The way we take photographs has changed quite dramatically over the years. You may not be old enough to remember things such as Polaroid cameras or having to put actual film in your camera and then take it to the store to be developed and printed on photographic paper, but that is how we used to do things not too long ago.
Now everyone just uses the camera on their smartphone, which works better than most digital cameras anyway. Doing so allows us to easily and instantly share our pictures with friends and family, and even do some minor editing of these pictures before we send them off.
Once you start getting into taking pictures, you may find yourself wanting to edit your photos to do things such as enhance the way they look, crop out parts you don’t want in the picture, add other elements to your pictures, and so on. You have most likely heard the term “Photoshopped” when someone refers to editing a picture, and there is a good reason for this. Adobe Photoshop is the go-to software program for professionals who want to do some serious customizing of their pictures. If there is something you want done to your photos, then Photoshop can most likely do it for you—if you know how to use it, that is.
For those of us who don’t need to perform miracles on our pictures, there is a lower level of Photoshop we can use called Photoshop Elements. This software offers enough features to do all the basic editing we need, plus it can also do some pretty fancy stuff as well. It also costs MUCH less than the full version of Photoshop.
The goal of this book is to get you comfortable using Photoshop Elements without confusing and irritating you at the same time so that anyone can make sense of the content without feeling lost.