by Gary A. Cain, Ph.D.
Photoshop Elements Software
Up and down, up and down. Like a cheerleader on speed. Up and down.
For months in this blog I’ve been jumping up and down, raving about the great things you can do to improve your photographs using inexpensive Photoshop Elements photo-editing software on your home computer.
The Photoshop Elements program currently goes for only $99.99US directly from Adobe. You may even already have it. It came free in the box when I bought a camera several years ago. Check yours.
Photoshop Elements Techniques Tutorials
Fair enough, you say, but how did I learn, step by step, from the beginning, to actually carry out photograph improvements using Photoshop Elements?
Answer: Mostly by watching online videos and reading how-to articles at Photoshop Elements Techniques, a subscription Web site (at photoshopelementsuser.com) and magazine created by Photo One Media.
Their training cost is incredibly modest. As of today, according to their web site, a 1-year subscription costs only $59US. That gets you:
(1) A DVD with tutorials, tips, and tricks
(2) A 33-page e-book “Mastering Layers with Elements”
(3) Full access to their online video and written training course
(4) A hardcopy magazine featuring new tutorials, tips, and tricks 6 times a year.
It’s an even better deal if you sign up for 2 years or skip the hardcopy magazine. There’s even a free Starter Kit if you’re nervous about subscribing for a whole year.
That’s an absolute bargain. There are hundreds of how-to articles from entry level to skilled expert, all of them broken down into easy to follow step-by-step sequences. Online, you pick and choose what you want to learn about and when.
I was a total rookie when I signed up, and I’m glad I did. In fact, I’m still a subscriber, and still have lots more to learn. The videos and articles are created by world-class Photoshop experts, including Matt Kloskowski and Dave Cross, to name just two.
Both videos and articles are packaged in small, easy-to-digest sizes which are easy to work into your busy schedule. Videos typically run around 5 minutes to at most 10. Magazine articles are usually just 2 to 8 pages, most of which is pictures. Most importantly, they include each and every step you need to carry out, from opening the original photo to saving the final file.
As you’ll learn at Photoshop Elements Techniques, the Elements software can be used for much more than just manipulating photographs. You can add text or graphic elements to your photographs, or build new images entirely from scratch, such as greeting cards or scrapbook pages.
BEFORE — Unexciting Brooklyn Bridge Original Photo
AFTER — Same Brooklyn Bridge Photo After Photoshop Elements Processing
Bottom line, with Photoshop Elements photo-editing software and training by Photoshop Elements Techniques, I’ve learned not only to improve my photographs, but also to create state-of-the-art, uh, art.
Check out the transformation of my Brooklyn Bridge original photo, left, straight out of the camera, to the wildly colorful, exciting, impressionistic version at right applying what I learned from several Photoshop Elements Techniques tutorials.
If I can do it, so can you.
Disclosure: The author was not compensated by Adobe or Photo One Media for these endorsements.