What are your favorite tips?

WE
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Wendy_E_Williams
Nov 13, 2003
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My current favourite is one I found a few days ago. It lightens up dark glasses … at last I can do something with them.

The original tip was:

1. Create a new layer, set blend mode to soft light

2. Paint the area to be lightened with gray

Another was in Photoshop so I played around with it to see if I could do something in Elements … the result is:

1. Copy layer, set blend mode to screen
2. Add a layer mask (one way or another), Fill with black …
3. Paint with white on the black mask, using a soft brush and reduced opacity.

It would be nice if this forum had a tips section as I’m sure that you all know lots of useful ones.

So what are everyone elses favorite tips & tricks?

Wendy
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Ita_nais
Nov 14, 2003
My own personal tip is to check the forum before I attempt anything – then I know I’m doing it right 🙂
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Mark_Reibman
Nov 14, 2003
Pressing the alt/option key to change cancel to reset. Very useful with adjustment layers,etc.
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Jodi_Frye
Nov 14, 2003
tricks tricks tricks hmmm, too many. I guess a simple one off the top of my head…for lighting effects>add a brightness contrast adjustment layer and darken quite a bit and lower contrast then paint white on mask at different sizes/angles and opacities to brighten certain areas back up. …most of you know that I do this too much 😉 can’t help it…i like the dramatic effect.
JF
Jodi_Frye
Nov 14, 2003
Oh one more real good tip>>>>>Windex your screen before spending hours trying to get rid of that smudge of your kids face 😉 Right Beth ?
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Mark_Reibman
Nov 14, 2003
That’s pretty cool Jodi. For me, it’s painting with the black to bring out the light.

It’s like painting with light. I like this one. Hey, you can give more than one tip if you want.
MR
Mark_Reibman
Nov 14, 2003
Susan’s the one who spent time trying to clone the smudge out. Unless Beth did it as well.
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Susan_S.
Nov 14, 2003
It certainly was Mark!….Good tip Jodi (the painting with light one – I knew about the other one already!)

Susan S.
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Grant_Dixon
Nov 14, 2003
Hmmmm what is my favourite tip. Spend extra time taking getting the photograph right in the first place because it is a whole lot easier dealing with a great photography than trying to save a less than steller image.

g.
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Jodi_Frye
Nov 14, 2003
Oh geeze, I just realized i screwed up my tip…I meant paint black on the mask and not white….duh
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Lou_M
Nov 14, 2003
* Use Richard Lynch’s Hidden Elements tools
* Use Richard Coencas’ tip of holding down the Shift key when dragging a layer from one image to another in order to keep it centered
* Use the Tab key to show and hide the palettes
* Use Command-/Control-0 to fit as much of the image onscreen as possible * Don’t bring up the topics of color matching or dpi/ppi on the forum 😉 * Join in Grant’s Challenge to keep your skills up
* Pull your head up from the screen and say ‘hello’ to your spouse or children or pets occasionally * Drag a layer to the post-it note thingy to duplicate the layer quickly * Never work on the original, always work on a duplicate file (you can also keep the original as an unchanged non-displayed layer on the bottom layer if you save in the PSD format)
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Ed_Wurster
Nov 14, 2003
So what are everyone elses favorite tips & tricks?

Wendy

TIP: Contrast masking.

Ed
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 14, 2003
When sharpening an image, it’s best to do it at 100% so you’re looking at actual pixels, rather than something PSE has resampled for the monitor.
On a PC, Ctrl-Alt-0 gives you 100%, then after sharpening, Ctrl-0 gives you the full image at max size to check the results. I use those two shortcuts all the time.
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Sarah_Sweeney
Nov 14, 2003
Can you give a little more detail on how you do this? I can’t get it to work… Thank you!
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Mark_Reibman
Nov 14, 2003
Ed,

What is contrast masking?
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 14, 2003
Sarah,
Are you asking me or Ed?
If you’re asking me, when you have an image open, hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and press the 0 key.(that’s zero, not oh) The image should go to 100% magnification.
Bert
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Wendy_E_Williams
Nov 14, 2003
Until I joined this forum I hadn’t had any contact with other people who use Elements … so I haven’t come across many tips at all. It is good finding out what other people do … things that everyone else knows and take for granted seem like magic to me. So thanks for all the input, my tips book has taken on board some welcome additions and now I am off to try them out ….

