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June 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  May 27th, 2015

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

Bokeh Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  May 15th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Bokeh” 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 June 2015 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Window Glasses by Doris Pacheco
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New Photo Challenge: Windows

By Diana K  |  May 15th, 2015

Windows is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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To participate in the Windows Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by May 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!

May 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  April 29th, 2015

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The May 2015 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 Matt  — from the May 2015 issue.

Download: Free Frame Bundle

By Diana K  |  April 10th, 2015

Here is a collection of frames from Photo Elements Techniques. This pack includes ten frames, saved in png format. You are free to use the frames in any and all of your creations without restriction; you may not redistribute them or post them elsewhere without permission, however.

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Click to download the Frames.zip file to your computer. The file is called Frames.zip. Most Web browsers will download the file to a specific folder, often called Downloads or My Downloads. Once on your computer, double-click on the ZIP file to decompress it–if your system doesn’t do this automatically. Once decompressed (or unZIPped) on your computer, the frames can be opened in Elements by choosing File > Open, and going to the location where you downloaded the file.

 

Ideas for Modifying the Frames – below are some ideas from Diana Day. For  information on how to use frames,  download Diana Day’s Frame it article from the September/October 2011 issue.  

Change the Color

  1. Click the Foreground color tile and, in the Color Picker, select the color you want. You may wish to sample a color from the photo you’ll be using.
  2. Press Ctrl‐U (Mac: Command‐U) to open the Hue/Saturation dialog. Click the box next to Colorize. This may look quite dull at first.
  3. Tweak the color by adjusting the Saturation and Lightness sliders. You can also change to another color by adjusting the Hue slider.

Clip a Texture or Scrapbooking Paper to a Frame

  1. With the Frame open in Elements, click File>Place, navigate to where the Texture or Paper is located, click on it, then click the Place button, to bring it into the image.
  2. If the texture doesn’t cover the frame, drag out the bounding box handles until the frame is fully covered. Then click the Green check mark, or press Enter.
  3. Right-click on the texture layer, and from the menu, click Simplify.
  4. The color of the Texture can be changed, if desired, using the steps above.
  5. With the Texture layer active, press Ctrl-G (Mac: Command-G) to clip the texture to the shape of the frame.
  6. To bring back the original contours of the frame, change the Blending mode of the Texture layer from Normal to Multiply, or try some of the other Blending modes.
  7. Lower the Opacity of the Texture, if needed.
  8. Merge the Texture layer down to the Frame layer by pressing Ctrl-E (Mac: Command-E)

Modifying the Frames

  • If you would rather have one large opening in the barn window frames, you can remove the windowpane dividers (muntins) by selecting and deleting them. Then touch up the area where they joined the window frame, using the Clone Stamp tool.
  • The Brick Window Triptych can be cut down to one or two openings by selecting and deleting the unwanted sections.
  • You can cut a wide wood frame down to a narrower frame, if desired. With the Rectangular Marquee tool, select the inside area you wish to keep. From the menu, click Select>Inverse, and then press the Delete key. It’s important when making the selection that the corner points of the selection are precisely positioned on the mitered corner where the sides meet and that the sides are kept an equal width. Turning on View>Grid may help with the selection.

 

Food Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  March 31st, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Food” 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 May/June 2015 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Delicious by Tonya Thomas
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New Photo Challenge: Bokeh

By Diana K  |  March 31st, 2015

Bokeh  is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Image created by Corey Barker

To participate in the Bokeh Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by April 30th.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown (without the quotes) in the Keywords field if uploading to the Elements Village Gallery, or in the Caption field if uploading to the PET Gallery. This is how we identify images intended for the challenge. 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!

March/April 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  February 26th, 2015

 

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The March/April 2015  issue of PET has started mailing to print subscribers, but all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Larry, Diana, Erin, Candice, Mike and Lesa  — from the March/April 2015 issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by March 17th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by March 30th; delivery worldwide should be complete by April 15th. If you’re missing your issue after the dates listed above, send us a note via our contact form on the website.

