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Cityscape Photo Challenge Finalists:

By Diana K  |  July 14th, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Cityscape” 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/October 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques.  (Voting is now closed)

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Leaving Seattle by Carol Calkins

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Evening in Monte Carlo by Carol Huczek

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Sydney Harbour by Hans Lignell

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Hong Kong Night by Frank Zaremba

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Toronto City Hall by Ken Summers

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New York Sunrise 01 by Bob Deasy

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Dark Clouds over Luna Park by Robert B. Green

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Downtown Orlando by Shirley Resnick

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Down on the Corner by Ed Stewart

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

New Photo Challenge: Farm Life

By Diana K  |  July 14th, 2014

Farm Life is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Matt Kloskowski, to see more of Matt’s work visit www.mattk.com.

To participate in the Farm Life Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by August 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!

Misprint in July/August Issue

By Diana K  |  June 26th, 2014

Anthurium by Ken Summers

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Whoops! On page 40 of July/August issue, the photo titled “Anthurium” was incorrectly credited to Carol Huczek. The photographer that took this photo was Ken Summers from Ontario, Canada.  We’re really sorry Ken! While we’re sure Carol was thrilled to be credited with this great photo, we wanted to make sure everyone knows it’s yours. We’ll make it up to ya

Thanks!

July/August 2014 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  June 25th, 2014

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The July/August 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 Matt, Larry, Diana, Erin, Mike and Michelle   — from the July/August issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by July 16th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by July 23rd; delivery worldwide should be complete by July 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 June 9th, 2014, our second mailing will go out from the printer in late July for an early August delivery. After that, you’ll be on the schedule for the initial mailing.)

 

Fun in the Sun: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  May 21st, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Fun in the Sun”!  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 July/August 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. Voting is now closed.

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1st Day at the Beach, by RaNae Taylor
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New Photo Challenge: Cityscapes

By Diana K  |  May 21st, 2014

Cityscapes is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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To participate in the Cityscapes Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to either the PET Subscriber Gallery or the Elements Village Gallery by June 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!

May/June 2014 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  April 30th, 2014

 

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The May/June 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 Matt, Larry, Diana, Erin, Mike, Chuckie and Michelle — from the May/June issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by May 15th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by May 22nd; delivery worldwide should be complete by May 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 April 9th, 2014, our second mailing will go out from the printer in late May for an early June delivery. After that, you’ll be on the schedule for the initial mailing.)

 

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!

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