From the Author
With the release of Photoshop Elements 2, I am sure Adobe has another hit on their hands. For a fraction of the cost of the full version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements is one of the best software deals around -- and it's only getting better. Adobe improved an already great product with new features and enhancements to old ones. I did the same with Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: adding entire sections focusing on the new features found in version 2, and refining and improving many of the step-by-step instructions. The CD includes over 100 of the images from the book for practice, as well as a host of useful plug-ins and applications. I'm extremely proud of this book. Once again, I had the privilege to work with the Adobe Photoshop Elements creative team -- and a host of other unpaid, enthusiastic beta users -- to help the product to market. What was particularly rewarding was Adobe's receptiveness to everyone's input. Once again, Tonbo and Command Z, the designer and producer, did a fantastic job laying out the color images and text to make the information readily accessible. Once again, Sybex, the publisher, committed an extremely qualified and dedicated staff to the book. I'd also like to acknowledge and thank the many readers of the first edition, whose valuable comments and suggestions were integrated into this new book. I encourage anyone with questions about the book to contact me.
From the Back Cover
"...covers everything you′ll need to know to make your images appear professional, and look the way you prefer—with no redeye, no leaning buildings, and of course, no wrinkles." —Popular Photography
"The engaging work of the author and his many talented colleagues will inspire you to bring out the best in your digital images. With Mikkel as your guide, you will also have fun doing so."
—Kevin Connor, Group Product Manager, Adobe
Take Your Digital Images to the Next Level
Adobe’s original version of Photoshop Elements quickly became a huge software hit, bringing the power of Photoshop to anyone with a computer. The first version of this book became an instant classic, too, using inspiring images and real–world examples to show readers how to get the most out of the program. With Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions, noted photographer, web producer, and author Mikkel Aaland has thoroughly updated his best–seller to include all the smart new features in the latest version of the program. Whether creating digital images is a hobby or part of your livelihood, this book is an invaluable guide for turning your ordinary images into extraordinary images.
Inside, Aaland shows you the ins and outs of both Photoshop Elements 2 and the original Photoshop Elements including:
- Getting Photoshop Elements up and running
- Sharpening out–of–focus pictures
- Touching up faces and fixing red–eye
- Making standout product shots
- Enhancing outdoor and real–estate shots
- Fusing photos into amazing panoramics
- Combining images into realistic–looking composites
- Optimizing photos for the web and e–mail transmission
- Creating PDF slide shows and professional–looking picture packages