Category Archives: Using Layers

72. PSE 12 – Adjust Midtones with Color Cures

Although the name implies a change in color it is really more about affecting the tones.  In the fly out window you will have parametric sliders that affect specific parameters: Adjust Highlights, Midtone Brightness, Midtone Contrast and Adjust Shadows. Select … Continue reading

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71. PSE 12 – Adjusting to Pure Blacks and Pure Whites

Adjusting the image for pure black and whites was at the forefront of the work done by Ansel Adams.  This adjustment is subjective and cannot always be achieved as in photographs on a grey day or a strong color picture. … Continue reading

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67. PSE 12 – Palettes in Editor

Here is the power of Photoshop and all its possibilities. You have selected an image in the Organizer, clicked the Editor Icon at the bottom and at the top of this new section you are in the Expert Mode/Tab. To … Continue reading

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42. Frame IT!

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Give your collage a finished look with digital frames. This collage was designed for the Rockford Fire Department and uses the colors from their uniforms and jackets to give a cohesive look to the collection of pictures.  Instructions for placement … Continue reading

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39. Vignette – 2 styles

Vignettes can help to focus the attention away from the background and on to an image in the picture.  Below are two ways to do this, and yes, there are more… Vignette – using Filter Have a photo opened in … Continue reading

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38. Making a Watermark

If you want to put text on your photos repeatedly; below is a time saving way to do it.  A watermark is text created on a transparent so it can be “moved” to a picture, but the text still stays … Continue reading

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35. Render Black and White using layers And pull color back in

This approach to converting a picture to black and white results in an image very similar to the results given when using the process for Blog post #34.  The only advantage to this approach, and it’s a LARGE advantage: if … Continue reading

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34. Render a Color Image to Black/White with predetermined options AND pull out some color …

Below is only one way to render a color image to black and white.  There are some programmed settings in Photoshop Elements that make the transition as easy as a button – literally. You have selected an image and are … Continue reading

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