Dark Side of the Lens

Archive for August, 2008

Layers in Photoshop Elements – Basic Principles
Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I have had several requests from people (thank you) for some tutorials on using layers in Photoshop Elements. I had intended to leave this until a little later in the piece, but there’s no harm in bringing it forward a little, so here we go. This first video explains the basic principles. Some of you […]

Photoshop Elements 7 Announced
Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Adobe have announced the upcoming launch of the next version of Photoshop Elements, version 7. It is due to hit the shelves in October with an expected retail price of US$99.99 (with a reduced price for an upgrade) if purchased alone, or it is also being bundled with Photoshop.com Plus and Premiere Elements 7 (US$149.99). […]

Higher Definition Video Tutorials Now Up
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I have finally found the time to put up a set of better quality video tutorials for the three tutorials published so far. Yay!!! The content is the same as the ones you will find in the main blog posts but they are now available in 800 x 600 as Quicktime movie files.

Photoshop Elements Keyboard Shortcuts – Mac and PC
Sunday, August 24th, 2008

An excellent way to speed up your editing in Elements, on either the Mac or PC, is to start using keyboard shortcuts. When I first started photo editing I did everything using the pulldown menus, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so. As I became more proficient I found myself starting to use […]

More than one way to crop a horse
Friday, August 22nd, 2008

A bit of a gap since my last video, thanks to a nasty case of the flu doing the rounds robbing me of my voice (must have also affected my hearing as I didn’t hear anyone being sorry about that!). So, here we go with my latest offering. Unless you frame every shot perfectly (can […]

Mac vs PC Commands Confusion
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I am not going to venture into the Mac vs PC debate as let’s face it, too much blood has already been split on both sides in that one. I am currently using a PC platform, for various reasons beyond my control (ok, financial reasons as I can’t afford to buy a new Mac laptop […]

Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Card
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

As may already be apparent, I absolutely love my gadgets. About this time last year I purchased a new gadget not because I really needed it (but  did, I really honestly did!) but because I needed to see it in person, as it just sounded too advanced to be true. The Eye-fi card (see here […]

So Little Time – Australian Landscapes
Monday, August 11th, 2008

My friend Gunter has decided to give himself an online presence and has launched a web site for his absolutely stunning photos. So Little Time – Australian Landscapes As the name suggests, most of his photos feature Australian landscapes. He has done an amazing job in capturing the colors and feel of a huge variety […]

Photoshop CS4 due this fall … maybe.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Photoshop CS4 is lurking in the shadows with rumors of the launch being sometime this fall (aka Autumn for the POMS and Spring for us Aussies) or early in 2009. Photoshop CS4, which would be version 11 using the original version numbering system Adobe used, is codenamed Stonehenge, though it is most likely to be […]

Photoshop CS3 Essential Skills (Book Review)
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I have a large collection of books, photographic books included, as I am somewhat of a bookaholic. Some of the books I have are better than others, and these are the ones I will be reviewing. I, like many people, have my favorite authors, and probably my very favorite authors in the photo editing book […]