Making your own Christmas ornament frame templates

written by Beckie of, inspired by Jill of Jill Jarvis Photography Have you ever seen those beautiful Christmas ornament picture frames and wanted to buy them, but didn’t really want to cut up your pictures? Here’s an easy way to make your own template to fit any frame ornament. First you’ll need to scan […]

Using “The Album Cafe” Templates to Make Your Holiday Cards

written by Beckie of It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about their Christmas cards. If you’re just starting out, or maybe you’re a hobbyist like me, you might wonder where to find all those cool templates that the pros all use. The Album Cafe has a great selection of holiday card […]

Still Life Photography Tips and Tricks Part 2

The following post is by Kelly Newbury of Fine Art Prints by Kelly Newbury. Welcome to part two of the still life photography post. In part one I talked about how to set up and capture a still life photo (for fine art). After I have the pictures I want, I view them in PSE […]

How to Install Actions in PSE 11

Photoshop Elements 11 was released in late September with major changes to the layout of the full edit (not called “Expert”) mode. In addition to those changes, they added a new panel/palette – the Actions panel. After  years of requests by users to make installing actions easier, Adobe listened and you can now add actions […]

Create a Bar Watermark in Photoshop {Elements}

  Long time no see! Thank you for your patience as I slowly came back to the land of the living. I thought I would ease my way back in with a fairly simple tutorial – how to make a bar watermark. The steps I am sharing here are the same for Photoshop CS and […]

Action Edit “Baby Clean”

this post written by Beckie of I wanted to show you my step-by-step workflow using the “Baby Clean” (and a few others) action from the Everyday Elements “Everyday Essentials” action set. I edited this image in Photoshop CS5. (tech info for those interested, I shot this on my D700 and 50mm f/1.4 at ISO […]

Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop CS6 and PSE

Today we are talking about the eyes – “the window to the soul.” You want the eyes to really stand out, for the catchlights to shine, so the eyes will come alive! Here are six easy steps to enhance the eyes and eye area in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Please note that 100% of these […]

Step by Step Clean Edit Tutorial {with picture for practice}

Rock the Shot, a wonderful photography forum, has asked me back again to provide a lesson on clean editing. I decided to teach a few of the ways Levels can be a blessing to your workflow, and five of the seven edits are done with just Levels! To see the tutorial, with video, and download […]

Online Video Workshop for Photoshop Available Now

Got Photoshop and don’t know what the heck to do with it? Has it been sitting on your computer for months and you are feeling guilty for buying it and not using it? I have a “self-study” workshop available at Rock the Shot that will get you comfortable with your CS5 skin and editing in […]

Learn to Use Levels in Photoshop Elements

Pin It One of the most powerful, useful and probably overlooked tools in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is Levels. It isn’t a “tool” exactly, rather an adjustment that can be used as an adjustment layer or as an adjustment on a duplicate layer. The slightly more powerful brother to Levels is Curves, which is only […]