Friday, March 2, 2007

With The End Result In Mind

Thanks to digital, I have total control over my images—and so do you. If I couldn't see the effect of exposure settings on the LCD and make adjustments on the spot, I'd have a lower percentage of keepers. What's more, I couldn't make enhancements—creative decisions would be left to a photo lab, as it was when I first got into photography. And don't forget the power of a RAW file, from which you can recover up to one stop of an overexposed area! Here, I'll share a few enhancements made using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

By Rick Sammon Published in Quick Fix

Step 8 Step Eight
See how Stroke enhanced my image.

Step 9Step Nine
Speaking of standing out more on a page, add a drop shadow. Again, it's easy to do in Elements by applying the drop shadow to a layer. Go to Select > All, then Edit > Copy and then to Edit > Paste. That creates a two-layer document with the identical image. Next, increase the Canvas size of your document because the drop shadow takes up additional space, under and to the left of the picture. Go to Image > Resize > Canvas Size and, to make it easy for now, simply type in an additional inch in the Width and Height boxes. That increases the working area all around your picture.

Step 10Step Ten
Go to Styles and Effects, and at the top of the dialog box, select Layer Styles and Drop Shadows. I picked low for this image, but have fun experimenting with the other drop shadows.

FinalStep Eleven
After I clicked on Low, my image looks as though it's floating off the page—just the effect I wanted. Now it's your turn to have fun with your pictures.

Before I go, I'd like to share a joke with you: How many Photoshop/Photoshop Elements instructors does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The answer: 100! One to screw in the light bulb, and 99 to show that person 99 different techniques.

The point: There's more than one way to create these effects.

Rick Sammon has published 27 books, including his latest: Idea to Image, Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography, Rick Sammon's Travel and Nature Photography and Rick Sammon's Digital Imaging Workshops. See for more information.

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