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Dash of Inspiration: Photoshop Elements (PSE) Hints and Tips

February 10, 2014

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Photoshop Elements (PSE) Hints and Tips

There are many out there that use various versions of PSE and we’ve had a request for tips and tricks for Photoshop Elements 11. This version, as I understand it, is so different from previous versions that if you’ve upgraded to PSE11, you may be about ready to throw it out the window! Today, I spent some time looking for some great hints and tips for Photoshop Elements, and for version 11 in particular.

For those of you new to card creation and looking for a photo-editor, Photoshop Elements is a great place to start. I began my digital journey in 1995 using Micrografx Picture Publisher, before Photoshop Elements existed. In 2001, I changed over to the first version of PSE and by version 5 had upgraded to CS-2, then couple of years ago CS-5. I consider those years of learning Photoshop Elements critical to my overall learning curve … why?

  1. Photoshop Elements and full versions of Photoshop (up to CS-5 anyway) use the same ‘language’, making Elements a great starting point for new Photoshop users.
  2. PSE is generally under $100, so when compared to full Photoshop Versions which run $600+, it’s a great deal.
  3. Commercial Use Presets, such as; Brushes, Patterns, Shapes, etc. for Photoshop, more often than not work in most versions of PSE as well.  There are always occasions where the version the preset was created in can not be opened by some versions of Photoshop and PSE, but more often than not these presets are compatible with the later versions both.
  4. The only real difference between PSE and full versions of PS are the bells and whistles. So, you can pretty much accomplish anything you need to do to create awesome card fronts with PSE.
  5. Being a PSE registered users, gets you significant discounts on upgrades to full versions of Photoshop.

Since it was requested, we’ll start out with some good places to get Hints and Tips for PSE11, the ‘problem child’ of the PSE Family.

O’Reily Answers has some Tips and Hints to getting comfortable with PSE11

Learn Photoshop Elements 11 from Adobe!  Where better to learn from the experts?

References to keep close which will help you edit images in Photoshop Elements 11 quickly and easily.

Anytime I need to learn ‘how to’ in Photoshop, I head to YouTube. I love the convenience of being able to pause and take a couple of the tutorial steps into my owns hands before moving on.

Here is a list of some PSE11 video tutorials which may help:

General Photoshop Elements Hints and Tips

50 of the experts favorite time-saving tricks to help you speed through everyday tasks.  Download and print this great PDF to have at your work station.

Free Photoshop Elements Site – with a Learning Center full of great info.

Tips and tricks for Photoshop Elements – This blog concentrates on different techniques used for editing and organizing pictures in Adobe Photoshop Elements. If you look at the ‘labels/keywords’ section of this blog, you’ll see she covers versions PSE8 and up.

Same as above, just type in which version of Photoshop Elements you are working with and check out all the great tutorials available to you.

Don’t want to leave you without any FREEBIES this week, so here is a FREE Commercial Use font and Dingbat font, both nice for those chalkboard designs which are so popular right now.

FFF Tusj font

Nymphette font

And … Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

Heart Patterns – Valentine’s Day from Succo Design

So, until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2014 8:37 pm

    Doreen, thank you so much for the helpful links, fonts and patterns!

  2. February 11, 2014 12:50 am

    Thanks for this info, Doreen. I’ve had elements 9 but haven’t done much with it because I was ‘raised’ on Paint Shop Pro. I’ve wanted CS5, but the price was so hefty…I didn’t know about the discounts when you own elements. (P.S. I am not only a font junkie, I’m also a software junkie!)

    • February 11, 2014 3:57 pm

      LOL … I am too, so you’re in good company 🙂 I would highly recommend you look up tutorials for PSE-9 and really get comfortable with it before you consider upgrading to CS-5. After all, you don’t want to put out that kind of money and then let CS-5 sit unused 🙂

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