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…

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The PSE 2018 ACR Detail and Camera Calibration Panels


Over the past several weeks I have posted tutorials on using the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) in Photoshop Elements 2018. If you missed them, their links are shown below.

Overall RAW Image Processing with ACR

The ACR Workspace

Basic Editing in ACR

Using the ACR Tools

In this post, I have added the final tutorial in the series. It covers using the Detail and Camera Calibration panels of the ACR. As shown in the figure below, the Detail panel is where you go to sharpen and reduce the noise in your RAW images.

ACR Detail

To view or print this tutorial, click on the link below.

Using ACR’s Detail and Camera Calibration Panels

I hope you have found these tutorials helpful. If you have please rate it according and share with others over social media.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

PSE 2018: Using the Adobe Camera RAW Tools


In recent posts, I have covered the basic workspace of the ACR, the general approach for processing RAW files, and the Basic Panel sliders.

This post is a short tutorial on the using the ACR’s Tools. To view or download the tutorial, click on the figure below.

ACR Crop Tool

Coming next will be a tutorial on the Detail and Camera Calibration panels. Until next time…

 

Processing RAW Images Using ACR in Photoshop Elements 2018


I suspect at some point most of you will want to begin to shoot at least some RAW images in your camera. The control and quality you gain from shooting in RAW is significantly greater than is possible than shooting and editing a JPEG image.

There are a lot more topics that I will cover in the future that deal with the main Photo Editor of PSE 2018, but I want to take time now to cover processing images using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor that is a part of PSE 2018, as well as earlier versions. This is the same, but less feature-rich version that is in Photoshop CC.

In this post, I will overview the steps or process of editing a RAW image.  The link below the figure is to a PDF file you can download and print the tutorial.

ACR

http://www.donstouder.com/Digital-Photo-Corner/Photoshop%20Elements%2015%20Tutorials/2018%20basic%20raw%20process.pdf

In the next installment, I’ll cover tips on using the Basic Editing screen in the ACR. Stay tuned.

If you found this tutorial helpful, and would like to see more, Star- Rate it and/or drop me a brief comment.

Until next time…http://www.donstouder.com/Digital-Photo-Corner/Photoshop%20Elements%2015%20Tutorials/2018%20basic%20raw%20process.pdf

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/

 

 

 

Removing Unwanted Objects in Your Photos Using Photoshop Elements 15


It has been far too long since I posted my last Photoshop Elements 15 tutorial. During the past month I have spent a lot of time traveling to softball diamonds and soccer fields to watch my two granddaughters compete in their respective sports. So before the next tournament comes up, I want to post at least one.

In this tutorial, I cover the Clone Stamp tool, the Healing Brush, and the Spot Healing Brush. The Clone Stamp has been around forever, and the healing brushes were added some time after that. More recent versions of Elements added Content Aware technology to the healing brushes. In many cases this technology can significantly improve the results. However, I have to admit there are times when I revert back to the traditional Clone Stamp Tool to complete the task.

As usual the written tutorial is provided in PDF format that is easy to download and print. The figure below shows the before image and the initial application of the Clone Stamp for the example used in the tutorial. Click on it to read or download the tutorial.

Before After Cloning

If you found this tutorial helpful, please star-rate it and share it on social media. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with another post.

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Rescaling vs. Re-Sampling Photos and Why it Matters


The subject of resizing your photographs to make a high quality print or to share it online continues to be question that comes up in forums. Part of the confusion stems from the terminology itself. In this post/post, I will discuss the subject from the standpoint of scanning a negative or slide. First, Are a couple of comments about the terminology.

Resolution – Dots Per Inch

Resolution is generally referred to as either dots per inch (dpi) or pixels per inch (ppi). What can lead to confusion is that dpi is used to describe the resolution of a scanner. For example, a scanner that is capable of scanning 35 mm negatives may have a optical resolution of 3200 dpi or greater. The word optical here means there are no mathematics being used to artificially increase the resolution. For the best quality, you should scan at or below the optical resolution of the scanner.

Resolution – Pixels Per Inch

Referring to a scanned image, once you open the image in say, Photoshop Elements or Photoshop, the terminology changes. Now the same resolution is measured in and referred to pixels per inch (ppi). The resolution is the same as you scanned, the term just changes. For example, if a negative is scanned at 3200 dpi and then opened in PSE 15 using the Image > Resize > Image Size command, the dialog below is opened. The resolution of 3200 ppi is shown.

3200 ppi ex

Print Resolution – Dots per Inch

When describing the resolution of an inkjet printer, dots per inch or dpi is again used. However, at this point in the process, the term takes on a whole new and more literal meaning. Now it is used to describe how many drops of ink are placed on the paper per inch. It is one of the prime, but not only parameter that is used to describe how well the printer can reproduce the image. And, this number has nothing to do with the resolution of the image file (in pixels per inch) that was sent to the printer.

This tutorial is an exercise that will not only give you a better understanding of rescaling an image versus re-sampling it, but will also demonstrate the loss of quality that is a bi-product of up-sampling an image, or adding to the number of pixels that were not in the image when it was scanned.

To view or download the tutorial, click on the image below. I suggest you actually follow along with the tutorial using one of your own images.

Resampling Comparison

In this post and tutorial I have focused on resolution as it impacts the printing of your digital photographs. In a future post, I will cover the topic of how to properly size your photos for sharing them online.

If you found this tutorial to be helpful and would like to see other tutorials in the future, please give it a suitable star-rating and  share it with your friends.

Until next time..