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Levels Part 1
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

I remember when I was first learning digital photo editing and I stumbled across something called “levels”. Some of my photos had looked grey and dull, though I did not realize it at the time, and these suddenly sprang to life as I learned how to use the levels adjustments in Photoshop. Although not quite […]

Adjustment Layers
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Another in the series of video tutorials on layers in Elements 6, this time on “Adjustment Layers”. There are several different types of adjustment layer, such as levels or hue & saturation. In this tutorial I demonstrate the use of an adjustment layer, using a hue & saturation adjustment layer as an example. Don’t get […]

Layer Masks Part 2 – Photoshop Elements
Sunday, September 14th, 2008

As promised, here is the second part of the video tutorial on layer masks. Photoshop Elements does not include the layer mask functionality, in its native form at least. However, it does include adjustment layers, and these little beauties have their own layer masks. In this video I show you a rather clever trick whereby […]

Layer Masks – Part 1
Friday, September 12th, 2008

As I mentioned in my last video, I see layers as being about the most powerful tool there is in Photoshop, Elements, and all the good photo editing packages. Within the topic of layers there are two specific areas that I would define as being the most powerful aspects of layers. These are layer masks […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

What is this thing called RGB?
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Adjusting the colors in your image is an area of photo editing that many find time consuming and very confusing.  However, it need not be that way. Here I give an explanation of the RGB color space, which you will most likely find yourself using. The principles discussed here apply to all photo editing software […]

Elements – Basic User Interface
Friday, July 25th, 2008

So, here we go. A short video tutorial (5:14) giving an overview of the basic user interface of Elements 6.0. Click on the image to take you to the video. For the moment the video is only available as a Flash video (400 x 300 pixels). However, I will be putting up larger versions (800 […]