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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.

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In This Kit

Patterns

  • 5 Cookie Dough patterns
  • 2 Sprinkles patterns
  • 4 Sugar Crystal patterns
  • 1 Nonpareils pattern

Note: The patterns files are very large because they contain 3600 px by 3600 px textures. You can save a texture as a pattern for easy use.

Brushes

  • 4 Sprinkles brushes
  • 4 Sugar Crystal brushes
  • 3 Nonpareils brushes
  • 10 Cookie Cracks brushes

Custom Shapes

  • 16 Christmas Cookies shapes

Styles

  • 9 Sparkles styles
  • 3 Sugar Cookies styles
  • 7 Nonpareils styles

Textures

  • 5 Cookie Dough textures (3600 px by 3600px)

Elements

  • 1 Cinnamon Drop
  • 1 Silver Ball

Patterns & Textures

Samples - Cookie Dough Patterns

Samples - Sprinkles Patterns

Samples - Sugar Cystal Patterns

Samples - Rainbow Nonpareils Pattern

Brushes

Samples - Cookie Cracks Samples - Nonpareils Samples - Sprinkles and Crystals

Custom Shapes

Samples - Christmas Cookie Shapes

Styles

Samples - Rainbow Nonpareils Styles Samples - Sugar Cystals  Styles Samples -Sprinkles Styles

 

Download the ZIP file to your computer by clicking on the “Cookie Goodie” link or the first image at the top. The file is called PET_CookieGoodiesKit.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.

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)

2015 Calendar Templates Online

By Diana K  |  October 15th, 2014

We’ve uploaded the 2015 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, including a new one page style, three styles for CD jewel-case-style calendars 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!

7 Tips for Gorgeous Fall Photos

By Diana K  |  October 14th, 2014

Editor’s note – I saw this post on Matt’s blog and thought PET Members would enjoy these great tips. Since I’ve got an “in” with the writer, he agreed to let me post it ;)  This blog post was originally posted on www.mattk.com.

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7 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET GORGEOUS PHOTOS THIS SEASON

I just got back from Michigan earlier this week and I could tell that the fall season of colors was working it’s way in. Some trees had already turned some bright colors, some tree tops had just started turning, and some trees were still green. But it got me thinking that it’s time to share some fall photography tips to help you make the most out of photographing during one of my favorite times of the year to shoot.

First… A Word From the Sponsor :)

Before we get started on the tips, I wanted to let you know I have a class on Fall Photography on KelbyOne.com. It’s called the Fall Photography Field Guide. It goes over all the gear, camera settings, composition, lens choice, weather, and lots of other things around Fall Photography. So make sure you check it out. Also, you’ll find lots of waterfalls and streams around while you’re out shooting so don’t forget to check out my Long Exposure Photography class. Finally,Moose Peterson has some Fall Photography classes up on KelbyOne that you’ll want to see as well.

Okay, now that we’ve got that outta the way, on to the tips!

1. Backlit Trees

Sunlight behind the leaves of a tree looks awesome. It makes the trees look like they’re glowing! And the best part of shooting backlit trees is that you can do it at nearly any time of day. Of course, the colors look great when the sun is just coming up and going down (not as harsh). But they also look great when the sun is higher up in the sky and the leaves and trees are backlit.

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Mini TIP: And if you can compose the photo so that whatever is backlit, is up against a darker tree (or whatever) in the background, even better. Now those backlit trees and leaves will look even brighter and more interesting because they’ll stand out more.

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2. Keep Your Polarizer On Most of the Time

I always have my polarizer with me when I’m out shooting. But it’s probably only on half the time – except when I’m shooting fall color and leaves/trees. Then it’s almost-always on my lens. The polarizer does two things for fall colors. 1) It helps reduce glare on the leaves. Try it. Put your polarizer on and turn it one way and then back. You’ll see how it changes the amount of glare that appears on leaves and everything else around. 2) It helps make the color pop a little more than normal. Sure you could do this in Lightroom/Photoshop later, but it is nice to have it done in camera already. But really, the big lesson here is #1. There’s no removing glare in post-processing. Once it’s there, it’s there and a polarizer really helps reduce it.

