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Jan/Feb extras and holiday wishes

By Tom  |  December 21st, 2011

The January/February issue is in the mail, and if you’ve received yours already, the January/February issue extras are here for your downloading pleasure! The full issue will be available for download on January 1.

As the holiday season enters its peak, it’s a great time to take and share pictures with the people in our lives who mean the most to us. Despite the often oppressive weather and flurry of last minute responsibilities, this is an excellent time to capture beautiful moments both inside and out, if only we remember to look for them.

From all of us at Photoshop Elements Techniques, thank you for being part of this community, happy holidays, and we wish you the best in the New Year!

Motion Challenge: Top Picks

By Kelly  |  December 14th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who participated in the November Photo Challenge! It was such a delight to see so many creative approaches to this month’s theme. There were kids playing, grownups working, musicians rocking—even the stars got into the act. We have many more fun challenges lined up for the new year, so I hope you’ll keep your cameras at the ready. (And don’t forget our December Challenge is going on right now!)

Here are the judges’ top picks for the November Challenge:
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December Photo Challenge: Lights

By Kelly  |  December 6th, 2011

Photo by Liz Ness

With the winter darkness quickly taking over more and more of my day, the holiday season always comes as something of a relief. Just as I start to feel truly blue about the 5pm sunset, small twinkling lights suddenly begin appearing all over town. They dance between light poles, twirl around trees, and light the way home. It’s hard to be blue when the whole town seems to be prepped for a party.

For this month’s P.E.T. Photo Challenge, focus your camera on the light sources around you. From twinkling strands to streaking headlights, giant billboards to a solitary candle, there are so many interesting ways to add light to a scene. See what happens when you turn the light itself into your subject.

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December Editor’s Note online

By Rick LePage  |  December 5th, 2011

If you’re a current PET subscriber, you should have received–or will, in the next 24 hours–the December 2011 edition of our monthly Letter from the Editor email.

This month’s newsletter includes some thoughts on my regular year-end organizational tasks for my photo library; an update on our monthly Photo Challenge; how I got schooled in Photoshop Elements by my daughter (leading to our new “Ask Liz” idea); and lots more.

If you’re on the opt-out list, or aren’t a subscriber, you can check out this month’s edition, as well as all of our previous newsletters, via the Letter from the Editor homepage.

Reflection Challenge: Top Picks

By Kelly  |  November 15th, 2011

For the October P.E.T. Photo Challenge, we asked you to capture a reflected image—and what a treat it was to see what you came up with! You found reflections in  garden ornaments, audio equipment, and ceilings. Some were sweet, while others were solemn. Thank you to everyone who took the challenge! It wasn’t easy, but our judges bravely managed to come up with a list of 10 favorites. Here are this month’s top picks:
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Enter Wacom’s “A Thousand Forests” Photo Contest

By Rick LePage  |  November 8th, 2011

Our friends over at Wacom are sponsoring a photo contest, “A Thousand Forests“:

“Celebrate creativity and join in the fun in Wacom’s A Thousand Forests — Inspiration and Creativity contest. Share an image of anything that expresses your creativity and passion to create: your artwork, photo, painting or something that you’ve made with your own two hands and then tell a little something about it.”

Wacom is donating $5 to the International Child Art Foundation for every person who submits a photo. And the very-cool grand prize (there are three of them!) is an all-expenses-paid trip and a $1,000 credit towards a course at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico.

Submissions are being taken through November 30, and the voting round will commence on November 19. Winners will be announced on January 2, 2012.

November Photo Challenge: Motion

By Kelly  |  November 2nd, 2011

Despite its static nature, photography is a wonderful medium for capturing motion: a runner caught midstride, long streaks of headlights from passing cars, the lovely blur of rushing water from a swollen creek. In fact, when done well, I think a photograph can convey the hustle and rush of the world around us even more effectively than video.

like a record...

by shoothead, on Flickr

For this month’s P.E.T. Photo Challenge, submit an image that captures some type of motion. This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with your camera’s Shutter Priority or Manual modes. A fast shutter can stop action in its tracks, while leaving the shutter open longer creates the beautiful ghosting effect of motion blur.
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November “From the Editor” online

By Rick LePage  |  October 29th, 2011

The November edition of our monthly “Letter from the Editor” was sent out yesterday via email; if you haven’t seen it yet (and it isn’t in your junk mail folder) don’t fret: it usually takes a couple of days for our email service to get copies into everyone’s Inbox.

If you have your privacy settings set so that you aren’t getting email notifications from us, or if the email looks funny in your email client, you can always view it via our “From the Editor” page on the PET site. All of the back issues of the emails are available from that page, along with a little abstract of what’s in each one.

Have a great weekend!

The Courage to Be a Photographer

By Rick LePage  |  October 28th, 2011

I was idling at Caffe Fiore in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle the other day, writing an article and enjoying being out of the house. Most of the tables there are long and communal, and like most modern coffee shops, frequently occupied by folks like me tapping on computers or iPads.

A woman approached. “Mind if I share your table?”
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November/December extras online

By Rick LePage  |  October 25th, 2011

The November/December 2011 issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques started mailing to subscribers this week, and we’ve posted the download and online links files for the issue on the magazine page here on the site.

The absolutely gorgeous cover image (click on the image to see it a bit larger) was taken by our friend Julie McLeod, a valued contributor in the Elements Village forums. (She’s also the creator of Julie’s Textures, which we posted a couple of months back.)

