Use PSE 2018 to Find Your Best Photos


In this post, I will demonstrate a new feature in the Photoshop Elements 2018’s Organizer, Auto Curate. This feature uses advanced techniques, including artificial intelligence to select the best images from a larger group of images. You can control the number of photos selected by adjusting the tool’s slider.

Auto Curate can be used in several different ways. For example, if you come back from a trip with hundreds of photos, it can be used to help you select the best images to be used in a slide show.

I will use it in conjunction with Smart Tags to select the best shots of sunsets that were Smart-Tagged by PSE 2018. As part of the demonstration, I save the selected images in an Album.

To see the video demonstration, click on the image below.

Auto Curate Title

I hope you enjoy the video and find it useful. If you did, please give it Star Rating, Like It, and/or Share it on Social media.

Until next time…

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Photoshop Elements Tutorials


Expanded Version Set

For the past year, I have been posting a series of Photoshop Elements tutorials, covering both the Organizer and Photo Editor modes. The series started using PSE 15. When PSE 2018 was released I switched to this new version. However, those that were written using PSE 15 screen shots as the figures are virtually the same for PSE 2018, the latest version of Elements.

For those of you who are new followers of my blog, links to the tutorial posts are shown below. I started with the Organizer, and then moved on to the Photo Editing tutorials. A list of the links to the tutorials is shown below. As you can see, the title is embedded in the link, so you can quickly find a topic you may be interested in.

These tutorials are based on updated handouts that were part of my Photoshop Elements classes I taught. Some of the tutorials are videos. They all are PDF files that can be downloaded and printed.

I will be continuing the series shortly usig PSE 2018. I hope you find these useful.

Until next time.

PSE 15 Organizer

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/photoshop-elements-15-preferences-starting-off-right/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/overview-of-photoshop-elements-organizer-workspace/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/photoshop-elements-15-organizer-importing-photos-from-a-disk-drive/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/photoshop-elements-15-organizer-uploading-photos-from-your-camera/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/using-keyword-tags-in-photoshop-elements-15/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/using-visual-searches-in-photoshop-elements-15/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/using-the-view-workspace-in-photoshop-elements-15/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/using-the-photoshop-elements-15-places-view/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/photoshop-elements-15-smart-tags/

 

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/photoshop-elements-15-folder-view/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/i-forgot-to-add-this-about-pse-15-smart-tags/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/using-photoshop-elements-15-albums/

PSE 15 Photo Editor

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/photoshop-elements-15-guided-edits-1/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/photoshop-elements-15-guided-edits/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/stitching-a-panorama-in-photoshop-elements-15/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/adjust-tone-and-color-using-levels-in-photoshop-elements-15/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/using-multiple-layers-to-fix-the-sky-in-pse-15/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/eliminating-haze-in-photoshop-elements-15/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/photoshop-elements-15-shadowshighlights-command/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/saving-an-edited-image-in-photoshop-elements-15/

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/selectively-changing-the-color-in-photoshop-elements-15/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/selectively-changing-the-color-in-photoshop-elements-15/

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/removing-unwanted-objects-in-your-photos-using-photoshop-elements-15/

Beginning of PSE 2018 Tutorials

 https://don26812.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/refining-your-selections-in-pse-2018/

 

 

 

Refining Your Selections in PSE 2018


If you have been reading my blog posts for the past several months, you know I have been posting a series of Photoshop Elements 15 tutorials, covering both the Organizer and the Photo Editor.

Well, now that PSE 2018 has been released, I will continue the series, but will be using PSE 2018 for the figures and any changes to the steps in PSE 15 that were introduced in PSE 2018. Additionally, I will be posting tutorials that go into more of the details on how to use the brand new features of PSE 2018.

This tutorial will cover the Refine Edge Tool. Accessing the tool has been made easier in more recent versions of PSE, because there is a button to access the tool from the various selection tools, as shown in the figure below. You can still access it from Select > Refine Edge from the Menu bar, however.

Refine Edge Button

Click on the link below to open the PDF file containing the tutorial.

Refine Edge Tool Tutorial

There is also the Refine Selection Brush tool, that is available as one of the selection tools from within the Tool Option bar as shown below. This tool works essentially the same as the Refine Edge. It basically is just an alternative way to access the basic capability.

Refine Selection Brush

Linda Sattgast (www.digitalscrapper.com) has an excellent YouTube video describing how to use the Refine Selection Brush. Its link is shown below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X-R1A9P18A&index=2&list=PL66794B51ECE2B266

However you chose to access Refine Edge, brush or tool, it can really improve your selections, especially if they contain hair.

Until next time.

 

Adobe’s New Photoshop Elements 2018 – The Photo Editor


Adobe has released their latest version of Photoshop Elements. They have changed the official name to Photoshop Elements 2018. Previously this version would have been named Photoshop Elements 16, since the latest commercial version in stores is Photoshop Elements 15.

Welcome Screen

 

CLICK HERE to view their announcement. Announcing the next version of Elements in Fall has become a ritual with Adobe. I have been using the beta version for the past several months, and PSE 2018 has several new features that I am sure will be popular with new and old users alike.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be posting tutorials on several of the new features, but for now, here is quick rundown.

If you are familiar with earlier versions, you know that PSE 2018 includes both the Organizer and the Photo Editor modules. In my PREVIOUS POST, I did a quick overview of what is new in the Organizer. In this article I will do the same for the PSE 2018 Photo Editor module.

