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Sep 3, 2010 7:15 PM CST
|My old Photoshop died so I bought Elements 8. I usually hate the "embellishments" but I actually like this. This program is so user friendly.|
It's a bit weird to press a button and instantly see what used to take me hours and hours as a professional artist in the olden days!
Sep 3, 2010 7:30 PM CST
ctcarol said:Kathy, when you say Elements8 is user friendly, does that mean you don't have to take a class to figure it out? I guess I'm like Lin...no patience.
I have always used a handful of features on photoshop to crop, rotate, set levels, sharpen, use the clone tool, etc. So first I did a trial on Elements and located how to do these things. But I found it much easier that my old Photoshop program to do this and more. there are tutorials and some info on how to do new things like merge 2 photos that I tried too.
If you've never used Photoshop, you'd have to start from scratch which would require learning and patience.
Sep 3, 2010 7:35 PM CST
|Here's one I posted already.|
Sep 3, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Sep 4, 2010 8:00 AM CST
|Hmmm, I wonder if there a "photoshop for dummies" book. Sounds like a winter project.|
Sep 4, 2010 8:19 AM CST
Where do you find the time?
Sep 4, 2010 10:18 AM CST
|This requires very little learning curve for me and I'm exploring what I paid for!!|
Sep 4, 2010 4:14 PM CST
|Just made these 2 in 10 minutes.|
Sep 4, 2010 4:22 PM CST
|I have been using Elements 2 at first and now I am still using Elements 4. Also, at my job I used to have the regular professional Adobe Photoshop installed. Now for someone like me, Elements is truly fine! 2 pixels unsharp mask works wonders....I also use the "bridge" to open my files from there.|
Sep 4, 2010 5:12 PM CST
|So are your files photoshop files or jpegs? (Trying to picture what you mean by "bridge.")|
Sep 4, 2010 5:35 PM CST
|Bridge is part of Elements 4. It lists all pictures in any folder and so they can easily be viewed and opened ( or deleted) from there with Elements. Bridge is not part of later versions of Element?|
I always save as jpg.
Sep 5, 2010 9:05 AM CST
|They have 2 directions to chose in Elements8 now. Edit and organize. I bet it is the organize feature which I haven't played with due to my small hard drive. Looks like it could be like Picasa?|
Sep 5, 2010 9:17 AM CST
|Actually when I go to "open" a file there are images and you can delete them, etc. A new feature for me is the process multiple files feature under "File" for doing a batch like all the pic in a folder at once. You can resize, rename, convert to a different file type, use auto level, auto contrast, auto color, sharpen, AND watermark or caption the entire folder!! I used to make macros to resize a batch. Amazing!|
Nov 13, 2010 11:50 AM CST
|Kathy, I'm using the Sony Photoshop from my camera, but I don't get such awesome pics. I guess I'm photoshopping too much! |
Please visit us at Carpe diem cubit!
Nov 13, 2010 6:38 PM CST
|Easy to do!|
Mar 31, 2011 7:55 PM CST
|I'm using Adobe lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Corel Painter. This one cropped, background completely painted out and re-framed.|
Here's an example:
This one background painted out and texture added slightly for large format printing:
Mar 31, 2011 7:59 PM CST
|I have elements 8. When you say painted out, do you hand paint around the flower or is there an easy way? ( I've always wondered.)|
Mar 31, 2011 8:16 PM CST
|I do have Photoshop for dummies and I'm sure there's a way, just haven't found anyother way than using large brushes for the larger areas and pixel size brushes down to the subject line. Can you say tedious ?|
Mar 31, 2011 8:21 PM CST
|That's how I've always done it too. But I feel stupid when I do it! Watercolors are faster!!|
Apr 3, 2011 11:55 AM CST
|A Dendrobium shot that didn't come out so good....|
So I used Corel Painter, water colours, to give it new life.