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Adobe
Photoshop
Elements 5.0
A–Z
Tools and features
illustrated ready reference
Philip Andrews
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manufacturers whose help is an essential part of writing any book of this nature. In particular I wish to
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A–Z
Accented Edges filter – Automation Tools 23
Background color – Burn tool 37
Calibrate monitor – Cutout filter 50
Darken blending mode – DVD menu templates, editing 73
Edit in Progress – Eyedropper tool 84
Facet filter – Full Screen view 92
Gaussian Blur filter – Grow, selection 107
Halftone Pattern filter – Hue/Saturation, adjust 113
ICC profiles – JPEG2000 120
Labels, print – LZW compression 125
Magic Eraser tool – Multi-select photos 141
Navigator – Note Paper filter 153
Ocean Ripple filter – Overlay blending mode 156
Page Setup – Quick Fix Editor 163
Radial Blur filter – Rulers 192
Sample Size, Eyedropper tool – Swatches palette 206
Tags – Type Masks 232
Underlining type – Unsharp Mask filter 242
Vanishing Point tool – Vivid Light blend mode 245
Wall Calendar – WYSIWYG font preview 249
ZigZag filter – Zoom tool 254
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A–Z Entries
Contents
Step by Step Techniques
01 Importing photos into Elements 4
02 Changing brightness 4
03 Adjusting contrast 5
04 Removing color casts 6
05 Sharpening 6
06 Speeding up Elements 7
07 Incorporating texture 8
08 Tinting and toning pictures 9
09 Cropping your photos 10
10 Creating panoramas 11
11 Convert color to black and white 12
12 Color management 13
13 Simple line frame 14
14 E-mail photos 14
15 Elements’ animations 15
16 Web matting 15
17 Managing your photos 16
18 Adding color to black and white 17
19 Recreating motion 17
20 Vignetting 17
21 Selection techniques 18
22 Layer masks 20
23 The Liquify filter 20
24 Compositing 20
25 Retouching marks and blemishes 21
26 Elements’ brushes 22
27 Rough frames 22
CONTENTS
Foreword 2
Introduction 2
How to use this book 3
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Photoshop Elements 5.0 A–Z
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A–Z
Foreword


As much as the developers might try to create the perfect
software, no application can be completely intuitive for every
user. At some point you will need to seek help in completing
a project or for accomplishing a task. The Help system that
is included with Photoshop Elements 5.0 contains lots of
good information (yes, you should always try there first),
but it may not cover the entire breadth of the application
as well as you’d like.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 A–Z provides a valuable service
for the digital editing newcomer or experienced hobbyist.
It alphabetically covers all aspects of the entire application
(including versions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0) with easily
accessible tabs and lots of explanatory graphics and screen
shots. This book can be a quick reference for those times
when you need to know ‘What does this tool do?’. It is very
thorough and every section is cross-referenced to other
similar tools to give you the information you need to make
an informed decision.
Why buy yet another book on Elements? Like its predecessors,
Photoshop Elements 5.0 expands both your control and your
capacity, and focuses on making the process of creating
and sharing your digital photographs even easier. You can
create multiple page photo creations documents based upon
Introduction
Now in its fifth release Photoshop Elements has developed
into a sophisticated and complete photo-editing and photo-
management program.
It seems that the software’s popularity grows almost as
quickly as its impressive list of editing and enhancement
features. More and more digital photographers are
awakening to the pure imaging power that hides beneath
the deceptively simple front end.
But rather than sitting back and basking in the reflected glory
of the success of the first editions of Elements (versions 1.0,
2.0, 3.0 and 4.0), Adobe has been hard at work improving
what was already a great product. Version 5.0, just like the
releases before it, is a state-of-the-art image-editing program
full of the features and functions that digital photographers
and desktop image makers desire the most.
In fact, the program has become so comprehensive that
producing an illustrated A–Z book like this one is not just
a nicety, but has became a necessity. The software covers so
provided templates, and modify all aspects of each page using the
content from the revamped Artwork and Effects palette. For further
control, you can now create custom Black and White images from
color photos, or use the new Adjust Color Curves dialog to fine-tune
your photos. Anything you create you can easily share, either by
printing online, or by sharing with friends using various online
gallery options. The new map feature allows you to add a new
dimension to your presentations.
Those of you familiar with Photoshop Elements may need some
help coming up to speed with all the new features of the Organizer.
