Photo Shop Elements?

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Photo Shop Elements?

A friend recently gave me Photo Shop Elements and so I am just beginning to learn to use it. Does anyone that uses it regularly have any pointers and tips for me? It doesn't have the instructions. I am looking for pointers and tips for bothing editing pics and for creating digi scrap pages. Thanks! Smile

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Woot!! Smile I'm a PS user, very similar to PSE ... check out thedailydigi.com - they have an entire section for newcomers, and most of them are for PSE - the big thing with making your pages look 'real' (aka paper scrapping) is shadows - read up on them and love them, they make a world of difference! If you ever have any questions about the program, let me know and I'll try to help.

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I use PSE too! My biggest piece of advice is to try not to get frustrated! If you google PSE tutorials there are TONS. If I have a certain problem I usually can find a tutorial for it, like using layer styles or extracting pieces. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I will see if I can help Smile

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The first thing that really pops in my head that I want to know how to do is related to picture editing....how do I make the whole picture say black and white...but make one color (like the eyes) be colored still??

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What you have to do is duplicate your layer of your color photo (find the layers palette, ususally in the bottom right, right click on the layer (it'll likely be layer 1) and choose 'duplicate'.) This will put another layer on top of the photo layer. Then with the new layer highlighted, go Image-->Adjustments-->Desaturate (it should be in the same spot as PS, if not look for a desaturate filter). Then zoom in on your eyes and use your eraser tool to erase where the eyes are on the B&W copy, letting the color from the layer below show thru.

If this doesn't make sense let me know and I'll do some screen shots.