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February 2016 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  February 5th, 2016

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The   February 2016 issue of PET has been posted, and all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Erin, Larry and Lesa  — from the February 2016 issue.

Winter Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  January 25th, 2016

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Winter” Photo Challenge!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the February 2016 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Nordic Ski Center by Charlie Chaffee
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New Photo Challenge: Lights

By Diana K  |  January 25th, 2016

Lights is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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To participate in the Flowers Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by January 31st.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown in the Caption field when uploading to the PET Gallery. If you’re having trouble figuring out the process, check out our Contests page, which offers more detailed instructions, as well as screenshots.

Good luck!

January 2016 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  January 4th, 2016

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The  January 2016 issue of PET has been posted, and all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Diana, Mike and Lesa  — from the January 2016 issue.

Distortion Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  December 16th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Distortion” Photo Challenge!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the January 2016 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

Twirled Sunflower by Sue Balk
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New Photo Challenge: Winter

By Diana K  |  December 16th, 2015

Winter is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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To participate in the Flowers Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by December 31st.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown in the Caption field when uploading to the PET Gallery. If you’re having trouble figuring out the process, check out our Contests page, which offers more detailed instructions, as well as screenshots.

Good luck!

2016 Calendar Templates Online

By Diana K  |  December 9th, 2015

We’ve uploaded the 2016 calendar files for one of our longtime reader-favorite articles, “Quick and Easy Calendars from Templates,” which originally ran in the November/December 2009 issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques. This year’s set has 11 different templates.2016Calendar

You can download the templates via this link. Just save the ZIP file on your computer, and double-click it (or use a utility like WinZip) to decompress it. The instructions in the article show you some ideas for creating your own calendar pages, but essentially, all you need to do to add a month to an Elements document is use the File > Place command, navigate to the PDF template you would like to use, open it and choose the month from the ‘Place PDF’ dialog box that follows. Click OK, and it will put the month into your document on a new layer as a Smart Object.

Once you’ve placed your month, you can resize it, move it and apply other adjustments to it as desired. And, because it’s a Smart Object, you can continue to resize it until you have it just the way you’d like it to be. Note that some versions of Photoshop Elements place the template page at a pretty large size on-screen. You might have to use Ctrl– (Mac: Command–) [that’s the ‘minus’, or ‘dash’ key on your keyboard] to change the Zoom view so that you can resize the page template.

Enjoy!

December 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  December 7th, 2015

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The  December 2015 issue of PET has been posted, and all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Lesa, Larry and Erin  — from the December 2015 issue.

Fall Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  November 17th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Fall ” Photo Challenge!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the December 2015 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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A Walk with Daddy by Christine Neff Kojetin
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New Photo Challenge: Distortion

By Diana K  |  November 17th, 2015

Distortion is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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To participate in the Distortion Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by November 30th.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown in the Caption field when uploading to the PET Gallery. If you’re having trouble figuring out the process, check out our Contests page, which offers more detailed instructions, as well as screenshots.

Good luck!

November 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  October 30th, 2015

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The  November 2015 issue of PET has been posted, and all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Lesa, Diana and Michelle  — from the November 2015 issue.

Flowers Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  October 16th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Flowers ” Photo Challenge!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the November 2015 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Untitled by NJ Weiner
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New Photo Challenge: Fall

By Diana K  |  October 16th, 2015

Fall is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Matt Kloskowski

To participate in the Flowers Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by October 31st.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown in the Caption field when uploading to the PET Gallery. If you’re having trouble figuring out the process, check out our Contests page, which offers more detailed instructions, as well as screenshots.

Good luck!

October 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  October 1st, 2015

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The  October 2015 issue of PET has been posted, and all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Larry, Erin and Mike  — from the October 2015 issue.

Silhouette Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  September 14th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Silhouette ” Photo Challenge!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the October 2015 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Sunshine Blues by John McGinn
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New Photo Challenge: Flowers

By Diana K  |  September 14th, 2015

Flowers is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Matt Kloskowski

To participate in the Flowers Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by September 30th.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown in the Caption field when uploading to the PET Gallery. If you’re having trouble figuring out the process, check out our Contests page, which offers more detailed instructions, as well as screenshots.

Good luck!

September 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  August 31st, 2015

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The September 2015 issue of PET has been posted, and all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Matt, Brian and Diana  — from the September 2015 issue.

Extracting Compressed Files

By Diana K  |  August 31st, 2015

Extracting Compressed Files on a PC and Mac

After downloading a zipped folder, you must extract the files to use them. After extracting, you may then delete the zipped folder.

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On a PC, double-click to open the zipped folder and drag the files out. Another easy method in Windows is to right-click on a zipped folder, and select Extract All from the context menu, which gives an option to select a destination.

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For a Mac:

To unzip an archived file, double-click on the zipped folder, or using Finder, locate the zipped files, right-click and select Open With > Archive Utility. The files will extract to the same directory as the zipped archives. You can select multiple archive files by using the Shift-or Command-click selection methods.

If your downloaded file is archived in a different format than ZIP, such as RAR, there are free third party free apps available to do the job.

For Windows:

PeaZip Extractor http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/33203-peaextractor

This very simple app extracts several types of archived files, including ZIP and RAR. It keeps the extraction process as quick and easy as possible, by dragging and dropping a compressed file onto the PeaExtractor window, and clicking OK. By default this extracts the contents of that archive to the same folder. It also provides a simple context menu. Right-click an archived file and you can extract it to the current folder, or another folder of your choice.

 

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Bitser for Windows http://www.bitser.org/download_zip.shtml

This free software for managing archives and backups is a favorite of mine. It supports over 20 compression formats, including ZIP and RAR. What I like best about Bitser is it can extract a whole folder full of compressed files at once. Just select multiple files, right click on them, select Bitser from the context menu which pops up, and watch it go to work extracting each one. You are given a choice where to extract the files.

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For Mac:

The Unarchiver http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

This is an open source app which supports a wide range of archive formats, including ZIP and RAR. It works seamlessly within OS X just like the built-in Archive Utility. After installing this app, to extract a compressed file, simply double-click on the file; The Unarchiver will create a folder with the same name as the archive and extract its contents into the folder.

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Windows and Mac:

Zipeg http://www.zipeg.com/

This is a universal free archived file opener for ZIP, RAR, and several other formats. At the download page, look under the screenshot for the download links for Mac and Windows versions.

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Patriotism Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  August 13th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Patriotism” Photo Challenge!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the September 2015 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Stars & Stripes Rose by Frank Zaremba
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New Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

By Diana K  |  August 13th, 2015

Silhouettes is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Image by Diana Day

To participate in the Silhouette Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by August 31st.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown in the Caption field when uploading to the PET Gallery. If you’re having trouble figuring out the process, check out our Contests page, which offers more detailed instructions, as well as screenshots.

Good luck!

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