Conversely, those of you who started out with Photoshop Album
may not be aware of all the image correction and creation features
of the Editor. With Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 A–Z at your side,
you’ll be up to speed in no time.
Don Day
Photoshop Elements QE
Adobe Systems Inc.
many areas that Elements users need a quick ready reference guide
to all the major tools and features. Here I provide such a guide but
I don’t stop at simply describing the tool or feature, I accompany
the text with illustrations of the software in action together with
before and after pictures of the applied changes. All entries include
shortcut keys, menu locations and are cross-referenced to other
related Elements features. New for this edition is a Fast Techniques
section that provides step-by-step guides to most regularly used
features and extended visual examples of the effects of using different
settings on your pictures.
Keep this ready reference handy for all those occasions when you
ask yourself ‘What does that do?’.
But most of all keep enjoying your digital photography!
Philip Andrews
FOREWORD/INTRODUCTION
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A–Z
How to use this book
Fragment fi lter
Menu: Editor: Filter > Pixelate > Fragment
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See also: Filters
The Fragment fi lter, as one of the group
Feature summary
Before and after examples
The before and after examples illustrate
how features, tools and techniques can be
used to change the way that your pictures
look.
Step by step
1 1
After
Before
Levels
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels
Shortcut: Ctrl L OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Levels
Adjust Color Curves
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 5 See
also:
Adjust Color Curves
03 ADJUSTING CONTRAST
ADJUSTING CONTRAST
Step-by-step application
There is a brand new section containing
step-by-step guides to using selected
features and undertaking daily editing
and enhancing tasks. These mini-
tutorials can be used to extend your
understanding as well as build your edit-
ing and enhancement skills.
Edge tabs
The colored edge tabs change for each letter
section. They can be used in conjunction
with the contents page to quickly thumb
through the book to locate a particular
group of entries.
Online extensions
Don’t forget about the book’s website –
www.elementsa-z.com. Here you will
fi nd video tutorials on how to use the top
new features in Photoshop Elements 5.0,
the example pictures used in the step-by-
step guides, links to all the featured plug-
in vendors and much more.
Tips and Reminders
Important ideas and techniques are
highlighted with the Remember icon
and the tips and tricks used by working
professionals are noted with the ‘Pro’s Tip’
ticked box.
Each feature and tool entry is headed with
a summary table that details the menu
where the feature can be found, any
keyboard shortcuts associated with the
tool, the version of Photoshop Elements
that contains the feature and any other
features that are linked to the feature.
In order to make the most of this book, take a couple of minutes to read the following.
This will let me introduce a few of the special features that I have included to help you fi nd
the information that you need fast. Apart from the basic A–Z structure that lists the topics,
features and tools alphabetically, I have also used the following design devices to make
‘search and locate’ missions speedier and more productive.
Frame and photo
editing
Menu: –
Shortcut: – OS: Windows
Version: 5 See also: Frame layers
New feature entries
Those features that are new to Elements
5.0, or have undergone a revision for the
new edition, now get their own red colored
heading for locating quickly.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
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Finally, choose what action Elements will
take after downloading the fi les via the
Delete Options menu. It is a good idea to
choose the Verify and Delete option as this
makes sure that your valuable pictures have
been downloaded successfully before they
are removed from the card. Clicking the
Get Photos button will transfer your
pictures to your hard drive.
3
After fi nding and selecting the source of
the pictures adjust the Import Settings.
Browse for the folder where you want the
photographs to be stored and if you want
to use a subfolder select the way that this
folder will be named from the Create
Subfolder drop-down menu.
2
Select the From Camera or Card Reader
option from the File > Get Photos menu or
from the list that pops up when you click
the Get Photos button in the shortcuts
bar.
1
Next search for the folder of fi les in the File
Browser window that is displayed. There is
no need to select all the fi les in a folder,
just selecting the folder will let Elements
know that you want to import all photos
it contains.
2
To import pictures that already reside on
your hard drive select the File > Get Photos
> From Files or Folders option.
1
Fine-tune the import settings by setting
the extra options in the bottom right of
the dialog. Click the Get Photos button to
start the import process.
3
01 IMPORTING PHOTOS INTO ELEMENTS
From camera or card
reader
Menu:
Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Camera or
Card Reader
Shortcut: Ctrl G OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Get Photos
From fi les or folders
Menu:
Organizer: File > Get Photos > From Files or
Folders
Shortcut: Ctrl Shft G OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Get Photos
The new Adjust Color Curves feature
provides three ways to brighten an image.