PET is Going Digital

By Diana K  |  February 21st, 2015

Excerpt from January’s Letter From The Editor email. 

Dear PET subscribers,

We’ve been publishing Photo Elements Techniques for more than 10 years now, from a small 16-page newsletter to our current 40-page magazine. We’ve seen a lot of change since those early days – remember Photoshop Elements 3, and our teeny-tiny videos, anyone? – and we’re blessed to have had a wonderful group of subscribers who have followed us as they’ve learned about Elements, photography, scrapbooking and more.

This month, we’re making one change that will affect the future of PET: we will no longer accept subscriptions for the print version of the magazine. It doesn’t mean that we will stop printing the magazine at this time, but the constantly rising costs in paper, ink and postage have made it hard for us to stay profitable while producing a magazine of PET’s quality. It has become increasingly clear to us that, without some big changes in the way we create and distribute the magazine, we would go out of business.

Over the past two years, we have worked hard to keep our costs low, and we have also made the digital version of PET easy to download, read on any computer or tablet without unnecessary copy protection or other locking technology that can make it difficult. The digital magazine is also printable in high-quality mode – we already know plenty of subscribers who print tutorials from the digital version of an issue or via the single PDFs on the PET website.

However, we will reach a point where it is no longer economically feasible to print the magazine. We’re looking at ways to print as long as we possibly can, but we felt that it was important to let you know as soon as we realized that we’d have to make this decision. Please understand that we’re not part of some big publishing conglomerate. We are a very small company (there are just a couple of us on staff) and we love what we do. We’re going to keep moving forward, and we know that this change will help keep us producing a high-quality magazine – ultimately in a digital format – and great online videos for years to come.

I’d like to personally thank you for your support during this transition. I’ve been involved with PET for several years now, and I can tell you that I’ve never been as excited as I am today at the possibilities ahead. The digital format will open up a world of opportunity for us to do new and exciting things for you, and I can’t wait to share it all with you in the coming months.

Sincerely,

Diana Kloskowski

Editor-in-chief

Download: Free Color Play Lightroom Presets

By Diana K  |  February 5th, 2015

Download a set of Color Play Lightroom Presets created by Erin Peloquin. This set of 7 Presets includes: An Apple for a Teacher, Jack-o-Lantern Photos, Changing Leaves, Crisp Blue Sky, Turkey Day, Blue & Silver and Red & Green. 

For help using Lightroom Actions check out Matt Kloskowski’s video.

Download the ZIP file to your computer by clicking on the “Download this file” link below. The file is called PET-ColorPlay-Presets.zip. Most Web browsers will download the file to a specific folder, often called Downloads or My Downloads. Once on your computer, double-click on the ZIP file to decompress it–if your system doesn’t do this automatically.

Macro Photo Challenge Finalists

By Diana K  |  January 14th, 2015

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Macro” 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 March/April  2015 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. Voting is now closed.

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Pick a Straw by Shirley Resnick
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New Photo Challenge: Food

By Diana K  |  January 14th, 2015

Food  is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Mike Rodriguez

To participate in the Food Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by February 28th.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown (without the quotes) in the Keywords field if uploading to the Elements Village Gallery, or in the Caption field if uploading to the PET Gallery. This is how we identify images intended for the challenge. 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!

Download: Free Grunge Textures (Grunge Pack 2)

By Diana K  |  January 9th, 2015

Here is a collections of royalty-free textures from Photo Elements Techniques. This pack includes six textures–shown in the sample page below–saved in JPG format. You are free to use the textures in any and all of your creations without restriction; you may not redistribute them or post them elsewhere without permission, however.

Under the sample page, you’ll find a download link for the collection–which has been compressed into a ZIP file–the file name and its size (in megabytes). Save the ZIP file on your computer, and double-click it (or use a utility like WinZip) to decompress it into a folder containing the sample page and the six textures. If you’re having trouble finding the file, check your Downloads folder, or search for the file by its name.

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Download Grunge Textures Pack 2 (PET-texture-Grunge-2.zip; 3.1 MB) Please note theses textures are 3000 x 2000 pixels.

