The Digital Photo Guy

Fake High Key Photograph

by on Nov.19, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Website

If You Can’t Dazzle ’em With Your Brilliance

Baffle ’em with Photoshop Elements. Obviously, in-camera is the best way to make high-key photos but, you may have noticed, not all photos are made in studios. Some are made inside dark, cluttered places where it’s tough just to set up a backdrop, never mind controlling the light.


Technically, this isn’t a candidate for high-key based on some definitions. In true high-key, Tina would be wearing pastels or whites, no dark colors. OK, so much for technicalities. The following video shows how you can achieve this look with Photoshop Elements.

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Here’s a link to the Elements+ tools I mention in the above video. It’s the best $12 you’ll spend for a PSE plugin.

Photoshop Elements v9.0

I just upgraded to Photoshop Elements v9.0 so I’ll produce several VMMTs about the new features. Stay tuned.

Costco currently has PSE v9.0 on sale for $49.99 through November 28. I learned that non-members can order at and get member prices. If you’re on PSE v5.0 or older, you should definitely upgrade. If you’re on v6.0-v8.0, it depends on your skills & knowledge and whether you need the new features. If you’re unsure, you can download a trial version at

Topaz Labs Webinar on Hold

The folks at Topaz Labs have been wrapped around the axle preparing to roll out a whole series of new products. I’ve received conflicting messages from them about the webinar so, at this time, I’ve shelved the plan until things calm down at TL.

Archived PDF Monday Morning Tips

The website has been experiencing a problem with links to pdfs. If you want a copy of an archived MMT or the dSLR Cheat Sheet, please e-mail me and I’ll send it to you. Sorry for the inconvenience but we have no idea how long it’s going to take to fix this problem.

Fortunately, all links to external sites and videos are still working fine.

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8 Comments for this entry

  • Jill Johnson

    Hi Lee,
    This is a very helpful video.
    I can even do this on my MAC….Hee, Hee!
    Thanks so much.

  • Betsy

    You fixed it. It came up right away. Thanks.

    • Lee

      You can take the animal out of the swamp but you can’t take the swamp out of the animal. Once a geek , always a geek. The only difference is that I no longer get any satisfaction from fixing geeky problems. 😉

  • Betsy

    I subscribe to another blog through an RSS feed — Shadowhouse Creations. Jerry Jones, the blogger, has some seriously wonderful textures which he frequently posts links to. Anyway, today he had a huge rant about his blog and its misadventures. I feel your pain.

    P.S. MN comment would make me laugh even more if it weren’t so true.

    • Lee

      Hi Betsy,
      Try it now. This video seems to take a bit longer to load than normal. I don’t know why as it’s one of the shorter videos. Watch the status bar at the bottom of Windows IE and it’ll say something to the effect, “1 item…”

  • Betsy

    Hi Lee, I am having difficulties with the recent video tutorials. All I am getting on three different computers is a white screen. When I right click there is a dialog box which says “Movie not Loaded” and “About Adobe Flash Player.” Any ideas? Thanks.

    • Lee

      Hi Betsy,
      These are SoCal videos. They freeze when viewed in MN! ha-ha

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ll look into it. I hate being a webmaster. Websites are worse than RVs for always having something break.

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