Moving the Adjust Highlights, Midtone
Brightness and Adjust Shadows options to
the right lightens these areas of the
photo.
Adjust Color Curves
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 5 See
also:
Adjust Color Curves
02 CHANGING
BRIGHTNESS
After
IMPORTING PHOTOS INTO ELEMENTS
Before
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Step by step
Holding the Alt key whilst moving these
Input sliders will preview the pixels that are
being converted to pure black or white
(clipped). Move the sliders in until you see
the fi rst few pixels and then adjust the
sliders slightly to ensure no pixels are being
clipped.
2
To increase contrast in a photograph move
the Highlight and Shadow Input sliders in
the Levels dialog towards the center of the
histogram.
1
3
To add more contrast move the Adjust
Highlights slider to the right and the Adjust
Shadows slider to the left. Move these
settings in the opposite direction if you
want to decrease contrast in the picture.
3
You can fi ne-tune the sample setting by
moving the Midtone Contrast slider to the
right to increase contrast or to the left to
lessen the effect.
2
The simplest way to increase contrast with
the new Adjust Color Curves feature is to
click on the Increase Contrast sample
thumbnail. To decrease contrast in a photo
click on the Backlight sample.
1
After
Before
Levels
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels
Shortcut: Ctrl L OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Levels
Adjust Color Curves
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 5 See
also:
Adjust Color Curves
03 ADJUSTING CONTRAST
ADJUSTING CONTRAST
The Shadows/Highlight feature provides
some brightness control using the Lighten
Shadows slider. Moving this control to the
right brightens the darkest portions of the
image.
Shadows/Highlights
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Shadows/Highlights
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Shadows/Highlights
The Brightness/Contrast feature provides
a quick and easy adjustment of the overall
brightness of the image. Pushing the slider
to the right lightens the midtones.
Brightness/Contrast
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/Contrast
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Brightness/Contrast
Moving the Midtone Input slider to the left
increases the brightness of the photo.
Levels
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels
Shortcut: Ctrl L OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Levels
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05 SHARPENING
The Auto Color Correction feature provides
a handy one-click correction of many color
cast problems. The Auto Levels option can
also provide good results and you should
try these options fi rst before moving onto
more manual approaches if necessary.
Using the Color Variations requires you to
recognize the nature of the cast in your
photos and then to click on a thumbnail
sample that will help reduce the problem.
In this example Decrease Red and Increase
Green were both used to help correct the
picture.
The Amount slider is used to alter the
degree of change applied when each
thumbnail sample is pressed.
Select the sharpening type from the
Remove list. Choose Lens Blur for less halo
effects at higher sharpening settings.
3
Adjust the Radius slider to control the
number of pixels surrounding an edge that
is included in the effect.
2
Select Enhance > Adjust Sharpness. Adjust
the Amount slider to control the strength
of the fi lter.
1
04 REMOVING COLOR CASTS
After
Before
Auto Color Correction
Menu: Enhance > Auto Color Correction
Shortcut: Shft Ctrl B OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Auto Color Correction
Color Variations
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Color Variations
Adjust Sharpness
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Sharpness
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Unsharp Mask fi lter,
Adjust Sharpmess
Before
Choose the More Refi ned option for more
precise sharpening results but longer
processing times.
4
REMOVING COLOR CASTS
When the dialog fi rst opens click on a
section of skin tone to adjust the dialog’s
default settings then use the Tan, Blush and
Ambient Light sliders until the skin color
(and the rest of the photos) is more
natural.
Adjust Color for Skin
Tone
Menu:
Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color for
Skin Tone
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Adjust Color for Skin
Tone
This feature works well if there is a part of
the problem picture that is meant to be a
neutral gray or white. After selecting the
feature you then use the eye dropper cursor
to click on the neutral picture part. Elements
will change the color at this point to even
amounts of red, green and blue and then
apply the same changes to the rest of the
photo.
Remove Color Cast
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color Cast
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Remove Color Cast
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Adjust the opacity of this layer to govern
the level of sharpening. Sharpening using
this technique means that you can remove
or adjust the strength of the effect later by
manipulating the fi ltered layer.
3
With the fi ltered layer still selected switch
the blend mode to Hard Light. This mode
blends both the dark and light parts of the
fi ltered layer with the picture layer, causing
an increase in contrast.
2
Make a copy (Layer > Duplicate Layer) of
the picture layer that you want to sharpen.