PS …. I too have tried to clone out a spot on the screen …. Sigh!!!
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 15, 2003
PS …. I too have tried to clone out a spot on the screen …. Sigh!!!

So have I, Wendy.
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 15, 2003
Bert: Were you successful??

🙂

Chuck
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 15, 2003
Chuck,
At first, I wasn’t, but I kept at it and eventually through superior technique and purity of spirit, I was. <grin>
Bert
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Shan_Ko
Nov 15, 2003
My favorite trick is to pick up your tricks from this Forum. :p

Shan
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Lorace_Graham
Nov 15, 2003
Lou,

I especially liked your tips. You’re my kinda person. Lift your head up once in awhile to say hello to spouse. Loved it.

Also, remember there’s another day. Try to close up shop by, at least, 3 am.

Lol.

I liked the one about double-clicking the hand tool to get an enlarged view. (Arraich’s book)

Lorace
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Wendy_E_Williams
Nov 16, 2003
Hi Lorace,

Well I didn’t know about double clicking on the hand tool … maybe I haven’t got that far in the book yet 🙂

Wendy
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Jodi_Frye
Nov 16, 2003
double clicking on the magnifying glass will give you 100% while double clicking on hand tool will give you ‘fit on screen’. Double clicking on my brain will give you…nothing.
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 16, 2003
Jodi,
Thanks…I didn’t know about those two tricks.
Bert
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Lorace_Graham
Nov 16, 2003
Jodi, that’s neat.

Now can you tell me the opposite to do?

Say I’ve enlarged the picture so it’s large on my screen, no more canvas. How do I get it back? One time I did a minimize and got it back to where it was but it hasn’t worked since. A – magnifying glass just makes it smaller on the screen but no canvas.

Does that make sense?

Thanks,
Lorace
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Byron_Gale
Nov 16, 2003
CTRL-Spacebar momentarily changes the cursor to the +zoom tool. ALT-Spacebar momentarily changes the cursor to the -zoom tool. Spacebar momentarily changes the cursor to the hand tool.
CW
Carl_Wegner
Nov 16, 2003
Before using photomerge, adjust the images side by side to get them closer in the overlap area, & save-as. After photomerge, if there still is a "diagonal band" in the sky, open one of the save-as images, ellipse or freehand select that sky area with feathering, copy & paste it onto the merged image.

Carl
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Wendy_E_Williams
Nov 16, 2003
Its amazing how many things I didn’t know. I just tried the photomerge one Carl and it works really well.

Thanks everyone for the tips 🙂
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 16, 2003
Ctrl + increases image size
Ctrl – decreases image size
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Paul_L_UK
Nov 17, 2003
If it looks OK to you, stop now. Don’t spend the next few hours chasing your own tail about, it just wastes time and energy.

A bigger monitor will not make your eyelids open any wider when you are tired. Nor will turning up the brightness on the monitor, it upsets your calibration.

If you can’t see that anything needs doing to a picture, it might not. You may find like I have, that you are becoming a better photographer (I couldn’t get any worse).

Time passes at least three times faster than normal as soon as you launch Elements. (I think it is written in the license agreement somewhere)

Periodically clean your mouse mat(or other surface), ball, underside(for those using optical), even your tablet, as the ‘grot’ build up can make life really difficult.

More like observations than tips, but hey!!, if they work ?….

Paul
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 17, 2003
If you can’t see that anything needs doing to a picture, it might not

Good one. I tend to be compulsive about this. I have found, though, that sometimes a really nice looking photo can still be improved by just adjusting the Black and White points in the individual R, G and B channels in Levels, and then tweaking the midpoint in the RGB combined, usually to darken the whole image slightly, which improves color saturation. It just adds that extra snap to an otherwise fine image. It can be overdone, though.

