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Transportation Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  March 21st, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Tranportation 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 (voting is now closed). The three photos with the most votes may appear in the May/June 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques.

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Kayaker in Fog, by Linda Rutherford
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New Photo Challenge: Fun in the Sun

By Diana K  |  March 21st, 2014

Fun in the Sun is the theme for our next Photo Challenge. Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to get out there and shoot!

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To participate in the Fun in the Sun 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 2014 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  February 27th, 2014

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The March/April 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, Mike, Lesa and Michelle — from the March/April issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by March 14th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by March 21st; delivery worldwide should be complete by March 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 February 9th, 2014, our second mailing will go out from the printer in late March for an early April delivery. After that, you’ll be on the schedule for the initial mailing.)

 

Red Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  January 8th, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Red 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 (voting is now closed). The three photos with the most votes may appear in the March/April issue of Photographic Elements Techniques.

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This sweet ”Handful of Cranberries” was submitted by Tonja Hjøllo.
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New Photo Challenge: Transportation

By Diana K  |  January 8th, 2014

Transportation is the theme for our next Photo Challenge. So let’s see your best photos that fly, float, drive or transport people or things.

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To participate in the Transportation 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!

January/February Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  December 29th, 2013

Editor’s Note – Sorry there was a corrupted link on the original post, I had to delete the entire post and rebuild to correct it.

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The January/February 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, Corey and Pete — from the January/February issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by January 13th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by January 20th; 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, 2013, 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.)

 

Learn Elements Today 12 is available

By Rick LePage  |  December 11th, 2013

LET12-coverI just wanted to let folks know that we’ve finished the latest update to our Learn Photoshop Elements Today course — for Photoshop Elements 12 — and it is now available in our store.

Since there were very few new features in Photoshop Elements 12, the new disc is a modified version of the Learn Elements Today 11 disc from last year, with a new section on the changes and additions found in this year’s update.

If you have an earlier version of the disc, either from direct purchase off our website or via your subscription, look for our next eNews to see how you can get access to the new videos for Elements 12 or upgrade at a low price. That should go out in early January.

If you would like to see our existing videos about the new features in Elements 12, check out our PET Learning Center, which has eight videos from Matt Kloskowski.

Thanks for your support, and have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at PET!

PET site issues

By Rick LePage  |  November 12th, 2013

Hi,

I wanted to post a quick note about three housekeeping things related to the site.

  • First, we just discovered that our Contact Us email help form was sporadically not sending emails to us. We believe that we’ve fixed the problem, so if you’ve tried to send us a note about a missing issue or another problem related to your subscription in the last couple of weeks, we apologize, and ask if you can resend it to us. (If you sent it after Sunday, Nov. 10, we’ve got it.) You can either use the form, or you can send an email to customersupport@photoshopelementsuser.com.
       Our apologies on this one — it took a fair amount of sleuthing to figure out what was wrong, largely because we were getting some emails.
  • We are currently finishing up the Learn Photoshop Elements Today DVD for Photoshop Elements 12, and should have it available around Thanksgiving. We have had a few people asking about the disc; we had hoped to have it available by now, but events have just conspired against us this fall.
  • On a related note, we’ve discovered that we inadvertently mailed out some blank Learn Photoshop Elements Today 11 discs. If you received one, just send us an email at the address above, with “Blank LET disc” in the subject line and your address in the message, and we’ll send a replacement disc out immediately.

We try very hard to do right by our customers, and we apologize for the delays and the problems. Hopefully we’ve got them all figured out, and it will be smooth sailing through the rest of the year.

Sincerely,
Rick

Travel Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  November 4th, 2013

Thank you, to all the photographers that participated in the Travel Photo Challenge. It was so exciting to see all the wonderful images that PET members have captured while on their travels.  Below are the finalist for the Travel Photo Challenge, be sure to look in the January/February 2014 issue of PET to find out the winners.

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This colorful landscape titled “Shakes Glacier with River Beauty in Bloom” was photographed by Betty Eich.

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Cathie Frost was lucky enough to capture this stunning “Sunrise at Grand Canyon”.

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You feel like you’re stepping back in time when you view “Isle of Capri”, submitted by Carol Huczek.

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Claude Prevost shot this tranquil and serene photograph titled “Dolce Vita”.

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Dan DellaChiesa leaves viewers “Transported” with this lovely photo.

