast -- 3. Work with RAW photos in Photoshop Elements : Change images nondestructively ; Crop your photos to start your processing ; Adjust blacks and whites to give a photo strength ; Adjust midtones to make tonalities light or dark ; Correct color to clean up color casts ; Use vibrance and clarity to intensify images ; Sharpen photos with precision ; Control noise in your photo ; Apply adjustments to multiple photos ; Move your picture to Photoshop Elements -- 4. Choose local control features : Create and use a selection ; Use Marquee tools for specific shapes ; Use Lasso tools to follow picture elements ; Use automated tools for easy selections ; Expand or contract your selection ; Select what is easy and invert ; Blend edges by feathering ; Use selections for traditional edge darkening ; Use the Smart Brush for specific area fixes -- 5. Create adjustment layers for nondestructive changes : Understand how layers work ; Understand how adjustment layers work ; Work blacks and whites with a Levels adjustment layer ; Work midtones with a Levels adjustment layer ; Correct color with an adjustment layer ; Enhance color with an adjustment layer ; Fix problem exposures with layer blending modes ; Understand how layer masks work ; Combine two photos with layer masks ; Remove adjustments with black ; Add adjustments using black and then white ; Combine layer masks with selections ; Balance colors and tones in a picture ; Bring out shadow detail in specific areas ; Darken highlight detail in specific areas ; Flatten layers when done --
6. Solve photo problems : Clone out problems ; Remove people from a scene with Photomerge Scene Cleaner ; Remove unwanted objects with Content-Aware Spot Healing ; Fix problems due to lens distortion ; Fix perspective problems with building photographs ; Remove dead space with Recompose ; Make an out-of-focus background ; Remove distracting colors ; Improve blank skies ; Create the focus with Gaussian Blur ; Add a new background for your subject -- 7. Size and sharpen photos : Basic workflow for image sizing ; Size photos for printing ; Size photos for e-mail ; Sharpen photos with Unsharp Mask ; Sharpen photos with Adjust Sharpness ; Sharpen photos when you have layers ; Selectively sharpen parts of your photo -- 8. Beyond the basics : Convert color photos to black-and-white ; Adjust your photos in black-and-white ; Create toned images ; Use the Smart Brush for creative effects ; Create a hand-colored look ; Photograph a scene to get more exposure detail ; Merge photos for more photo detail ; Photograph a scene for a panoramic image ; Merge photos for a panoramic image ; Group images on a page ; Transfer styles between photos -- 9. Software plug-ins make work easier : Use Viveze for quick creative adjustments ; Use Color Efex for efficient photo work ; Remove noise with Dfind ; Get dramatic black-and-white with Silver Efex Pro ; Use Bokeh for easy depth-of-field effects ; Try PhotoTune for fast color and tonal adjustments ; Use Snap Art for creative effects -- 10. Get photos out of Photoshop Elements : Protect your photos with online backup ; Access your photos anywhere internet service is available ; Create online photo albums ; Share your photos online ; Print your photos ; Print a group of photos ; Add a border effect to your pictures
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