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The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book

by Elizabeth Bulger

CraftsMillions of people own Digital cameras, yet most of us just store our digital photos on a hard drive or email them to friends. But what if you want to get a little more creative with your images -- what if you really wanted to make your software and hardware investments pay off? Enter Elizabeth Bulger and The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book!

We still classify our 2001 "Best Book" award winner Arts & Crafts Using Your Computer by Janet Ashford as the top book for making crafts on your computer -- but this new title from Peachpit ranks right up there because it applies many of the creative tasks to Photoshop Elements. Here, let's take a look at just some of the wonderful things you'll learn in this book...

Illuminated Glass Candle Holders

Celebrate a momentous occasion such as a silver or gold wedding anniversary with original photographs illuminated on glass votive holders. They'll also make superb gifts or holiday decorations, and they're really easy to make. You can apply the inkjet decal directly to the glass, or print the image on glossy photo stock and wrap the paper around the candle holder as a sheath, securing the ends with double-sided tape. With this project, you will learn how to create a false duotone effect using the Hue Saturation command.

Many of the projects utilize the new inkjet-friendly, water-transfer decal material and Elizabeth helps you through the finer points of application of this product.

A Pocketbook can hold treasures

Adorable Pocketbook Make your next gift stand out with this adorable little pocketbook design. It's a special way to package a pair of earrings, a necklace, or other small gift for a special recipient. You could even design it to hold wedding or baby shower favors. With this project, you will learn how to create the gingham pattern, work with the template, and assemble the pocketbook. You can download the template from the the book's Web site or work with the one included on page 150. This is a really nice cut & paste project -- one I've never seen elsewhere!

Overlaid Techniques & Projects

Many of the techniques you learn throughout these pages can be transferred from one project to the next. For example, you can take the techniques used in the Coasters project and use them in the Folding Postcard project to create a special card or invitation. How about changing the Pet Place Mat project into a place mat for your toddler, designed with ABC's, numbers, and other photos? So many possibilities!

Many of the images used in the book are available on the companion Web site. The book focuses almost solely on working in Photoshop Element's Standard Edit mode and works equally well in Version 3.0 or 4. We really liked that feature. Additionally, most of the craft methodology doesn't rely on software at all. So if you're handy with your current software you can still enjoy the projects.

The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book will motivate you to get creative with your own images while learning basic Photoshop Elements skills along the way. Each project begins with a list of the tools and materials you'll need to get started. From there, full-color photographs, clear instructions, and numbered steps walk you through every step of the project. Whether you're a longtime devotee or completely new to crafting, this book will show you everything you need to create attractive, unique keepsakes and gift trappings for you or your family and friends to cherish.

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by Elizabeth Bulger

Paperback: 168 pages; Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1st edition; List Price: $21.99 - buy now: Price: $14.95 and You Save: $7.04 (32%)

ELIZABETH BULGER is a designer and graphic arts training consultant. She offers customized onsite training to advertising agencies, graphic design firms, newspapers, and magazine publishers. Elizabeth has consulted with many high-profile clients including Forbes magazine and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has been a visiting instructor at the Maine Photographic Workshops. She is the coauthor of The Adobe Photoshop 5 Certification Guide and resides in Massachusetts.

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