Sunday, April 8, 2007

Making Progress...

After I posted about my frustration with Photoshop Elements (PSE) 4.0, Chuck and I continued to try to find some useful information. We were looking for a key which would bring about one of those magical “Aha!” moments. I’m sorry to report that we didn’t find a magic key, but we did find some free Video Podcasts on Apple iTunes which proved very helpful:
- “Adobe Photoshop Elements Killer Tips” by Corey Barker
- “Learn Photoshop Elements 4.0” by Nancy Spoolman
The Corey Barker videos are professional, fast paced and (for the moment) a little bit advanced for us. But they definitely whet your appetite to learn as much as you can, as fast as you can. The Nancy Spoolman videos are far less polished, slower paced and perfect, in that she does not edit out her own errors! We found her hesitation, backtracking and undoing very reassuring!

It also helped a lot to receive comments from readers of this blog about their frustration with PSE and to read similar tales of woe in book reviews for PSE manuals and in Digital Scrapbooking Forums! So, hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst, Chuck and I parked ourselves in front of the computer to tackle PSE once again. This time, we made a little progress! It’s far from a masterpiece, and if we hadn’t merged/flattened/squashed/locked - whatevered it, we would still be editing it. But we’re tickled that it exists at all!

The photographs are all ours, taken last spring around our yard.
Note: the background image is the same as the bottom center photo!
The orange “Happy Spring Tag” (CFR_DHA_HappySpringTag.png) was designed by Darlene Haughin and downloaded for free from Scrap Girls.

Without further ado, here is our first, all on our own, digitally scrapped page:

:: Happy Easter!


Roo said...

Hey hey - brilliant photos! I still have this dll thing issue, but I can't be bothered with it, and it doesn't effect the rest of the running of the pc, so I have chosen to ignore it.

I have managed to take some RAW photos and have a funky piece of software from Fuji to convert them, so I am pretty happy too!

Hope you all had a great Easter x

Connie @ said...

I've never tried PSE. I use ACDSee Photo Editor & it doesn't have the huge learning curve that can be quite frustrating.

We've written tutorials for ACDSee Photo Editor & a 30 day trial is available if you like here:

Artsy22 said...

Pretty photos.