Photoshop Elements 2018 For Dummies

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The top-selling book on Photoshop Elements--updated in a new edition
Photoshop Elements offers photo editors of all skill levels the power to turn run-of-the-mill images into beautiful works of art--and Photoshop Elements 2018 For Dummies shows you how. Those new to photo editing who are looking for advice on making the most common fixes and experienced editors in need of a road map to this version of Photoshop Elements will find great value in this book!
Start off by touring the Photoshop Elements interface with introductions to the tools that make the program so powerful. You'll also follow simple step-by-step instructions for organizing images for editing, creating layers in your images, adjusting color and focus, applying artsy filters, adding text to an image, and so much more.
* Get simple explanations for handling image editing
* Find steps for giving your photos a digital makeover
* Discover tips for getting better photos
* Create frame-worthy pieces you'll be proud to display
If you're ready to take your photo editing skills to new heights, all the help you need is a page--and a click--away.
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Barbara Obermeier is principal of Obermeier Design and a faculty member at California Lutheran University. Ted Padova has written more than 60 books on digital design tools including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Both are veteran professionals in graphic design.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • About This Book
  • Icons Used in This Book
  • Beyond the Book
  • Where to Go from Here
  • Part 1 Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 2018
  • Chapter 1 Getting Started with Image Editing
  • Before You Begin
  • Launching the Photo Editor
  • Making Basic Edits in Quick Mode
  • Sharing a Photo
  • Retracing Your Steps
  • Using the History panel
  • Reverting to the last save
  • Getting a Helping Hand
  • Saving Files with Purpose
  • Using the Save/Save As dialog box
  • Saving files for the web
  • Chapter 2 Basic Image-Editing Concepts
  • Grappling with the Ubiquitous Pixels
  • Understanding resolution
  • Understanding image dimensions
  • The Art of Resampling
  • Changing image size and resolution
  • Understanding the results of resampling
  • Choosing a Resolution for Print or Onscreen
  • Go Ahead - Make My Mode!
  • Converting to Bitmap mode
  • Converting to Grayscale mode
  • Understanding File Formats
  • File formats at a glance
  • Audio and video formats supported in Elements
  • Getting Familiar with Color
  • Getting Color Right
  • Color the easy way
  • Calibrating your monitor
  • Choosing a color workspace
  • Understanding how profiles work
  • Chapter 3 Exploring the Photo Editor
  • Examining the Photo Editor
  • Examining the image window
  • Uncovering the contextual menus
  • Selecting the tools
  • Selecting from the Tool Options
  • Playing with panels
  • Using the Photo Bin
  • Creating different views of an image
  • Viewing filenames
  • Using Photo Bin Actions
  • Finding Your Bearings in Guided Mode
  • Controlling the Editing Environment
  • Launching and navigating preferences
  • Checking out all the preferences panes
  • Part 2 Managing Media
  • Chapter 4 Navigating the Organizer
  • Organizing Photos and Media on a Hard Drive
  • Adding Images to the Organizer
  • Adding files from folders and removable media
  • Downloading camera images with the Elements Downloader
  • Importing additional photos from folders
  • Navigating the Media Browser
  • Using a Scanner
  • Understanding image requirements
  • Using scanner plug-ins (Windows)
  • Scanning on the Mac
  • Scanning many photos at a time
  • Phoning in Your Images
  • Setting Organizer Preferences
  • Chapter 5 Organizing Your Pictures
  • Touring the Organizer
  • Organizing Groups of Images with Tags
  • Creating and viewing a tag
  • Adding icons to tags
  • Working with custom tags
  • Working with default tags
  • Working with subcategories
  • Sorting photos according to tags
  • Auto Curating Images
  • Rating Images with Stars
