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Get Help With Your Graphics Software Questions

By May 1, 2014

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This week's Get Help thread can be found on Google+.

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Each week, I will start a new post for you to post your graphics software questions and problems, alternating between Facebook and Google+. If I don't already have an article addressing your issue, we'll take it under consideration for a future article or tutorial.

Week of 4/27/2014: no questions

Summary of questions and answers from the week of 4/20/2014:

Vanessa asked, "What is the easiest software for making blog and website headers?"

My answer: Vanessa, to me "easiest" translates to the one I can most easily get help for when I need it, and that would be Photoshop Elements. You can read about the latest version here. Liz has created a tutorial on how to Create Beautiful Custom Blog Headers with Photoshop Elements.

Dawn asked, "Any suggestions for a simple graphics program that will run on Windows 8? Something comparable to Microsoft Image Composer that ran on XP."

My answer: Dawn, same answer that I gave Vanessa. :-) But for real basic or occasional use, both of you might want to look at an online editor. Ian's top picks are here.

Ann wrote, "Thank goodness for your expert Photoshop advice, Sue. I always seem to get stuck on cut out of images and placing them in a more desirable background."

My answer: Did you see our recent articles on refine edge? Getting a good selection is half the battle.

How to Use the Refine Edge Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Refine Edge in Photoshop Elements

Rhonda wrote, "Hi Sue! I love your blog and appreciate all the helpful tips. I'm still a beginner, so it all helps! I seem to be missing some tools at the top of Elements 9, which I really think were there before in the toolbar. I don't know if I accidentally deleted them and have no idea how I would even go about doing that. But is there a way to get them back?"

My answer: This article explains how to reset all your tools and panels back to factory defaults.

Krishnannunny asked, "Could you help me how I can enlarge a very small .jpg file with Photoshop with out losing its clarity."

My answer: This article has advice for that: Increasing Image Resolution. Your best bet these days is probably Alien Skin Blow Up.

Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil

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