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Chapter 1. getting ready > general preparations

general preparations

To install Photoshop Elements 3.0 you need

A PC with at least an 800MHz Intel Pentium III or 4 processor (or one that's compatible) and a CD-ROM drive.

Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 1; Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later.

At least 256MB of RAM (Adobe recommends 512MB) and 800MB of free space on your hard-drive.

A color monitor and video card capable of handling 16-bit color or greater. (Set your monitor resolution to 1024 by 768 or greater when using Elements.)

Calibrate Your Monitor

How do you know that the beautiful colors you see on screen will be the same beautiful colors when you print your photos or album pages or send them out to be printed professionally? Well the truth is, the printed versions will never give you the luminous bright colors you see on your computer monitor. But you can do something to help ensure that your delicate pink rose doesn't come out fire-engine red, and the bright baskets of pollen on a bumblebee's legs are orange not greeny gray. The way to do this is to use color management and to calibrate your monitor. We'll use a simple color-management technique in creating album pages, but monitor calibration is beyond the scope of this book. When you install Elements you also install Adobe Gamma software. The Elements Help feature describes how to use this software to calibrate a CRT monitor. You can also purchase special tools and software specifically for calibrating your monitor. These can get fairly pricey, however, and require devoted attention to achieve the most consistent results.

To run the Adobe Gamma application, use the Windows Start menu to open the Control Panel window. Choose the category named Appearance and Themes. Adobe Gamma is listed with the Control Panel icons. Click the Adobe Gamma icon to start the calibration process.



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