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.

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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.

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Eliminating Haze in Photoshop Elements 15


PSE 14 introduced the Haze Removal command. In this video tutorial, I will being demonstrating the command using Photoshop Elements 15. The command has two modes. You can use it in its fully automatic mode, or manually adjust its strength and sensitivity if you choose.

depending upon the image, the results are often similar to those obtained using the Auto Levels command.  However, the Haze Removal results are generally better, depending upon the targeted image.

To view the video click on the image below.

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To view or download the PDF of this tutorial, click on the link below.

Using the Haze Removal Command in PSE 15

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Photoshop Elements 15 Guided Edits


My last post introduced PSE 15’s the first three Guided Edits, Basics, Color, and Black & White. In this post, we’ll look at the other three, Fun Edits, Special Edits, and Photomerge.

We will also include a short video, that demonstrates using the Photo Text Fun Edit. As a special note, the content of the tutorial was assembled using the Adobe Spark.

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Photoshop Elements 15 Guided Edits 1


One of the neat features in more recent versions of Photoshop Elements is the Guided Edit View mode. This mode leads you by the hand through the detailed steps to edit your pictures in a variety of ways, ranging from basic edits to multi-step special effects.

In this video tutorial we overview the Guided Edits view of Photoshop Elements 15, and cover a couple of the simpler edits. In part two (coming next),  we will take a look at  more complex edits that the guides simplify.

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Coming is a tutorial that deals with the more complex Guided Edits that are in PSE 15.

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Understanding the Histogram


As you begin to do more editing of your photos using the Expert mode of Photoshop Elements 15, or other programs, you will want an understanding of the histogram. In fact, you manipulate the histogram for an image when you use the Levels command.

Even with all of the great editing tools that now are a part of PSE 15, I often find myself still using the Levels command as my go to editing tool.

Additionally, as you may have discovered already, many cameras today include a display of the photo’s histogram. Using the information it presents, it will help you decide whether or not to retake the photo. So there are a lot of reasons to get to know the histogram.

Click on the link below to watch a short video about the histograms. As a bonus, there is a figure at the end of the video that briefly summarizes the concept of photo layers. Understanding layers is key to doing non-destructive photo editing as we will  soon see.

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Photoshop Elements 15 Smart Tags


One of the new features that was added in Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 15 was Smart Tags. Under certain circumstances they can be quite useful.

In any event, they are fun to use and sometimes give some strange results.

The link below is to a video tutorial that briefly explains this new feature.

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