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Welcome to the most practical guide for Elements 12 on the planet. In this informative ebook, you’ll learn the essential differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and how to use Elements’ three editing modes: Guided, Quick, and Expert. You’ll also learn how to perform a slew of practical editing techniques such as replacing backgrounds, cropping and resizing without losing important objects, removing blemishes and objects, correcting colors, lightening teeth & eyes, moving and cloning objects, colorizing black-and-white images and artistically converting color images to black-and-white, stitching a panorama, adding a dark edge vignette, placing text behind an object and placing a photo inside text, tinting an image, fading images together for a collage, adding creative edges, and intelligent sharpening.

At the end of the book is a cheat sheet of the most useful keyboard shortcuts you’ll use every day.

Please see the Table of Contents below for a complete list of topics.

This is an eBook available in formats compatible with various book readers from Kindle to iBooks that you can read on a computer, tablet or even a smart phone. After you make your payment you will receive an email with a link to download the eBook in the format of your choice.

Pages: 191

Table of Contents

Welcome to Photoshop Elements 12
  • Watch the video!
  • Photoshop CC vs. Photoshop Elements
Elements Organizer
  • Importing, Tagging, and Rating
  • Editing in the Organizer
  • Creating Albums
  • Printing and Sharing
  • Using Elements as an External Editor in 
Adobe Lightroom or Apple’s iPhoto

Elements Editor Overview
  • Guided Mode
  • Quick Mode
  • Expert Mode

Opening Images and Creating New Documents
  • Layers Explained
  • Guided Edits
  • Puzzle Effect (new in Elements 12)
  • Rotating the extracted puzzle pieces

Quick Edits
  • Remove Redeye
  • Fix Pet Eyes (new in Elements 12)
  • Instagram Effects, Textures, and Frames (new in Elements 12)
  • Fix Color and Lighting in Quick Mode

Resizing and Resolution
  • Understanding Resolution
  • Resizing and Cropping in Expert Mode
  • Resizing with the Print Dialog Box
  • Changing Image Size with the Recompose tool

Expert Mode: practical edits 1
  • Straightening Images
  • Quick Slimming Effect
  • Teeth & Eye Lightening
  • Stitching Multiple Images into a Panorama

Expert Mode: practical edits 2
  • Auto Smart Toning (new in Elements 12)
  • Correcting Images with a Levels Adjustment Layer
  • Masking (Hiding) a Levels Adjustment

Using Camera Raw
  • File Formats: Raw vs JPEG
  • Correcting images in Camera Raw

Expert Mode: creative edits
  • Colorizing Black-and-White Images
  • Changing Colors when Colorizing Black-and-Whites
  • From Color to Black-and-White (Adjustable)
  • From Color to Black-and-White (Non-Adjustable)
  • Partial Color
  • Fading from Color to Black-and-White
  • Customize a Color Tint
  • Use a Color Tint Preset

Backgrounds & Vignettes
  • Replacing Backgrounds
  • Dark Edge Vignette

Creative Edges
  • Creative Edges with the Refine Edge Dialog Box
  • Creative Edges with the Cookie Cutter Tool
  • Saving an Image with a Transparent Background

Healing Faces
  • Using the Spot Healing tool to Remove Objects
  • Using the Healing Brush to Lighten Eye Bags
  • Using the Healing Tools and Clone Stamp Tool on a Portrait
  • Adding Digital Makeup

Removing Objects
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tool to Remove a Power Line
  • Using the Clone Stamp Tool to Remove Larger Objects
  • Using the Content Aware Move Tool (new in Elements 12)

Replacing the Color of an Object
  • Changing Color by Painting
  • Changing Color by Filling a Selection

Text Tricks
  • Placing Text Behind an Object
  • Placing a Photo Inside Text or a Brushstroke

Collages and Combining Images
  • Soft-Oval Vignette Collage
  • Fading Images Together

Sharpen Professionally
  • Sharpening with a Visible Edge Preview
  • Sharpening specific areas

Resizing, Changing Format, and Watermarking Multiple Files
Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Elements 12
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