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Mini TIP: Oh, and in addition to helping with glare and colors (especially on overcast days), it serves as a bit of neutral density filter to help slow down water.

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 3. Use the Sun

If you’ve seen any of my photos before then you know I love shooting in to the sun and trying to get that sunstar effect. Try to position yourself so the sun is at the edge of a tree or visible through the leaves you’re looking at. Again, this opens up more times of the day to shoot because you can still get some great photos when the sun is higher in the sky. It even goes great with the first tip above (the one on Backlit trees), because you can use shoot backlit trees, along with the sun behind them for some great photos.

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4. Shoot Tight

Fall color is a great time to put on the long lens and get creative and shoot tight. There’s so many great looking things with fall photography that you miss with a wide angle lens. Shoot tighter. Use wider apertures for some depth of field. Look for patterns. Capture backlit trees even closer. There’s lots of possibilities here.

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5. Shoot on Cloudy Days

Cloudy days work really well for photographing the fall colors too. Everything tends to be more flat and evenly lit on cloudy or overcast days. So the colors in the leaves stand out even more. Plus, if you’re shooting anything with moving water, those cloudy days help you get a slower shutter speed to make the water smooth. Oh, and don’t forget the polarizer. Even if the sun isn’t out, the polarizer still helps remove glare and boost the colors.

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Mini TIP: Oh and cloudy days are great to shoot portraits too!

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6. Raise Your ISO

If you’re shooting in tighter and closer on trees on a windy day, then don’t forget to raise your ISO. Generally you don’t want to see movement in the leaves, but on a windy day you might. In that case, as a landscape photographer, this is one of the only times I ever raise my ISO above 100 (or 200 on certain cameras). So how high do you raise it? Until the leaves are sharp. Just keep looking at your LCD and when the leaves aren’t blurry anymore, your ISO is at the right spot :)

7. The “Leaves are Raining on Me” Photo

This is a great one to do right after you make the kids rake the leaves :-) Grab your camera and throw some leaves in the air and get the photo as they’re coming down. No big tip there though right? Well, the biggest tip I can tell you if you’re looking to do this is have some one else throw the leaves. If you try to have the subject do it, they’ll almost always be blurry since they were moving. It’s really awkward to have them throw something in the air and then they’re dead still right after. So try to have some one else around to toss a bunch of leaves in the air over the person so you can get a sharp photo.

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This time of year is really one of the nicest to get out there and shoot. So hopefully these tips (and the classes I mentioned above) help you make the most of it.

Introducing Photoshop Elements 13

By Diana K  |  September 24th, 2014

Much like every mid-late September for the past few years, Adobe has launched another version of Photoshop Elements. So we thought we’d put together a quick overview for you, showcasing some of the newest features of Photoshop Elements 13 at a glance (to see many of these features in action, check out our Learning Center).

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Farm Life: Photo Challenge Finalists

By Diana K  |  September 9th, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Farm 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 November/December 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. 

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Harvesting the Grain by Betty Eich

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New Photo Challenge: Black & White

By Diana K  |  September 9th, 2014

Black-&-White  is the theme for our next Photo Challenge.

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To participate in the Black&White 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!

September/October 2014 Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  August 27th, 2014

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The September/October 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, Brian, Mike and Lesa  – from the September/October 2014 issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by September 16th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by September 23rd; 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 9th, 2014, 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.)

 

How to Download PDF Files to Your Computer

By Diana K  |  August 26th, 2014

We’ve had a lot of questions lately from subscribers on how to download and save PDF files (such as digital magazines, articles and eBooks) to your computer. Some PDF files are quite large, and it’s a real pain to download them every time you want to view them. First, you’ll need to download Adobe Reader (if you don’t already have it), it’s a free application and you can download it here.  After Adobe Reader is installed, when you open a PDF file, you should see an options bar at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see it, hover over that area with your mouse, then click on the disk icon, which is the first icon on the right, and the “Save a Copy” dialog will appear, navigate to where you’d like to store the PDF on your computer and click the Save button. It’s that easy.

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Click here to view a post Rick did a while back on how to add PDF files to the iBook section of your iPad.

 

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