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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cool Things From Photoshop Elements

Orange Crush Using the Photoshop Elements' "Fresco" Effect

For all you artists out there on a budget (we're not starving, we're eating paint! :) I found a great program with many benefits of Photoshop at a fraction of the price! Photoshop Elements has lots of bells and whistles and there is even a book called "Photoshop Elements for Dummies". I created a video for Dallas-Fort Worth Pug Rescue's 10th Anniversary using the Photoshop Elements slideshow, which has smooth transitioning features, a nice variety of templates, and the ability to upload multiple photos into a presentation at the same time - much less clunky than Roxio or Digital 8, if you've tried those two older slideshow programs.
Another nice feature is the way you can change your artwork to a black and white photo to check out whether you've succeeded in getting your values correct. You can also try out some painterly effects - here is an example of my artwork Orange Crush using the "fresco" effect.

Pickles and Peaches - Step by Step

Pickles and Peaches, 16X20, Oil

These two little Missouri pugs were a commission I completed for my friend Melissa who is a professional photographer and graphic artist. Take a look at her beautiful work on her web site. Can you tell which one of these pugs is the diva?