Table of contents for Digital photo projects for dummies / Julie Adair King.


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Introduction .................................................................. 1
About the Project Software ...................    ......................
How  This Book Is Organized........................... ... ............................
Part I: Digital Demystified .......................................
Part II: Easy  Digital Darkroom  Repairs .............................................. 3
Part Ill: Beyond the Frame: Project Idea Kit........................................3
Part IV: The  Part of Tens................................. ..................3
On the DVD: Bonus Content.................   .....................
Icons, Symbols, and Other Stuff to Know  ..................................... ....4
Part I: bigital Demystified.............................         ......... 7
Chapter 1: Going Digital: Gearing Up for a Great Ride ............. 9
Choosing the Right Digital Camera.............................10
Megapixels: How  many are enough? ..................................... ... 10
A look at lenses......................................13
How much control do you want? ....................    ....17
Raw capture: Worth the hype? .....................   .....19
Viewfinder, monitor, or both? .....................  .....23
Still more features to consider ..................... ....25
Checking Your Computer Setup ....................      ..........26
Selecting a Photo Printer ...................................28
Considering Your Scanning Options .....................   .....30
Choosing Photo Software .................................31
Getting Help from the Experts .......................    .......33
Chapter 2: The Digital Photographer's Troubleshooting Guide ......35
Improving  Picture Quality ..................................... . .....................36
Preventing pixel pitfalls ...................    ...........36
Avoiding JPEG  artifacts........................................... 41
Deadening  noise  ........................................ ..................43
Getting Good Results in Automatic Mode................................. ....45
Solving Exposure Problems ..................................... .. ......................47
Understanding exposure ...............................................48
Affecting focus with aperture and shutter speed................. 49
Tweaking exposure in automatic mode ...................................... 52
Adding flash: Use it outdoors, too!................................. .....54
Fixing Focus Flubs ......................................57
Shooting sharper pictures..............................57
Controlling the range of focus ..................... .....59
Solving  Color Miscues .............................................................60
Chapter 3: Working with Your Picture Files ......................63
Transferring Pictures to Your Computer ..................................... ...64
Linking camera and computer via USB...................................64
Using  a  card  reader ............................................................67
Opening  Picture  Files.................................. .......................72
Protecting Your Digital Images ................................. .... ..................75
Archiving your picture files......................        .......75
Saving works in progress............................ .... ..........76
Undoing  mistakes .............................................................78
Preparing a  Picture  for Print.............................. .. ........................78
Setting print dimensions and resolution ..................................... 78
Saving a TIFF copy for publication ..................................... ....80
Preparing Photos for the Web  .................................. ... ...................81
Understanding screen display size ..................................... ...81
Saving your JPEG copies ....................           ...........83
Part 11: Easy Diqital Darkroom              Repairs ......................... 87
Chapter 4: Performing Photo First Aid ...........................89
Selecting the Area to Alter .................................89
Straightening a Crooked Photo .......................           ......97
Cropping  to  a  Better Composition ............................. ..........................  101
Adjusting Exposure .................................         .............. 104
W hich  exposure  tool is  best? ......................................................... 104
Applying the Shadows/Highlights filter ..................................... 106
Adjusting exposure and contrast with Levels ..............................108
Sharpening  Focus ............................................ ........ .............................. 112
Blurring a Busy Background ............................................. 15
Chapter 5: Retouching Portraits ..............................117
Discovering Layers: Don't Retouch without Them! .............................. 118
W hat are  layers, anyway? .................................................................. 18
Layer control 101.................................................. 123
Removing Red-Eye   ..................................... .................. 126
Using automated red-eye removal ........................................ 127
Painting out red-eye (and glowing animal eyes) ..........................129
W hitening  Teeth  .........................................................134
Emphasizing  Eyes................................. ..... ... ....................136
Repairing Skin ......................................... 138
Healing blemishes ...................................139
Painting over shiny spots .......................................   141
Tackling  Other Portrait Problems .......................... ........................... 146
Chapter 6: Bringing Back Lost Memories ...........            .........147
Scanning Your Photos............................. .... ...................148
Go  pro  or scan  it yourself? ............................. .............  148
Getting a good  scan................................ .......... ..........148
Adding Density to Faded Photos.............................153
Shining Light through Dense Scans ...................................... ....156
Correcting Colors ......................................          158
Removing a color cast with one click ..............................................159
Balancing  colors .................................... ........................161
Adjusting color saturation ......................      ......164
Cloning Over Holes and Other Defects............................. ......167
Removing Dust and Scratches................................................................... 172
Part Ill: Beyond the Frame: Project Idea Kit ............. 175
Chapter 7: Copy, Paste, Create! ...............................177
Building a Photo Collage ..................................... .............78
Preparing a canvas for your creation ..............................................179
Adding photos to the collage............................... .......188
Resizing pasted photos .......................        .......191
Rotating collage elements .............................192
Positioning the collage photos ..................................... .....193
Removing all or part of a pasted element .....................................196
Playing with opacity and blending modes ....................................198
Blending Photos to Create a New Reality............................... ....200
Merging or Preserving Collage Layers........................... ...........................203
Chapter 8: Finishing Touches ................................205
Writing on  Your Pictures ..................................... .............   206
Creating  basic text ................................ ................   207
Editing text .......................................         211
Bending, distorting, and rotating text................................... 213
Creating  text effects .................................... ...... ....... 214
Preserving  text.............................................................. ................216
Casting  Shadows .........................................................217
Adding  a  Border ......................................................... 219
Creating a Vignette Effect .............................................. 220
Placing a Photo In a Digital Frame ...................................... .....224
Creating Black-and-White Photos.............................. ...........227
Creating a Sepia-Toned Image ........................................ ......229
Playing with Artistic Effects........................................... 230
Part IV: The Part of Tens..................................              233
Chapter 9: Ten More Projects for Home and Office ...............235
Create a Photo Business Card ....................      ..........236
Add Pictures to a Text Document .....................        ......238
Turn a Portrait into a Coloring Book Page................................... 241
Shoot and Stitch a Panoramic Image ...................................... ....243
Change the Color of an Object ....................................... .......246
Create a Web Photo Gallery ...................        ............248
Create a Slide-Show Screen Saver ...................................... ......250
Blur Your Way to an Abstract Image....................................................253
Print a Contact Sheet ....................................254
Creating One-of-a-Kind Photo Gifts ...................................... .....255
Chapter 10: Ten Steps to Better Digital Photos ..................257
Lock in Exposure and Focus Properly...................     .....257
Take Advantage of Automatic Scene Modes ...................................... 258
Use Flash Outdoors; Go Without Indoors ....................................... 259
Pay Attention to the Background ....................................... ......260
Follow  the  Rule of Thirds .................................................. 261
Frame Loosely to Allow for Flexible Cropping ....................................261
Check Your Camera's Quality Settings ..................................... ....262
Say  "Cheese?" Please Don't!............................................. 263
Don't Save Edited Photos in the JPEG Format ....................................264
Calibrate Your Monitor for Color Accuracy.........................................264
Appendix: Bonus Content on the DVD........................ 267



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Photography Digital techniques Amateurs' manuals, Image processing Digital techniques Amateurs' manuals