Time passes at least three times faster than normal as soon as you launch Elements

Ain’t that the truth!

Bert
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Jane_Carter
Nov 17, 2003
That is what my husband and my dog say.
I got started working on some older photos this morning, and wow, it was noon before I knew it! Jane
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 17, 2003
That is what my husband and my dog say.

Jane,
Your dog talks?
🙂
Bert
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Lou_M
Nov 17, 2003
Bert: yes, but only Jane can hear it. 😉
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Ed_Wurster
Nov 17, 2003
wrote in message…
Ed,

What is contrast masking?

I put together a short document, that summarizes what I know about Contrast Masking. There are reference links in the PDF file.

This is when you would use the technique:

"There are many photos where one would like to darken the highlights and get more shadow detail." Uwe Steinmueller.

My Contrast Masking PDF:

http://support.wizov.com/Contrast_Masking.pdf

Ed
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Jane_Carter
Nov 17, 2003
Woof!
<http://www.pbase.com/image/2018584>
Jane, not really, Muffin
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 17, 2003
Jane,
Looks like he’s even taken over your bed.
Cute picture.
Bert
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Mark_Reibman
Nov 17, 2003
Ed,

Thanks so much for the PDF file on Contrast Masking. It downloaded just fine. I kept checking back here for your response. Glad you came through. Thanks

Mark
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 17, 2003
I tried to download it and got a blank document. I’ll try it again.
BH
Beth_Haney
Nov 17, 2003
I was able to download and save without any trouble, Ed. Nice! Thank you for doing that.

And, Jane, your picture makes me sad. My old boy loved nothing more than laying on the bed and "visiting" each evening when we got home from work and were in changing clothes. He can’t get up there any more, and we see him walk up to the bed occasionally and look at the top of it very wistfully. By now, of course, I’m just glad he’s still around.
EW
Ed_Wurster
Nov 17, 2003
wrote in message…
I tried to download it and got a blank document. I’ll try it again.

It is about 350K, so it may take awhile to download. I used Acrobat 6 to make the PDF, so there may be a compatibility issue, although I did use Acobat 5 and later comaptibility.

Ed
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Byron_Gale
Nov 17, 2003
Ed,

Thank you for the Contrast Masking tutorial!!

I’ve saved it in my "Elements Stuff" folder for reference.

Byron
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Terri_Foster
Nov 17, 2003
Ed

Thanks for the information. I will be able to put this tutorial to good use as that I have several pictures of my daughter shot in front of a picture window that came out just like your untouched example. I’m glad I clicked on your link.

Terri
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 17, 2003
Ed, that’s an excellent tutorial. I’ll add my ‘Thanks!’ to that of so many others.

Chuck
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Jane_Carter
Nov 17, 2003
Hi Beth, Muffin is 11 now and can’t get up on our bed any more with out a boost. But she can still get up on most all the sofas, this particular one is in Maine and it has had many a wet salty family dog on it and many a wet grandchild.
Soon we will face having to make a ramp so she can get into our vehicles, but we have that already designed complete with astroturf for traction.
We do have to lift her(all 80 pounds) into our boats now. Jane
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Grant_Dixon
Nov 17, 2003
Jane

Dogs do talk but only the ones that care can understand them.

g.
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Jane_Carter
Nov 18, 2003
That is the truth!
Jane
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Beth_Haney
Nov 18, 2003
Ours talks, of course, and we also laughed a whole lot a few weeks ago when we figured out he can spell, too. We use a modified version of his name as a password to access a site, but my husband had forgotten that. As he was trying to log on, he asked me what the password was; since I was in another room I yelled out the answer – and the dog immediately came to see what I wanted. He was just sure I had food, but…
LG
Lorace_Graham
Nov 18, 2003
I’m thrilled with the contrast masking tutorial, Ed. Thank you so much.