Filter the copied layer with the High Pass
fi lter (Filter > Other > High Pass) and press
OK.
1
Next apply the Find Edges fi lter (Filter >
Stylize > Find Edges) to the grayscale layer
and then invert the results (Filter >
Adjustments > Invert).
2
The fi rst step to using the Find Edges fi lter
to confi ne sharpening to just the edges of
a picture is to make a copy of the back-
ground layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer)
and desaturate the color (Enhance >
Adjust Color > Remove Color).
1
Create a new selection using the layer mask
by Ctrl/Cmd clicking the thumbnail. With
the selection still active, hide the marching
ants (Ctrl/Cmd H) as well as the Levels and
fi ltered layers (click on the Eye icon). Now
choose the picture layer from the layer
stack and apply the Unsharp Mask fi lter.
The fi lter will be applied through the
selection and as the selection is of the edges
of the picture only then the sharpening
effect will be restricted to these areas.
4
With the scratch disks now allocated click
OK to close the window and then quit
Elements as the changes will not take effect
until you restart the program. Next time
you use Elements you will be able to work
with bigger fi les and perform more com-
plex operations faster than ever before.
3
The Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks dialog has
settings to allocate up to four different
locations for use as extra RAM. It is best
not to use the same location for Windows
virtual memory. It is also worth selecting
your fastest drive fi rst as the extra speed
will also help increase performance.
2
The preferences settings for Elements are
located under the Edit > Preferences menu.
Here you will fi nd a series of settings that
allow you to adjust the default workings
of the program. To change or allocate
scratch disks select the Plug-Ins & Scratch
Disks option from the menu.
1
High Pass sharpening
Menu: Filters > Other > High Pass
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Adjust Sharpness,
Unsharp Mask fi lter
Find Edges sharpening
Menu: Filters > Stylize > Find Edges
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Adjust Sharpness,
Unsharp Mask fi lter
Scratch disks
Menu: Edit > Preferences > Plug-ins & Scratch Disks
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Preferences
After
06 SPEEDING UP
ELEMENTS
Now select all of the fi ltered layer (Select
> All) and copy the selection to memory
(Edit > Copy). Create a new Levels
adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment
Layer > Levels) but make no adjustments
and click OK. Select the thumbnail of the
adjustment layer (Alt /Opt-Click) and then
paste (Ctrl/Cmd V) the copied selection into
the layer to create a layer mask.
3
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Adjust the Amount slider to control the
strength of the fi lter, checking the results
in both the thumbnail and full image
previews. Click OK to fi nish.
3
Tick the Monochromatic option to restrict
the effect to changes in the tone of pixels
rather than color.
2
Select the Add Noise fi lter from the Noise
section of the Filter menu. Adjust the
thumbnail preview to a view of 100% and
tick the Preview option. Select Uniform for
an even distribution of new pixels across
the image, or pick Gaussian for a more
speckled effect.
1
Move the Scaling slider to change the size
of the texture. Adjust the Relief slider to
control the dominance of the fi lter. Select
a Light direction to adjust the highlights
and shadow areas of the texture.
2
Select the Texturizer fi lter from the Texture
section of the Filter menu. Adjust the
thumbnail preview to a view of 100%.
Select Texture type from the drop-down
menu.
1
Tick the invert box to switch the texture
position from ‘hills’ to ‘valleys’ or reverse
the texture’s light and dark tones. Click OK
to fi nish.
3
Once back at the Texturizer dialog, move
the Scaling slider to change the size of the
texture. Adjust the Relief slider to control
the dominance of the fi lter. Select a Light
direction to adjust the highlights and
shadow areas of the texture. Click OK to
fi lter the photo.
3
Pick the Load Texture item from the drop-
down list in the Texture menu. Browse
folders and fi les to locate texture fi les. Click
fi le name and then open to select.
2
Shoot, scan or design a texture image and
save as an Elements or Photoshop fi le
(.PSD). Next, select the Texturizer fi lter from
the Texture heading in the Filter menu.
1
07 INCORPORATING TEXTURE
After
Before
Adding noise
Menu: Filters > Noise > Add Noise
Shortcut: Ctrl F OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Add Noise fi lter
The Texturizer fi lter
Menu: Filters > Texture > Texturizer
Shortcut: Ctrl F OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Texturizer fi lter
DIY texture
Menu: Filters > Texture > Texturizer
Shortcut: Ctrl F OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Texturizer fi lter
INCORPORATING TEXTURE
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With the dialog still open use the Hue slider
to alter the color of the tint. Traditional
looking sepia tone is approximately a value
of 30 and a blue tonier equivalent can be
found at a value of 215. The strength of the
color is controlled by the Saturation
slider.
