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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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.

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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

If you found this video to be helpful, please Like it on YouTube.

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AppTip Sheet – Using Exfi Patcher


On February 17, 2018, I posted an AppTip Sheet. The AppTip Sheet that I described there is no longer accurate. It refers to the website, http://360Facebook.com. This website has been replaced by, http://nadirpatcher.com. This new site performs a similar function as before, but also includes additional capabilities. Click on the figure below to link to the AppTip Sheet that describes how to use this website to post 360-degree panorama photos on Facebook.

FB 360 Image

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Using the Slide Show Editor in PSE 2018


In this post, I am going to demonstrate how to use the Slide Show Editor in Photoshop Elements 2018 (PSE 2018). PSE has pretty much always included a slide show editor. The editor that was used in PSE 10, and earlier versions was full featured and easy to use. One of my favorite features was the ability to apply custom panning and zooming effects. Also, older versions had the ability to add highly customizable captions and titles.

In SS EditAdobe found its legacy code too expensive to maintain, and long about PSE 11, they totally redesigned the Slide Show Editor. Unfortunately, to increase its user friendliness, they removed most of the customization options. Frankly for some time, I kept PSE 10 installed, just so I could make better slide shows. Premiere Elements 2018 (PRE 2018), can be used to make advanced features slide shows, but it significantly harder in my opinion.

A slide ahow 2

Since the new Slide Show Editor was introduced, its capabilities have evolved. I find it useful to make quick slide shows when I do not need the customization provided by PRE 2018. Its biggest shortcoming, in my opinion, is that it can only accept video clips less than 10-15 seconds. This is too short.

Click on the link below to watch my video demonstration of the Slide Show Editor as installed in PSE 2018.SS Ed Title

Please do not hesitate to leave any comments you may here or on YouTube.

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Novell Way to Remove Color Cast Using PSE 2018 AppTip Sheet


I use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements pretty much daily. But I often can’t remember the exact steps to complete a certain edit or effect that I want to create. I don’t do it enough. I either have to go to my notes, a magazine article, or perhaps a previous blog post to fill in the blanks to fill in the blanks of my memory.

What I have been doing for awhile now is to prepare a cheat sheet that lays out the basic steps concisely. I think that these cheat sheets may come in handy for others as well.

That is where the AppTip Sheets come in. They are kept as short as possible, and assume the reader knows how to use the subject program. They just need a little help in putting steps together. Another possible scenario is to provide a top level view of the various screens for a new app on a smartphone or tablet. These cheat sheets help me a lot. Maybe they will you, as well.

So, in this post, I have included an AppTip Sheet for removing a colorcast in a photo. The screens are for Photoshop Elements 2018, but older versions of Elements work equally as well.

Remove Color Cast

Let me know what you think of this type of format. I plan to post others shortly. If you have an idea for a certain topic or program, let me know that as well.

Until next time…