Regarding delivery times, the issue should be in most US mailboxes by November 11. Canadian subscribers should have their issues by November 18, and we anticipate complete delivery worldwide by November 25. We’ll post one of the articles later this week, and the PDF download will be available on Nov. 1.

Learn Elements Today iPad issue

By Rick LePage  |  October 21st, 2011

We’ve found a problem with the current version of the Learn Photoshop Elements Today iPad app, and are feverishly working on an update that we can submit to the iTunes Store for approval next week.

The update should fix the issue and will also include the eight new and improved videos found in the Fall 2011 update to the Learn Photoshop Elements Today series. We’ll keep you posted once the update is online. (If you’d like us to notify you when it’s live, send us a note via our Contact Us page.)

Thanks for your patience — as I’ve said previously, we’re a small company, and we try hard to do the right thing, but sometimes we get caught off-guard, and this is one of those times.


Morning Challenge: Top Picks

By Kelly  |  October 15th, 2011

For the September P.E.T. Photo Challenge, we asked you to get up early and grab your best morning shot. And boy, did you! In addition to a feast of sunrise shots from all over the globe, you treated us to glimpses of your morning meals, your commutes, your gardens, and your fishing holes. Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s challenge! Here were our judges’ top picks:
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Learn Elements Today DVD updated

By Rick LePage  |  October 10th, 2011

Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve just released an update to our best-selling DVD, Learn Photoshop Elements Today. The new disc has an additional hour of video tutorials covering everything from the new tools and options in Photoshop Elements 10 to printing your photos, and we’ve added a comprehensive section on working with Raw images in Elements.

The Learn Photoshop Elements Today DVD has more than 5 hours of video tutorials designed to help everyone get the most out of Photoshop Elements, whether you’re a new user or old pro. It’s designed to work primarily with Elements 8, 9 and 10 (Mac and Windows), although we’ve had a few people tell us that it was helpful for earlier versions as well.

The disc is available on sale right now for $15 off, with free shipping in the US and Canada ($5 elsewhere). You can find out more–and watch a couple of the videos–on the product page.
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Seasonal calendar pages

By Elizabeth  |  October 7th, 2011

Last week we released our 2012 calendar templates, complete with a new, seasonal design. This week I’m posting three new calendar page templates that I’ve created just for Photoshop Elements. They’re really easy to use and a lot of fun to make.

You can download the Elements templates via this link:

Once you’ve downloaded the files to your computer, double-click to decompress them (or use a utility like WinZip or StuffIt). You’ll find three sets of seasonal calendars that you can use with your photos.

I’ve made a short video to show you how to place your own images inside these pages. The great thing about this approach is that it’s really quite flexible; you can place one or two photos into the page, if you’d like, you can alter the background, change colors, whatever. You don’t even need to use my templates to get great calendars — if you have your own frames or shapes that you would like to use, create your own!
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October Photo Challenge: Reflections

By Kelly  |  October 2nd, 2011

There’s something hypnotic about photographed reflections. Our brains can’t help but pause as they attempt to figure out the puzzle in front of us. Are we seeing double? What’s real and what’s merely reflected light?

For this month’s Photo Challenge, capture an interesting reflection. You can find reflections on just about any shiny surface. Yes, there are ponds and mirrors, but there are also spoons, store windows, silver balls, skyscrapers, puddles, tables—and the list goes on. This photo, taken by my father-in-law, is a fun portrait of my brother-in-law and his wife the day before they got married.

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October “From the Editor” newsletter posted

By Rick LePage  |  October 1st, 2011

The October edition of our “From the Editor” email was sent yesterday, and subscribers should be seeing it over the next 24 to 48 hours (because there are so many subscribers, the emails get “staged” over the course of a day or so).

If you haven’t received it, and think you should have, you might want to check your spam filters to make sure it isn’t sitting there. If you’ve set your site preferences so that you don’t want email from us–or if you want to view the page in it’s full HTML glory–you can check it out over on our From the Editor home page, which also has an archive of every edition of the newsletters.

2012 calendar templates!

By Rick LePage  |  September 29th, 2011

We’ve uploaded the 2012 calendar files for the “Quick and Easy Calendars from Templates” article in the November/December 2009 issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques. This year’s set has 10 different templates, including three styles for CD jewel-case-style calendars–and an Elements page template for the case–as well as a new “triplet-style” (i.e. seasonal) calendar template.

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.
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Introducing Photoshop Elements 10

By Kelly  |  September 19th, 2011

Hi everyone! Adobe has announced a new version of Elements. Photoshop Elements 10, which is available for Windows and the Mac, offers several new features, including enhancements to the crop tool, new guided edits, and (at last!) the ability to place text on a path. There are also a few additions to the Organizer that aim to make it easier to find your photos. Here’s a quick look at some of the biggest changes. (You can find videos covering many of the biggest new features in our Elements 10 Learning Center.)

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Time lapses, making pickles, and photo challenges

By Rick LePage  |  September 18th, 2011

I love projects, and I think there’s nothing better for your photographic bones than a good project to sink your teeth into. For various personal reasons, I’ve had a slow summer, and I haven’t been working on some of my projects as deeply as I should be, but a few of my friends have been working very hard:
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Shadow Challenge: Top Picks

By Kelly  |  September 15th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who submitted images for the August Photo Challenge! We got a wonderful assortment of shadows—everything from speeding bikers to startled deer. We’ve been going through all of the images and honestly had a tough time picking our favorites. But with the help of our judges, we were able to narrow down the submissions to 10 that we thought particularly stood out.

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