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Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Idea Kit Paperback – October 23, 2004

ISBN-13: 078-5342270792 ISBN-10: 0321270797

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press (October 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321270797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321270795
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,623,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You may already know how to use Photoshop Elements to edit your digital images or to create some basic special effects. But if you want to take those skills further--using your finely crafted images to produce a variety of professional-looking projects--you need this guide! In these pages, design pro Lisa M. Matthews shows you how to take advantage of all of Photoshop Elements' features--including those new to 3.0, like Photomail and an improved Review Mode--to create everything from postcards and flyers to personal Web pages, Web galleries, custom CD and DVD covers, and more. After learning the basics of image correction (including how to color images by hand and add borders), you'll find basic layout strategies for a slew of projects. As your knowledge grows, so does the complexity of the projects, so that by the end of the volume, you'll be creating slide presentations, Web pages and banners, and more. Best of all, the companion CD includes working templates of the book's projects and a trial version of the software.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Diane Cipollo on March 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Idea Kit is a good name for this book which includes everything you need to complete 17 easy and fun projects. All you need to provide is your own photos. The author, Lisa Matthews, provides you easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and demonstrates several techniques for Adobe Photoshop Elements. The accompanying CD has many project templates, textures and borders.

Matthews begins with a short introduction to Photoshop Elements' Photo Browser, Organizer and Creation Wizard. She then discusses common image corrections such as red eye, color casts, backlighting and cropping. Now that your photos are perfect, you are ready to start the projects.

In the first few projects, Matthews shows several ways to manipulate your photos by altering the background in a photo, changing a color photo to black and white, adding borders to your photos and using Photoshop Elements' painting tools to create some very interesting effects. She demonstrates how to use the software's Photomerge feature to create a panoramic image by combining several photos. Finally, she shows you how to create a collage by blending several images together.

In the next few projects, Matthews demonstrates how to print one photo in several sizes using Photoshop Elements' Picture Package and a Jewel Case/CD cover project using the Contact Sheet feature. Matthews also demonstrates Photoshop Elements' built-in PDF Slideshow and Web Photo Gallery features. Other projects use the many templates stored on the CD including a newsletter and photo transfer project. Finally, you use Photoshop Elements' Creation Wizard to make a postcard, poster, calendar and scrapbook pages.

Lisa Matthews is a commercial photographer and teaches photographic workshops. She also works for Adobe Systems creating demonstration and instructional materials.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 10, 2005
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Idea Kit is a slim but idea-packed sourcebook of creative applications and tips, tricks, and techniques for getting the most out of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Written by Adobe Systems insider Lisa Matthews, Idea Kit is packed with full-color illustrations revealing its tips, tricks, and techniques from how to remove red-eye and touch-up photos to applying ready-made templates on the accompanying CD-ROM to create stickers, T-shirts, and tattoos, and much more. Straightforward instructions clarify everything from basic functions to design tips such as the "rule of thirds" for shooting panoramic images to be merged and much more. A superb introduction to what Adobe Photoshop is capable of
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Mackey on March 19, 2005
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When I get a new piece of software I always like to try to see what it can do. This book gives 17 projects that use a lot of the features of Photoshop Elements 3.0. The projects are step by step and easy to follow. Once you have gone through the projects you have a real good idea what Photoshop Elements 3.0 can do and you end up with some spectacular results.
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