Hello, and Happy March!
There is always a lot happening on the Photoshop Elements Techniques Web site and in the forums. With our busy lives, though, it’s easy to miss some of the great things that get posted there. This Editor’s Note email, which we’ll send out once a month, should help keep you informed about new online videos and tutorials, and will offer some Elements tips and tricks as well.
March/April issue is done
We just completed production of the March/April issue of the newsletter, and copies should be in the mail by Monday, March 16. It can take anywhere from one to three weeks for issues to get delivered across the U.S. and Canada (and up to four weeks internationally); we wish it were the same for everyone, but remember that we can’t control the Post Office!
The issue has lots of great stuff, including articles on black and white editing techniques and applying textures. While you’re waiting for your issue to arrive, we’ve posted a free PDF on the Web site of the feature article, “Learning to Love Levels,” by Lesa Snider King. This article is a wonderful look at the Levels command, with a companion tutorial on how to use it effectively. You can download the PDF directly by clicking on this link. We have even posted the sample image for Lesa’s article in the Subscriber Extras area of the site, if you’re itching to follow along.
Get the newsletter index
We’ve posted the latest version of Bruce Wagner’s newsletter index, in both PDF and Microsoft Excel format, on the Web site. So that you won’t have to dig too far to find them, the link will remain at the top of the Subscriber Extras page. Once the Web site is redesigned—which is still slated to happen later this year—we promise that it will be easier to find everything, whether it was printed in the newsletter or posted online. Until then, we all continue to thank Bruce.
Regarding the index, I have had a number of readers ask about printing it in the newsletter itself. If this is something you would find valuable, send me an email with ‘Index in the newsletter: Yes!’ as the subject line.
Every week, we post new videos from Matt, Dave, Mike and Corey, and the guys have certainly been on a roll lately. Go to the Video Tips page to see all of the videos, but check out Matt’s latest gems, one on sharpening and the other on resizing images. Dave posted a cool technique for creating text-based “portraits” (like his one of Corey, above), and has a great tip for touching up glasses glare.
Free tutorials from Matt & Scott’s new book
One of the best Elements books out there, The Photoshop Elements 7 Book for Digital Photographers, by Matt Kloskowski and Scott Kelby, has just been released, and Matt gave us four PDFs from the book to post free for Elements Techniques subscribers, on the following topics (clicking on the links below will automatically download the PDF):
(You can also download all four PDFs compressed in a ZIP archive file.)
Camera Raw 5.3 is out
If you’re using Elements 6 or 7, Adobe just updated the Camera Raw plug-in to Version 5.3, adding support for Nikon’s D3X and Olympus’ E-30 D-SLRs. You can download the plug-ins from the Adobe site; click here for Windows, and here if you’re using a Mac.
If you want some help with installing Camera Raw, check out “Coping With Raw’s Essentials,” which can be found on Page 30 in Volume 5, Number 6 (the last issue of 2008); you can also download a PDF of that article. If you want to know even more, check out Matt’s great Camera Raw video tutorials.
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That’s all for now. Enjoy the issue, and drop me a note if you have anything you’d like to see us work on. We have a bunch of fun stuff in the pipeline, but we’re always looking for more great ideas.
Until next time,
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