  • Adding Images to an Album
  • Creating an album
  • Using albums for temporary work
  • Editing an album
  • Finding out more about sharing your albums
  • Adding People in the Media Browser
  • Placing Pictures on Maps
  • Working with Events
  • Chapter 6 Viewing and Finding Your Images
  • Cataloging Files
  • Using the Catalog Manager
  • Working with catalogs
  • Backing up your catalog
  • Backing up photos and files (Windows)
  • Switching to a Different View
  • Viewing Photos in Memories (Slideshow)
  • Searching for Photos
  • Using Search
  • Searching for untagged items
  • Searching captions and notes
  • Searching by history
  • Searching metadata
  • Searching similarities
  • Grouping Files That Get in the Way
  • Marking files as hidden
  • Stacking 'em up
  • Creating versions
  • Part 3 Selecting and Correcting Photos
  • Chapter 7 Making and Modifying Selections
  • Defining Selections
  • Creating Rectangular and Elliptical Selections
  • Perfecting squares and circles with Shift and Alt (Option on the Mac)
  • Applying Marquee options
  • Making Freeform Selections with the Lasso Tools
  • Selecting with the Lasso tool
  • Getting straight with the Polygonal Lasso tool
  • Snapping with the Magnetic Lasso tool
  • Working Wizardry with the Magic Wand
  • Talking about Tolerance
  • Wielding the Wand to select
  • Modifying Your Selections
  • Adding to, subtracting from, and intersecting a selection
  • Avoiding key collisions
  • Painting with the Selection Brush
  • Painting with the Quick Selection Tool
  • Selecting with the Smart Selection Tool
  • Fine-Tuning with the Refine Selection Brush
  • Working with the Cookie Cutter Tool
  • Eliminating with the Eraser Tools
  • The Eraser tool
  • The Background Eraser tool
  • The Magic Eraser tool
  • Using the Select Menu
  • Selecting all or nothing
  • Reselecting a selection
  • Inversing a selection
  • Feathering a selection
  • Refining the edges of a selection
  • Using the Modify commands
  • Applying the Grow and Similar commands
  • Saving and loading selections
  • Chapter 8 Working with Layers
  • Getting to Know Layers
  • Converting a background to a layer
  • Anatomy of the Layers panel
  • Using the Layer and Select menus
  • Working with Different Layer Types
  • Image layers
  • Adjustment layers
  • Fill layers
  • Shape layers
  • Type layers
  • Tackling Layer Basics
  • Creating a new layer from scratch
  • Using Layer via Copy and Layer via Cut
  • Duplicating layers
  • Dragging and dropping layers
  • Using the Paste into Selection command
  • Moving a Layer's Content
  • Transforming Layers
  • Adding Layer Masks
  • Flattening and Merging Layers
  • Flattening layers
  • Merging layers
  • Chapter 9 Simple Image Makeovers
  • Cropping and Straightening Images
  • Cutting away with the Crop tool
  • Fixing distortion with the Perspective Crop tool
  • Cropping with a selection border
  • Straightening images
  • Recomposing Images
  • Employing One-Step Auto Fixes
  • Auto Smart Tone
  • Auto Smart Fix
  • Auto Levels
  • Auto Contrast
  • Auto Haze Removal
  • Auto Color Correction
  • Auto Shake Reduction
  • Auto Sharpen
  • Auto Red Eye Fix
  • Editing in Quick Mode
  • Fixing Small Imperfections with Tools
  • Cloning with the Clone Stamp tool
  • Retouching with the Healing Brush
  • Zeroing in with the Spot Healing Brush
  • Repositioning with the Content-Aware Move tool
  • Lightening and darkening with Dodge and Burn tools
  • Smudging away rough spots
  • Softening with the Blur tool
  • Focusing with the Sharpen tool
  • Sponging color on and off
  • Replacing one color with another
  • Chapter 10 Correcting Contrast, Color, and Clarity
  • Editing Your Photos Using a Logical Workflow
  • Adjusting Lighting
  • Fixing lighting with Shadows/Highlights
  • Using Brightness/Contrast
  • Pinpointing proper contrast with Levels
  • Adjusting Color
  • Removing color casts automatically
  • Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
  • Eliminating color with Remove Color
  • Switching colors with Replace Color
  • Correcting with Color Curves
  • Adjusting skin tones
  • Defringing layers
  • Eliminating haze
