Techniques

  • Using Shortcut Keys in Photoshop

    Using Shortcut Keys in Photoshop

    Once you get the hang of Photoshop shortcuts keys, they can really speed up your digital scrapbooking. One nice thing about shortcuts is that they are often the same for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. While you can change and customize them in Photoshop, this tutorial will cover how to find the default keyboard shortcuts, plus […]

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  • Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop Elements

    Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop Elements

    When scrapping, I love to use keyboard shortcuts. They are exactly that – shortcuts – and they are great timesavers. It’s so simple to just press two or three keys to accomplish a task.

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  • Getting to Know the Layers Panel in PSE

    Getting to Know the Layers Panel in PSE

    Whether you are new to Photoshop Elements or have been using it for years, it’s always interesting to explore a bit and see the various menu options that are available. Today, let’s explore the Layers panel (or Layers palette). Keep in mind that in other versions of Photoshop Elements, the icons might be placed a […]

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  • Using the History Panel in Photoshop

    Using the History Panel in Photoshop

    One advantage of digital scrapbooking is having the ability to quickly fix mistakes and undo changes. While I often use Ctrl+Z for this, I use the history panel even more. If you aren’t familiar with the history panel, you can make it visible by choosing Window > History. The history panel saves the last 20 […]

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  • Installing Patterns in PSE

    Installing Patterns in PSE

    I’m going to cover two methods for installing pattern files. The first method involves loading the file as opposed to installing it. The second method involves installing the pattern file.

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  • A Closer Look at Selection Tools in PSE: Magic Wand Tools

    A Closer Look at Selection Tools in PSE: Magic Wand Tools

    In this tutorial, we will be looking at some of my favorite Selection tools – the Magic Wand tools. These three handy selection tools are located directly below the Rectangular Marquee Tool on a default version of Photoshop Elements. The magic wand tool is located In the “Select” menu, and embedded under the Magic Wand […]

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  • A Closer Look at Selection Tools in PSE: The Marquee Tool

    A Closer Look at Selection Tools in PSE: The Marquee Tool

    In this tutorial we are going to look at the Marquee tool to discover what it does and when to use it. Let’s start by looking at where the Selection Tools are found. In PSE they are found under the heading ‘Select’ on the left hand side menu. My screenshot shows the Move Tool, the […]

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  • Learning to Love the Polygonal Lasso Tool – Part 1

    Learning to Love the Polygonal Lasso Tool – Part 1

    Of all the selection tools, I think the Polygonal Lasso Tool is my all-time favorite. I use the Rectangular Marquee Tool a lot, but when I want total control and precision, the Polygonal Lasso Tool (correct pronunciation: puh-LIG-ah-nahl) is my go-to guy. The Polygonal Lasso Tool works best when selecting things that have straight, angular […]

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  • Learning to Love the Polygonal Lasso Tool – Part 2

    Learning to Love the Polygonal Lasso Tool – Part 2

    Are you ready for some Polygonal Lasso Tool creativity? We’ll start by making some confetti. Open some colorful background paper from a digital scrapbooking kit or collection. I’m using papers from the fabulous Falling For You Collection Biggie by Angie Briggs. Choose the papers you want to use and open the first one, then drag all the […]

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  • Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements

    Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements

    Whether you are just learning Photoshop Elements or you are already comfortable and familiar with its editing capabilities, one option is well worth exploring. That option is Guided Edits. You will find the Guided Edit tab at the top of the Editor window between Quick and Expert. Just click on the tab to move your […]

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