I upgraded to Photoshop Elements 9 when it was released in September 2010. I can't remember which version I had before that - it really didn't matter. I have been way too intimidated by the program to do anything other than a bit of cropping or adding text to a picture. Sometimes, on my spunky days, I actually was brave enough to crop and add text to the same picture!
I have no clue why I had an abnormal fear of learning Photoshop Elements. I usually have no problem jumping right in and playing around. I think it has to do with the huge array of stuff that one can do to a simple photograph. Layers, masks, color saturation, hue, cloud rendering- it all is enough to make my head spin. Way too many options to play with and it gives me a headache.
It's kind of like having to buy a new toothbrush or a razor. Why can't a simple toothbrush or razor be made? They are both uni-taskers and don't need bells, whistles and 'new and improved.'
I am ending a six-week course on the basics of Photoshop Elements 9. To test my new-found knowledge, I have played around with some pictures.
R-Can-Sauce skies are filled with bright yellow cardinals. One can hardly tell them apart from the sun.
Look close, I added a baby butterfly.
Tricked ya! There is nothing different on the above two pictures. How long did you spend looking?
I have been wanting to learn this technique for a while, but the idea of 'masks' intimidated me. I learned an easier way to accomplish this just using the magic wand tool.
I can go crazy with the spot healing brush. It is idea to take out pesky things like power lines and other 'stuff' that gets in the way of a pretty picture.
I know, I know ... the cow is missing a bit of it's nose. I am still a novice, after all!
Have the BEST day ever!