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This tutorial was developed for the Friends of ED book Photoshop Elements: From Zero to Hero and is designed to work with the Eiffel Tower sample file that ships with Elements

Below is the introduction which gives an idea of the topics covered.

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Introducing the Project

In this chapter we’re going to take a stock photo of the Eiffel Tower and turn it into a work of art that attempts to capture something of the romantic and exciting spirit of Paris by night.

Our goal might be to commemorate a special memory with something a bit more permanent than a holiday snap; to create a card for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary; or to produce a promotional advert or poster to drum up business. Our ulterior motive is to really push Photoshop Elements to the limits; to discover just what we can achieve and how.

During the project we’re going to be looking at all of the following:

• Preparing your image
• Basic image enhancement
• Filter-based styling
• Text handling
• Style-based formatting
• Layer-based compositing
• Brush-based painting
• Vector-based shape handling
• Non-destructive colour correction
• File exporting
• Direct printing

It might sound intimidating, but don’t panic. Yes, we’re going to be exploring the tricks that the Photoshop professionals use but, when you see them in practice on a real world project, you’ll see that they aren’t as daunting as you might have thought. And when Elements gives you access to such high-end power, why not use it?

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Tom Arah

January 2003


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