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Everything You Need to Know About Photo Editing – Free Mini Course

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So many of you are somewhere on the path to professional photography. Maybe you are honing your talents so that you can change careers far down the line. Or maybe you are ready to start shooting for others in addition to your day job. As a source of extra income or a more flexible career, […]

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Photo Editing Checklist

April 4, 2014

Here’s a quick checklist that will remind you of the photo editing steps that most images need. Most photos won’t need all these steps, but they will need some of elements of this workflow. Do as much of this as you can in Lightroom, if you have it. Your photo editing time will be much shorter if […]

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How to Restore Old Photos Using Photoshop Elements

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I wrote a blog post last year about how I restored this photo using Photoshop Elements. (There’s a free Photoshop Elements action that goes along with the blog post too!) The interest in this tutorial led me to write an article for the Photographic Elements Techniques magazine all about restoring old scanned photos. It appears […]

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New Workshops from Texas Chicks

March 14, 2014

Three new workshops are open for registration here at Texas Chicks. Over the next couple of months, you can learn: Elements Lightroom Lightroom & Elements together Photo Edited in Lightroom Only All three classes are taught here at the Texas Chicks forum. The workshops for Elements and Lightroom individually are 4 weeks each. Or, in […]

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How to Fix Blown Colors in Photoshop Elements

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Quick!  Can you guess what the most distracting part of this image is for me? Nope, it’s not the outlet cover behind my daughter.  That’s an easy fix with the clone tool. It’s the sleeves.  They are so bright that I can’t drag my eyes away from them.  I never make it to my daughter’s […]

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Top Photography & Editing Articles of 2013

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Happy New Year, everyone! How many of you got new photography toys for Christmas?  Software, a lens, or maybe a new camera?  I got a set of lenses for my iPhone! If you are beginning the year as a new Photoshop Elements user, I wouldn’t be surprised if you feel a bit intimidated.  Lord knows […]

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Start the New Year Right: Learn Elements

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Learn Photoshop Elements online from January 26 through Feb. 22, 2014. Santa told me that some of you are asking for an Elements course for Christmas!  I didn’t plan on opening registration until the new year, but how can I resist the chance to put this under your tree? Read about how this course works […]

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Photoshop Elements Free Action & Video Tutorial: Restore & Colorize a Scanned Photo

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This photo is one of my favorites.  Ever.  The kids are my dad and aunt. The photo is all the more special since I lost my dad a few years back, and I’ve been wanting to restore it for a long time.  My aunt has a December birthday, so I’m going to frame it and […]

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Video Tutorial: Create a Watermark from Your Signature in Photoshop Elements

December 5, 2013

Watermarks are an important step in protecting the images we post on the internet from inappropriate use.  You can create your own watermark in Photoshop Elements.  Apply this watermark to photos within Elements, in Lightroom and even on your phone. Click here to read an article about basic watermark creation.  Or, use the method described […]

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Lightroom & Photoshop Elements – “Edit In” Issues

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Using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements is a great combination that I recommend for all photographers – not just the pros out there. In general, I use Lightroom to import, organize and choose my best photos, make general corrections to them and batch edit.  I take photos into Elements when they need in depth spot fixing […]

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Create a Matte Effect

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Creating a matte look in Photoshop Elements is an easy edit that can change the tone of your photo dramatically. First step?  Start with a clean base edit.  Next, add contrast and saturation – perhaps more than you normally would.  Otherwise, this effect might leave your photo looking dull. This before and after shows you […]

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Update Your Editing Style and Streamline Your Workflow

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Are you read to update your editing style? Streamline your workflow? MCP Inspire for Photoshop Elements gives you more than 90 highly-customizable tools for editing and enhancing your images.  See below for a full list of actions included in this set. Aside from beautiful base edits and looks, this action set also contains an action […]

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Good Skin Tone in Photography – Patterns in the Numbers

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In my Photoshop Elements workshop, we spend a lot of time talking about skin tone.  How do you know when you have good skin tone?  How do you fix it if it’s not right? Correcting skin in post processing is far from an exact science.  There are photos where skin is simply never going to […]

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Tilt-Shift Effect

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In Photoshop Elements, you can create a tilt-shift effect that mimics photos taken with creative lenses like Lensbabies. The hallmark of this look is small areas of focus combined with larger areas of blur.  When we apply this effect in post processing, we often increase saturation and contrast as well.  You might hear people refer […]

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