It's not taking pictures that scares you; it's what to do with them afterwards that you find daunting when you consider making the move from traditional photography to digital photography. With Photoshop Elements and this friendly guide, it doesn't have to be. Eschewing a raft of technical details and advanced editing techniques for need-to-know basics, this volume provides everything you require to begin managing your photo life with the Windows version of Photoshop Elements 3 (which has Photoshop Album built in). After providing a quick introduction to the world of digital photography, veteran author Michael Slaterwho's also one of Album's creatorsshows you how to get and store photos, organize and find them, perform simple image correction tasks, create fun projects (video CDs, print and electronic cards, and calendars), print digital photos (at home, online, or at retail processors), and share your favorite shots. Throughout, the focus is on keeping it simple and fun while taking advantage of all of Photoshop Elements' cool features.
In the past few years, digital cameras have reshaped the photographic landscape. All of digital photography's benefits, however, have exacted a steep pricethe complexity of working with photos on your PC. If you're like most digital camera users, you find the process more cumbersome than you'd like, and your mental list of things you'd like to do with your pictures is far longer than the list of what you've accomplished so far.
To make the most of digital photography, you need a way to organize your photos easily so that you can find the ones you want to view, share, or print. You also need tools to enhance your photos and to create albums and other projects.
Until recently, you've had to use multiple programs to perform these tasks. The complexity of dealing with many programs and Web sites, as well as with the Windows file system, can almost make you pine for simpler days when you'd just pick up your prints from the one-hour photo lab and occasionally paste some of them into an album.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 can make your life as a digital photographer easier and more satisfying. Elements 3 is the most comprehensive solution to the needs of digital photo hobbyists yet developed. It incorporates a wide range of functions and provides many of them in great depth. I've written this book to help you make the most of Elements 3 and get more pleasure from your photographs with less effort.