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October 18, 2011

Photoshop Elements 10 – the missing manual, Barbara Brundage, O’Reilly Publishers

Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage’s series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O’Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O’Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.

Photographer

Photoshop Elements 10 – the missing manual, Barbara Brundage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — cheisterkamp @ 5:29 pm

Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage’s series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O’Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O’Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
Photographer

April 28, 2011

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9 – CREATING A QUICK COMPOSITE IMAGE

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — cheisterkamp @ 5:38 pm
A PRESCRIPTION FOR USING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9
A QUICK COMPOSITE IMAGE

When one is working with Photoshop layers, there are times when you would like to apply an effect to a composite of a layered image. One could flatten the image (after first saving it as a .psd image or .tiff image) but there is a better way. Select the current top layer in your Layers Stack. Then press Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Opt + Shift + E and a composite is produced on its own layer at the top of the stack.. One can then apply an effect on this layer or you can copy the composite image to a new file. Since this composite is on its own layer it can easily be removed or made invisible.

While this tip applies to Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. It will work with some of the earlier versions of Elements.

Also:

Crtl/Cmd means Control Key on Windows, the Command Key on the Mac.

And

Alt/Op means the Alt key on Windows and the Option Key on the Mac.

CHARLES HEISTERKAMP, III, M.D.

 

 

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