Using the Backup Command in Photoshop Elements


 

How one should go about backing up their photos when using Photoshop Elements continues to be one of the most frequent questions asked by new and more experienced users of Photoshop Elements.

I have written on this subject a few times in the past on this blog. If you enter applicable keywords in the area provided at the bottom of the string of posts near the bottom of this page, you will get links to those earlier posts.

In this post, I will provide a link to a video tutorial I made some time ago, which covers both the Backup command and the Restore command in the Organizer of Photoshop Elements 6.

However, the same process and screens that are displayed when using these commands remain the same in Photoshop Elements 14. The video quality is certainly not the best, but I believe it is adequate to clearly describe the process. I plan to update the video with a better quality version soon, but in the meantime, I hope this one will help answer the many questions that keep coming up about the subject.

Click on the figure below to watch the video.

Download Adobe’s Bridge for Free


Bridge

If you have ever used Photoshop, you know that Bridge is part of the installation. It comes with Photoshop but is a separate program. Bridge is a very good file manager program and is an excellent tool for quickly viewing and finding your photos.

Even though I have Lightroom  and Photoshop Elements, I find myself on occasion using Bridge to quickly view photos.

What I was not aware of until today is that you can download Bridge from Adobe for free. You do not have to have Photoshop to use it. The free version is not the latest one. From the name on the website, it appears to be the version that was supplied with Photoshop CS6. I suspect that it may not support RAW files from the latest cameras, but I am not sure of that.

Here is the link to the download page.

https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/thankyou.jsp?ftpID=5502&fileID=5496

I did download the file, but to be frank, I did not install it. I already have Bridge on all of my computers.

So if you are not a Photoshop or Lightroom user, or if you use Photoshop Elements, but not its Organizer, you may find that Bridge will help you keep better track of your images.

If you download and try it, let us know how it works for you by leaving a comment.

No Better Time to Upgrade to Photoshop Elements 14


There is no better time to upgrade to Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 14 (PSE 14) than now!

Between now and November 29th, Costco will have the program on sale for $39.95. You will never see a lower price. Normally a good deal is about $80 for the program.

pse 14 welcome

If you are brand new to the world of digital photography, this best selling program is one of the easiest ways to get started. Beginning with uploading your images or videos from your digital camera or mobile device through enhancing them , and ultimately sharing them with others,  PSE 14 provides a user friendly solution. At the same time, the program provides sufficient tools and commands, similar to its its more powerful sibling, Photoshop CC, to give your photos that professional look.

If you are using an older version of PSE (PSE 10 or older) it is definitely time to upgrade to PSE 14. When you do, you will see a much friendlier user interface in both the Organizer and the Editor.

If you are familiar with Photoshop Elements, you know it consists of two main modules, the Organizer and the Photo Editor. You are probably also aware that there are many books available to help you learn how to effectively use the program. But I have found that these books focus on the Photo Editor module. How to use the Organizer to manage your images and videos effectively is given much less coverage.

To fill this gap, I have published an inexpensive yet a detailed eBook that addresses only the Organizer. This ebook includes material that is normally not found in other books. The PSE 14 version of this book is titled Photoshop Elements 14: The Organizer Revisited Again. It is available on Amazon. Click on the title link above to find out more about my eBook.

My New eBook

My New eBook

And by the way, PSE 14 works on both the PC and the Mac.

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 14


As Adobe has done for the past several years, they have released the latest version of Photoshop Elements, PSE 14. This is an incremental change that improves the overall performance of the program and adds a couple of nifty new features.

To learn all about Photoshop Elements 14, click on the figure below.

pse 14 welcome

My favorite new feature is the Haze Removal  command in the Photo Editor. If you are like me, you will want to go back to those hazy landscapes you have taken in the past and revisit them with this new filter.

It does a surprisingly good job on cutting through the haze, even on those images you have already gotten as good as you could. Start with the original rather than the edited version for best results, especially if they are JPEG images.

Here is an example of what Auto Haze Removal can do. You can also adjust its strength and sensitivity.

Before after Auto Haze

Flight Track Superimposed on Phantom 2+ Video


In this video, I manually superimposed the flight track that was recorded on my iPhone using the FPV Boost on the video recorded by my Phantom 2+ camera. The flight track records a real time display of various flight parameters like altitude, speed, and such, superimposed on a satellite view of the ground.

To make the composite video took multiple steps. The current version of FPV Boost’s Flight Track video cannot not be exported. It can only be played back within that app. So the first thing I did was to do a video capture while playing back the flight track on my iPhone. I used the Reflector iPhone app to display the video on my PC. I then used Camtasia on my PC to capture the video.

Then I imported the two video files (the Phantom’s video and my screen capture video) into Adobe’s Premiere Elements video editing program onto separate tracks. I used Premiere elements Video Guide to learn how to do a picture in picture (PIP) effect, but then manually applied the PIP for this video.

The Phantom video and its flight track appear to be in-sync at the beginning, but there seems to be a drift later in the video. I need to look into that.  Butt I’m reasonably pleased with this first attempt.

The video was shot at the Field of Dreams Soccer Complex in San Pedro. During a portion of it, you can see a model RC airplane zooming about.

Fall Digital Photography Classes: Final Reminder


Summer has gone by way too fast. The fall terms at both Torrance and the South Bay Ault School (SBAS) begin very soon. In fact, SBAS classes begin in less than two weeks on September 8th, and Torrance one week later.

Time is running out to register for these classes.

To see the schedule and descriptions for the classes I will be teaching at the South Bay Adult school CLICK HERE.

For the classes I will be teaching at Torrance CLICK HERE.

Don’t be left out. Register before it is too late. I hope to see you in one of the classes.

Photoshop CC (2015) Shake Reduction Demo


The figure below demonstrates the power of the Photoshop CC (2015) Shake Reduction filter. The photo was taken out of a side window ftom a car travelling at freeway speeds. Obviously the trees in the foreground were blurry, but also the mountains in the background were also blurred.

I processed the photo using the default filter settings after repositioning the focus point slightly. The focus point was positioned so it only used the mountains. Doing this did significantly blur and make ghost images on the trees in the foreground. I then masked these out.

From this one, quickly produced example, it is obvious to me that this filter will be a very useful tool.

PS Shake Reduction

Here is the final result._L0A6773_edited-1 Shake Reduction