Sunday, August 1, 2010


I finally did it. Today we went out and bought PhotoShop Elements 8!

I was a little overwhelmed once I downloaded it.
And then a wave of buyer's remorse went over me as I realized that most of the tutorials and pictures I looked at were edited in Lightroom not Elements and I thought to myself, "My pictures will never look like the Pioneer Woman's or MckMama's!"

After a little hyperventilating, I calmed down and decided to learn 2 tasks today. Besides how to open a photo.

Hardy har har.

So first up, I learned how to make a layout, like the one you see below.

Second, I learned how to select and increase the saturation of the eyes.

I suppose I also tackled another hill by figuring out how to flatten the layers, save, and convert to a JPG, which didn't take very long, but still.

So, anyone know of any good Photoshop Element Specific tutorials? I'd love to have them passed along!


Rachel said...

Try They've got a handful of good pse tutorials.

Christine said...

I think you are doing amazing! All of those programs make me nervous!

Tori said...

Wow! I have access to that but it is still a foreign language to me I've been too intimidated to do too much. Did you have someone teach you initially or were you able to figure it out yourself?

Lauren said...

Ok, I've had the program since Christmas and you already know more than me! I definitely can't wait to hear all about what you learn...

LeAnna said...

I LOVE Elements! Check out, she has a bunch tutorials, and actions you can download for free. Plus links to other places. Once you get it figured out, you will fall in love.

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Jealous. . . :)

Have fun learning!!

Callie said...

Oh my goodness, I was so overwhelmed when I first got Photoshop - and I still am. You'll notice most of my photos have not been tweaked.
The Missing Manual series has a good book on Photoshop - I'd recommend going to the Library and renting it. And if you ever figure out how to make all the layers work, let me know - I'm still confused on that.