I just happen to need it very badly at this time.

Another happy camper, thanks to you.

Lorace
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Jane_Carter
Nov 18, 2003
Hi Beth, Yes, that has happened to us too, Muffin comes running, then looks at the computer and sighs.
Jane
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Kenneth_Liffmann
Nov 18, 2003
Ed,
I am trying to learn here, hence this question: does the contrast masking procedure have an advantage over the use of curves?
Ken
PS I realize that Elements per se does not incorporate curves, but some of us have added that capability with an acquisition from a legitimate source, which in the interest of tact, is left nameless.
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Barbara_Brundage
Nov 18, 2003
Hi, Jane–did you see the new imac?
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 18, 2003
Finally got the Contrast Mask PDF. Turns out the problem was that I was using an old version of Acrobat Reader…4.0. I downloaded 6.0 and the problem was solved. I’ll add my thanks and praise, Ed. Very nicely done.
Bert
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Ed_Wurster
Nov 18, 2003
wrote in message…
Ed,
I am trying to learn here, hence this question: does the contrast masking
procedure have an advantage over the use of curves?
Ken
PS I realize that Elements per se does not incorporate curves, but some of
us have added that capability with an acquisition from a legitimate source, which in the interest of tact, is left nameless.

If you had curves in PE, how would you approximate the contrast mask effect?

I would like to try this as a mental exercise, and use a hypothetical Curves adjustment, and see where it leads.

Ed
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Ed_Wurster
Nov 18, 2003

Ed,
I am trying to learn here, hence this question: does the contrast masking
procedure have an advantage over the use of curves?
Ken
PS I realize that Elements per se does not incorporate curves, but some of
us have added that capability with an acquisition from a legitimate source, which in the interest of tact, is left nameless.

You can take the Contrast Mask and duplicate it. This increases the effect. It is like having two filters in front of the camera. You could place the new Contrast Mask into a different blend mode, and change its opacity.

Even better, duplicate the Contrast Mask and Invert it. Remember, we desaturated this. So we can put color back into the layer. This inverted Contrast Mask can be used as a color correction filter. For instance, go to Adjust Color > Hue/Saturation, and click on Colorize. Move Hue and Saturation (leave Lightness alone) and you get an infinitely-variable, color-correct-o-meter.

Ed
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Kenneth_Liffmann
Nov 18, 2003
Ed,
Thanks for the amplification.
Ken
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Nancy_S
Nov 18, 2003
Ed,

It is great how your "inquiring" mind really digs into something. Loved your phrase, "color-correct-o-meter"!
EW
Ed_Wurster
Nov 18, 2003
wrote…
Ed,
Thanks for the amplification.
Ken

I will work on clarification next.

Ed
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Terri_Foster
Nov 18, 2003
Ed- You’ve got the makings of a poem there. Amplification…clarification…
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 19, 2003
He’a poet and don’t know it
But his feet show it
They’re Longfellows
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 19, 2003
He’a poet and don’t know it
But his feet show it
They’re Longfellows

Bert, that brings back memories – was one of my late father’s favorite ‘groaners’….

🙂
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 19, 2003
Chuck,
Yeah, I know. I apologize. I just got this irresistible urge… 🙂
Bert
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Shan_Ko
Nov 19, 2003
Tried to print out Ed Wurster’s great technique (Thanks, ED) so I can follow the steps. But I was asked to give "The Master Password" to open the PDF file when I tried to print in PSE. I have no idea what it means and don’t know how to go around it.

Anyone can help me with this problem? Thanks.

Shan
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Terri_Foster
Nov 19, 2003
Shan, I have dial-up so instead of downloading…I printed directly off of his site. If no one gives out a password, you might try that too.

Terri
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 19, 2003
I downloaded it…no password was required.
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Terri_Foster
Nov 19, 2003
Bert. sssssshhhh… maybe Ed doesn’t want Shan to have a copy.
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 19, 2003
Oooops.
🙂
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Shan_Ko
Nov 19, 2003
Terri,
My printer ran out of ink. So I tried downloading to a zip disk to print on my wife’s printer. That was why I raised the question. But it’s no biggie. I’ll run out to get some cartridges, then print.

Bert,
You must have a better puter than mine that doesn’t need a password. 🙂

Shan
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Jane_Carter
Nov 19, 2003
Hi Barbara, Yes, I went over to the new Mac store in our town and tried the new iMac. Oh, what a nice machine! My husband is still hinting about Christmas,,,,,,
I want to make sure that all my software will work with the newest Panther. I keep reading all my Mac magazines and the ‘goods and bads’ are getting ‘better’, so my target date is getting closer. Fewer and fewer pages and articles on how to fix things.
Trouble is, that I really don’t need it. Yet,,,,,,
Jane
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Ed_Wurster
Nov 19, 2003
wrote…
Tried to print out Ed Wurster’s great technique (Thanks, ED) so I can
follow the steps. But I was asked to give "The Master Password" to open the PDF file when I tried to print in PSE. I have no idea what it means and don’t know how to go around it.

I have security enabled in Acrobat to allow printing, but not editing.

Why does this cause a problem? PSE has the file association for .PDF, and you should turn that off in Edit > File Associations…

Why doesn’t this happen when you open the PDF with a browser? Because a browser is not an editing application.

I am glad you found this problem, Shan.

Ed
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 19, 2003
You must have a better puter than mine that doesn’t need a password

More trustworthy, anyway. 🙂
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Patti_Anderson
Nov 19, 2003
My favorite tips:

1. Finding out I could add Photoshop brushes, styles, effects, etc.
2. Finding out about Hidden Elements
3. Most useful technique: "Smart-Sharpening." Basically what it does is gives you away to isolate and sharpen just the edges in a photo without messing with the rest of the pic. See article here: < http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/smart_sharp.shtm l>

There is also an easier tutorial that does not require Channels or Hidden Elements on the RetouchPro Hidden Elements forum by Leah. You will have to register to the forum to access it.

I have an example of smart-sharpening using a photo I took of a pink rose in my PBase PSE gallery. Be sure to look at both the before and after pictures, taking special note of the inner petals of the rose and the dewdrop. <http://www.pbase.com/omd01639/pshopelements>

I’ve also used the smart-sharpening technique on portraits. Love it!

Patti
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Jane_Carter
Nov 19, 2003
Hi Patti, I love your black and white trees!
I must try to do that, and try different colors and different angles. What an inspiring picture! Jane
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Shan_Ko
Nov 20, 2003
Patti,
Love your Ping Rose. Did you find the dew/water drop as is, or added it yourself?

Shan
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Shan_Ko
Nov 20, 2003
Ed,
Went out and bought cartridges today. No problem printing from your PDF file. Thank you again for sharing with us.

Shan
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Patti_Anderson
Nov 20, 2003
Shan, the dew drop is 100% authentic. It was early morning and very cold, but the sun was shining on the rose. Roses don’t normally bloom here in WV in November, so I was surprised to see it there. I immediately ran back in th house and got my camera. I was disappointed to see that the picture was over-exposed, but Elements came to the rescue! I’m still playing and trying new techniques with this rose photo, it’s a good one to practice on.

Patti
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 20, 2003
Patti, can you do exposure compensation on your camera? I’ve found that on mine a 1/3 stop underexposure tends to capture detail in both the highlights and the shadows; can look kinda flat, but a contrast adjustment in Elements usually doesn the trick. Has pretty much ended my problems with ‘blowing out’ the highlights.

Chuck
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 20, 2003
Chuck,
I have never tried to adjust the exposure on the camera. I just do it in PSE, usually in Levels…after setting the B&W points in the R, G, and B channels, I go back to the RGB composite and grab the midpoint and drag it to the right, darkening the image slightly and giving much better color saturation. It doesn’t work for every image, but seems to work with most.
Bert
EDIT: I have turned off sharpening and contrast processing in my Oly E-20, so the images I get are a little soft and flat. I would rather do the adjustments myself in PSE.
PA
Patti_Anderson
Nov 20, 2003
Thanks, Jane. The top half of my "black trees, white trees" was taken with the whiteboard function of my camera (Olympus C-4000Z). The sun had just set and I took a photo of the tree line against the sky. The inverse image was done via Elements.

Patti
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 20, 2003
Bert, the only reason I started doing it was that my G2 images in high contrast situations would be completely overexposed in the highlights, i.e., no detail left at all, just pure white. No amount of Levels adjustment can help if the details are kaput. On the other hand, a slightly underexposed image with details still present in both highlights and shadows responds very well to the technique you’re describing.

Chuck
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 20, 2003
Chuck,
Yes, I have had some images like that…highlights totally burned out. They would have benefited from your technique. I’m just never smart enough to make the adjustment on the spot. Gotta get better with the camera….and not rely on PS to bail me out.
Bert
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Patti_Anderson
Nov 20, 2003
Yep, Chuck, I can do exposure compension with my camera — just gotta learn how! It’s the first camera I’ve had that is not a point and shoot. I haven’t made it through the manual yet, but I’m working on it. It’s a big step from "auto everything" to have all these controls and to learn what they all do. So for now I’m still using the camera’s auto settings. I am determined to learn though!

Patti
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 20, 2003
Patti, I’m sure you’re learning very quickly!

One of the real nice features of digitals is that you can take lots of pictures and not burn any film; I occasionally go out and just play with different exposure combinations and bracketing just to see the effects. I don’t really have to take notes, either, ’cause the EXIF data captures the compensation, exposure values, flash status, etc.

Chuck
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Susan_S.
Nov 20, 2003
Chuck – I agree 100 % – I’ve learnt an enormous amount about the technical aspects of photography playing with my digital – especially flash photography and using fill-flash. I almost never used flash before – now I have a decent flash unit and half an idea of how the E-ttl system on the Canons works I’m using it an enormous amount.

I also tend to very slightly underxpose outdoor shots – unless it’s the object in shadow that I’m really interested in – in this case I will blow the highlights, as pushing shadows up too much does tend to increase the noise with the compacts even at iso 50.(I want a DSLR!) Although there is the danger with digitals that the photographer over-relies on either or both post processing or firing away in the hope that one of the two hundred shots of the subject will work I think the freedom to experiment and learn has improved my photography.

Still hasn’t helped me take a decent self-portrait tho’….(I won’t admit to the number of shots I’ve run through the camera trying to do the photo challenge!)

Susan S.
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 20, 2003
Susan,
I’ve always had trouble taking good flash pix…until my latest camera. I bought my Oly E-20 (SLR) from a friend, and the package included an FL-40 flash unit with off-cam mounting hardware. I have learned to use it tilted up at 45 or 60 degrees for bounce illumination, while the on-cam flash gives illumination to the central subject. The system is auto-TTL..that is, the flash is illuminated only long enough for proper exposure. I am now able to take decent flash pictures for the first time in my life!
Bert
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 20, 2003
Susan and Bert: I am having an awful time learning to use flash with my digitals; my Canon 380EX (bought more than a decade ago for a film camera) just defies me at every turn. I was thinking of getting a new and more powerful unit, but not until I learn how to use this one or conclude that the E-TTL feature has stopped working. I need to experiment more in controlled settings, I guess…

🙁
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Susan_S.
Nov 20, 2003
Chuck – with the G3 the full E-ttl functions of the 380EX work fine – my recollection is that the G2 isn’t quite so well synchronised.

I found this site useful

<http://photonotes.org/articles/eos-flash/>
– part II has some very useful info in the way that canon implements its flash and explains very clearly how fill flash works in practice in the Canon cameras.

– it’ s aimed at the EOS film cameras and there are some differences in the way that the G3 at least handles the settings, but it helped me a lot.

