When you’re out walking and you have a camera, it’s always worth looking out for interesting skies, because you never know when they might come in useful. You don’t have to snap loads – a single sky can often be used to enhance lots of different images.
This is what’s been done here to transform a dull-looking landscape, creating a vivid sunset effect that’s quite easy to achieve. Usually when you blend in a new sky, your first thought might be how to create the right kind of selection, especially if you’ve got a complicated horizon with tricky tree lines, for example.
Photographers use depth of field to blur distracting backgrounds and make their subjects stand out clearly. It’s a very effective technique, but it’s not so easy to do now as it used to be, partly because sensors are smaller and partly because most of us use zoom lenses with restricted maximum apertures, rather than the fast "prime" lenses of yesteryear.
Elements 10 introduces the ability to run text along a curve. There are three ways of doing this, and the first is to run text around a selection. This is done with the Text on Selection tool, but selections made using it are rarely smooth. Any slight irregularity in the outline will cause individual characters to be drawn at different angles to those around them. This tool might work on very simple outlines, but for most everyday subjects it’s too unpredictable.
Usually in Photoshop or Elements, enhancing specific areas of a picture is a three-step process: first, you make a selection; second, you create an adjustment layer; and third, you choose adjustment layer settings.
But the Smart Brush tool in Elements offers a way of combining all three steps in a single process. You might try it out once or twice, decide it’s not for you and not use it again. This is because it’s based around the Quick Selection tool, which is certainly quick, but creates very tight selections. These are good for defined outlines but no good for subtly blending an adjustment into surrounding areas. But for certain subjects it’s actually very effective.
Ready to kick off your week with some photo and/or video editing? Adobe is ready to help, with the company’s new Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 now available in the Mac App Store for only $79.99 each in what the company calls a “special edition” version.
The newest incarnation of the world’s most popular consumer photo editing software is proof that, as the Irish saying goes, the older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune. Adobe Photoshop Elements has been on the Mac an entire decade, but it keeps getting better with age.
Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 10 has arrived, and whether you’re an experienced Elements user or someone who’s considering making the leap for the first time, the software boasts phenomenal, easy-to-use tools that’ll help amateur photographers take their images to another level. Here are a few new Elements 10 tips for old users followed by a couple old tricks for those who are completely new to the Elements platform.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 is proof that -- as the Irish saying goes -- the older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune. Now that the world’s most popular consumer photo editing software ships has launched, users will find all of Elements’ user-friendly tools intact with some killer new features and enhancements.
Not content with stealing Apple’s thunder as pro users shun Final Cut Pro X in favor of Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe has introduced an updated consumer-oriented version of their editing suite that threatens to encroach on iMovie’s turf. Now that Adobe Premiere Elements 10 is ready for its closeup, here’s a quick peek at what you can expect.
Not all Mac users prefer to use Apple’s own software for their creative work, which is why Adobe has continued to offer consumer-centric versions of their photo and video tools. Today, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have received a substantial upgrade to make powerful features even more friendly to users.