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PET closure update

By Rick LePage  |  July 18th, 2016

Dear PET community,

Most of you know that we are in the process of closing Photo One, the publishers of Photoshop Elements Techniques and ON1 Photo magazines. The magazine websites will close on August 5, and I know that many people are frantically working to download videos and tutorials from our archives, but that is a daunting task, and I know many folks are enjoying the summer holidays and are far from their computers.

I am trying to find a home for most of the tutorials, however. It probably won’t happen until after August 5, but once the site closes, I will put a static web page up at this address. As things happen, I will let folks know the status of things.

Understand that there are tens of gigabytes of applicable videos, and a few gigabytes of PDF tutorials that are in the process of being archived. I will do my best to make them available to everyone, free of charge.

I am not doing anything, however, about the Web tutorials. The majority of them are more than 8 years old, and have little relevance to most folks because they deal with very old versions of Elements. If you’d like to look at those and see if there’s something you’d like to save, check out the Web tutorials listing pages. You should be able to print them out easily. (Go to a tutorial you want to keep, click the Print link in the bar above the article but underneath the headline. That should give you a fairly clean copy to print out.)

If you did not receive the email about the closure, send us an email to that effect to customersupport@photoonemedia.com.

Lastly, we would like to say thanks, from the bottom of our hearts, for outpouring of love and support that Diana and I have received from the PET community since the announcement. This was a very hard decision for us to make; we probably went on longer than we should have, but we felt an obligation to you, our dear readers, to make a go of it. We have loved you all, and wish you nothing but the best in your future photographic endeavors. We truly wished that we could have gone on publishing this little magazine forever.

Sincerely,
Rick

June 2016 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  June 9th, 2016

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

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To download the issue to your computer, click on the “Download this article as a PDF” link below.

Still Life Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  May 20th, 2016

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Still Life” 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 2016 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Summer Wine by B & H Carrière

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New Photo Challenge: Green

By Diana K  |  May 20th, 2016

Green is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Matt Kloskowski

To participate in the Still Life Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by May 3oth.

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 2016 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  May 9th, 2016

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

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To download the issue to your computer, click on the “Download this article as a PDF” link below.

Blue Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  April 23rd, 2016

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ BLUE” 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 2016 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Majesty In Blue by Paulette Geiger

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New Photo Challenge: Still Life

By Diana K  |  April 23rd, 2016

Still Life is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Matt Kloskowski

To participate in the Still Life Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by April 3oth.

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!

April 2016 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  April 11th, 2016

The   April 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, Simon, and Diana  — from the April 2016 issue.

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To download the issue to your computer, click on the “Download this article as a PDF” link below.

Correction: New Photo Challenge: Blue

By Diana K  |  March 21st, 2016

Blue is the theme for our next Photo Challenge. Sorry for the confusion, the next photo challenge is blue

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

Faces Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  March 21st, 2016

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Faces” 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 2016 issue of Photo Elements Techniques.

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Girl and Grandmother by Richard Weston

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March 2016 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  March 7th, 2016

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

To download the issue to your computer, click on the “Download this article as a PDF” link below.

Lights Photo Challenge Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

By Diana K  |  February 16th, 2016

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “ Lights” 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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All Balloon Glow by Isabel C. Rodriguez
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New Photo Challenge: Faces

By Diana K  |  February 16th, 2016

Faces is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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Photo by Robin Winkler

To participate in the Faces Photo Challenge, simply upload your image to the PET Subscriber Gallery by February 29th.

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!

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!

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