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What to Do with All Those Photos You Take on Burst

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How cool is that? Did you know that you can combine a series of images into a GIF, or video type collection of your photos, using Photoshop Elements? You are essentially creating a stop motion video and you get to choose exactly which frames, which expressions, which grins are included. Creating a GIF would be […]

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Read Student Reviews & Sign Up for PSE & Lightroom Classes

January 16, 2015

The winter 2015 workshops at Texas Chicks are now open for registration. You can read more about each one or register following these links: Photoshop Elements: The Secret to Creating Photos that People Love Lightroom: The Efficient Solution for Organizing and Editing Your Photos The Photography Workflow – Everything You Need to Know About Photo Editing […]

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Top Photography & Photo Editing Tutorials of 2014 – Don’t Miss #4!

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These were the most popular photography and photo editing websites from this blog last year. Did you miss any of them? I know that some of you got new cameras for Christmas! Congratulations. You’ll want to check out the first post in particular – it’s the key to getting sharp photos from the beginning. And […]

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Correct White Balance

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Correcting white balance in Photoshop Elements – it’s one of the most basic things we do when editing our photos, but unfortunately, Elements doesn’t have a perfect “correct white balance” button or slider.   What is white balance? It’s more accurately referred to as color balance. Photos with poor white balance have a color cast, meaning that […]

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Which Edits Does a Photo Need?

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Classes begin in February, 2015! If you want personal help in editing photos like these, learn Lightroom or Elements with me! How do you know which edits a photo needs? How do you know when you’ve applied enough of a particular edit? I hear these questions all the time! The problem is that you can […]

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Elements 13 Released – Should You Upgrade?

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Click here to learn Elements the best way once you upgrade! It’s that time of the year again – school started, the weather is cooling off, and Adobe has released a new version of Photoshop Elements. This year, we’re up to number 13. Should you upgrade? Keep reading for my take. The Expert photo editing […]

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Last Day to Save on Fall Photo Editing Workshops

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It’s time to make your photos look better and save time. Are you ready to learn what it takes to become a great and efficient editor? I have three classes that will help you do just that. Rather than showing you my own edits or telling you about the classes myself, I’m going to let […]

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Fall Workshops Now Open for Registration – 7 Day Discount

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It’s time to make your photos look better and save time. Are you ready to learn what it takes to become a great and efficient editor? I have three classes that will help you do just that. Rather than showing you my own edits or telling you about the classes myself, I’m going to let […]

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Correct Camera Distortion in Photoshop Elements

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Do you ever take photos that come out with unreal, dizzy-making angles or lines that curve towards each other when you know they should be straight? You’ll notice this distortion in your photos in several situations. You might have: Shot looking up from the bottom of a tall building Used a lens that causes noticeable […]

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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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