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A Different Type of Before and After

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Most of us photography types use Before & After templates to show off edited photos. But there are lots of other before and afters worth sharing in life. Take these baby birds that were born in my mailbox last week:   An interesting note about the lighting in the bird pics: for the before, I […]

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100 Billion Images

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100 billion images. 100 BILLION. That is Adobe’s estimate for how many photos Lightroom manages on computers around the world. About a third of those live on my computer, by the way. I predict that Adobe’s announcement today is going to increase this number exponentially. Why? Lightroom is now available for iPhones, in addition to their previous desktop […]

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Cropping, Resizing, Aspect Ratio & Resolution: The Ultimate Guide

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Want to learn more about Photoshop Elements? Check out my workshop and put your name on the early notification list to receive first notice when registration opens. Seems like the size of our photos shouldn’t require that much thought, right? If Photoshop or Photoshop Elements only had buttons that, boom, made your image a 4×6 or […]

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Avoid the Black Hole

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My students have just wrapped up another round of editing workshops here at Texas Chicks. As I reviewed the suggestions I made for their homework, there was one topic that came up frequently: blocked shadows, otherwise known as black holes. Blocked shadows are the opposite of blown highlights. They are so underexposed that they appear to […]

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Darken Blown Highlights with Actions & Presets

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Earlier this week, I wrote about darkening blown out highlights in your images by using a Levels adjustment layer in Photoshop Elements. Some of you might have noticed that darkening highlights is similar to the process for creating a matte look in Photoshop Elements. Whenever you make the darks in an image lighter and/or make […]

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Elements Tutorial: Tame Those Blown Highlights

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Blown highlights in an image can ruin it. Blown out parts of an image are generally very hard to repair, but this Photoshop Elements trick will help. Before I show you the trick, let’s cover some background material. Did you read my post about why I shoot my photos in Raw instead of JPG? If […]

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Spring Has Spring: Save on MCP Spring Splendor Actions for Photoshop Elements

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Sometimes an image needs an extra touch to push it from good to beautiful. Take the image above, for example. There is nothing wrong with the before, but the colors didn’t reflect the sweet, calm expression on the child’s face. I wanted the mood of the photo to match the airy pastels of spring. That’s […]

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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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