Playing With PSE6

Most people know I like to follow.  If I see something I like, I am going to copy it.  That is why when Melanie at Four Squares starting playing with her Photo Shop Elements 6, well…I had to follow.   I even copied her title to the post.

 I went into PSE and just started pushing buttons.  I have no idea how Melanie changed her photos.   As soon as she squeals and gives up the secret, I plan on trying it out with this photo.

Here is the original.  Yes, I copied her subject matter.  Problem?

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And here are several pictures after clicking some buttons. Don’t ask me what I did, because I don’t have a clue.

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I kinda like the last two the best.  They are not as wonderful as Melanie’s.

I’ll be playing around with the Photoshop again; after all, there are lots of buttons I haven’t used yet.

Since I like to copy/follow, I have decided to use Melanie as my children’s art teacher next year. Melanie doesn’t know about this yet, so keep the secret for me. I don’t want her to get a big head or think I am some kind of wacko groupie or anything.  It could cause problems between us.

Updated to add:
I contacted the Square Lady and threatened begged her to tell me the secret to her fancy-schamcy photo.  She caved in and told me.  Turns out all she does is push buttons too.  And I thought she had some kind of innate ability to work PSE6.  I might have to rethink copying her art work for my kids. 

Here’s my new photo using the same fluorescent chalk secret button that Melanie did.

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Ok, so mine isn’t nearly as pretty as Melanie’s, but MINE has MORE Pink Flamingos in it. Yeah! So there!

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11 responses to “Playing With PSE6

  1. I think it looks very cool. You guys and all your cool photos. I can’t even get mine off the camera. 🙂

  2. Hubby bought me PSE 7.0 for my birthday and let me tell you, I feel like I’m just pushing buttons too. My son has promised me a lesson. I’ve done good to crop things. But, you have inspired me yet again!!! I am going to master PSE 7.0.

  3. Well, I’m not actually a huge fan of Photoshop. I love SOC (straight out of the camera) shots. I actually like your original shot best.

    If I must add something to my photos, I use Flickr’s Picnic to throw in text or arrows. To make my headers, I use GIMP because it is free.

    Blessings!
    Lacy

  4. The Square Lady is the homeschooling idol, isn’t she?? I want to be like her also, or at least have my kids taught by her. But I’ve afraid that they would never survive 🙂 .

    I like your third photo and the chalk photo best. Keep pushing…it’s the only way to learn.

  5. Um, yeah. You and I might have some issues to work out. LOL

    Your original picture is very nice. The only thing I would have done with that picture is sharpen it and bump the contrast the tiniest bit.

    I actually did all my adjustments BEFORE pushing the secret button. First I fix as much as I can in RAW before opening the photo in the editor. Hitting ctrl+j makes a new layer in PSE. I do that 7 or 8 times and make the needed adjustments to each layer. Then I flatten all the layers and sharpen the picture. (This doesn’t take very long at all once you’ve got your system down.) THEN I can push the secret button, but only if I really want to. 😀

    Go to that wonderful library of yours and check out The Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. Or you could try Adobe Photoshop Elements 6: A Visual Introduction to Digital Photography by Philip Andrews.

    • The layer thing just doesn’t click with me. I don’t understand it. My wonderful library doesn’t have that book. One of these days I am going to buy it. What ever happened to the point and shoot camera, whatever you got is what you got and everyone accepted it as a good picture?

  6. That’s a lot of pink flamingos.

    A layer is a workable image on top of another. It can be the same image (copied) or a different image or no image at all (transparent). That’s as clear as an 80% opaque layer with burn.

  7. All I can say is God Bless Photoshop. Without it, I would still be doomed to a future of hideous, offcenter, over or underexposed, uglyass pictures. As has been my reputation up til the advent of digital cameras and lovely, lovely Photoshop.

    Which, btw, I am totally missing, since dh lost it off my computer, and the other one being still without a case. Waaahhhhh!!!!

  8. harold whitlock

    why doesn’t pse6 have the 8 adjustments in raw to deal with jpeg files . I have referenced and downloaded but can’t get the 8 adjustments shown in Kelby book on pse6 . It is a mystery.

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