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This captivating image titled “Doorways” was photographed by Hilma Anderson.

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You can almost hear the sounds of the “Magical Forest” while looking at  Steve Rich’s photo.

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The essence of “The Conductor” was captured perfectly by Shirley Resnick.

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The vivid colors really pop in this image titled “Ice Cream on the Mekong” by Tom Shanley.

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Ed Stewart photographed this gorgeous photo of “Moraine Lake”.

Congratulations to all our finalist! Our “The Color Red” Photo-Challenge is going on right now. Don’t forget to join the fun!

New Photo Challenge: The Color Red

By Diana K  |  November 4th, 2013

The Color Red is the theme for our next Photo Challenge. Get your creative juices flowing and show us what you can do with “The Color Red”.

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To participate in the The Color Red Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by December 31st.

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!

November/December Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  October 25th, 2013

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The November/December 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, Chuckie and Matt — from the November/December issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by November 12th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by November 19th; 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 7th, 2013, 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.)

 

5 Photo Tips For Fall

By Diana K  |  October 18th, 2013

With all the wonderful photography opportunities that fall presents, we thought these tips might come in handy. This blog post was originally posted on www.mattk.com.

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5 Things To Look For When Photographing In The Fall

1. Backlit Trees - During the fall the colors can really pop with some blazing color when the sun is behind them (A.K.A. Backlit). In order for the color to really pop and have that appearance that they’re glowing, the trees sunlight. So, while you’re always being told to shoot right at sunrise or sunset, you can bend that rule a bit and shoot when the sun is a little bit higher (but still low), so that the leaves have that backlit glow to them.

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2. Contrast – Find a bright colored tree (or trees) that’s surrounded by darker trees. Then put your zoom lens on, and zoom in to really showcase the color that stands out.

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3. Include the Sun Behind a Tree or Branch - I’m a huge fan of including the sun in a photo. If you’re walking around a grove of trees, try setting your aperture to f/16. Then shoot into the sun, and position yourself so the sun is just at the edge of a branch, leaf, or tree trunk to get that little sun-star like you see here.

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4. Cloudy Weather – Cloudy weather is actually really good for photographing in the fall. The photo below would never have looked as good on a harsh sunny day, and would have been too dark at sunrise or sunset. The colors really stand out and typically don’t have as much glare on them as they would a sunny day. Remember, during the fall, sometimes the color is why you’re out there. It’s a very short time during the year where nature is that colorful. The weather is secondary. So on cloudy overcast days (where you’d normally leave your camera back home), you can actually shoot because the colors look great. Oh…and try putting your polarizer on to help saturate the colors and remove any glare.

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Extra Tip: Border Patrol – If you’re out shooting on an overcast day, try not to include too much of the sky. Typically, on an overcast day the sky will just be white (or gray, but probably white). White skies usually don’t look good. So, whether it’s in camera or in Lightroom/Photoshop, crop ‘em out.

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5. Pumpkins! Nothing says fall like pumpkins. If you’re taking portraits, find a good pumpkin patch. Ask nicely if you can bring your kids, grandkids, or whoever by to take their photo. Maybe even buy a pumpkin or two before you ask. Then stop by early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Put a long lens on (like maybe 200mm) and stand back so that the people fill the frame at 200mm. Set your camera to Aperture Priority, use the lowest aperture setting. Finally, position the people right in front of some pumpkins with the sun behind them and you can get some great photos.

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Thanks for stopping by and good luck while on your fall photo adventures!

The Learning Center for Photoshop Elements 12 is Now Online

By Diana K  |  October 16th, 2013

The much anticipated Learning Center videos are up and ready! So click here to check out some of the new features in Photoshop Elements 12.

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Visit the Learning Center where Matt Kloskowski shows you all the great new features of Photoshop Elements 12. There are eight videos that give you an overview of the Content Aware Move feature, the Revel Integration, the Straighten and Fill Edges feature, the Organizer changes, the Open in Camera RAW feature, the Effects, Textures and Frame features of Quick Edit, the Auto Smart Tone feature and the New Guided Edit choices.

Have fun learning!

