Photoshop Elements 9 has been awesome for photo editing. But I’ve been wanting to step up my game.
So, I’ve been experimenting with templates since I purchased Lightroom. I’m looking forward to moving more toward using Lightroom for more editing. I really like how my images look with LR3.
Both have templates. And I’ve been experimenting with them. Check out some of my attempts:
A sort of thematic template.
I made this black and white. I don't like how dark the pic is at the top right.
I like this one. Simple and happy.
This one came out a little off-centered. I don't know why, but I like the three less detailed images at the bottom.
I’m so pumped about a couple sessions I have coming up over the next few months. I have a senior picture session and the Jon + Jess wedding. These sessions should be awesome changes to improve my craft.
I made this:
On pinterest, I found this sweet tutorial tailored for CS4. I used the tutorial, but had to adjust a little since I have Photoshop Elements and not CS4. For instance, steps three and four required tools with which I was not familiar. Instead of following those steps, I copied the layer of my original picture, below, and converted it to black and white in the Enhance menu, then used the posterize filter to convert the image to fewer shadows–namely two or three colors. There may be another way, but I liked this method just fine. (If you know, please share!)
The other steps seemed to work just fine. And there are even instructions for variations and other options.
The coolest part is this: I didn’t know I could create my own brushes. Now I know that I can! Wahoo!
Jessica, you should try this. I want to see what you’d come up with. Other faithful readers who have elements, I want to see yours, to!
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Once upon a boring winter
I purchased Photoshop
I use you, dear PSE9,
To make whatever is my heart’s design.
I use you for work
For scrapbooking, too.
I open you, program,
When I’m happy or blue.
I love to balance color
And remove a power line
And add some flair
As I loaf or dine.
I love your presence
And ease of use.
Learning you took me little time
Three weeks, maybe deuce.
All in all, I like you
Not as much as my husband
And I’ve gotta say that
Or face reprimand.
Thanks for adding zeal to my hobby
Even to pictures of my dad, Bobby.
This is post number 101! This means that it’s time to party!
- This website is now being enjoyed at just plain ol’ rejoicingrebecca.com! That’s right: no more dot WordPress nonsense! Update your bookmarks, friends. Or don’t: you’ll be redirected here, anyway!
- It’s CONTEST time! *does happy dance*
Your turn for the happy dance. Just be happy for me, won’t you? That’s all I’m asking.
I am by no means an expert photo editor, but I thought I’d drum up some photo editing action on your part. That’s right, YOU are going to edit some photos, this time! In fact, you are going to edit this SOOC photo, from a funky coffee shop in my college town:
Lock & Key, Georgetown, Kentucky
It’s a mighty large file, but if you click the picture, you can download the full version by right-clicking on the picture and choosing “save as” on the menu.
Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules! …wait, we do. Here:
- You must edit the picture yourself using any photo editing program you have access to: picnik, Photoshop, GIMP, etc.
- One entry per email address, please. Edit carefully. And learn purposefully.
- The best picture will win. Be creative. Be artsy. Just edit!
- You must send the answers and the image to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What program did you use to edit the picture?
- A picture is worth a thousand words. What does this picture say in 10 words or less?
- What do you like most about your edited version?
Entries are due by 11:59 pm on March 10, 2011. The winner will be announced on March 11. Promise. :) I will post entries as necessary throughout the week.
Winner? Oh, yeah, the prize. The winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
Don’t forget: It’s just a game. You don’t have to be an expert to win. Please play!
With giddy excitement,
I’ve made Seth’s sermon art for his title screens for the past few weeks and have learned a lot in the process.
First of all, I’ve found a couple good sources for hi-res pics. High resolution pictures are necessary when images will be used in a projected format which requires the image to be stretched out in front of an audience. I have two really good sources, so far:
- StockVault: This site has totally free images users can download; they are only hi-res images, as far as I can tell. There are some images users can purchase or buy with “credits,” but I’m all about the free stuff. The interface is easy and helpful, as previews are large and, when a user rolls over them, they appear larger for better view.
- morgueFiles: This site has free hi-res images, as well. Many pics look professional, but some seem a little less professionally polished. The pics are hi-res, though, so that’s helpful for this type of photo editing that I’m doing. The only thing I find annoying about this site is that the thumbnails are small and, when a user rolls over a thumb, it does not actually appear larger. This means users have to actually load new pages in order to see a larger image.
Secondly, I’ve learned how to accent fonts. I found a tutorial which taught me how to make font glow, which was pretty helpful in making this image:
This was much more interesting than plain yellow non-glowing font.
Also, for the same image, I learned how to do clipping layers, which make the two images appear as a sort of collage. I found a tutorial for using clipping layers to create this image.
I’ve also been downloading fonts like crazy, finding most of them at dafont.
I’m feeling pretty good about my photoshopping skills. For now, I’ve officially purchased Photoshop Elements 9 from the educators’ store. If I can continue to grow, maybe I’ll be able to get a business started and it will grow and then my purchasing power will grow as well. Anyone want to hire me for a photo session? :)
SHAMELESS PLUG: If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area and are looking for a place to worship on Sunday, feel free to stop by the Oasis Christian Community Sunday morning service at the Ohio Union at 11:11am. <><