  • Adjusting color temperature with photo filters
  • Mapping your colors
  • Adjusting Clarity
  • Removing noise, artifacts, dust, and scratches
  • Blurring when you need to
  • Sharpening for better focus
  • Opening closed eyes
  • Adjusting Facial Features
  • Reducing shake
  • Working Intelligently with the Smart Brush Tools
  • Part 4 Exploring Your Inner Artist
  • Chapter 11 Playing with Filters, Effects, Styles, and More
  • Having Fun with Filters
  • Applying filters
  • Corrective or destructive filters
  • One-step or multistep filters
  • Fading a filter
  • Selectively applying a filter
  • Working in the Filter Gallery
  • Distorting with the Liquify filter
  • Correcting Camera Distortion
  • Exploring Element's Unique Filters
  • Creating a comic
  • Getting graphic
  • Using the Pen and Ink filter
  • Dressing Up with Photo and Text Effects
  • Adding Shadows, Glows, and More
  • Applying styles
  • Working with styles
  • Using the Graphics panel
  • Mixing It Up with Blend Modes
  • General blend modes
  • Darken blend modes
  • Lighten blend modes
  • Lighting blend modes
  • Inverter blend modes
  • HSL blend modes
  • Using Photomerge
  • Photomerge Panorama
  • Photomerge Group Shot
  • Photomerge Scene Cleaner
  • Photomerge Exposure
  • Photomerge Compose
  • Chapter 12 Drawing and Painting
  • Choosing Color
  • Working with the Color Picker
  • Dipping into the Color Swatches panel
  • Sampling with the Eyedropper tool
  • Getting Artsy with the Pencil and Brush Tools
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Painting with the Brush tool
  • Using the Impressionist Brush
  • Creating your own brush
  • Filling and Outlining Selections
  • Fill 'er up
  • Outlining with the Stroke command
  • Splashing on Color with the Paint Bucket Tool
  • Working with Multicolored Gradients
  • Applying a preset gradient
  • Customizing gradients
  • Working with Patterns
  • Applying a preset pattern
  • Creating a new pattern
  • Creating Shapes of All Sorts
  • Drawing a shape
  • Drawing multiple shapes
  • Specifying Geometry options
  • Editing shapes
  • Chapter 13 Working with Type
  • Understanding Type Basics
  • Tools
  • Modes
  • Formats
  • Creating Point Type
  • Creating Paragraph Type
  • Creating Path Type
  • Using the Text On Selection tool
  • Using the Text On Shape tool
  • Using the Text On Custom Path tool
  • Specifying Type Options
  • Editing Text
  • Simplifying Type
  • Masking with Type
  • Stylizing and Warping Type
  • Adjusting type opacity
  • Applying filters to your type
  • Painting your type with color and gradients
  • Warping your type
  • Part 5 Printing, Creating, and Sharing
  • Chapter 14 Getting It on Paper
  • Getting Pictures Ready for Printing
  • Working with Color Printer Profiles
  • Printing a photo with the printer managing color
  • Printing a photo with Elements managing color
  • Printing a picture package or contact sheet
  • Getting Familiar with the Print Dialog Box
  • Using Page Setup
  • Creating transfers, borders, and more with More Options
  • Chapter 15 Sharing Your Work
  • Getting Familiar with the Elements Sharing Options
  • Planning ahead
  • Understanding photo sharing in Elements
  • Using the Share Panel
  • Emailing photos
  • Working with Adobe Premiere Elements
  • Sharing your photos on social networks
  • Creating Facebook Cover Images
  • Chapter 16 Making Creations
  • Checking Out the Create Panel
  • Grasping Creation-Assembly Basics
  • Creating a Memories Video
  • Creating a PDF Slideshow
  • Making Additional Creations
  • Part 6 The Part of Tens
  • Chapter 17 Ten Tips for Composing Better Photos
  • Find a Focal Point
  • Use the Rule of Thirds
  • Cut the Clutter
  • Frame Your Shot
  • Employ Contrast
  • Experiment with Viewpoints
  • Use Leading Lines
  • Use Light
  • Give Direction
  • Consider Direction of Movement
  • Chapter 18 Ten (Or So) More Project Ideas
  • Screen Savers
  • Flyers, Ads, and Online Auctions
  • Clothes, Hats, and More
  • Posters
  • Household and Business Inventories
  • Project Documentation
  • School Reports and Projects
  • Blogs
  • Wait - There's More
  • Index
  • EULA

