Photoshop Elements 9

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description Elements 9 offers much of Photoshop's power without the huge price tag. It's an ideal tool for most image-editing buffs -- including scrapbookers, photographers, and aspiring graphic artists. This course will help you to get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac.

Learning Objectives

  • Quickly learn your way around. Customize Elements to suit your working style.
  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick image fixes with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Learn how to repair and restore your old and damaged photos.
  • Add some pizzazz. Give images more zip with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects.
  • Find your creative flair. Create scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo books, and more.
  • Use advanced techniques. Work with layers, blend modes, and other tools.
  • Try out your new skills. Download practice images and try new tricks as you learn.

Course Content


CHAPTER 1 : FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND ELEMENTS

Getting Started
Organizing Your Photos
Photoshop.com
Editing Your Photos
Getting Started in a Hurry

CHAPTER 2 : IMPORTING, MANAGING, AND SAVING YOUR PHOTOS

Importing from Cameras
Opening Stored Images
Scanning Photos
Capturing Video Frames
Creating a New File
Using the Organizer
Searching for Photos
Saving Your Work
Backing Up Your Files

CHAPTER 3 : ROTATING AND RESIZING YOUR PHOTOS

Straightening Scanned Photos
Rotating Images
Straightening the Contents of an Image
Cropping Pictures
Zooming and Repositioning Your View
Changing the Size of an Image
Resizing Images for Email and the Web

CHAPTER 4 : THE QUICK FIX

The Quick Fix Window
Editing Your Photos
Adjusting Skin Tones

CHAPTER 5 : MAKING SELECTIONS

Selecting Everything
Selecting Rectangular and Elliptical Areas
Selecting Irregularly Sized Areas
Selecting with a Brush
Removing Objects from an Image’s Background
Changing and Moving Selections

CHAPTER 6 : LAYERS: THE HEART OF ELEMENTS

Understanding Layers
Creating Layers
Managing Layers
Adjustment and Fill Layers
Moving Objects Between Images

CHAPTER 7 : BASIC IMAGE RETOUCHING

Fixing Exposure Problems
Controlling the Colors You See
Using Levels
Removing Unwanted Color
Choosing Colors
Sharpening Images

CHAPTER 8 : ELEMENTS FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Raw Converter
Blending Exposures
Photo Filter
Processing Multiple Files

CHAPTER 9 : RETOUCHING: FINE-TUNING YOUR IMAGES

Fixing Blemishes
Applying Patterns
Recomposing Photos
Color Curves: Enhancing Tone and Contrast
Making Colors More Vibrant
Changing an Object’s Color
Special Effects

CHAPTER 10 : REMOVING AND ADDING COLOR

Method One: Making Color Photos Black and White
Method Two: Removing Color from a Photo
Creating Spot Color
Colorizing Black-and-White Photos

CHAPTER 11 : PHOTOMERGE: CREATING PANORAMAS, GROUP SHOTS, AND MORE

Creating Panoramas
Merging Different Faces
Arranging a Group Shot
Tidying Up with Scene Cleaner
Merging Styles
Correcting Lens Distortion
Transforming Images

CHAPTER 12 : DRAWING WITH BRUSHES, SHAPES, AND OTHER TOOLS

Picking and Using a Basic Brush
The Specialty Brushes
The Impressionist Brush
The Pencil Tool
The Paint Bucket
Dodging and Burning
Blending and Smudging
The Eraser Tool
Drawing with Shapes
The Cookie Cutter Tool

CHAPTER 13 : FILTERS, EFFECTS, LAYER STYLES, AND GRADIENTS

Using Filters
Adding Effects
Adding Layer Styles
Applying Gradients
Gradient Maps

CHAPTER 14 : TEXT IN ELEMENTS

Adding Text to an Image
Warping Text
Adding Special Effects
Type Masks: Setting an Image in Text

CHAPTER 15 : CREATING PROJECTS

Photo Collages
Photo Books
Greeting Cards
Photo Calendars
CD/DVD Jackets
CD/DVD Labels
Photo Stamps
Working with the Content and Favorites Panels

CHAPTER 16 : PRINTING YOUR PHOTOS

Getting Ready to Print
Ordering Prints
Printing at Home
Printing Multiple Photos (Windows)
Printing Multiple Images (Mac)

CHAPTER 17 : EMAIL AND THE WEB

Image Formats and the Web
Saving Images for the Web or Email
Creating Animated GIFs
Emailing Photos

CHAPTER 18 : ONLINE ALBUMS AND SLIDESHOWS

Online Albums
Slideshows
Flipbooks (Windows only)
Sharing Photos with Yahoo Maps (Windows only)
A Few More Ways to Share

CHAPTER 19 : BEYOND THE BASICS

Graphics Tablets
Free Stuff from the Internet
When You Really Need Photoshop
Beyond This Book