Applying Photoshop CC Watercolor Painting Technique Using Elements


One of the advantages of using the Photo Editor expert mode in Photoshop Elements is that Elements is based on th same engine as used in Photoshop CC. This is quite evident once you get into the dialogs for specific commands and tools.

This post links to an AppTip Sheet that clearly illustrates this by applying a watercolor effect to a photo. This effect starts with applying the Watercolor filter, but goes well beyond this simple effect,

I learned the technique from an article by Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe. He explains his technique using Photoshop CC. However, it uses the commands and tools that have long been a part of Photoshop.

I was able to apply the same technique in PSE 2018 with only a couple of modifications. My AppTip Sheet breaks with my usual practice and topics for these tip sheets. The technique involves many steps, and this the TipSheet is much longer than normal.

This technique allows for wide range of customization in the settings as you apply the steps. Below shows the before and after for the photo and settings I chose.

Paige + Scot PS Watercolor

Here is the link to the AppTip Sheet.

Try this out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Until next time…

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Using Actions in Photoshop Elements 2018


One of the capabilities the Photo Editor has had for a long time is the ability to play Photoshop Actions.

An Action is similar to a macro in Excel or Word that will complete a series of steps or commands automatically, once started from a single click of the mouse. Using Actions can greatly increase the speed of performing tasks that take multiple steps and are something  you do repeatedly while editing a photo.

However, Elements cannot write Actions. The Action must be created using Photoshop CC, and then saved. Additionally, the Action cannot contain any commands that are not in PSE, or used by it internally.

Actions Dialog

The link below is to an AppTip Sheet that provides an introduction to using Actions in PSE 2018. The process is similar to earlier versions. It used to be a Guided Edit in an earlier version of PSE.

Action Eg

In my next post I will cover how to download, install, and run an Action written by a third party, of which there are hundreds of free ones online.

Until next time…

Photos that Come Alive with Your iPhone


I am not sure about you, but I really do not take advantage of all of the capabilities that are built into my iPhone 7+ camera and its app. I generally just take a quick snapshot and that’s it. I have never even knowingly used its Live Photo feature.

The other day, I came across a tutorial that thoroughly explains how to take, edit, and share Live photos. These end up being short 3-second videos, centered about the instant you take the photo. One of the first things I learned was that I had unknowingly taken several Live Photos. They are automatically added to an Album on my iPhone Photos app, called Live Photos.

The tutorial was posted by Kate Wesson way back in October, but I just discovered it. It is available from this link.

iPhone Photography School.com

Live Photos

So if you want to know how thoroughly understand everything you can do with Live Photos, check out this tutorial. The iPhone Photography School has many other tutorials on how to be a better photographer using your iPhone.

Until next time…

 

 

 

Create Unique Tiny Planet Image Using Photoshop Elements


Tiny Planet images have become quite popular on phot sharing sites and in social media sites, such as Facebook. To create a Tiny Planet image, you generally must start with a spherical or 360-degree panorama. Using drone or special 360-degree cameras make it easy to take and stitch the individual photos together.

Tiny Planet eg

This AppTip Sheet describes how to create a Tiny Planet image using Photoshop Elements. It begins with a 360-degree panorama shot with a Mavic Pro or similar drone and previously projected with a program such as okolo.com. There are many programs and websites that can produce Tiny Planets. However, using PSE to create it allows you to produce a high resolution image, and also allows you to the image.

Stitched+projected 360 Pan

Click on the figure above to display or print the PDF of the AppTip Sheet.

If you found it helpful and interesting don’t hesitate to Like or Share it below.

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PSE 2018 Video Tutorial – How I Print Photos


This video tutorial explains how I print photos on my Epson R1800 printer using Photoshop Elements 2016. My printer is an older one, but it still works quite well. Contrary to what experts recommend, I do not use a color managed workflow that requires you to periodically calibrate your monitor. I let the printer do the color management and not Photoshop.

Several years ago I did routinely calibrate my monitor and followed a color management process. But frankly, I get better and more consistent results using my approach, and it is easier.

If you are using an a higher end Epson printer, like the R1800, the screens will look very similar. On the other hand, if you are using a more inexpensive printer like my every day Epson WF-2760, the dialog screens will look different, but all of the settings I use will be available somewhere. If you use another brand of printer, the screens and settings may be entirely different, but the general concept will be the same. Click on the figure below to view the tutorial.

PSE 2018 Printing1

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