Chapter 1

Getting Started with Image Editing


Getting tips on photography

Starting the Photo Editor

Opening, editing, sharing, and saving a photo

Using Undo History

Finding help

Saving your files

Image editing is incredibly fun, especially with a tool like Photoshop Elements, which enables you to modify, combine, and even draw your own images to your imagination's content. To get the most out of Elements, you need to understand some basic technical concepts, but like most people, you probably want to jump in, play around, and basically just get started right away.

You're in luck: In Quick mode, Elements helps you make basic edits to your photos, like revealing your child's face darkened by a baseball cap's shadow or cropping out the gigantic trash can on the left edge of your otherwise perfect landscape shot. In this chapter, we help you jump-start your image-editing skills by guiding you through Quick mode and how to share photos online, retrace your steps, save your edits, and more.

Before You Begin

We want to cover a few basics about photography before we jump into editing images. Many photographers and articles by professionals talk about stages and phases of photography as it relates to the developing photographer as an artist.

Rather than talk about becoming an artist, we're going to break down the process of creating photos into three phases important for amateurs to know as they prepare for a photoshoot. Our definition of the three phases of photography are pre-shooting, shooting, and post-production (commonly referred to simply as post). Each phase is important. Here's what's involved in each:

  • Pre-shooting: In the pre-shooting phase, you set up shots and pay attention specifically to lighting and composition. Photos taken with the best cameras under poor lighting are never as good as photos taken with simple cameras in the best lighting. In photography, lighting is everything. In Figure 1-1, a studio shot with controlled lighting is on the left; a snapshot with no controlled lighting is on the right.

    Try to learn as much as you can about lighting. Be aware of a variety of lighting conditions and how you can control lighting. Use large reflectors such as a simple, white, heavy-duty cardboard to target light reflections in poorly lit areas or shadows. Use the reflector to shield heavy overhead sunlight. If you're serious about portrait photography, buy some inexpensive lights such as a softbox and a spotlight. Get a few different backdrops you can tack on a wall, or buy a backdrop stand. You can set up a photo studio easily and with very little cost.

    Poke around the Internet and learn as much as you can about lighting. Learn different lighting techniques such as Rembrandt lighting, split lighting, butterfly, loop, broad, and so on. Learn to place lights in a home studio and set angles and use reflectors. You can easily set up a home studio in a room or a garage and have a lot of fun shooting portraits.

  • Shooting: In the second phase, you need to understand your camera. If you use a DSLR, learn how to change menu options and control settings that you use frequently. The more advanced cameras have tons of settings, but you're likely to change only a few from the defaults.

    Be certain to review and understand ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds. Shoot tons of photos and bracket many shots exposing for shadows while letting go of the highlights. Change angles. Shoot low, shoot high, get in close, and shoot full subjects. Crop as much as you can with your camera and leave the fine detail cropping to post-production. Pay attention to backgrounds and move around your subjects to find the least background distractions interfering with your subjects.

    Photography is like graphic design, and you use many of the same principles for good design in your photography. Look for hierarchy and simplicity, look for repetition, look at shapes and form, look for contrast. All these factors are involved with good graphic design and can also be applied to photography. Make a study of graphic design and become familiar with what makes a good design versus what appear as poor designs.

