Friday May 17, 2013
"Screen shot" is the phrase used to describe the action of capturing your computer desktop or anything shown on your computer screen to a static image file. In other words, it is a way of taking a snapshot, or picture, of your computer screen. Some people also call it a screen grab. Screen shots can be very helpful when you need to demonstrate something that would be difficult to explain in words. Learn what you need to know about screen shots and how to take them no matter what operating system you use.
• What is a Screen Shot? How do I Take a Screen Shot?
Thursday May 16, 2013
The out of bounds effect is when a part of the photo extends beyond the frame. It's a popular effect that can add dimension and interest to a subject, and it's easy to create in Photoshop Elements 9 and higher.
• Out of Bounds Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
Wednesday May 15, 2013
Customizable work-spaces are a common feature in many graphics software programs. Do you generally customize your software workspace, or do you use the default workspace layout? Vote in the poll, and feel free to add a comment to explain your answer.
Tuesday May 14, 2013
Karen invites you to go crazy and have some fun with Painter's Pattern Pen variants: "Pattern Pen brush variants let you use a brush to apply a pattern to an image. You can vary features such as the size of the pattern and the transparency. This category of brush variants opens up a new and exciting path to creativity."
• Getting Expressive With Pattern Pens in Painter
Sunday May 12, 2013
Lend a hand for this handy challenge. Hands down, you'll have fun... if you can handle it. If you haven't guessed, this week's theme is Hands
. We have supplied some starting images this week; use one or all of them to create a new image. Give us a hand and have some fun with it!
Thursday May 9, 2013
Rosie asks: "What is a scratch disk? And more importantly, how do I delete its contents because the program is not letting me use it anymore because apparently the 'scratch disk is full.' Please help, this is an urgent matter!"
Read my answer: What to do About the Scratch Disk is Full Error Message
Tuesday May 7, 2013
This week, Adobe announced that it was doing away with perpetual software licensing (aka "boxed" software) for its Creative Suite line-up of products including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro. Updates to these products will now only be available through a Creative Cloud membership. The current suite, Creative Suite 6, will continue to be sold and supported for those who prefer a perpetual license, but there will be no "Creative Suite 7." From now on, new features and updates to these products will only be provided to Creative Cloud subscribers. Read More...
Tuesday May 7, 2013
You can make text stand out on a photo better by placing a solid color behind it that subtly fades into the background. This is easy to do in Photoshop using the outer glow layer style effect
, but since Photoshop Elements does not give you as much control over layer effects, it is something you will have to do manually.
• How to Create a Faded Blur Behind Text
Sunday May 5, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Out of Border
. The idea is to take a photo or photos and make it appear as if an object is spilling over or falling out of the image. Use your imagination and have some fun with it!
Saturday May 4, 2013
Use Paint Shop Pro to create a festive banner for Cinco de Mayo with bright Mexican colors and a double outline. The first color outlines each individual letter with a second color outlining the whole word. Additional embellishments can be added to each letter. Of course, this double-outline technique could be used for any message, header or banner, not just Cinco de Mayo!
• Cinco de Mayo Creative Lettering Tutorial for Paint Shop Pro
Friday May 3, 2013
Download a free set of set of 30 layer style effects in pastels and other Spring colors which would be great for Easter projects. These layer styles are compatible with Photoshop 7 and higher, or Photoshop Elements 2 and higher on Windows or Mac and can be customized to change the color
, and more.
• 30 Layer Style Effects for Spring
Wednesday May 1, 2013
© Sandra Trainor
This tutorial will show you how to use Illustrator to make a cupcake wrapper design for a baby shower. Once you learn how, you can create your own designs to tie in with the theme of any Special occasion, be it a holiday, birthday, or a day to say "congratulations!"
You'll start with a template, and use a variety of tools, such as the Ellipse tool, Rectangle tool, Scissors tool, Line tool, Arc tool, Scale tool, and Rotation tool. You'll also add color using the Color Picker, and add type to a curved path.
• Create a Custom Cupcake Wrapper in Illustrator
Tuesday April 30, 2013
This custom shape collection includes an assortment of 126 frame and border designs for Photoshop and Elements.
