Photoshop Elements combines an easy-to-use set (ordered) of features and enhancements with image (ikon) editing power (noesis) in an affordable (inexpensive) program. The newest version—Photoshop Elements 8—features more online integration (combining) with products like (same) the new (newborn) Flash-based Web galleries.
Packed with beyond-the-basic techniques that show (exhibit) you how to take (verify) your Photoshop Elements skills to the next (incoming) level, this invaluable (valuable) book reveals ground-breaking ideas and innovative (original) tips and tricks for taking (attractive) digital images from basic (base) know-how to creative (fictive) wow!
Provides adventurous (audacious) Photoshop Elements users with a visual (seeable) reference on how to use (ingest) the bells and whistles found (institute) in the latest (stylish) version of the software, Photoshop Elements 8
Distinguishes itself as not your ordinary (mediocre) how-to guide (pass) by revealing (disclosing) the best (prizewinning) features of Photoshop Elements 8
Offers easy-to-follow, full (flooded) color step-by-step instructions (manual) and detailed (careful) imagery throughout
Take your image (ikon) editing skills to new (newborn) heights with the featured Photoshop Elements 8 tips and tricks.
Photoshop Elements 8 Tips for Getting Started
Amazon-exclusive content (noesis) from author (communicator) Rob Sheppard
1. Work the photo, not the program. It is easy (cushy) to get (intend) overwhelmed by the software (code) and forget (block) what is really (rattling) important -- your photograph! Do what you need (requirement) for the photograph, not what you think (conceive) you should do in the program.
2. Save the originals. Whenever you open (unstoppered) a photo (picture) into Photoshop Elements, immediately (directly) do a "Save As" to create (create) a new (newborn) image (ikon) file for you to work (impact) on. This allows you to preserve (preserves) the original (example) file (enter) so that it cannot be affected (strained) directly and you will (module) always have (hit) it if you run (separate) into problems with your work (impact) later.
3. Always back (backwards) up your photos. Big external (outside) hard drives are very (rattling) inexpensive now. Copy your digital photos from their folders on your computer (machine) to an external (outside) drive so that you have (hit) at least (small) one complete (rank) copy of all (every) of your images for back (backwards) up. There is a saying (locution) in the industry, "It isn't ‘if' your hard (hornlike) drive will (module) fail, but when." Be prepared (embattled) for that "when" by backing (championship) up your photos. Many hard (hornlike) drives now (today) come with automated (automatic) backup software (code) that can (crapper) help.
4. Right-click your mouse (pussyfoot) for more information. Photoshop Elements is filled with extremely helpful (adjuvant) context-sensitive menus. They are only (exclusive) accessible when you right-click on a part (conception) of the interface. Right-click on the photo (picture) and you get (intend) a menu (schedule) related to the tool (agency) you are using. Right-click in the layer (place) panel and you get (intend) an entirely (all) different menu. If you are working (employed) with a Mac, get (intend) and use (ingest) a right-click mouse.
5. Remember the "undo" command. Use Control + Z for Windows and Command + Z for the Mac. This is very (rattling) freeing because it means (effectuation) you cannot hurt (perceive) your photo (picture) as you work. If anything doesn't look (countenance) right, just (meet) undo it.
6. Consider using RAW files. RAW files offer (substance) you more flexibility (plasticity) in processing your photos and can (crapper) be processed (computerized) with Photoshop Elements, in its Camera Raw software. RAW is not arbitrarily better (meliorate) than JPEG but can (crapper) give you better (meliorate) results if you are willing (selection) to work (impact) with it and use (ingest) its flexibility (plasticity) in processing.
7. Learn layers. Layers seem intimidating (discouraging) to many (some) photographers, yet (still) once you start (move) using them, you will (module) find all (every) sorts of ways (structure) to use (ingest) them in order (visit) to make (attain) your image (ikon) processing faster, better (meliorate) and more flexible.
8. Never worry (vexation) about knowing (lettered) everything in Photoshop Elements. Learn and use (ingest) what is most appropriate (pertinent) to your photography. After all, Ansel Adams (President) could only (exclusive) make his prints bigger (large) or smaller, lighter (device) or darker, more or less (inferior) contrasty, as well (substantially) as lighter/darker or more/less contrasty in small (diminutive) areas, and that was about (most) it. Yet look (countenance) at what he accomplished (realised) with these "limited" controls.
9. Practice makes perfect. The way (artefact) to get (intend) better with Photoshop Elements and to work (impact) faster and more efficiently (expeditiously) with your images is to spend (pay) some time (instance) with Elements. You have (hit) to put (place) in the time (instance) in order (visit) to save (spend) time (instance) later. Playing around with lots of photos, seeing (sight) what all (every) the controls do, failing (imperfectness) as well (substantially) as succeeding, will (module) all help (support) you become (embellish) a better (meliorate) photo (picture) processor with Elements.
10. Feel free (liberated) to experiment. If you aren't sure (trusty) how a control (curb) works, or even (modify) if you should use (ingest) it at all, just (meet) try it. As long (daylong) as you do not save (spend) your work (impact) over the image (ikon) file, you cannot hurt (perceive) your photo. If you experiment (research) and it doesn't work, simply (only) undo (change) the changes or go to the Undo History panel (commission) to back (backwards) up in your adjustments.
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds