Do you remember using film cameras? You’d take the shot, get it developed, and hope for the best image possible. Sometimes it would be fabulous. Sometimes you’d wish you could go back and change something. One of the things I love about digital photos is that you can pull them up on the computer and alter them before you ever have to pay to get them printed.
Today I want to share one quick, easy, and amazingly useful tool you can use in Photoshop Elements to make “fixes” to your photos. It is called the healing brush. In the PSE tool bar, it has the icon of the band-aid, which I love because I often use this tool to cover up minor scrapes or bruises that my kids always seem to have on their face when I want to take their picture. This tool works by taking pixel data from the photo and using it to guess at the best way to cover up a small blemish on the photo. It is not always perfect, but when it works it is a super quick way to make big improvements to your picture.
Let me explain it a bit for those of you who like to know the background info. If you don’t want to hear all the computer mumbo jumbo, just skip ahead to the video for the practical part. Any image you pull up on a computer screen is made up of pixels. Each pixel is tiny tiny and the computer carries data about what color it should be. Do you ever remember studying Pointillism in art class? A picture on your screen is made up of many, many tiny dots (pixels) that are so small you can’t really see each one but together they produce the beautiful image. Let me show you.
Check out this picture of my son. He must have just had a great treat because it is all over his face. In computer language, I could explain that there are some brown pixels in the image (the treat leftovers) that I want to get rid of. I want to tell those pixels to be skin toned instead of that brown color. In steps the healing brush with it’s two nifty tools to save the day. First up is the spot healing brush. This brush takes pixel data from around the “spot” and kinda mushes it together to cover up the spot. The second tool is the healing brush where you define an area on the photo for it to take the pixel data from and then smush that data over top of the offending spot. Here is what the healing brush tools were able to do in a manner of seconds to my photo.
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Now it is time for you to try it out!
Hi everyone. It’s Christy here with a great technique for PSE users.
First off, let me tell you that I LOVE shadowing things on my layouts. I think that it brings life and realism and the WOW factor to digital layouts. I love to study the shadows on other people’s layouts and I love to tinker with the shadowing on mine. So let me say that I was thrilled to find out that our own Peppermint had written a fabulous tutorial on how to make digital shadows rock. If I had read that post a couple of years ago, I would have been disappointed right away because, like so many shadow customization tutorials, it was written for Photoshop users and relies on the ability to create shadows in a separate layer from the element. This feature is not built into Photoshop Elements. However, if you are in the same place I was a couple of years ago – frustrated with these Photoshop shadow tutorials, I’ve got news that will change the way you shadow. In PSE you CAN create a shadow in a unique layer. And while it is a little more work than simply adding a drop shadow style it is actually a pretty simple process. Let me show you!
So now, you can head to Peppermint’s tutorial and follow along just like a Photoshop CS user and learn all her clever tricks!
Happy 4th of July to all my US friends! It’s BYOC time again at the LilyPad and I’ve got three new digital scrapbooking products in my shop that coordinate with the July BYOC color palette.
The Carson Park Collection is perfect for recording your carefree summer memories – whether that be a family trip to the lake, enjoying fireworks on the 4th of July or watching your children play at the local park. Named after a large local park that is home to our baseball stadium, football field, walking trails, playgrounds and local festivals – there’s nothing that says “summer” more than Carson Park, for me. Everyone has memories from Carson Park here in my hometown.
The Carson Park papers feature lightly textured backgrounds with clean patterns, a bit of shabbiness, and stars and stripes of course! While the Carson Park Elements include a unique and brightly colored mix of shabby embellishments and clean graphic labels and word art.
What more could you need to document your fun-filled summer?
There’s also the Carson Park Journal Cards, which includes (6) coordinating 3×4 cards perfect for jump-starting your journaling on your summer scrapbook pages or for use in your pocket scrapping projects as well.
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This month I’ve chosen to feature Vagabond – a kit that’s perfectly suited for wherever you may roam this summer.
You’ll save 30% on Vagabond throughout the month of July – and see the bottom of this post to find out how you can enter to win a $15 coupon to my store.
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Here are some pages from the amazing ladies on my creative team – inspiration aplenty!
▲ By Sue
▲ By Renee
▲ By Leontien
▲ By Agnes
▲ By Tali
▲ By Crystal
▲ By Lex
▲ By Char
▲ By Dana
▲ By Sara
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▲ By Tali
▲ By Leontien
If you have any layouts of your own to share using Vagabond, please be sure to post them in my gallery at The Lilypad. Post a link to your pages (past or present) in the comments by 8/06/13 for a chance to win a $15 coupon to my store. ♥