• Free Frame and Border Custom Shapes for Photoshop and Elements
Monday April 29, 2013
© Darleen Araujo
This kit was designed not only with Spring in mind, but the family memories that are created and remembered. Colors used are soft pastel peach, green, and yellow tones.
• "A Comfy Spring Day" Digital Scrapbooking Kit
Sunday April 28, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is See What I Mean?
They say every picture tells a story, and that a picture is worth a thousand words. This week we're going to use images to create a phrase or sentence. The object is to put some images together to make a phrase, sort of like homonyms/synonyms with images. And then we'll try to guess what you are are trying to say. Have fun!
Sunday April 21, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Vector Drawing
. Cusps, nodes, paths, asymmetric, tangents? Is this Astrology? No,it's the virtue of Vectors--our graphics challenge for this week. Here's a chance to get out your pens and preset shapes for a little fun with bitmap's big brother and do some vector drawing. You may love it or not be too familiar with it, but once you get your handle on a node you never know what path you might go down.
Friday April 19, 2013
© Sue Chastain
For this tutorial we will create a roadside landscape in addition to the road sign. This is a a good exercise in learning to work with shapes, fills, layers, and layer effects. Although I have used Photoshop CS2 for this tutorial, you should be able to follow along with older and newer versions of Photoshop, but you'll need at least version 6.
• Basic Shapes in Photoshop - Road Sign Tutorial
Tuesday April 16, 2013
Say hello to our newest contributing writer, Liz Masoner! Some of you may remember Liz as the former Guide to the About Photography site. Now she'll be bringing us a steady stream of tutorials for Photoshop Elements. Her first two tutorials show you how to achieve the popular tilt shift effect, either manually, or by using the new guided method in Elements 11. If you've got a suggestion for a Photoshop Elements tutorial that isn't already covered, hit the comments and let us know!
• Using The Tilt Shift Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 11
• Tilt Shift Manual Method for Photoshop Elements (Any Version)
Monday April 15, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Something Old, Something New
. Something Old, Something New... that's our challenge theme for you. The object is to create an image with at least two (it can be more) objects that are related--one old and one new. Get creative and have some fun with it!
Monday April 15, 2013
Today Adobe released the public beta of Lightroom
5 for Windows and Mac. The Lightroom 5 beta offers a chance for professional and amateur photographers to preview new features and tools that will be offered in the final Lightroom 5 release, expected later this year. Read More...
Thursday April 11, 2013
© Karen Bonaker
A new Painter tutorial from Karen demonstrates the Clone Source Panel in Painter 12. The Clone Source Panel can open up new and exciting ways to render your photographs so that you can create beautiful paintings that have your personal touch.
• The Clone Source Panel - Creative Color in Painter
Tuesday April 9, 2013
© Sandra Trainor
In Sandra's newest Photoshop tutorial, she shows you how to make a retro sun rays graphic, which is perfect for projects that require a vintage look and some added background interest. In the retro sun rays tutorial you'll be working with the pen tool, adding color, duplicating layers, arranging shapes, and adding a gradient.
• Make Retro Sun Rays in Photoshop
Tuesday April 9, 2013
You'll find many articles online from Lightroom users describing their workflow, and most of them are from the perspective of a professional photographer. I'm not a professional photographer, but I do take a lot of photos and I find that Lightroom meets my needs better than Photoshop Elements Organizer these days. With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to describe my Lightroom workflow process, from the perspective of a non-professional. I've also included useful shortcuts and tips for each step of the workflow.
• How I Process Photos in Adobe Lightroom
Sunday April 7, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Just Nuts
. Things are just a little nutty here this week. We have some nutty starting images for you to crack open with no rules, just try to use as many as you can. So go nuts and have a little fun with it!
Thursday April 4, 2013
© Darleen Arujo
Welcome spring with this delightful digital scrapbook kit by Darleen Araujo. "In my world, laughter in the garden encourages the flowers to bloom. Garden items using aqua, persimmon and brown color tones were used to create this garden-themed digital scrapbook kit."
• "Garden Laughter" Digital Scrapbooking Kit
Tuesday April 2, 2013
Are your portrait orientation pictures displaying sideways on your computer or online? Learn how to get those vertical photos to display correctly instead of sideways.
