Changing Day to Night for a Fantasy Picture

In this YouTube Photoshop Elements project I show you how to change a daylight image into a nighttime image and then add light to a lantern and spill light onto a person. There are several techniques demonstrated in this video from merging photos to using blend modes and layers. So lets travel back now to a time before flashlights for this project:

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Photoshop Elements Theme Park Wanted Poster Design

In this Photoshop Elements project video I show you how to create a custom Wanted Poster for your child. This is like the ones you can get at the different theme parks around the country, mine is loosely based on one I got from Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California. A fun and easy Photoshop Elements project that will bring a smile to your child's face. So... Get along little doggies and grab yourself a custom Wanted Poster.

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Photoshop Elements Change Background Sky Tutorial on YouTube

Photoshop Elements Background Change, this is one of the most common How To questions I get. There are several different ways to change a background or a sky depending on the picture. In this video from my YouTube channel I demonstrate how to change a plain cloudless sky into a much more interesting cloudy sky with Photoshop Elements. The techniques in this project will work just as well in Adobe Photoshop. Enjoy!

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Adobe Photoshop Elements – The Top Ten Things You Need To Know

Here is my list of the top ten tools and techniques you need to know to get started with Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. This is a very powerful image editing and graphic design program if you know how to use it. Most beginners stick with the useful built in automated Basic and Guided tools but to get the most out of Photoshop Elements you need to be working in the Editor's Expert Mode. With that in mind take a look at the 10 things you should learn first in Photoshop Elements.


Photoshop Elements Layers and Layer Masks – Create a Saturn Landscape

In  this video project I create a 1950's style Saturn landscape picture by combining several photos using layers, layer masks, adjustments, and blend modes. This is a nice look at how you can create dramatic artwork using only basic photo editing and merging methods.

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Review – Adobe Color Wheel Online – very useful for Photoshop Elements

Adobe Photoshop has a built in Color Wheel color selection tool that allows you to easily find complimentary, analogous, monochromatic, and other color sets with an easy to use interactive color wheel. Unfortunately Adobe Photoshop Elements does not have this built in tool, but there is a solution. Adobe has the same Color Wheel Tool online making these kinds of color selections easy in Photoshop Elements as well. Here is my review and demo of the online Adobe Color Wheel: 

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Review of the Photoshop Elements+ Plug-in

You can easily extend the power and usefulness of Adobe Photoshop Elements by installing  plug-ins to the program. These add new or improved features making this simple program much more feature rich. One of the best plug-ins is Elements+ which opens up quite a few Adobe Photoshop features that are available but hidden in Photoshop Elements. And at a very low cost this is one Plug-in that is just too good not to try. Here is my YouTube video reviewing this Photoshop Elements plug-in.

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Using Gradient Layer Masks in Adobe Photoshop

In my latest YouTube video I demonstrate how to use gradient layer masks in Adobe Photoshop. Layer Masks allow you to show or hide parts of a layer and are the best way to remove/hide backgrounds on an image so that you can add a new background. By using gradients with the layer mask you can control the transparency of the mask allowing for easy creation of soft edge vignettes blending one background into another. In this video I first remove the existing background from a portrait photo then add a new background that is a combination of a pure black background and a fantasy like forest photo. I think the end result is rather nice. So, here it is:

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