I’m just about to put on my “magazine hat” and head into production on the May/June issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques, but before I did, I wanted to send out my monthly email about what’s happening on the Web site and in the world of Photoshop Elements.
The next issue is shaping up nicely, with a Mike Rodriguez tutorial on layers (a long overdue topic), Diana Day’s technique for removing a subject from a photo with the Polygonal Lasso tool, a piece on saturation from Syndee Holt, and lots more. We should also have a few extra things posted on the Web site, so keep an eye out there as well. The issue is scheduled to start mailing to subscribers on May 11, around the time of next month’s email newsletter.
You can find the latest help and how-to videos on our subscriber-only Video Tips page. Lately, we’ve added Matt’s tutorial on how to fix torn photos, as well as his tips for using the Shadow & Highlight command to bring some detail back into overly bright images. Dave Cross added a wonderful one that features a quick way to select hair, and another on playing around with displacement maps.
Remember, a new video gets posted every week on the site, and there is a great pool of nearly 300 other videos on the Video Tips page. Sadly, it’s also the only place on the site that’s searchable, but we’re working on that…
Speaking of search
Since we took over the magazine last year, I’ve been promising an upgrade to the Web site, which has been held together with baling wire and duct tape since its debut sometime back in 1963. I’m pleased (ecstatic, actually) to report that we have finally started on the redesign, and should have an entirely new site up and running by this summer. We should have real—and useful—search, better categorization of tutorials (with an index), the ability to rate tutorials, and quite a bit more. I’ll keep you posted about our progress as things get closer.
We had a nice response to Diana's article on textures in the last issue, and I've seen quite a few comments from people looking for free textures. Don't forget to check out our online tutorial, which has tons of online texture links and tips. I've also been enjoying Gabi Butcher's free textures on Flickr, and Elements Village member Pacfam recommends the site Lost and Taken, which is a pretty cool place.
Taking the “Dave Cross Fix It Challenge”
I don’t know where Dave finds all the time to do the amazing stuff he’s known for (it must have something to do with being from Canada). On his blog, Dave Cross Online, Dave has created a new contest, called the Thursday Fix It Challenge:
The results of the first group of challenge results were posted this week on Dave’s blog, and you can see all the images on the Photoshop Fixes Flickr group. I think some of our talented Elements users should take Dave’s challenge and show those Photoshop folks how its done!
This week, a few of you will receive an email regarding a research survey being done for the magazine and Web site. While I know that everyone’s time is tight, I ask that you give us a little bit of your day to help us by taking the survey. Our goal is to help improve what we do and how we do it, and your input is essential. Thanks!
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Until next month,