Susan S.
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 20, 2003
Susan, thanks very much for the link. Alas, my problems with the 380 EX are also evident on the 10D. If I conclude that the flash unit no longer synchronizes, I’ll send you its manual, although it sounds like you really don’t need it!
🙂
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jhjl1
Nov 21, 2003
If you go to preferences and change your grid settings to: gridline every – change to 33.33%
subdivisions – 1
Now you have a grid by thirds and it can help visualize the rule of thirds while cropping photographs.


Have A Nice Day,
jwh 🙂
My Pictures
http://www.pbase.com/myeyesview
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Chuck_Snyder
Nov 22, 2003
James, that a terrific suggestion re Rule of Thirds! Changing my settings as we speak!!
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Patti_Anderson
Nov 22, 2003
One of the real nice features of digitals is that you can take lots of pictures and not burn any film; I occasionally go out and just play with different exposure combinations and bracketing just to see the effects. I don’t really have to take notes, either, ’cause the EXIF data captures the compensation, exposure values, flash status, etc.

I’ve been doing that recently, Chuck (when I’m not playing with Elements or working). I’ve ordered Mikkel Aaland’s book, "Shooting Digital," and if it’s half as good as his Elements book, I’ll be very happy and will learn lots and lots!

Patti
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 22, 2003
Patti,
Please start a thread after you have read Aaland’s new book and tell us what you think. I just received the Elements book yesterday. I’ve decided to just read it cover-to-cover, but the early chapters seem to be pretty elementary…for beginners…so I’m not geting much that’s useful so far. It’s a good review, though.
Bert
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Leen_Koper
Nov 22, 2003
jhjl1,

About the rule of thirds; this isn’t exactly 33.3%. It is based on the classical golden section. This golden section divides a line in tow parts where the shortest part relates to the longest part like the longest part to the sum of both parts. This is about 3:5 and 5:8. Someone with more knowledge of mathematics can be more precise than I am.
Nevertheless, when applied more exactly your tip can be very useful.

Leen
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jhjl1
Nov 22, 2003
While the Golden Triangle may be somewhat more accurate it is much harder to visualize for most and could not be implemented with the grid lines so far as I know.

http://www.apogeephoto.com/jan2002/altengarten.shtml


Have A Nice Day,
jwh 🙂
My Pictures
http://www.pbase.com/myeyesview
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Bert_Bigelow
Nov 22, 2003
jwh,
Thanks for a very informative link. I must admit, I didn’t really understand what you guys were talking about with the Rule of Thirds.
Now, I see that I have used the principle quite often instinctively. But I think reading it will improve my landscape shots in the future. Thanks again.
Bert
LW
Lou_Walters
Nov 22, 2003
Patti mentioned JB’s Smart Sharpeners in her tip. I downloaded & installed it from < http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/smart_sharp.shtm l>, & put it in the Preset folder/Photoshop Actions, which is where the other .atn files are, but I can’t see it when I’m using Elements 2.0. I’ve checked the How-To’s, Filters, & Effects–but don’t see it anywhere. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Lou
SK
Shan_Ko
Nov 23, 2003
Patti,

The image is all the more precious with the dew drop being natural. Good shot.

Shan
BG
Byron_Gale
Dec 5, 2003
Some of the niftier shortcuts I use:

Right-click gives quick access to context-sensitive actions. i.e., after creating a selection with the marquee, right-click allows choice of Deselect, Select Inverse, Feather, Layer via Copy, Layer via cut, New Layer, Free Transform, Fill, Stroke, Last Filter. Different tools/situations offer appropriately different choices… try ’em all.

Keyboard navigation of the Layers palette. ALT-[ and ALT-] select the prievious or next visible layer, respectively. SHIFT-ALT-[ and ] jump to the first or last visible layers, respectively. CTRL-[ and ] move the current layer down or up, respectively. SHIFT-CTRL-[ and ] move the current layer to the bottom or top of the layers palette, respectively.

CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-E on a blank layer creates a merged copy of all visible layers. (Also works by holding ALT, while navigating menu to Layer-Merge Visible)

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