Practicing Photoshop

Steve Woods from Tulare County Office of Education runs a tight Photoshop ship, and he navigated us through some difficult waters.  I practiced quite a bit today, with mixed success.  Steve says I’m persistent, and that is a prominent character quality of mine.  He didn’t say I was artistic, brilliant, creative…just persistent.  I’ll take it as a +Here is the before picture of a lavender quilt that Carmen made for me.This is after I adjusted the color.  I used Adobe Elements 10, went to Enhance, Adjust Color, Remove Color Cast.  You merely clicked the eye dropper that automatically appeared on a white, black or gray spot, and BINGO, there it was.  By the way TOEMAILERS, I left my toes in the picture just for you.My texting wasn’t quite as successful. Not that it looks bad.  I just couldn’t rasterize it or whatever that is.  Which means I couldn’t play with the shape of the words.  Not only that, Elements does not have the cool fonts that Photoshop the full program does.  I did “simplify” the text, but I couldn’t do all the cool things we did in class with the text after it was a jpeg.

When I put it in Facebook, the image was too big for the words to show anyway.  To create text over the picture was easy enough.  You just press the T, click where you want your words to appear, and start typing.  I had a false start, and ended with two layers of writing, and didn’t know how to delete, so I closed the picture without saving, and that worked.  The menu bar up at the top worked just the same as it does in the extended version of Photoshop which we are learning.

Another little learning experience in today’s practice, the pictures that I did save as jpegs weren’t allowed on WordPress.  I chose the same picture that had been duplicated, like every other picture I have uploaded, but the message from on high told me that the file type is “not allowed”.  By learning experience I mean frustration, but not to the point of screaming or pulling out my eyebrows.Just so you know, this picture started out like this.  And yes, is was a great retirement party at Café 225 on Main Street in Visalia, CA.  It’s a great place to eat, and a wonderful place for a surprise party.  I wasn’t the only one having fun at my expense – I was totally surprised by the event.  The happiest looking person in the picture besides me is my former new boss, Charlene.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

9 thoughts on “Practicing Photoshop”

  1. Being a photojournalist and a photo editor for the past seven years, I know how difficult what you undertook was. Trying to cram all that info in in one day and then remember it is darn near impossible. So congrats! Your after quilt looked great.
    I agree about Photoshop Elements 10. I used the full blown program at the office and my home version really leaves a lot to be desired. But seeing how I can’t afford over $500 for the home just yet, it will have to do. The trick is to get your photos lighted and framed correctly in the camera. The less you have to do with it (except for special effects) the better off you are.
    Congratulations on your learning experience and thanks for sharing.

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  2. A Photoshop class is definitely on my agenda. I slug through with “intuitive” adjustment 🙂 and about five minutes of tutorial from my hubbie-probably not the best plan. Looks like you’re doing great!

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