Photo Editor

As you can see from the figure below, the Photo Editor workspace has remained the same. For those of you who are using PSE 11 or later versions, you will find yourself right at home.

photo ed expert

As is generally the case with these annual updates, PSE 2018 is an incremental upgrade to PSE 15. Most of the work in the Photo Editor has been adding new Guided Edits. A couple of new and exciting tools have also been added.

The new tools are the Automatic Selection Tool, and the Open Closed Eyes Tool. The new Guided Edits include Water Color, Double Exposure, Shape Overlay, and Background Changer.

Automatic Selection Tool

This tool is has been added to the other selection tools previously a part of the Photo Editor. It can be accessed from both the Quick and Expert editing workspaces.

Auto Select Tool

Basically, how you use it is to draw a rectangle or oval around the object you want to select. Once you let go of the mouse, PSE 2018 makes the selection. Depending upon the background, the initial selection will need some fine tuning, which you can do with the other Selection Tools available.

In the example below, there is a somewhat complicated background, so the selection is going need fine tuning. For more solid backgrounds, the new Auto Selection Tool can get quite close to the final selection.

Auto select sq

Auto sel applied

Open Closed Eyes

We have all been in a position where we are taking a group photo and we have a great photo, except one person has their eyes shut. That is where the new tool, Open Closed Eyes comes in. The figures below outline the process. The tool is quite flexible as to where you obtain the source photo.

eye shut tool

eye open panel

before after eyes

PSE 2018 Photo Editor includes four new Guided Edits. Guided Edits essentially lead you step-by-step through the process of creating the final effect. Some of the Guided Edits are relatively simple and others can be several steps. Pretty much all of them can be further tweaked from within the Expert mode of the Photo Editor.

Watercolor

The Watercolor effect is found in the Special Edits group of the Guided workspace.

watercolor effect

It’s an example of a multi-step Guided Edit..

watercolor panel

watercolor before after

Double Exposure

This effect is found in the Fun group of the Guided Edits workspace. Again, this edit includes several steps to guide you through the process.

Double Exposure Panel

Given the right picture and your creativity, very interesting photo interpretations are possible. As you can see from the figure below, my creativity needs some (ok, a lot of) improvement.

Again, this Guided Edit includes several steps giving you plenty of opportunity to personalize your final photo.

The figure below displays just how many layers and operations are employed. It also illustrates how the Expert Edit mode is available to further edit the photo to reach the desired result.

Double Expose example

Shape Overlay

The Shape Overlay is another Fun Edit within the Guided Edit workspace.

shape overlay panel

The figure below shows the various things you can do with the result of the Shape Overlay Guided Edit. In fact, this screen is typical for other Guided Edits, including sharing the resulting photo.

shape share

Replace Background

The final new Guided Edit introduced in PSE 2018 is the Replace Background. This one is found in the Special Edits group.

replace background panel

Notice in the figure below, in addition to selecting a preset, as I did here, you can also select one of your own photos for the background.

replace bkgrd example

This particular Guided Edit is one that you may use quite often, in contrast to others in the Guided Edit workspace that you may use only infrequently.

Well there you have it. This new version of PSE 2018, although an incremental upgrade, probably has something for everyone.

Over the coming weeks and months, I will be posting tutorials, both written and videos, on the new PSE 2018, as well as Premiere Elements 2018 (PRE 2018). Stay tuned.

Until next time.

Tweak Your Colors With Photoshop’s Selective Color Command


In this post, I want to highlight a technique to selectively adjust color in your images. There are many ways to do this. This technique does require using Photoshop CC or an earlier version of the program. Photoshop Elements does not have the command, Selective Color, that this technique uses.

I learned about this technique from a video tutorial by Blake Rudis of F.64 Academy. The link to the video is shown below. He also provides free Actions that automate using the technique on three different style of photos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzdEfrmdMwc

In Photoshop Elements, the closest you can come to the Selective Color command, is using the Hue/Saturation command, and selecting individual color channels, rather than just using the Master Channel. But as Rudis points out in the video, this is not the same as the Selective Color approach.

Additionally, the technique can be used to provide subtle changes, as well as more pronounced changes to a photo, as is illustrated in the comparison below. It is normally applied after the primary adjustments to brightness, contrast, and color have been applied to the image.

Sel Color Before After

So, if you have Photoshop, give this technique a try, let me know what you think, and post a link to your image here.

Until next time…

Real Easy Technique for Better Sunsets


On a recent cruise, I took dozens of sunsets. Most of them were not what I was looking for. I either ended up with a blown out sun, or the picture was too dark for my liking.

Today, I received an email from Steve Arnold of Post Processing Mastery that should a very easy technique to tone down an over exposed sun. Although he explains how to do it using Photoshop, it is well in the capabilities of Photoshop Elements.

Below shows the results I obtained on one of my sunset images.

Brush Sunset Tech

The Before is on the right, and the After is on the left. Some sunset images will respond better than others to this technique. And remember, you can tweak the result by adjusting the brush layer’s Opacity.

Here is the link to the video that explains the technique.

http://dons.creativetips.ppmastery.com/sunblur

Until next time.

 

2017 ODP Championship


A few months ago, Lucy’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) team representing Southern California won the Western Regional Championship tournament in Phoenix AZ.

The link is to a short presentation summarizing Lucy’s play. It was put together using Adobe’s Spark program. This app is easy to use, runs on your smart phone or tablet, and is free.

Sample Adobe Spark Presentation

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