My Photoshop Elements 13, 1st edition

  • Cheryl Brumbaugh-Duncan

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My Photoshop  Elements 13


Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Photoshop Elements 13 screenshots that show you exactly what to do.


Help when you run in to Photoshop Elements 13 problems or limitations.


Tips and Notes to help you get the most from Photoshop Elements 13.


Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through doing everything you want to do with Photoshop Elements 13. Learn how to

--Import, organize, and manage Catalogs, photos, videos, and other digital media

--Use improved photo mashup techniques to recompose your photos

--Customize your photos with 50 new enhancements and variations in the Expert mode
of the Elements Editor

--Edit and enhance your photos with new and improved Instant Fixes, Quick Fixes, and Guided Edits

--Crop your photos like a professional photographer with new cropping tools and options

--Quickly post your photos and video to popular social media sites that are easily accessible in the new Photoshop Elements workspace

--Learn the new Facebook integration to post photos and create a Facebook Cover and Profile picture

--Learn new features, functionality, tips, and techniques with Adobe Elements Live (eLive)

--Share your photos with improved Adobe Revel integration and Private Web Albums

--Add graphics, frames, textures, filters, and shapes, and paint, draw, and add titles and text to your photos

--Use the improved Camera Raw feature to precisely modify and enhance your photos

--Create, print, and share greeting cards, collages, photo books, contact sheets, slideshows, DVD/CD covers and playlists, and more

Table of contents

Prologue: Getting to Know Adobe Photoshop Elements 13

Overview of Adobe Elements 13 Family of Products

Photoshop Elements 13 Versus Photoshop CC

Designed for Home Use and Printer Output

    Digital Darkroom

    Photoshop Elements Use of Color

    Image Color Modes

Photoshop Elements 13 Workspace

    Overview of the Elements Organizer Workspace

    Overview of the Elements Editor Workspace

    Accessing Menu Bars and Menu Commands

    Overview of the Options Bar

    Using the Viewer

    Using Tabs

    Using the Toolbox

    Using Panels

    Task Pane and Taskbar

    Status Bar

Mobile Albums

Chapter 1 Getting Comfortable with the Photoshop Elements 13 Workspace, Preferences, and Settings

Opening Photoshop Elements 13

The Elements Organizer Versus the Elements Editor

    Switching to Photo Editor from the Organizer

    Switching to the Elements Organizer from the Elements Editor

Using the Toolbox and Menus

    Accessing the Organizer Menu Commands

    Accessing the Photo Editor Menu Commands

    Accessing Tools in the Toolbox

Customizing the Organizer Workspace

Customizing Preferences

    Setting Elements Organizer Preferences

    Setting the Photo Editor Preferences

Using Elements Live

Chapter 2 Importing Photos and Videos

Understanding Photo Resolution

Import Photos to Organizer

    Using the Import Button

    Importing Files on a Mac

    Importing Files on a Windows Computer

    Import from Camera or Card Reader

    Import By Searching

    Import from iPhoto (Mac Only)

    Import Scanner (Windows Only)

Opening Photos in Elements Editor

Deleting a Photo

Chapter 3 Using Elements Organizer: Organizing with Catalogs, Albums, and Folders

