|The Visual QuickStart Guides are a popular way to get started with a new software or get up-to-date with the latest upgrade of your favorite software. This QuickStart Guide by Jeff Carlson covers AdobeR PhotoshopR Elements 7 and there is a lot of information packed into this book. Photoshop Elements 7 has grown from a miniature version of Photoshop to a graphic and photo editing software in its own right. Therefore, you will find some information in this guide that you may not have considered important for previous versions of Elements. As the software has grown up, so has the need for a comprehensive reference guide. This book answers that need, with its task-based, illustrated step-by-step instructions covering all the tools and features of this latest upgrade. Also, as you work through the book, you will notice that the author has included supporting information such as color modes and profiles, image resolution and file size, and file formats and image output. |
The author starts with a tour of the new Photoshop Elements 7 workspace and introduces the new features and enhancements. He then jumps right into teaching the basic tasks in the improved Organizer. He also discusses one of Elements newest features which is the integration of Elements with Photoshop.com.
A big part of Photoshop Elements is its image editing features. The author covers how to use the many editing tools, especially concentrating on the one-click auto fixes such as the Quick Fix Edits and the preset actions and effects in the Guided Edit pane. But he also covers how to use the tools for making manual fixes and alterations to your images including the selection tools, color adjustments and photo merging.
Moving on to the next part of the book, the author introduces the creative tools including how to use layers, styles, blend modes, filters and special effects. He also covers how to use the painting, drawing and text tools and how to format text and create your own images from scratch.
The author finishes with how to prepare images for the web and the options for optimizing your images. He also covers how to print, order and share your photos directly from within the Photoshop Elements workspace and how to create slide-shows, online albums and how to email your photos.
Jeff Carlson has a design company called Never Enough Coffee Creations and is the author of many books and articles.