Monthly Archives: August 2011

21. Crop –

The first and hardest paradox I had to relearn when moving into digital photography and out of film photography was the idea that you cropped a picture AFTER shooting.  I began taking digital pictures putting inside the frame exactly what … Continue reading

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20. Learning to Fly

Time to step to the edge of new beginnings, feel the overwhelming sensation of the unknown wash over you…and press forward anyway.  Truly, “playing with pictures” in Photoshop has the potential to change how you see the world, or at … Continue reading

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19. Editor Interface – Preferences

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These changes are optional.  If you have limited memory space on your computer, consider the first two listed.  In the Fix/Edit mode… Above in the menu Edit >Preferences >General.  Look for the “Export Clipboard.”  Click on it to UNcheck mark … Continue reading

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18. Editor Interface – Palettes

We will now venture into the Fix/Edit interface of this program, finally!  So get excited, although it will still take a few more posts for you to gain total control (we will explore some of the automated features first.) Select … Continue reading

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17. File Formats

A brief overview of file formats generally used: JPEG is used in the majority of the cameras that are not SLR cameras.  The SLR cameras have the option to use this file and the RAW file format.  The jpeg is … Continue reading

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16. Leave the Original Image Intact

To take the scare out of scary, you buy insurance.  To insure your pictures are protected, you create a copy of the image BEFORE you make any edits or adjustments.  OK, so I don’t always do it before, as it … Continue reading

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15. Import Images – Additional Paths

Importing images, blogs #2, #3 gave the basic formula for importing images.  To build on that information, let’s explore other ways of getting images from the hard drive into Photoshop Element’s workflow. If you have pictures in folders that PSE … Continue reading

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14. What every Newbie Should Know – Workflow

Although icons do make some tasks as simple as “a button,” sometimes I find that using the keyboard is faster.  Here are some of my personal, daily use operations: Before manipulating any picture – Ctrl + J gives you a … Continue reading

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13. Back Up Your Pictures

Save yourself from worries and pain by being sure that you have pictures in at least two places.  Purchase an external hard drive, use thumb/jump drives or store online in addition to the photos kept in your computer. I use … Continue reading

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12. Use Preferences to Personalize

Set up what you prefer for the many areas of your workflow/interface/organizer.  We will begin by selecting “General.” Edit > General    Select the Appearance Options and Display Options by clicking in a circle or box.  Restore Default Settings button … Continue reading

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