Friday, April 17, 2009

Correcting White balance for Elements 6

I tend to use cs4 for most of my photoshop needs, but as much as I love that program, there is one feature that I just can't seem to find on it anywhere. That feature is Auto white balance adjustment. And it is an awesome tool for adjusting the color in your images. So first you want to open an image that has an unnatural tint to it. I chose one that was slightly bluish from being taken in the shade.

Go to Enhance>Adjust Color> Remove Color Cast.

Now find something in the photo that you know is supposed to be white, grey, or black. I chose the baby's coat because I know that it is white. Just use the Eyedropper tool and click on the area that you have chosen. And BAM! Your photo should be fixed. Sometimes you may need to click around a little bit because colors vary from pixel to pixel.

Cropping an image to specific dimentions for Elements 6

For those of you with Elements 6... I am going to be doing a series of tutorials, starting with the easy stuff, then slowly working upwards. Our first tutorial is how to crop an image using certain dimentions.

First, make sure that nothing is selected. Press CTRL + D. The go to your layer thumbnails in the bottom right corner of your program. Right click on the background layer and choose Layer from Background. Now click OK. Then go to Image>Crop

Then just above your workspace is a place where you can either type in specific dimensions or you can choose from a list of commonly used sizes. Here we are going to crop to an 8x10. So click on the arrow next to "No Restriction". Then click on 8x10 in.

Now use the mouse to click and drag the edges of your selection until you have the area that you want. Then go to the bottom right of your selection and click on the green check mark. To cancel the operation, click on the red cancel button.
VOILA! You're done!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Vintage Actions!!!!

The vintage Set is now available with 6 different effects. Please check them out and let me know what you think.

Sepia Set

I now have a sepia set up, which includes the half-sepia and the regular sepia (adjustable). Check them out!

Better Color For Light Skin, Dark Skin, and Landscapes :)

Check them out. They are set up so that you can adjust the settings yourself if you need to.

Mute action is now a Mute SET!

There are now two mute actions in my mute download. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Come and check them out:

Monday, March 30, 2009


Muted Colors:
Tones down the colors in your photos.


Pop Art:

Adaptive Contrast:
Want more contrast without blowing out your photo? Use this Baby right here.WITH Adaptive Contrast (please excuse the boo-boos... I forgot to edit them out):WITHOUT (notice the blown out shoulder):
CARTOON: This action works best with smaller sized photos, but gives a nice effect to larger ones as well.Small:Large:PHOTO BY FLATLANDER64