Happy Holidays!

To all of you stopping, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New! 2010 promises to be an exciting year.

The courses I will be teaching this winter at each of the schools are shown in the left pane. Once the classes start, this where you will be able to download the class handouts. Both the South Bay Adult School and the Torrance Adult School start their term on January 5th. My class at PVNET Annex begins January 11th. Registration is currently taking place online for all three schools. If you are considering taking any of the classes, you should register online or fax your registration information to the applicable school. If you wait to register in person on January 4th, you may find that it is too late. CLICK HERE for more information about the classes and how to register.

Also, I have recently posted a few video tutorials here on my blog. I have consolidated these tutorials on my website. You can see the complete list and access the links to the tutorials by CLICKING HERE. I will be posting additional videos soon.


Photoshop Elements Group Shot Tool

Here is a video demonstartion shows how Photoshop Elements’ Group Shot tool can help you salvage group photos where it was hard to get everyone to take a good picture at the same time.

The tool is easy to use once you see how it is done. By the way, this is just one of the many tools we will be using in the Photoshop Elements 8 Editing Tools class I’ll be teaching at PVNET in January. To find out more about the class and how to register, CLICK HERE.

Here is the link to the Video. You will need the Apple Quicktime Player installed on your computer.

Starting off Right With Photoshop Elements 8

Photoshop Elements 8 comes with two new features that may be useful, but can cause new users some problems. These features are the Auto Analyze function and the ablilty to automatically backup your photos to Photoshop.com and/or sync your catalog with another computer.

Both of these are a drain on your computer resources, and the backup/sync can cause a new user problems. I do not use either of these features, although I do use Photoshop.com to share my photos.

I have included a short video here that demonstrates how to turn these features off if they are not already deactivated. First, open PSE 8 in the Organizer mode. Then on the Menu bar, click on Edit > Preferences > Backup/synchronization. CLICK HERE to view the video.

Even after you turn these features off, you will still get a message that pops up randomly on photos asking “Who’s this?” This can also be turned off by clicking on Edit > Preferences > Tags and Albums > People Recognition Hints > Hide.


Class Handouts Removed

As promised, I have removed the password protected pages for the fall classes for both the South Bay Adult School and the Torrance Adult School. The handouts for PVNET will be available for another week.

Registration for all three schools is currently active for the upcoming winter term.  For the PVNET Photoshop Elements 8 Tools Workshop class I’ll be teaching beginning in January you can CLICK HERE or click on the PVNET Page tab above. 


Movie Maker and Windows 7

Before I get to the subject, I want to remind all of you that winter registration for the South Bay Adult School and mail-in/fax registration for Torrance has started with walk-in due to start December 7th.

Additionally, I will be teaching another new class for PVNET that differs substantially from any course I teach at SBAS or Torrance. Click on the appropriate tab above to find out more.

 Those of you who have taken my Photo Projects class know that two of the programs we work with are Movie Maker and Photo Story 3. With the introduction of Windows 7, things are changing for these two programs. In the following I summarize a few of the points discussed in an article by PapaJohn,the well known exert/author regarding all things Movie Maker.


Starting with Photo Story 3, it appears that Vista is the end of the road for this program. It can not be installed on Windows 7. There is a way to get it to run in Windows 7, but it is not straightforward at all. I have it running on Win 7, but only because I did not do a complete reinstall when I upgraded to Win 7 from Vista.

For those of you who like/use Movie Maker, the situation is much better, but somewhat complicated.

It is clear that Live Movie Maker is the future. It’s part of the “Live” series of programs that Microsoft has introduced over the past couple of years. However as of right now, it does not have nearly all of the features that Movie Maker 2.1 (the flagship version) has yet. It can be downloaded for free.

Movie Maker 2.6, which can be downloaded for free runs on Win 7. However, it’s my understanding based on the referenced article, that it does not support acquiring video directly from a video camera, like Movie Maker 2.1 It does run on both Vista and Win 7.

Movie Maker 6 is the version that is part of the Vista operating system. It can be copied over to Win 7 and after some relatively complicated adjustments, I believe PapaJohn got it running on Win 7.

PapaJohn also got Movie Maker 2.1 to run on Windows 7, using some advanced computer magic. This is important, because it is this version that supports hundreds user written free profiles and effects. Eventually, similar user-written effects etc will be written for Win 7 compatible versions, but for now if someone is using these add-ins, the ability to continue using MM 2.1 in Win 7 is very important. I had loaded a few of these in MM 2.1 when I still had Win XP. I believe some are also working in Vista’s MM 6.

For most people, it seems the best path to follow is to download the free MM 2.6 for use in Win 7, or use Live Movie Maker, which is bound to have features added as time goes on.