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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!

PET News 7.03.2013

By Larry Becker  |  July 3rd, 2013

This week Larry reveals the winner of the Oben Carbon Fiber tripod and let’s you know how you can request a custom tutorial.


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July/August Issue, Extras Ready for Download

By Diana K  |  June 28th, 2013

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

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by July 12th. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by July 19th; delivery worldwide should be complete by July 27th.

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 8th, 2013, 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.)

 

PET News 6.21.2013

By Larry Becker  |  June 21st, 2013

Larry has a contest update for that sweet Oben Carbon fiber tripod and has information about a great DVD deal for the best of PET 7. Enjoy…


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Best of PET, Vol. 7 DVD is now available

By Rick LePage  |  June 18th, 2013

best_of_pet_dvd7_cvr500pxI just wanted to let folks know that the first copies of our annual “Best of Photoshop Elements Techniques” DVD are in the office, ready for shipping.

Vol. 7 of the series includes more than 6 hours of video tutorials from our best trainers, including Matt, Liz, Mike, Larry, and Karen, and they’re sure to help you get the most out of editing your digital photos with Photoshop Elements.

Also included on the disc is every issue of Elements Techniques magazine from 2012 in PDF format (opens in Adobe Reader or Apple Preview), and an alphabetical index to every article published in the magazine from 2004-2012.

The disc is normally priced at $35, but we’ve got two special offers through the first week in July:

  • If you’re a subscriber to PET, and you like to get the current DVD as part of your renewal, just use this link to get DVD, Vol. 7 and two extra months added to the end of your subscription. (If you renew by going to the store, just make sure you use the promo code DVD7 at checkout.)
  • If you’re not a subscriber, or you just want the disc, we’re offering the disc for only $20 — that’s $15 off the regular price. AND, we’ll ship it free in the US and Canada ($5 for the rest of the world.)
    To take advantage of the $15 off price, go to our store, click on the DVD Vol. 7 link and add it to your cart. At checkout, use the Promo Code DVD7-SAVE, and you’ll get your savings.

Thanks, and have a great summer from all of us at PET!


Here’s a list of the tutorials on the disc:

Adding Borders Using the Pattern Fill Adjustment Layer
Adding Gold Metallic Trim and Glitter Adding Motion Effects with Radial Blur Advanced Eye Retouching
Advanced Photo Retouching
Blending Modes and Textures
Build New Worlds
Cloud Sharpening
Combining Scans Using Photomerge Create Your Own Photo Business Cards Creating Distressed Type
Creating Fall-Inspired Leaf Patterns and Brushes
Creating Straight Lines, Dotted Lines and Scalloped Photo Frames
Creating Threshold Art
Creating a Basic Layout
Creating a Black and White ‘Lith Print’
Creating a Simple Wedding Announcement
Creating a Unique Wedding Memento
Editing Photos Start to Finish: Landscapes
Editing Photos Start to Finish: Overexposed Skies
Elements & Lightroom: Editing Start to Finish Elements & Lightroom: Getting Started Experimenting with Layer Masks
Fixing a Pet’s Glowing Eyes
Flawless Fades
Get Better Black and White
Hazy Image Repair
High Pass Sharpening
How to Create a Page Curl Effect
How to Create and Apply Five Essential Patterns
How to Edit a Photo, Start to Finish
How to Fix a “Lazy Eye”
How to Move a Subject and Clean Up the Background
Improving Your Architectural Shots Larry’s Holiday Tutorial Class:
Christmas Lights Collage Decorative Holiday Text Holiday Card
Kids Globe Ornament
Loading and Installing Brushes
Loading and Installing Custom Shapes Making Your Own Bokeh Holiday Card Noise Reduction Techniques
Paste Into Selection
Photo Corners
Photo Effects and Styles in Elements 11 Printing Basics in Photoshop Elements Quicker Panoramas
Removing Dust Spots from Your Photos Reusable Border Effect, Parts 1&2 Reusable Photo Effects
Star Effects
The 3 Most Useful Blend Modes, Parts 1-3 The Action Panel in Elements 11
The Instagram Effect, Revisited
Top Then Elements Shortcuts
Using Brushes as Stamps
Using Custom Shapes to Create a ‘Quick Page’ Using a Template to Create a Scrapbook Page Using the Action Player
Vintage Color
Working With Displacement Maps

PET News 6.7.2013

By Larry Becker  |  June 7th, 2013

The contest for a top-of-the-line Oben Carbon Fiber travel tripod is officially under way! Larry will tell you how to register and show you the tripod itself.


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Contest runs through the month of June. Good luck!!

PET News 5.31.2013

By Larry Becker  |  May 31st, 2013

This week Larry gives Photoshop Elements users a little insight about the big Adobe Creative Cloud announcements and what it means to Elements users, and he gives us a sneak peek at the upcoming photographers’ contest prize.


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Bridge Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  |  May 23rd, 2013

Thank you, to all the photographers that participated in the Bridge Photo Challenge. We were in awe of all the wonderful photos that were submitted. It was also inspiring to see the different perspectives that were used when photographing them, as well as the many different kinds of bridges that were submitted. Below are the finalist for the Bridges Photo Challenge, be sure to look in the July/August issue of PET to find out the winners of the Photo Challenge.

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This stunning image, showcasing the modern Samual Beckett Bridge, was taken by Brendon Foy.

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New Photo Challenge: Reflections

By Diana K  |  May 23rd, 2013

The use of reflections in photography can lead to stunning photographs. There are so many different surfaces that can be used for reflections, such as water, mirrors, windows, buildings and sunglasses, just to name a few. Combine these photos with the capabilities of Elements and there are endless possibilities for creative and impressive images. 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 Reflections 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 issue, extras ready for download

By Diana K  |  April 30th, 2013

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The May/June 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, Pete and Diana — from the May/June issue.

Regarding delivery times, US subscribers should receive their copies by May 11. Canadian subscribers should receive their issues by May 18; delivery worldwide should be complete by May 26.

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 7, 2013, 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.)

 

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