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Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements – One Click Snow

March 4, 2015

Photoshop’s little sister Photoshop Elements has some great features that allow for some quick editing. In this post, first written for Photofocus, I take a look at adding snow, with just a [More]

Tilt-Shift in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

March 1, 2015

Photoshop CC had a major upgrade to the Blur Gallery, among the additions was a new Tilt-Shift filter. This can make the effect really easy to make. In addition, Photoshop Elements also has a new way to make a Tilt-Shift effect, it's quick and easy but not quite so adaptable. In this video I look at both methods and demonstrate the 'old school' manual way to create the effect for those with older versions of the software. [More]

Replacing a view through a window with clipping masks in Photoshop Elements

September 13, 2013

In this month's Photoshop Elements tutorial I'm going to demonstrate a neat trick for changing the view through a window. There are many ways to approach this, of course, this is a particularly versatile method, however. Instead of cutting out the glass areas of the window and putting the new view beneath, we'll use the window panes as a clipping mask. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of clipping masks, it's a way of hiding parts of a layer based on the visible areas of the layer below. In this case, only the parts of the new view will be visible where they overlap the window panes, giving the impression that we're seeing the scene behind the window frame. This is often preferable to the usual masking technique, particularly if we want to use multiple images to build the composite, where the layers would need to be beneath the target layer as we can control the visibility without the need to move the layers around in the stack. If we want to see the whole image, we simply unclip it. [More]

Quick Mask-Style Selections in Photoshop Elements

August 16, 2013

I recently wrote an article here on TipSquirrel about using Photoshop's Pencil tool to make complicated selections. A comment was posted asking if the same thing was possible using Photoshop Elements. The answer to that is yes, but, as with a few things in Elements, we have to use a couple of workarounds. The original tutorial used Photoshop's Quick Mask feature. This allows us to create selections by painting them with the Brush tool (or any other of the drawing tools); the selected areas show up as a coloured overlay. Elements doesn't have this feature, sadly, so we'll be using an adjustment layer and its mask to achieve the same result. [More]

The Graphic Novel Filter: Photoshop Elements’ Diamond in the Rough

June 14, 2013

With the release of Elements 11 came three new filters: Pen and Ink, Comic and Graphic Novel. You could be excused from not having known about them as they reside in the Sketch category of the Filters menu, a place you visit in the early stages of using Elements but rarely return. Many of these special effects filters fail to live up to their expectations, not without a lot of additional work afterward, at least. These new sketch filters are different: on the whole they actually do what they're supposed to, and often with fantastic results! My favourite of the three filters is Graphic Novel and that's what we'll be looking at in this tutorial. The effect it produces gives the image a hand-drawn effect with intricate lines similar to those drawn with Rotring precision pens. [More]

November on TipSquirrel.com

December 5, 2011

Stylized Black and White Photos with Topaz BW Effects  By Dan Moughamian This month I thought it would be fun to cover a Photoshop plugin that I discovered this summer, which has quickly become one [More]

Win Great Photoshop Elements Books

August 5, 2011

We’ve got two of the best Photoshop Elements books to give away to one lucky reader. No nonsense guide to getting the most out of your images using Photoshop Elements. Save time with invaluable [More]

Using actions in Photoshop Elements

July 22, 2011

If you haven’t used the full version of Photoshop, you might not be familiar with the concept of actions. Essentially, they are sequences of commands designed to quickly reproduce a particular effect on an image. They range from simple enhancements to extremely complex manipulation operations and are designed primarily to save you time by doing all the repetitive parts of a technique at speed. Although you can’t actually create your own actions from within Elements, you can install and run them. [More]

Warhol-Style Pop-Art Effect with Photoshop Elements

May 26, 2011

In this tutorial we’ll use Photoshop Elements to create an effect similar to Andy Warhol’s iconic pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor et al. We’ll use layers and blend modes to build up the effect, making it easy to correct mistakes or change the look at a later stage. [More]
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