* Adobe Photoshop CS3 —www.photoshop.com
Often called “Photoshop light” due to it’s fewer features, Photoshop Elements has recently undergone a significant update. The update includes significant usability improvements, better accessibility, and is much easier to use.
We use Photoshop Elements 15 in this tutorial. Download it from the link below and follow along.
There are a few things you should know before attempting to edit a high resolution image.
First, this is a Photoshop tutorial. We will be using traditional tools like the Spot Healing brush and Mosaic Filter to fix a photo.
Also, Photoshop Elements only supports JPEG or TIFF. Photoshop will not open any other file types at this time.
If you have a high resolution image, before attempting to edit it, make sure your image is ready to be opened in Photoshop Elements.
Update: Photoshop now supports opening TIFF files. For more info on why this is, read our updated tutorial below.
What You’ll Need
Before you can edit an image, you’ll need some basic editing tools.
Open an image to edit in Photoshop Elements. As mentioned above, Photoshop Elements only supports JPEG and TIFF images. Make sure the filetype is recognized by the program. You may need to convert the image to TIFF, or be able to convert it from TIFF to JPEG.
Open Photoshop Elements. Click Import to import your image.
You’ll notice the Import window has expanded. The Import window is shown below. The image you’d like to edit can be found in the Edit window.
The original file should be set as “Image Original” in the Import window.
Click OK to continue.
Click on the Image tab to access the Edit Window. There, you’ll find that the image has been set to Edit Original and the same image that is being edited is in the Edit window.
On the right side of the Edit window, you’ll find some basic tools. The image will be in the middle of the tabs.
Brush (spot healing brush, etc.)
Pencil (Bucket Fill)
The Gradient tool can be used to make smooth transitions between images in a painting or a photo. The Gradient tool can also be used to add color to a photo or to create gradients.
The Pen tool is the most useful tool in the PhotoShop arsenal. You can use it to create virtually any shape imaginable.
The Curves tool is used to add or alter sharpness, brightness or contrast to an image.
The Master and Detail controls are used to adjust exposure, hue, saturation, and contrast. They allow you to adjust the overall look of your image without affecting the tones or details.
The Eraser tool lets you select and delete pixels.
The Channels palette provides the ability to make color adjustments to specific areas of an image. This tool offers an alternative to the Hue/Saturation dialog box.
Toning is a technique that uses color to soften images. Tone varies the brightness of an image’s colors while retaining the overall color of an image.
The Shadows/Highlights dialog box lets you apply a different color to various areas of an image. With this tool, you can make shadows and highlights darker or lighter without affecting the overall tone of your photo.
There are many more options, including a History palette, which lets you adjust, move, copy and paste colors from one part of your image to another.
The History Palette (right) allows you to alter, move or copy colors or other details from one part of an image to another.
The History palette (right) also lets you save information about the last image you worked on so you can easily return to it later.
You can use Photoshop’s Properties panel (right) to learn more about and change the appearance of an image. For example, you can alter the brightness, contrast and tint of an image, add labels, change the filename and description of the image, and choose a default format for files.
The Type Tool makes text elements like fonts and characters, such as smiley faces or balloons. It lets you move text elements up and down and rotate them.
You can use the Magic Wand Tool to select an area of an image, for example, to make it easier to erase unwanted elements.
This feature allows you to access a Selection mask, which lets you apply Photoshop tools to specific parts of an image. For example, you can use a Selection mask to delete pixels and fade them away, or add color to shadows or light areas.
You can use the Blend if
Tuesday, December 28, 2016
Christmas Gift Giveaways
Here we are, it’s the last day of Christmas! I’m showing you my gifts for those who have followed my blog for the past couple of years.
These handmade bags are large enough to hold the bigger gifts and they’re very pretty too! I cut a patchwork pattern from quilt batting and sewed a patchwork piece of the same size for the inside. I used fabric and plastic beads to decorate each piece and added some hand stitched trim to the top.
I used 2 different printed fabrics and the same patterned fabric to make this doll. I hand embroidered the hair using my new Big Shot and embroidery machine.
This isn’t my original sewing machine, but it’s what I use most of the time. Since I have it, I use it as much as possible when I do the odd quilt.
I recently bought the Christmas Patterns from The Patchwork Hen and I have to say I think they’re a great idea. It means all the patterns are already cut out. It doesn’t mess up the design of the quilt and I can then concentrate on embroidery instead of planning the quilt. I’m not planning a Christmas quilt, so it’s perfect for me. The pattern has only 2 blocks, but the Christmas theme means it could be used for a lot of different projects.
The Christmas Kitchen Patchwork Album. This book has a lot of little projects from around the house. I managed to get one in the post for a friend and I’ve finished one for my friend’s Mum so I can use the fabric I bought for it.
My fabric was left over from a Christmas project and it was really pretty. I love it but I’ve finished using it so I decided to use it on this bag. I’m just a little disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to use it in a bigger project first.
I’m really pleased with all the presents I’ve given this Christmas and I hope my friends enjoyed them too.
What did you receive this Christmas? Have you seen the gorgeous bags on Amazon?
I also received lovely gifts from you last year!I’m a bit of a tart…I’m a good tat swede who takes nothing for granted.If I want something, I ask for it.I hate “new year, new me” I’m much
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