3
After the Hue/Saturation dialog is opened
proceed to the bottom right-hand corner
of the dialog and select the Colorize option.
Immediately the image will be changed to
a tinted monochrome.
2
The simplest way to add a tint to your color
photos and convert them to monochrome
in one step is to make use of the Colorize
option in the Adjust Hue Saturation feature
in the Enhance > Adjust Color menu.
1
With the Filter dialog open either select a
preset fi lter from the drop-down menu or
choose a color as the basis of the fi ltering.
Unlike monochrome tinting this fi lter keeps
the underlying color of the picture.
2
The Photo Filters feature in Elements is
designed to correct casts in a picture but it
can also be used to apply tinting to your
photos. Start by selecting the feature from
the Filer > Adjustments menu.
1
Adjust the density setting to fi ne-tune the
strength of the fi lter. To maintain the
overall contrast ensure that the Preserve
Luminosity option is selected. Alternatively,
to emphasize the fi lter color deselect this
setting.
3
Without closing the Color Variations dialog
now check the Shadows option and add a
different color to these image tones. In the
example the shadows were colored blue
by clicking the Increase Blue thumbnail
repeatedly. Click OK to apply the split
toning changes.
3
Next select the Color Variations option
from the Enhance > Adjust Color menu.
Check the Highlights option and then click
on the thumbnail for the color to apply to
these tones. Here I decreased Blue.
2
Changes Grayscale photos to RGB mode
(Image > Mode > RGB Color). If you are
starting with a colored photo convert it to
a monochrome using the Enhance > Adjust
Color > Remove Color command.
1
08 TINTING AND TONING PICTURES
After split toning
Before
Simple tints
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation
Shortcut: Ctrl U OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Adjust Hue/Saturation
Color temperature tints
Menu: Filter > Adjustment > Photo Filters
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Photo Filters
Split toning
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Color Variations
After temperature tint
TINTING AND TONING PICTURES
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To help you preview how your cropped
picture will appear Elements shades the
area of the picture that is to be removed.
You can alter the color and opacity of this
shading (called the ‘shield’) using the
settings in the Display & Cursors section of
the preferences. The crop is executed by
clicking the ‘tick’ at the bottom right of the
crop marquee.
3
By dragging the cursor whilst it is outside
the marquee it can be rotated to crop and
straighten at the same time.
2
To start a new crop select the Crop tool and
click-drag a marquee over the parts of the
picture you want to keep. You don’t have
to be exact with this fi rst rectangle as you
can adjust the size and shape of the
marquee by click-dragging the corner and
side handles.
1
With the dimensions and resolution values
set when you click-drag the Crop tool it will
only draw rectangles the size and shape of
the values you have entered. Preset crop
ratios can be selected from the drop-down
menu in the options bar.
2
You can make a crop of a specifi c size and
resolution by adding these values to the
options bar before drawing the cropping
marquee. Using this feature you can crop
and resize in one step.
1
When you execute the crop, Photoshop
Elements will automatically crop and resize
the picture. To reset the Crop tool to normal
choose the No Restriction option from the
Aspect Ratio drop-down menu.
3
Click-drag the tool over the surface of the
picture. Let the mouse button go and click
-drag the edge handles to adjust the size
of the cookie shape to suit the picture.
Double-click inside the cookie shape or click
the Tick icon in the options bar to apply the
crop.
2
Open an image to crop and select the
Cookie Cutter tool from the toolbox. Click
the Shape button in the options bar to
reveal the pop-up menu of cookie shapes.
Select the shape to use. To soften the edge
of the cookie cutter crop, add a Feather
value in the options bar.
1
09 CROPPING YOUR PHOTOS
After
Before
Basic crops
Menu: –
Shortcut: C OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Crop tool
Crop to a specifi c size
Menu: –
Shortcut: C OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Crop Tool
Crop to a shape
Menu: –
Shortcut: Q OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Cookie Cutter
After crop to shape
CROPPING YOUR PHOTOS
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With the Snap to Image function turned on, Photomerge will match
like details of different images when they are dragged over each
other.
3
Select OK to open the Photomerge main workspace. The feature will
automatically position the source fi les. If need be, click-drag photos
to change position or add from the light box (top of window).
