Adding Snow with Custom 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

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 […]

Sending Images to Clients {or Friends and Family}

A reader recently asked me about alternatives to emailing images to her clients. Usually image files are quite large, so if you are using email that can mean several emails with attachments to get them all sent. This article shares three ways to share images other than emailing them. There are three ways to easily […]

How and When to Flatten in Photoshop {Elements}

I am on a quest – a quest to answer some of the frequently asked questions from new Photoshop {Elements} users. Today I am answering the question “what is flattening?” and “how do you flatten?” Previously I’ve explained why we should edit with layers, the different types of layers, and how to edit with them (to many […]

Why Layers Matter

I have talked a lot about layers here at Everyday Elements. What layers are, what types of layers you can use, how to use layers and so on. However, the last time I did a tutorial regarding layers someone asked me a great question – why should they use layers? Why should we use layers? […]

How to See Camera Settings in Photoshop {Elements}

Once you have been dabbling in photography for a bit, you will eventually look at a picture on your computer and think “Now, what was my ISO  for that picture?”or “What aperture did I use to take that?” When you take a picture with a digital camera, you can instantly look back at the LCD […]

A New Year With New Goals

I hope everyone had a wonderful time with friends and family over the holidays. For us it was peaceful. That sounds trite and simplistic, but for us peaceful was a blessing and a breath of fresh air.   Now it is 2014 now and time for some new goals for Everyday Elements. This site has […]

Balance Colors With Levels

Recently someone asked if there was a substitute for the color balance adjustment layer, since that is an adjustment in Photoshop and not available in Photoshop Elements. I thought it was a great question and decided to answer it via a blog tutorial. Color balance is an adjustment layer in Photoshop that allows you to […]

Photoshop Elements 12 Review

Many, many requests were made for me to review the new Photoshop Elements 12. I apologize this is coming two months late, but I hope it is beneficial to those still considering upgrading. This review includes a GIVEAWAY! Two readers who leave a comment will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of PSE […]

How to Install Actions in Photoshop CS

How to install actions in Photoshop Elements has been covered many times here at Everyday Elements, but never how to install actions in Photoshop CS, so this tutorial is long overdue. Note: I used Photoshop CC for this tutorial, but the steps are exactly the same for Photoshop CS 3 – 6 (and possibly before […]