Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine
November / December 2012
by: Liz Ness
On a recent trip to Key West, I found myself taking photos of things that were neglected for a theme I was working on. I thought these would be perfect to try the grunge technique on. This 5 step process was so easy I ended up trying it on 3 different photos. From start to finish it took me about 7 minutes to work on 1 photo.
I used to look through magazines and wish my photography could be as great as the photos I looked at. Then I started actually reading the captions and meta data of those photos. I was shocked to learn most of them were tweaked in some sort of Photoshop program. It’s not that I’m taking terrible photos, I just have no idea how to turn them into great photos.
I have no need or want to go pro and actually sell my photos, so I chose to go with Photoshop Elements as my editing program. It was cheaper than the full version but had enough for me to work with. I have always heard about the “learning curve” for Photoshop users, and now I know why. I bought a “manual” to try to teach myself how to use layers and just do basic editing but that wasn’t working out well and I wanted to recreate some of these great looks I had seen in magazines. While I searched for a class online or any information that would be helpful, I stumbled upon Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine.
This magazine was exactly what I had in mind when I bought Elements. It gives step by step guides (with pictures) on how to create all of those fabulous tips and tricks.The steps are so easy to follow that I didn’t need any previous knowledge of how to work in Elements. Perfect! (I will not give the step by step of how to achieve each technique as I am sure there would be some sort of copyright issues but, I will tell you exactly where to find the steps, if it was easy or hard, and about how long the process will take. If you need any more information, you can always contact me.)
I hope you enjoy my before and after photos and become motivated to try some of the techniques yourself .