2
Start the Photomerge feature. Click the Browse button in the dialog
box. Search for the pictures for your panorama. Click Open to add
the fi les to the Source Files section of the dialog.
1
Use the Advanced Blending option to smooth out uneven exposure
or tonal difference between stitched pictures. Click Preview to see
the blending before clicking OK to produce the panorama.
10 CREATING PANORAMAS
Stitching Photos
Menu: File > New > Photomerge Panorama
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Photomerge
4
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12
Convert to Black and
White
Menu: Enhance > Convert to Black and White
Shortcut: Alt Ctrl B OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 5 See
also:
Convert to Black and
White
Correct the highlights by dragging the
white point slider to the left.
3
Using the Levels control, map the dark
pixels to black by dragging the black point
slider to the right.
2
Select the Image > Mode > Grayscale option
and then click on the OK button in the
Discard Color warning box.
1
The one-step Remove Color feature
produces the same results as manually
desaturating the photo using the controls
in the Hue/Saturation feature (Enhance >
Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation).
2
You can also use the Remove Color option
(Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color).
This feature has the advantage of keeping
the photo in RGB mode after the conversion
allowing hand coloring of the photo.
1
With the Hue/Saturation dialog open, drag
the Saturation slider all the way to the left
(a setting of -100) to produce a grayscale
result.
3
Fine-tune how colors map to specifi c grays
using the Adjustment buttons. Click on
specifi c More options to emphasize these
colors and then click the Less buttons of
opposite colors to add more contrast to the
conversion.
3
Use the Style presets in the Convert to Black
and White dialog to establish the basic look
of the conversion. Preview the results in
the After image in the top right of the
dialog.
2
The Convert to Black and White feature
(Enhance > Convert to Black and White) in
version 5.0 of Elements provides custom
mapping of color to gray.
1
11 CONVERT COLOR PHOTOS TO BLACK AND WHITE
After
Before
Change to Grayscale
Menu: Imge > Mode > Grayscale
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Mode
Remove color
Menu: Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color
Shortcut: Shft Ctrl U OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Hue/Saturation
CONVERT COLOR PHOTOS TO BLACK AND WHITE
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Remove colorful or highly patterned
backgrounds from your screen, as this can
affect your color perception.
3
Check that your computer is displaying
thousands ( 16-bit color) or millions (24- or
32-bit color) of colors.
2
To start the calibration process make sure
that your monitor has been turned on for
at least 30 minutes.
1
Use the Step By Step Wizard to guide you
through the set up process. If a default
profi le was not supplied with your
computer, contact your monitor
manufacturer or check their website for
details.
5
Start the Adobe Gamma utility. In
Windows, this is located in the Control
Panel. For Macintosh users, use Apple’s own
Display Calibrator Assistant, as Adobe
Gamma is not used with the new system
software.
4
Save the profi le, including the date in the
fi le name. As your monitor will change with
age, you should perform the Gamma setup
every couple of months. Saving the setup
date as part of the profi le name will help
remind you when last you used the
utility.
6
12 COLOR MANAGEMENT
Calibrate monitor
Menu: –
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Color Settings,
Calibrate monitor
To ensure that Elements is operating with
a color-managed workfl ow think about
how you would normally view your work
and then choose between screen optimized
and print optimized options.
Color Settings
Menu: Editor: Edit > Color Settings
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Color Settings
Selecting one of the options in the Image
> Convert Color Profi le menu will convert
the picture’s color to the selected color
space. Use sRGB for screen work and
AdobeRGB for images destined for
printing.
Convert to Profi le
Menu: Editor: Image > Convert Color Profi le
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 4, 5 See
also:
AdobeRGB, sRGB,
Remove profi le
Pressing Ctrl when selecting a new profi le
will apply the profi le without converting
the picture. This gives the image the
appearance that it has been converted but
maintains the underlying colors of the
original.
Apply Profi le
Menu: Editor: Image > Convert Color Profi le
Shortcut: Ctrl OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 4, 5 See
also:
AdobeRGB, sRGB,
Remove profi le
COLOR MANAGEMENT
Adobe Gamma is not installed
automatically with Photoshop Elements
5.0. To install it you will need to:
Copy it from the Goodies\Software\
Adobe Gamma folder on the CD to
the C:Program Files\Common Files\
Adobe\Calibration\ folder.
Then right-click on the Adobe Gamma
Loader.exe fi le in the Calibration
folder and choose Copy
1.