January/February 2015 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  December 23rd, 2014

The January/February 2015 issue of PET has started mailing to print subscribers, but all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Larry, Diana, Erin, Brian, Mike and Lesa  — from the January/February 2015 issue.

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Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by January 16th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by January 23rd; delivery worldwide should be complete by January 30th. If you’re missing your issue after the dates listed above, send us a note via our contact form on the website. (If you subscribed after December 8th, 2014, our second mailing will go out from the printer in late January for an early February delivery. After that, you’ll be on the schedule for the initial mailing.)

Download Christmas Cookie Goodies: Free Brushes, Patterns, Shapes, Elements, Styles & Textures

By Diana K  |  December 2nd, 2014

The Cookie Goodies Kit is a compressed ZIP file that contains elements, custom styles, patterns, brushes, custom shapes and textures to help you create and decorate Christmas cookies. This kit is used in the Bake a Batch of Christmas Cookies video tutorial.

This kit is for your personal, non­commercial use. Please do not use in commercial projects.

Black & White: Photo Challenge Finalists

By Diana K  |  November 12th, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Black & White” 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/February  2015 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. voting is now closed

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SUNFLOWER by Christell Faul
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New Photo Challenge: Macro

By Diana K  |  November 12th, 2014

Macro (or extreme close-up)  is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Matt Kloskowski

To participate in the Macro Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by December 30th.

Please be sure to place the phrase “Photo-Challenge” exactly as shown (without the quotes) in the Keywords field if uploading to the Elements Village Gallery, or in the Caption field if uploading to the PET Gallery. This is how we identify images intended for the challenge. 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!

Download: Free Grunge Textures (Grunge Pack 1)

By Diana K  |  November 7th, 2014

Here is a collections of royalty-free textures from Photo Elements Techniques. This pack includes six textures–shown in the sample page below–saved in JPG format. You are free to use the textures in any and all of your creations without restriction; you may not redistribute them or post them elsewhere without permission, however.

Under the sample page, you’ll find a download link for the collection–which has been compressed into a ZIP file–the file name and its size (in megabytes). Save the ZIP file on your computer, and double-click it (or use a utility like WinZip) to decompress it into a folder containing the sample page and the six textures. If you’re having trouble finding the file, check your Downloads folder, or search for the file by its name

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Download Grunge Textures Pack 1 (PET-texture-Grunge-1.zip; 3.1 MB) Please note theses textures are 3000 x 2000 pixels.

November/December 2014 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  October 28th, 2014

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The November/December 2014 issue of PET has started mailing to print subscribers, but all subscribers can download the PDF of the magazine — and the sample files for articles from Larry, Diana, Erin, Michelle, Matt, Chuckie and Lesa  — from the November/December 2014 issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by November 16th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by November 23rd; delivery worldwide should be complete by November 30th.

If you’re missing your issue after the dates listed above, send us a note via our contact form on the website. (If you subscribed after October 8th, 2014, our second mailing will go out from the printer in late November for an early December delivery. After that, you’ll be on the schedule for the initial mailing.)

 

Download: Free Textures (Metal, Wood, Stone, Fabric, Weaves)

By Diana K  |  October 23rd, 2014

Here are three collections of royalty-free textures from Photo Elements Techniques. Each collection includes six high-resolution textures–shown in the sample pages below–saved in JPG format. You are free to use the textures in any and all of your creations without restriction; you may not redistribute them or post them elsewhere without permission, however.

Under each sample page, you’ll find a download link for the collection–which has been compressed into a ZIP file–the file name and its size (in megabytes). Save the ZIP file on your computer, and double-click it (or use a utility like WinZip) to decompress it into a folder containing the sample page and the five textures. If you’re having trouble finding the file, check your Downloads folder, or search for the file by its name

Download Texture Pack 1 (PET-texture-pack-1_(metal-stone).zip; 28MB)

Download Texture Pack 2 (PET-texture-pack-2_(weaves-grain).zip; 25MB)

Download Texture Pack 3 (PET-texture-pack-3_(fabric-wood-etc).zip; 27MB)

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