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Using the Levels Tool in Photoshop Elements

Using the Levels Tool in Photoshop Elements

Do you use the brightness and contrast sliders in Photoshop Elements to correct photos with poor contrast or flat tones? Stop that immediately! Those brightness and contrast sliders are really pretty limited compared to what you can do with the levels tool. The Levels tool is a hugely useful tool for all photographers, and today I’ll show you how to use it!
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Adobe Lightroom – The best photo organizing software available

Adobe Lightroom – The best photo organizing software available

For photo organization, nothing beats an old shoebox. Actually, everything beats an old shoebox, which is one of many reasons why modern photographers ought to be thankful for digital. Digital photos don’t have to be printed and filed away somewhere, and we no longer have to keep track of the physical location of our negatives, most of which are difficult to identify by sight and either have to be well-labelled or painstakingly held up to a window and squinted at.

But the blessing of easy-to-store digital photographs can also be a curse, because photographers tend to get a bit lazy about those thousands of images that need some sort of permanent home. Filing them manually can be tedious, and renaming them to something logical (vs. that cryptic IMG_, DSC_ or other variation thereof) is nothing short of a huge time suck. Feeling daunted? Enter Adobe Lightroom.
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How To Replace A So-So Sky With A Standout Sky

How To Replace A So-So Sky With A Standout Sky

There’s no getting around it. Landscape photography is hard. Not only do you have to get out there at the right time of day, you’ve also got to make sure the sky is doing something interesting too. Oftentimes, we get one but not the other. So if you’ve ever wondered how to replace a dull looking sky with something more interesting, this is the Photoshop Elements tutorial for you.
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Creating Selections In Adobe Photoshop Elements

Creating Selections In Adobe Photoshop Elements

Whenever you paint something in your house, be it a wall or a door, you want to avoid getting paint on everything. So you use masking tape. Masking, or Selecting, in Photoshop Elements, is the same thing. The only difference is that there’s so much more you can do with it. Masking is a way of selecting certain parts of your image to paint on or apply effects and filters to. In this article, I’ll show you which selection methods are the best and how you can use them to isolate any part of your image.
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Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Elements

Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Elements

What if you want to fix a part of an image that was overexposed or underexposed? Maybe you want to draw emphasis to a certain part of your photo. What about when you forget to use a lens hood and stray light makes it into your photo? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you should consider using the dodge and burn tools that come with Adobe Photoshop Elements. Here are a few things you can do with them.
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Rotating The Canvas in Adobe Photoshop Elements

Rotating The Canvas in Adobe Photoshop Elements

Rotation is the one photographic adjustment every needs to learn. Mistakes happen. Sometimes the camera accidentally flips images on their side. Thankfully, most basic image editors allow you to rotate your images. So does Adobe Photoshop Elements. I’ll show you how.
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How to use RAW photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements

How to use RAW photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements

Once you go with RAW files, it seems like you never go back. I’ve said before that RAW photography isn’t for everyone. Even so, I feel that there comes a time in every photographer’s life when making the switch to RAW just makes sense. For me, it came just after my purchase of a high powered computer with a nice 500GB hard drive. Now that I can store all those digital negatives, I want nothing more than to take all of my pictures in RAW. Here’s how you can get on the RAW bandwagon with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

How many times have you taken a picture near sunset or twilight, only to get back a much darker image than the one you originally envisioned? It’s so common that I thought I’d a share a photo from a fellow reader with the same problem. Jimmie Lee wonders why his Fujifilm camera keeps giving him dark sunsets. The photo below in particular lacked the colors that were present when Jimmy took the photo. Let’s have a look at some of things that cause underexposure, and how Adobe Photoshop Elements can help us get the photo we see in our mind’s eye.
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Photoshop Elements: How to watermark an entire folder of photos

Photoshop Elements: How to watermark an entire folder of photos

If you’re keen on advertising your photography a little better on the web, you might want to start watermarking your photos. A watermark is a little logo or badge of text you place in the bottom right corner of a photo, telling your viewers who you are. It’s also a common deterrent to people who might take and use your images without giving you credit. When your images have a watermark, it makes life that much more difficult for them. Most photo thieves will just move onto the next image.
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Photoshop Elements: Make Your Photos More Interesting Using Textures

Photoshop Elements: Make Your Photos More Interesting Using Textures

Have you ever seen some of those intentionally old looking images? Chances are they were taken with a digital camera, but the photographer knew a few things about Photoshop, and more importantly, textures. With the right combination of textures and skills, you can take a decent looking photo and accentuate it for a more interesting effect. Let’s give it a try.
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Reducing Noise With Photoshop Elements

Reducing Noise With Photoshop Elements

No matter what we do to stop it from happening, digital images have a way of becoming noisy or losing quality. It happens whenever you shoot at a high ISO speed. It happens when you sharpen too much. It even happens every time you save an image as a JPEG. With so much noise, what is a photographer to do? Thankfully, you can use Photoshop Elements to remove some of it. The solution isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainly can help.
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Photoshop Elements: Brighten Underexposed Photos With The Screen Blend Mode

Photoshop Elements: Brighten Underexposed Photos With The Screen Blend Mode

We recently did a tutorial on the multiply blend mode and how you can use it to correct an image that is too bright. If you followed the tutorial, you no doubt realized that Photoshop Elements has quite a few options for blending layers. One of them is the direct opposite of the multiply blend mode. With the screen blend mode, you can fix underexposed images. Let me show you how.
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Photoshop Elements: Changing Eye Color

Photoshop Elements: Changing Eye Color

Have you ever wanted to know what you look like with different colored eyes? Thanks to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can. You just need to know a few things about some of the selection tools available, and the world becomes your playground. Here’s how to get started.
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Photoshop: Darken Overexposed Images With Multiply Blend Mode

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Photoshop: Darken Overexposed Images With Multiply Blend Mode

No matter how much we try to make our images just right, sometimes we mess up. That doesn’t mean we have to give up, however. With some simple editing in Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can bring color back into your overexposed images and possibly save them from ruin. Just follow these simple steps.
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Photoshop Elements: How To Create Andy Warhol Style Images

Photoshop Elements: How To Create Andy Warhol Style Images

Here’s a fun effect to play with. If you’re old enough to know who Andy Warhol is, this image should strike a chord. We’re going to use a few simple tools in Photoshop Elements to transform an ordinary digital photo of a banana into something with a little more panache. Let’s get started!
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