2.
Now navigate to the Documents and
Settings\[username]\Start Menu\
Programs\Startup folder and choose
Edit > Paste Shortcut.
Finally right-click on the Shortcut
titled ‘AdobeGamma Loader.exe’,
choose Rename and then change the
name of the fi le to Adobe Gamma.
3.
4.
Installing Adobe Gamma in version 5.0:
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Photoshop Elements 5.0 A–Z
14
With the selection still active choose Edit >
Stroke (Outline) Selection. In the Stroke
dialog that appears, pick the width of the
stroke (line) and its color. Next select the
Inside option as the location. Click OK to
draw the colored border.
2
Open a suitable photo in the Editor work-
space. Use the Select > All command to
place a marquee around the whole
canvas.
1
Add a white background layer below the
image layer and then select the image layer
and add a drop shadow layer style from the
Special Effects section of the Artwork and
Effects palette.
2
To create a simple line frame in Elements
5.0 change the background layer to an
image layer (Layer > New > Layer from
Background) and then increase the canvas
size (Image > Resize > Canvas size).
1
Open the Style Settings dialog by double-
clicking the Starburst icon in the Layers
palette. Remove the drop shadow effect
and add in a stroke effect by clicking the
box next to the Effect entry. Adjust the
effects settings using the controls.
3
13 SIMPLE LINE FRAME
Before
Stroke selection
Menu:
Editor: Edit > Stroke Selection
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Stroke Selection
Stroke layer style
Menu: Layer > Layer Style > Style Settings
Shortcut: – OS: Windows
Version: 5 See
also:
Style Settings, Artwork
and Effects palette
After
Select an existing recipient from the
contacts list or add a new contact. Choose
the format that the pictures will appear in
from the drop-down menu.
3
Add or delete photos from the thumbnail
list of those to include with the buttons at
the bottom left of the dialog.
2
You can elect to use a photo that is currently
open in the Editor workspace or select
images from inside the Photo Browser.
Select the File > E-mail to start the feature
and display the new dialog.
1
14 E-MAIL PHOTOS
Attach to E-mail
Menu:
File > Attach to E-mail (version 3-4)
File > E-mail (ver 5.0)
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Slide show
For the Photo Mail (HTML) option select
the stationery to use as a background for
the e-mail. Add in your message and click
OK. When your e-mail program displays
the new message, click Send to E-mail in
the usual manner.
4
SIMPLE LINE FRAME
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Preview the animation by clicking the
browser preview button. Close the browser
to return to the Save for Web dialog. Select
OK to save the fi le.
3
Adjust the Frame Delay option to control
the length of time each individual image
is displayed. Tick the Loop check box if you
want the animation to repeat.
2
Create an Elements fi le with several layers
of differing content. Select Editor: File >
Save for Web. Ensure that the GIF setting
is selected in the Settings section of the
dialog. Tick the Animate check box.
1
Adjust the speed of the animation, the
frame order (forward or reverse) and the
Output settings in the Flipbook dialog.
Preview the animation via the Play, Next
and Previous buttons. Create the fl ipbook
by clicking the Output button. This creates
a .wmv fi le and adds it to the catalog.
2
You can also create simple animations in
version 5.0 using the Flipbook project. Start
by multi-selecting the photos inside the
Organizer space and then choosing the File
> Create > Flipbook option.
1
15 ELEMENTS’ ANIMATIONS
Animated GIF
Menu: Editor: File > Save for Web
Shortcut:
Alt Shft
Ctrl S
OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
GIF format
Flipbook
Menu: File > Create > Flipbook
Shortcut: – OS: Windows
Version: 5 See
also:
Flipbook
Frame 3Frame 2
Frame 1
Animation preview
Now construct the web page and add in
the new matted graphic. When the page
is displayed the background of the object
will seamlessly merge with the page
color.
3
Choose Editor: File > Save for Web. In the
dialog select the JPEG option as the fi le
format. Select the web page color from the
Matte pop-up menu. Click OK to save.
2
To create a matted web image, choose the
web page color and then create a picture
with a transparent background.
1
16 WEB MATTING
Background Matting
Menu: File > Save for Web
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Save for Web
Before
After
ELEMENTS’ ANIMATIONS
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Photoshop Elements 5.0 A–Z
16
To add specifi c captions to individual photos
simply select the thumbnail and then
choose the Add Caption option from the
right-click menu. The existing caption will
be displayed in the dialog allowing you to
replace or add to this description.
