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Photoshop Elements 2022 For Dummies

Obermeier, Barbara / Padova, Ted


1. Edition January 2022
464 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-83721-3
John Wiley & Sons

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Make your photos pop without any visual design or editing experience

With cameras on every phone, we've all got more photos than we know what to do with. But what if you could optimize and beautify every snap you take, regardless of the lighting or background? What if you could turn every shot of your adorable baby or a serene sunset into a stunning work of art? Photoshop Elements 2022 For Dummies is the key to making that happen.

This handy, step-by-step guide walks you through every aspect of using Photoshop Elements--the intuitive and accessible cousin of the more complex Photoshop--to make your next picture the best one you've ever taken.

Don't have any graphic design experience? Don't worry! This handbook is written specifically for everyday, busy people who want to learn Photoshop Element's photo editing tools without wading through complicated jargon or confusing instructions. In no time flat, you'll be fixing red eye, enhancing contrast and colors, and adding artistic flair to photos people can't help but enjoy and share.
* Get a handle on the most basic Photoshop Elements features before moving on to more advanced walkthroughs that will have you editing like a pro
* Figure out how to build, manipulate, and alter layers so you can change one part of a picture without altering the whole thing
* Make tiny adjustments--like fixing glare--or fundamental changes--like switching backgrounds--with the click of a mouse

So, get ready for more social media "Likes" than you know what to do with. You're about to turn your photos into something truly special.