How to Ensure Correct Orientation of Digital Photos
Sunday March 31, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Image Dictionary
. The idea is to come up with a word and define it with an image. We're not looking for A is for Apple, so use your imagination and try to come up with something different--remember it can be any word. Use a photo or image you created, it's up to you. Most of all have fun!
Tuesday March 26, 2013
Download several sets of free brushes and shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. These shapes and brushes are based on Christian symbols and include crosses, doves, fish, stars, and many more Christian objects and symbols. Perfect for your Easter projects...
• Christian Cross Brushes
• Christian Dove Brushes
• Christian Stars Brushes
• Christian Symbol Brushes 1
• Christian Symbol Brushes 2
• More Christian Cross Custom Brushes
• Christian Cross Shapes
• Christian Symbol Shapes
• Christian Fish Shapes
• Christian Star Shapes
• Christian Dove Shapes
• Christian Assorted Shapes
• More Christian Cross Custom Shapes
Sunday March 24, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Easter Eggs
. Eggs have been viewed as symbols of life and fertility through the ages. It is believed for this reason many ancient cultures used eggs in their spring festivals. Eggs have been dyed or painted for many symbolic reasons by different cultures...we're going to do it because it's fun! We have some images for you to get started, have fun and don't drop them!
Thursday March 21, 2013
150 Ornate Shapes by Shelby Kate Schmitz
These free ornate shapes by Shelby Kate Schmitz can be used in Photoshop 7 and up and Photoshop Elements 2 and up (Mac or Windows). The examples shown are just a small portion of the full set containing 150 decorative shapes.
• 150 Free Ornate Shapes by Shelby Kate Schmitz
• Sue's Free Shapes for Photoshop and Elements
Wednesday March 20, 2013
Sara Froehlich has shared a free trim action for Photoshop Elements 6 and up. This command removes excess blank image area from around an image. This can be either a solid color or transparent background area. For the free download and instructions visit the link below.
• Free Trim Action for Photoshop Elements
Tuesday March 19, 2013
Download a new set of 36 Christian cross designs
as Custom brushes and shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. They are also available as transparent PNG files for use in other software. To go along with them, get the Gold 3 layer styles
, a set of 24 metallic effects shown in the image here.
New Crosses and Gold Styles:
• Christian Cross Design Graphics, Brushes, and Shapes
• Gold 3 Layer Styles
More Crosses and Christian Symbols:
• Christian Symbols Brush Sets - Crosses, Doves, Stars, Etc.
• Christian Symbols Shape Sets - Crosses, Doves, Stars, Etc.
More Layer Styles:
• 30 Gold Layer Styles Set
• Shiny Metallic Styles
• Gold Stroked Layer Styles
• Gold Layer Styles
• Imperial Gold Layer Styles
• 48 Silver Layer Styles Set
• Silver Metallic Layer Styles
• Silver Stroked Layer Styles
• 30 White Layer Styles Set
• Spring Layer Styles
Monday March 18, 2013
Ian gives us two new GIMP tutorials this week to help you add some effects to your digital scrapbook
pages and other projects. In the first, he shows you how to create digital Washi tape
, a type of decorative tape from Japan. In the second tutorial, he shows how to add a torn paper effect to your images
which you can use on your digital Washi tape, or for other projects where you need a torn effect.
• How to Make Digital Washi Tape in GIMP
• How to Make a Torn Paper Edge in GIMP
Sunday March 17, 2013
This week's graphics challenge theme is Spring!
Still caught in the clutches of Winter? Can't wait for Robins to return and the Crocus to poke through the ground? Well then it's time to think Spring. This week we are going to celebrate the vernal equinox, also known as Spring. The idea for this theme is to create a spring-time image. So think about what Spring means to you, and share it with us!
Friday March 15, 2013
"Glen o' The Green"
Download this fun and free St. Patrick's Day kit of coordinating elements and papers for digital scrapbooking. These elements and papers can be used with any graphics software that supports JPEG and PNG files. The kit includes 5 papers, 3 ribbons, journal boxes, and several decorative elements to create a unified scrapbook layout for your digital photos.
• "Glen o' The Green" Digital Scrapbooking Kit