3
Type the new caption into the dialog that
pops up leaving the Replace Existing
Captions option unchecked. Click OK. To
view the newly added caption select
Window > Properties to display the
Properties pane.
2
Multi-select images in the Photo Browser
workspace and then choose the Add
Caption to Selected Items option from the
right-click menu.
1
In the Create Collection dialog choose the
group that the new collection will belong
to, add the name and include any
explanation details for the group. Click
OK.
2
To make a new collection click on the New
button in the Collections pane and select
the New Collection menu item.
1
Select the photos to be included in the
collection in the Organizer and drag them
to the Collection heading in the Collections
pane.
3
To add a single tag to multiple thumbnails,
multi-select the thumbnails in the images
and then drag the tag from the Tags pane
onto one of the selected thumbnails.
3
To add a tag to a single image click and
drag the tag from the Tags pane to the
thumbnail image in the Organizer
workspace.
2
Select the New tag option from the New
button menu at the top of the Tags pane.
In the File Tag dialog select a category for
the tag, add in a name and include any
explanatory notes.
1
17 MANAGING YOUR PHOTOS
Adding captions
Menu: Organizer: Edit > Add Caption to Selected Items
Shortcut: Shft Ctrl T OS: Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Captions
Using Collections
Menu: –
Shortcut: – OS: Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Collections, Tags
Tagging photos
Menu: –
Shortcut: – OS: Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Collections, Tags
MANAGING YOUR PHOTOS
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Now apply the color and notice that the
brush is substituting the color for the gray
tones in the picture and it is doing so
proportionately: dark gray = dark green,
light gray = light green. Once the leaves
and stems have been colored, select new
colors for the fl owers and fi nally the
bucket.
3
Select the Brush tool from the toolbox and
adjust its size and edge softness using the
settings in the options bar. Change the
blend mode to Color by clicking on the
Mode drop-down menu in the options bar
and selecting the Color option from
towards the bottom of the list.
2
Most black and white photographs will
need to be changed to RGB mode for this
technique (Image > Mode > RGB Color).
Now click on the foreground swatch in the
toolbox and select a color appropriate for
your picture. Here I chose a dark green for
the leaves.
1
18 ADDING COLOR
TO BLACK AND
WHITE PHOTOS
Hand coloring
Menu: Editor: Image > Mode > RGB
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Color blend mode
20 VIGNETTING
Now pick the Levels feature (Enhance >
Adjust Lighting > Levels) and drag the
middle slider to the right to darken the
selection area (drag the slider to the left to
lighten these parts). Click OK to apply the
changes.
3
With the selection still active choose the
Feather command (Select > Feather) and
input a Feather Radius value into the dialog.
Click OK to continue.
2
To create a vignette make an oval selection
of the focal point of the picture with the
Elliptical Marquee tool. Next, invert the
selection (Select > Inverse) so that
everything else is now selected.
1
Create a vignette
Menu: Editor: Select > Feather
Shortcut: Alt Ctrl D OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Feather command
Before
After
Select an existing recipient from the
contacts list or add a new contact. Choose
the format that the pictures will appear in
from the drop-down menu.
Add or delete photos from the thumbnail
list of those to include with the buttons at
the bottom left of the dialog.
2
You can elect to use a photo that is currently
open in the Editor work space or select
images from inside the Photo Browser.
Select the File > Attach to E-mail to start
the feature and display the new dialog.
1
22 EMAIL PHOTOS
Attach to Email
Menu:
File > Attach to Email
File > Email
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Slide show
4
Next hide the selection using the shortcut
keys of Ctrl/Cmd + H (the selection is still
active, you just cannot see the marching
ants) and open the Motion Blur dialog.
Adjust the Angle and Distance settings to
suit the picture and check the preview. Click
OK to complete.
To soften the transition between the sharp
and blurred sections apply a large feather
(Select > Feather) to the selection. This
replaces the normal sharp edge of the
selection with a gradual change between
selected and non-selected areas.
2
To control the picture parts to be blurred
we start by selecting the area to remain
sharp. Use the Lasso tool to draw a freehand
selection around the driver. Next, invert
the selection (Select > Inverse) so that the
entire image except the driver is now
selected.
1
19 RECREATING
MOTION
Motion Blur fi lter
Menu: Editor: Filter > Blur > Motion Blur
Shortcut: – OS: Mac, Windows
Version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 See
also:
Filter
3
ADDING COLOR TO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS
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