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Icons Used in This Book 2

Beyond the Book 3

Where to Go from Here 3

Part 1: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 2022 5

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Image Editing 7

Getting Familiar with the Home Screen 7

Launching the Photo Editor 9

Making Basic Edits in Quick Mode 10

Sharing a Photo 12

Retracing Your Steps 14

Using the History panel 14

Reverting to the last save 15

Getting a Helping Hand 16

Saving Files with Purpose 17

Using the Save/Save As dialog box 17

Saving files for the web 19

Chapter 2: Basic Image-Editing Concepts 21

Grappling with the Ubiquitous Pixels 22

Understanding resolution 22

Understanding image dimensions 25

The Art of Resampling 25

Choosing a Resolution for Print or Onscreen 28

Working with File Formats 29

JPEG (*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.jpe) 29

PNG (*.png) 30

TIFF (*.tif, *.tiff) 30

Getting Familiar with Color 31

Getting Color Right 33

Color the easy way 33

Calibrating your monitor 33

Choosing a color workspace 34

Understanding how profiles work 35

Chapter 3: Exploring the Photo Editor 37

Examining the Photo Editor 37

Examining the image window 41

Uncovering the contextual menus 45

Selecting the tools 45

Selecting from the Tool Options 48

Playing with panels 48

Using the Photo Bin 51

Creating different views of an image 51

Viewing filenames 52

Using Photo Bin Actions 52

Using Some Creative Features 52

Using Guided Edits 53

Moving Objects and Moving Photos 54

Controlling the Editing Environment 55

Launching and navigating Preferences 55

Checking out all the Preferences panes 57

Perusing preset libraries 59


Chapter 4: Navigating the Organizer 63

Organizing Photos and Media on a Hard Drive 64

Adding Images to the Organizer 66

Adding files from folders and removable media 66

Downloading camera images with the Elements Downloader 68

Importing additional photos from folders 70

Navigating the Media Browser 71

Using a Scanner 73

Understanding image requirements 73

Using scanner plug-ins (Windows) 74

Scanning on the Mac 75

Scanning many photos at a time 76

Phoning in Your Images 77

Setting Organizer Preferences 79

Chapter 5: Organizing Your Pictures 81

Touring the Organizer 81

Organizing Groups of Images with Tags 84

Creating and viewing a tag 85

Adding icons to tags 87

Working with custom tags 88

Working with default tags 89

Working with sub-categories 90

Sorting photos according to tags 91

Auto Generating Tags 91

Working with Auto Creations 91

Adding new Events 92

Rating Images with Stars 93

Adding Images to an Album 94

Creating an album 94

Using albums for temporary work 96

Editing an album 96

Finding out more about sharing your albums 97

Adding People in the Media Browser 97

Placing Pictures on Maps 99

Working with Events 101

Chapter 6: Viewing and Finding Your Images 103

Cataloging Files 103

Using the Catalog Manager 104

Working with catalogs 105

Backing up your catalog 106

Backing up photos and files 107

Switching to a Different View 108

Viewing Photos in Memories (Slideshow) 109

Searching for Photos 111

Using Search 111

Searching for untagged items 113

Searching captions and notes 113

Searching by history 114

Searching metadata 114

Searching similarities 116

Grouping Files That Get in the Way 117

Marking files as hidden 117

Stackin' 'em up 118

Creating versions 119

Part 3: Selecting and Correcting Photos 121

Chapter 7: Editing Camera Raw Images 123

Launching the Camera Raw Editor 124

Understanding Camera Raw 125

Learning Raw file format attributes 126

Opening images in the Camera Raw Editor 127

Getting Familiar with the Raw Editor 128

Getting Familiar with the Panels 132

Using the Basic panel 132

Sharpening and reducing noise 135

Using the Calibration panel 138

Working with Filmstrips 138

Working with Profiles 140

Looking at the Adobe Camera Raw profiles 140

Managing profiles 141

Creating a Favorites list 142

Opening Non-Raw Images in the Camera Raw Editor 143

Changing Image Defaults 143

Working with XML Files and Preferences 144

Changing program defaults 144

Using Save Options 146

Using sidecar files 146

Chapter 8: Making and Modifying Selections 149

Defining Selections 149

Creating Rectangular and Elliptical Selections 150

Perfecting squares and circles with Shift and Alt (Option on the Mac) 151

Applying Marquee options 152

Making Freeform Selections with the Lasso Tools 154

Selecting with the Lasso tool 155

Getting straight with the Polygonal Lasso tool 157

Snapping with the Magnetic Lasso tool 157

Working Wizardry with the Magic Wand 160

Talking about Tolerance 161

Wielding the Wand to select 161

Modifying Your Selections 164

Adding to, subtracting from, and intersecting a selection 164

Avoiding key collisions 165

Painting with the Selection Brush 165

Painting with the Quick Selection Tool 167

Selecting with the Auto Selection Tool 169

Selecting Your Subject 171

Fine-Tuning with the Refine Selection Brush 172

Working with the Cookie Cutter Tool 174

Eliminating with the Eraser Tools 176

The Eraser tool 176

The Background Eraser tool 177

The Magic Eraser tool 179

Using the Select Menu 179

Selecting all or nothing 179

Reselecting a selection 180

Inversing a selection 180

Feathering a selection 180

Refining the edges of a selection 181

Using the Modify commands 182

Applying the Grow and Similar commands 183

Saving and loading selections 183

Chapter 9: Working with Layers 185

Getting to Know Layers 185

Converting a background to a layer 186

Anatomy of the Layers panel 187

Using the Layer and Select menus 190

Working with Different Layer Types 192

Image layers 192

Adjustment layers 193

Fill layers 195

Shape layers 196

Type layers 197

Tackling Layer Basics 197

Creating a new layer from scratch 198

Using Layer via Copy and Layer via Cut 199

Duplicating layers 199

Dragging and dropping layers 200

Using the Paste into Selection command 201

Moving a Layer's Content 202

Transforming Layers 203

Adding Layer Masks 204

Flattening and Merging Layers 206

