From the short survey done at the February SIG, it became apparent that most of the interest for the next few months will be Photoshop Elements (PE). Of the fifteen people there for the session, only two had Photoshop (including me!). The rest had versions of PE or were planning to get a version of it shortly.
So this article will be an introduction to PE and give you three sources of information to get you started:
- Free from Adobe – https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/tutorials.html
- Free Ten Day Trial from Lynda.com that lets you sample different video courses –http://www.lynda.com/. Unfortunately, you have to sign up first and try to remember to stop before the ten days is up. I avoid these if I can since I forget to stop the membership in time. Seniors golden moment?
- Better yet, you can find some of the Lynda.com PE training videos at: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lynda.com+photoshop+elements&page=3. It will require about of going through ten pages of the YouTube channel to find something of interest to you.
Which version to buy?
Version 11 was a complete makeover of PE. Versions 12, 13 and 14 had more improvements. But any of these versions will do for starting out.
You can buy new or second hand from the usual places – Dick Smith, the Good Guys, Officeworks, Amazon, etc. The best that I came across was PE 13 for $89 from the Good Guys. You can probably find something better. If you do, leave a comment at the bottom of the blog page (https://2014photoshopsig.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/march-2016-photoshop-sig-notes/).
Where to start?
Barbara Gibson, the U3A guru and previous SIG coordinator (along with Pat!) told me that her group was interested in:
- enhancement of travel & family photos,
- restoration of old photos,
- and preparation and display of images for albums, calendars etc
These activities can be our goal over the next few months.
The Outline of what we’ll be doing in March
- Using the Organiser
- Using Quick Edit Mode
- Working in Quick Edit
- Cropping Photos
- Straightening Photos
- Adjusting lighting
- Adjusting Colour
- Fixing Selected Areas
- Applying effects and smart looks
- Adding textures and frames
- Fixing red-eye
Step 1 – Open the Organiser
(1) Double click on your PE Icon to open the program. You get a dialogue box that comes up and gives you a choice of the Organiser or the Editor modes.
(2) Always click on the Organiser mode. This will save you heaps of trouble as you wonder what happened to that photo that you just edited. Let PE do all the worrying for you!
More info from: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/how-to/use-elements-organizer.html?set=photoshop-elements–fundamentals–organizing
Step 2 – Create a Practice Catalogue
(3) Click on File/Manage Catalogues.
(4) Click on New.
(5) In the box that says “Enter a name for the new catalogue” type in Bill’s Practice Catalogue. Or use your own name.
(6) Click OK.
Image 1 – New Catalogue
You have now created a database (new catalogue) to play with that is empty for now. The next step is to put a few pictures in there.
Step 3 – Import some pictures from your camera.
(7) This is something that you already know how to do (hopefully).
(8) By hook (connecting cable) or crook (card reader), find a folder with a few images in it.
(9) Click on the Import button in the upper left hand corner.
(10) Click on the From files and folders text.
Image 2 – files and folders
(11) In Finder/Explorer make your way to some images that you would like to edit for a bit of fun. Use Control + Left Mouse Click to select a few images (say four of them).
(12) Click on the Media button shown by the red rectangle. You will see your images appear in the Organiser screen under bill’s Practice Catalogue. Woo hoo.
(13) Select one of the images to be edited.
Image 3 –
Step 4 – Using the Quick Edit Mode
(14) Click on the editor icon at the bottom left of the Organiser page shown inside the red rectangle below:
Image 4 – Click on the editor Icon.
(15) Here is what my screen looks like’
Image 5 – Opening an image in Quick Edit Mode
(16) Each of the six on the right give you a choice of ways to edit your photo. Click on the Smart Fix Edit. First, there is a slider that you can use. Second, there is a choice from the nine pictures that show the slider visually. Finally, there is the Auto button shown in Green that you can use as a third way. Have a play. When you are done, save it.
Image 6 –
(17) Click on File/Save As and notice that PE has added an extra tag that says “Edited 1”. You can save as many versions as you want to and you add further information to the save title such as 4X6 to tell you that the image size is 4 by six inches.
Image 7 – Save As
I hope that this enough to get you started with your version of PE elements.
PE is a great program that can give you many hours of pleasure.
Challenge for March
Now that you have edited your photo, have a go at printing it.
(1) Click on Create/Photo prints.
(2) Try different sizes.
(3) Try different papers – glossy, canvas, normal and see which one that you like best.
(4) Put your favourite in a frame and bring along in the April meeting for show and tell. Just like we used to do in school.
That’s all, folks!