2014 Calendar Templates Online

By Diana K  |  October 15th, 2013

It’s that time of year: for pumpkins, fall foliage and yes, calendar templates. We’ve uploaded the 2014 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 10 different templates, three styles for CD jewel-case-style calendars, two styles of old-style templates, and both portrait and landscape templates. We’ve also included the Photoshop Elements page template for the jewel case.

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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.

If you’d like help with the jewel case template, check out the blog post about the templates: there are tips and screen shots there for creating an awesome, personalized gift.

Enjoy!

Introducing Photoshop Elements 12

By Diana K  |  September 24th, 2013

Along with the seasonal changes, we welcome Adobe’s release of the latest version, Elements 12. This version features some tweaks and fine-tuning to the major changes unveiled in Elements 11, so let’s introduce you to some of the prominent things you’ll see in version 12. BoxShot12

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Family Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  September 13th, 2013

Thank you, to all the photographers that participated in the Family Photo Challenge. So many wonderful images were submitted, and since we always have such a difficult time choosing the winners, we decided that the PET community should do it! Below are the finalist for the Family Photo Challenge, be sure to look in the November/December issue of PET to find out the winners.

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You can see the joy in “A Father’s Love” taken by Christina Brashears.

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A sweet moment captured by Cathie Frost, the photograph is titled “A Mother’s Love”.

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This fun and carefree photo is titled “Summer Fun” and was shot by Douglas Conrad

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You can almost hear the laughter when looking at “Cousins” submitted by Diane Hansen.

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This colorful image titled “Brother’s Blue Eyes” was photographed by Sue Ellen Koons.

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This “Unscripted Moment” was captured by Lorri Sweeney.

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What child doesn’t love to play dress up? Nelda Agrusa photographed “Taking Tea With Nana”.

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Patti Pitzer captured this “Tender Moment”.

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This darling photo is titled “CHOCOLATE-COOKIE!!”, cause that’s how you get the kids to smile that big was taken by Tonja Hjøllo.

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This “Happy Family” knows that laughter is what it’s all about, photographed by Wendy Engquist.

Congratulations to all our finalist! Our “Travel” Photo-Challenge is going on right now. Don’t forget to join the fun!

New Photo Challenge: Travel

By Diana K  |  September 13th, 2013

Travel is the theme for our next Photo Challenge. When you’re traveling or on vacation a camera is never far away. So with summer just about over, what better way to show off the photos you’ve accumulated. We can’t wait to see where you’ve been!

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To participate in the Travel Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by October 31st.

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!

September/October Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  August 29th, 2013

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The September/October 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, Lesa and Cory — from the September/October issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by September 13th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by September 20th; delivery worldwide should be complete by September 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 August 7th, 2013, our second mailing will go out from the printer in late September for an early October delivery. After that, you’ll be on the schedule for the initial mailing.)

 

Reflections Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  July 31st, 2013

Thank you, to all the photographers that participated in the Reflections Photo Challenge. Once again we had several stunning photos submitted. The talent of our members continues to awe and inspire us. Below are the finalist for the Reflections Photo Challenge, be sure to look in the September/October issue of PET to find out the winners of the Photo Challenge.

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This tranquil reflection with its vibrant pink colors was taken by Judy Kepshire.

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Joe Russell shot this majestic landscape of Mt. Shuskan.

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This image of a graceful Blue Heron was photographed by Allison Smith.

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This image by Sue Wharton, is aptly titled “A Different View”.

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Whether you look straight at him, or view his profile reflection, this little cutie is adorable! Submitted by Christina Brashears

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This beautiful landscape of Boulder Island was shot by Jeff Woodard.

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Will he turn into a Prince? This gorgeous shot was taken by Tom Whipple.

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This unique image, titled “A Glass of Tranquility”, was submitted by Ron Seiverth.

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This amazing sunrise at Glacier National Park was captured by Judy Stowell.

Congratulations to all our finalist! Our “Family” Photo-Challenge is going on right now. Don’t forget to join the fun!

New Photo Challenge: Family

By Diana K  |  July 31st, 2013

“Say Cheese”  When starting out in photography, family is often our first subject. Whether it’s a toothless smile from an infant or the face of a great-grandparent that portrays the wisdom of their years, photographing family is where many of us got our start. The composition can be silly and informal or traditionally posed. The family you photograph might be your own or some of our furry or feathered friends.  So grab your camera, and start shooting, we can’t wait to see the images you come up with.

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To participate in the Family Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by August 31st.

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!

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