The Digital Photo Guy

Photoshop Elements 9 – First Look (Part 2)

by on Nov.24, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop Elements, Workshops

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program

The previous VMMT about PSE9 was preempted by PSE8 interface features since I was upgrading from PSE7 and hadn’t yet seen or tested PSE8. In this video, I’ll wrap up with a look at one final PSE8 interface feature carried over from PS CS4. Then, we’ll move on to the two biggies introduced in PSE9, Content Aware Healing and Layer Masks.

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Pin-Up Model Photoshoot – Jan 16

On Sunday, January 16 from 10AM to 1PM, I will be shooting pin-up models at Deer Park Winery. If you’d like to join me, the cost is just $25 plus $8 museum entry fee. All the money goes to the models since I’m not about to ask these great gals to spend 3 hours of their weekend posing for nothing. There are just 5 spots so reserve your spot quickly. To reserve at spot, e-mail me and I’ll send directions for sending payment. Once the models are confirmed, there are no refunds. There will be 1 to 3 models at the shoot.

There won’t be any formal instruction but, as always, you can borrow any of my gear that isn’t in use. The intent for you, the students, is to gain experience directing models and shooting under studio conditions.

Topaz Labs Announces InFocus

Topaz Labs has released InFocus, a sharpening tool that promises to change the way we sharpen digital photos. All digital images benefit from sharpening because of the way digital works. Until now, the “go-to” tools were either Unsharp Mask, a good but confusing tool or various 3rd party tools of varying efficacy. Now, InFocus promises to make digital image sharpening a simple task.

Until December 3, Topaz Labs is offering InFocus for an amazing $29.99, a discount of $40 off the regular price. Use the discount code “supersharp” when ordering. For other Topaz Labs products, use the code “digitalphotoguy” for a 15% discount.

Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in Topaz Labs and receive no remuneration from Topaz Labs.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Jim Tidd

    Lee, your simple comment on and the demonstration of the layer with the models shoe really hit home. I now have a much better understanding of the use of the layer in cases like this. Thanks!

  • Colin

    Hi Lee

    As you say, the results from the PSE 9 Content Aware healing brush are a bit hit & miss, some great, some awful.
    One kind forum user on Elements Village has created an action in CS5 that can be loaded into and used in PSE9 which gives some excellent results with Content Aware object removal.
    You may have seen it ‘cos I know that you subscribe to the forum, if you haven’t, the link is here –
    Once loaded it appears in your effects panel and takes just seconds to run, I’ve had some great results with it.
    I thought that this was worth sharing.


    • Lee

      Thanks Colin,
      I’m sure readers will want to know about this action.

      Sorry about the overly aggressive spam filter when you previously tried to post.


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