About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.

3 Easy Steps to Apply Textures in Photoshop

3 Easy Steps to Apply Textures in Photoshop and PSE

One of the best things yet most confusing things about Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is that there are always different ways to do the same thing. That is wonderful because users can experiment and find the way that works best for them. However, it can be confusing to new users because they keep seeing and […]

How to Clone Without Using the Clone Tool

Cloning Withou Clone Tool

The bridal portrait I shared in the post before this one brought some questions from readers about how I successfully removed the driveway from the original image. I used an old trick of mine, the duplicate-and-flip-horizontal technique. The image I used for this tutorial is supposed to be symmetrical but it misses by just a […]

Using Reflectors to Bounce Flash

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Last fall I was asked by my sister to do the bridal portraits her sweet, soon-to-be daughter-in-law. It is a tradition in the South to have bridal portraits shot months before the wedding, and have one or more of the portraits on display at the wedding reception. I have shot one wedding, but never a […]

When Actions Will Not Load in PSE

What to do when actions won't install in PSE

Thanks to the handy-dandy Actions panel is in Photoshop Elements 11 and 12, installing actions no longer has to be a complicated and frustrating task. However, if you are a PSE user who upgraded from an older version, you may prefer using actions through the Photo Effects panel because the thumbnails are easier to read […]

Brushes Installing vs Loading

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Custom brushes have been discussed here at Everyday Elements several times over the years. Usually I recommend that you “load” the brushes, not actually “install” them. However, I have never explained what the difference is. Today is the day I remedy that oversight. First let me define “custom brush.” Those are brushes that do not […]

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop {and Elements}

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During one of my webinars, Portrait Editing 101, a step I showed was whitening teeth. After the webinar I realized that I had never written a dedicated how-to tutorial on whitening teeth, so here goes. Whitening teeth in Photoshop and PSE is so very easy, and it is a great way to practice using masks. […]

Adding Snow with Custom Brushes

Add snow with snow brushes

Last year I wrote several tutorials on brushes, with the plan for more. For various reasons, I lost my groove with the series and never finished. However, I recently used some snow brushes from a new action and brush set by Photographer Depot and I thought they would make for a great follow up on […]

How to Lighten the Photoshop CS6 Workspace Colors

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When Photoshop CS6 came out, the change was significant, not only because of the awesome new additions to the program, but because the interface (workspace) was so much darker and more dramatic. The change in colors was to help the images or graphics “pop” on the user’s screen. Some liked the feature while others did […]