Managing Catalogs

    Creating a New Catalog

    Switch Between Catalogs

    Adding Photos and Videos to Catalogs

    Backing Up a Catalog

    Restoring a Backup Catalog

    Convert a Catalog from a Previous Version of Organizer

Albums Versus Folders

    Creating Albums

    Adding Media to Albums

    Creating Album Categories

    Switching Between Albums

    Using the Folders Tab

Working in the Viewer

    Organizing Photos

    Using Zoom

Chapter 4 Attaching Metadata, Tags, and Ratings in the Organizer

Adding Metadata–Keyword Tags

    Setting Keywords Tags

    Organizing with Keyword Categories and Keyword Tags

    Rename a Keyword Tag or Keyword Category

Setting People Tags

    Assigning People Tags Using the Auto-analyzer

    Modifying People Tags

    Deleting People Tags

    Manually Add People Tags

Setting Places Tags

    Modifying Place Tags

    Deleting Place Tags and Photos

Setting Events Tags

    Adding and Deleting Event Tagged Media  

    Deleting an Event

Setting Information Tags

    Viewing Metadata Attached to a Photo

    Viewing the History of a Photo

Applying Ratings

Finding Photos

    Using Search

    Finding People, Places, and Events

    Finding Media Through Metadata

    Using Ratings to Find Media

    Using Menu Commands to Find Media

Chapter 5 Editing Photos with Organizer

Applying Instant Fixes

Applying Instant Fixes to a Photo in Preview

    Using Smart Fix

    Cropping Photos

    Rotating Photos

    Adjusting Contrast

    Fixing Red Eye

    Adjusting Color

    Using Sharpen

    Adjust Image Levels

Chapter 6 Applying Quick Fixes with the Photo Editor

Editing Modes of the Photo Editor

Opening a Photo in Photo Editor

Workspace of the Photo Editor  

Working with the Quick Mode Tools

    Using the Zoom Tool

    Use the Hand Tool

    Use the Quick Selection Tool

    Using the Selection Brush Tool

    Using the Refine Selection Brush

    Remove Red Eye  

    Whiten Teeth  

    Use the Spot Healing Brush Tool

    Cropping a Photo

    Use the Move Tool

Applying Adjustments

Saving Edited Photos

Chapter 7 Working with Layers

Creating a New Layer

    Show and Hide Layers

Reorder Layers

    Deleting a Layer

    Merging Layers

Creating Fill Layers

    Creating a Gradient Fill Layer

    Creating a Pattern Fill Layer

Creating Layer Masks

Creating Adjustment Layers

Locking and Linking Layers

Adding Layer Styles

Graphics and Favorites

Using the History Panel

Chapter 8 Correcting and Retouching Photos Using the Guided Mode

Making Guided Edits

    Overview of Touchups Category

    Using the Perfect Portrait Guided Edit

    Photo Effects

    Camera Effects

    Photo Play

Chapter 9 Advanced Photo Corrections

Setting a Custom Workspace

    Opening a New Blank Document

    Setting Canvas and Image Size

    Displaying and Using Guides, Grids, and Rulers

Making Selections

    Using the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools

    Using the Lasso Tool Option

    Refining Edges of a Selection

    Using the Magic Wand Tool Option

Modifying Photo Composition

    Using the Cookie Cutter Tool Option  

    Recomposing a Photo

    Using the Content-Aware Move Tool  

    Straighten a Photo

Fixing Imperfections

    Using the Healing Brush Tool

    Using the Clone/Pattern Stamp Tool

    Using Blur Tools and Tool Options

    Using Sponge Tools and Tool Options

Precisely Adjusting Color

    Using the Smart Brush to Adjust Color  

    Precisely Replacing Color

Using Photomerge Compose  

Adding a Watermark

Chapter 10 Enhancing Photos

Applying Effects, Textures, Filters, and Frames

    Adding Effects in the Quick Mode

    Adding Effects in the Expert Mode

Adding Textures

Adding One Touch Frames

Applying Filters

    Using Adjustments Filters

    Using the Filter Gallery

Adding Titles and Text

    Adding Text on a Photo

    Creating Horizontal or Vertical Text

    Creating Text on a Selection

    Creating Text on a Shape

    Creating Text on a Path

    Creating Warp Text

Paint and Draw on Photos

    Using the Brush Tool

    Drawing with the Pencil Tool

    Creating Shapes

    Modifying Existing Shapes

Chapter 11 Processing Photos in Camera Raw

What Are Camera Raw Images?

Opening Camera Raw Images

Working with Basic Adjustments

Working with Detail Adjustments

Saving and Processing Your Camera Raw Images

Chapter 12 Extending Photoshop Elements Functionality

Extend Photoshop Elements Functionality  

    Installing Compressed Plug-ins

Adding and Using Actions

Adding Additional Brushes

Adding Additional Styles

Adding Custom Shapes

Chapter 13 Creating Greeting Cards, Collages, Photo Books, and More

Custom Photo Printing

Creating Photo Projects

Creating a Facebook Cover

Creating a Slideshow

Chapter 14 Sharing Your Photos

Sharing Photos and Photo Projects

Sharing to a Private Web Album

Posting Photos to Facebook

Sharing by Email

Sharing by Burning a DVD/Blu-ray Disc

Sharing by PDF Slideshow  

Sharing Photos in a Website  

Exporting Photos

Chapter 15 Printing Your Photos and Photo Projects

Print to Your Printer

    Setting Printer More Options  

Use Adobe Partner Online Printing  

Online Resources for Photos, Greetings Cards,

    Photo Books, and Other Photo Projects

    Change Your Location


Bonus Tasks Available Online

Additional tasks for Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13, and 14 are available online. This content can be found at

Chapter 1: Overview of Photoshop Elements 13 Preferences

Chapter 2: Customizing Default Settings for Files

Chapter 3: Elements Organizer: Setting Viewer Preferences

Chapter 4: More Ways to Work with Tags

Chapter 6: More Ways to Use the Photo Editor

Chapter 7: More on Layers: Clipping Masks and Blending

Chapter 10: More Ways to Enhance Photos

Chapter 13: More Ways to Print

Chapter 14: Sharing with Adobe ID



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Published by Que Publishing (November 21st 2019) - Copyright © 2015