Before & After: Manual Edit – NO ACTIONS...

May 12, 2010
Look Mom, no actions. Okay, in all seriousness, I wanted to prove that I could edit without using actions…and hopefully you’ll tell me that I still do a good job. Here’s what I’m going to do…I’ll show you my basic edit in my typical before and after format. Then, I’ll max it out with texture and style…again, no actions. My hope is that this will translate into most editing programs. Thank you Exposed Mom for allowing me to practice on your beautiful little girl. (By the way, I still have the second photo to edit – all this blogging my...
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Before & After: Getting Started Tutorial...

May 10, 2010
Ilene sent me a note the other day through my Contact Me page asking me a few questions about getting started. I sometimes take for granted that I have some experience with editing and that I’ve downloaded so many actions, tools, etc to make my life a little easier. All that said, this is for those of you just getting started with editing. I personally use Photoshop Elements 7 (and Adobe Camera Raw) to do my editing – this is the old version. Photoshop Elements 8 is now out and can be yours for about $82. For most hobbyists, I believe that PSE is the answer…especially if...
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Tutorial: PSE Toolbar

May 01, 2010
I cannot take credit for this tutorial. On the photography board, one of the ladies wrote a great tutorial on  the Photoshop Toolbar for CS4 including keyboard short cuts. Although most of the toolbar can easily be translated from CS4 to PSE, I thought I’d share it here for your reference. Move tool (shortcut: V): When something is selected or if you want to move an entire layer, this is the tool you use. Pretty self explanatory. If you click on what you’re moving then you can also use the up/down arrows to move your object. Here’s another tutorial on how to use the...
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Tutorial: Creating a Fairy Garden Effect

April 16, 2010
Earlier this week, I posted one of my flower shots using what I called a “fairy garden/vintage effect.” I used a variation of “In the Fairy Garden” posted by I Heart Faces earlier this year.  Because you asked for it, I decided to take you through my steps and also show you what the photograph will look like at each stage of the process. Program: Photoshop Elements 7 Estimated time: 15 minutesMaterials (open and download files): SOOC photo, Garden Lights 1 and Garden Lights 2. Actions: I’ve linked nearly everything you need – all free. Before you get...
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