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by on Feb.28, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips, Photoshop Elements

Shoebill Stork Video

Anyone who’s taken a Wild Animal Park “Hands-On” Photoshoot with me knows of my fascination with the shoebill stork whom I’ve nicknamed “Fred”. He’s an interesting bird, not just for his massive beak but also because he almost seems to be observing the people who stop to view him. A friend and former student who is an aviculturist sent me this link.

Monday Morning Tip

Last week, I paid $12 for Elements+, a Photoshop Elements plug-in developed by Andrei (Andrew) Doubrovski of Russia. He’s an interesting guy, An Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) with a serious entrepreneurial streak. His websites offer a peek into the frenetic pace of his brain. Besides the PSE and PS tutorials, he has, on other sites, ebooks, videos and tutorials for Corel Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Flash. The most intriguing, for me, is DigiCollage, a retouching service where you send him files which he then edits to your specifications. Over the next few months, I’ll cover the different tools and capabilities available in Elements+.

Today’s MMT is about creating a sepia tone appearance Elements+ and using the Quick Mask Tool to cover over extraneous elements in the photo. The sepia tone video was inspired by a student who asked about sepia toning during the recent Palomar College webinar, Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers. I never tried sepia toning back in the bad old days of the chemical darkroom and had forgotten about it until asked about by the student. She had found an on-line tutorial for sepia tone but found it confusing. When I looked at the instructions, my eyes glazed over so I whipped up a quick & dirty sepia tone technique that met her needs. When I found the sepia tone technique in Elements+, I realized it created a better result that is just as simple and only costs $12. All the tools in Elements+ makes it well worth $12 and the sepia tone technique is an extra.

The second half of the video demonstrates a technique that, previously, could only be done in Photoshop. The demo is simplistic but the concept is very powerful and can be used to remove extraneous objects in a photo. This technique is particularly useful in situation where a branch or leaf obscures the subject.

The short video is in the MMT archives which requires free registration. The registration form is in the right column of every page except the Home Page.

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