Flattening layers 206

Merging layers 207

Chapter 10: Simple Image Makeovers 209

Cropping and Straightening Images 209

Cutting away with the Crop tool 210

Fixing distortion with the Perspective Crop tool 212

Cropping with a selection border 214

Straightening images 214

Recomposing Images 215

Employing One-Step Auto Fixes 218

Auto Smart Fix 218

Auto Smart Tone 218

Auto Levels 220

Auto Contrast 221

Auto Haze Removal 221

Auto Color Correction 221

Auto Shake Reduction 222

Auto Sharpen 223

Auto Red Eye Fix 223

Editing in Quick Mode 225

Fixing Small Imperfections with Tools 229

Cloning with the Clone Stamp tool 229

Retouching with the Healing Brush 231

Zeroing in with the Spot Healing Brush 234

Repositioning with the Content-Aware Move tool 236

Lightening and darkening with Dodge and Burn tools 238

Smudging away rough spots 239

Softening with the Blur tool 241

Focusing with the Sharpen tool 242

Sponging color on and off 243

Replacing one color with another 244

Chapter 11: Correcting Contrast, Color, and Clarity 247

Editing Your Photos Using a Logical Workflow 248

Adjusting Lighting 249

Fixing lighting with Shadows/Highlights 249

Using Brightness/Contrast 250

Pinpointing proper contrast with Levels 251

Adjusting Color 254

Removing color casts automatically 254

Adjusting with Hue/Saturation 255

Eliminating color with Remove Color 257

Switching colors with Replace Color 258

Correcting with Color Curves 259

Adjusting skin tones 261

Defringing layers 263

Eliminating haze 264

Adjusting color temperature with photo filters 265

Mapping your colors 266

Adjusting Clarity 267

Removing noise, artifacts, dust, and scratches 268

Blurring when you need to 269

Sharpening for better focus 272

Opening closed eyes 275

Colorizing a photo 276

Smoothing skin 277

Adjusting facial features 278

Reducing shake 279

Moving Overlays 281

Moving Photos 282

Working Intelligently with the Smart Brush Tools 283

Part 4: Exploring your Inner Artist 287

Chapter 12: Playing with Filters, Effects, Styles, and More 289

Having Fun with Filters 289

Applying filters 290

Corrective or destructive filters 291

One-step or multistep filters 291

Fading a filter 292

Selectively applying a filter 292

Working in the Filter Gallery 293

Distorting with the Liquify filter 295

Correcting Camera Distortion 297

Exploring Elements' Unique Filters 298

Creating a comic 299

Getting graphic 300

Using the Pen and Ink filter 301

Dressing Up with Photo and Text Effects 302

Adding Shadows, Glows, and More 305

Applying styles 305

Working with styles 307

Using the Graphics panel 308

Mixing It Up with Blend Modes 309

General blend modes 309

Darken blend modes 310

Lighten blend modes 310

Lighting blend modes 312

Inverter blend modes 313

HSL blend modes 315

Using Photomerge 316

Photomerge Panorama 316

Photomerge Group Shot 319

Photomerge Scene Cleaner 320

Photomerge Exposure 322

Photomerge Compose 324

Chapter 13: Drawing and Painting 327

Choosing Color 327

Working with the Color Picker 328

Dipping into the Color Swatches panel 329

Sampling with the Eyedropper tool 331

Getting Artsy with the Pencil and Brush Tools 332

Drawing with the Pencil tool 332

Painting with the Brush tool 334

Using the Impressionist Brush 336

Creating your own brush 337

Filling and Outlining Selections 339

Fill 'er up 339

Outlining with the Stroke command 341

Splashing on Color with the Paint Bucket Tool 342

Working with Multicolored Gradients 343

Applying a preset gradient 343

Customizing gradients 345

Working with Patterns 348

Applying a preset pattern 348

Creating a new pattern 349

Creating Shapes of All Sorts 349

Drawing a shape 350

Drawing multiple shapes 352

Specifying Geometry options 352

Editing shapes 354

Chapter 14: Working with Type 355

Understanding Type Basics 355

Tools 356

Modes 357

Formats 357

Creating Point Type 358

Creating Paragraph Type 359

Creating Path Type 360

Using the Text On Selection tool 360

Using the Text On Shape tool 362

Using the Text On Custom Path tool 363

Specifying Type Options 364

Editing Text 366

Simplifying Type 367

Masking with Type 368

Stylizing and Warping Type 371

Adjusting type opacity 371

Applying filters to your type 372

Painting your type with color and gradients 373

Warping your type 374

Part 5: Printing, Creating, And Sharing 377

Chapter 15: Getting It on Paper 379

Getting Pictures Ready for Printing 380

Working with Color Printer Profiles 381

Printing a photo with the printer managing color 383

Printing a photo with Elements managing color 385

Printing a picture package or contact sheet 386

Getting Familiar with the Print Dialog Box 386

Using the Prints options 386

Creating transfers, borders, and more with More Options 388

Outsourcing Printing 389

Chapter 16: Sharing Your Work 391

Getting Familiar with the Elements Sharing Options 391

Planning ahead 392

Understanding photo sharing in Elements 393

Using the Share Panel 394

Emailing photos 395

Working with Adobe Premiere Elements 397

Sharing your photos on social networks 397

Chapter 17: Making Creations 401

Checking Out the Create Panel 401

Grasping Creation-Assembly Basics 402

Creating a Quote Graphic 406

Creating a Memories Video 408

Creating a PDF Slideshow 409

Making Additional Creations 410

Part 6: The Part of Tens 411

Chapter 18: The Ten Best Guided Edits 413

Correct Skin Tone 413

Sharpen 415

Object Removal 416

Perfect Portrait 418

Replace Background 421

Remove a Color Cast 423

Levels 424

Resize Your Photo 426

Recompose 428

Move & Scale Object 430

Chapter 19: Ten (or So) More Project Ideas 433

Screen Savers 433

Flyers, Ads, and Online Auctions 434

Clothes, Hats, and More 436

Posters 437

Household and Business Inventories 437

Project Documentation 438

School Reports and Projects 438

Blogs 438

Wait -- There's More 438

Index 439
Barbara Obermeier is Principal at Obermeier Design and Lecturer at California Lutheran University.

Ted Padova is the author or co-author of more than 60 books on computer technologies.

B. Obermeier, Ventura, CA, Obermeier Design; T. Padova, Ventura, California