    Good photographs are created. You may have to wait until the lighting in a scene is optimum and the subject is in the right position, or you may need to rotate the angle. Be patient and realize that good photos are works of art and require time and thought, such as the photo in Figure 1-2.

  • Post-production: In the final phase, you edit your photographs. In this book, we talk about Photoshop Elements, so all post-production is handled in the Elements Photo Editor. We can help you improve your images to a degree, but if you begin with a good photo taken properly with your camera and under good lighting conditions, your post-production work will be so much easier.

Photo: Ted Padova, Model (left): Camille Sedar

FIGURE 1-1: A photo shot in a studio with controlled lighting (left) and a snapshot taken with no controlled lighting (right).

Photo: Ted Padova

FIGURE 1-2: Lines, form, and lighting are all important in your photography.

If you're a serious amateur, remember: Snapshots are taken randomly with no creative influence, while photographs are created with much attention to detail.

Launching the Photo Editor

Photoshop Elements has two separate components:

  • The Organizer is where you manage photos. It's full of tools for tagging, rating, sorting, and finding your images. Part 2 helps you start using the Organizer.
  • The Photo Editor is where you correct photos for brightness and color, add effects, repair images, and so on.

In this chapter, you work in the Photo Editor to make basic edits to a photo.

Here's how to start Elements and open the Photo Editor:

  1. Double-click the Photoshop Elements shortcut on your desktop or in your Applications folder (Mac) to launch the Elements Welcome screen.
  2. Click the Photo Editor button shown in the Welcome screen in Figure 1-3.

    The Photo Editor workspace loads and appears, as shown in Figure 1-4. By default, you see the Quick tab selected at the top of the Photo Editor workspace, which means you're in Quick mode (or right where you want to be for the purposes of this chapter). Quick mode offers a limited number of tools for adjusting brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness.

FIGURE 1-3: The Photoshop Elements Welcome screen.

FIGURE 1-4: The default Photo Editor workspace with the Quick tab selected.

When you first launch Photoshop Elements, you may see the eLive tab open. Click the Quick tab to see the editing options for Quick mode. See the section "Getting a Helping Hand," later in this chapter, for more about eLive.

On the right side of the workspace, you see the Adjustments panel docked in an area dubbed the Panel Bin. When in any one of the three editing modes (Quick, Guided, Expert), you find different panels. On the left side of the workspace, you see a Tools panel. Interacting with the items in the Panel Bin and using tools in the Tools panel provides you an enormous number of options for editing, improving, and stylizing your pictures.

Making Basic Edits in Quick Mode

For beginning users, the Quick mode in the Photo Editor is both powerful and easy to use. Follow these steps to make some simple changes to an image:

  1. Open the Photo Editor and make sure the Quick tab is selected at the top.
  2. Choose File???Open.

    If Elements is your default editing application, you can also double-click your photo file in Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder, and the file opens in Elements.

  3. In the Open dialog box that appears, navigate your hard drive to locate the file you want to open, select the file, and click Open.
  4. From the View drop-down list (in the upper left of the image window), choose Before & After - Horizontal, as shown in Figure 1-5.
  5. Make edits to your photo.

    Here's an introduction to two simple edits you can make in Quick mode:

    • Apply a Smart Fix: Click Smart Fix in the Panel Bin to see the options. To begin with, click Auto at the bottom of the Smart Fix panel and select the After view to see whether you like the changes.

      As shown in Figure 1-5, several items are listed in the Panel Bin below the Smart Fix option. Click an item to expand it and move the sliders, or click the thumbnail images to tweak the overall brightness, contrast, and color. In many cases there isn't a right or wrong adjustment. Play with the options to bring it close to your overall vision for the picture. For a more in-depth look at correcting photos in Quick mode, flip to Chapter 10.

    • Crop the photo: In the Tools panel on the left side of the window, click the Crop tool. You immediately see a rectangle on top of the photo. Move the sides to crop the image to your liking. When finished, click the green check mark, as shown in Figure 1-6, to accept your edit.


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