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Open Two Photos in the Work Space 
Q: Could you please explain how to open two or more photos in the work space. I am new to elements 9. A: Yes, Anthony there are a couple things …

Which Selection Tool to Use? 
Q: I can't find any explanation when to use one of the following tools versus the other,,,QUICK SELECTION, LASSO and MAGIC WAND. Certainly there are …

Where is my EXIF Data? 
Q: How can I view my EXIF data while in full edit mode? I can get to it in the organizer, but the full edit mode only gives me the bare minimum of info. …

How can I enlarge text in drop down menus in PSE8?  
Q: I am 75 years old and with new glasses. I have a good 20 inch monitor and in order to see the menus I have to lower the resolution which is counter …

Moving an object. 
After saving a file and reopening it - any time I resize or move the object on that layer the transparent part turns to white. Why? A: Hey Kathy, …

How can I get Jpeg photos into Camera Raw? 
Q: I read that you can get Jpeg photos into camera raw to make some adjustments. My Photoshop Elements 8 says it has camera raw version 5.5 but I can't …

How To Give an Image a White Border? 
Q: I have a black image that I want to put on a black background (for a t-shirt design). I want to give this object a white edge so it shows up better. …

Remove Recently Edited Files 
Q: How do I delete them? A: For the readers who may not know what this question refers to, in Photoshop Elements under the File menu there is an …

Open Notecard Effect with Photoshop Elements 
Q: I want to make a photograph look like an open notecard for use on my website that features notecards for sale. Now I just have the photograph and …

Make Your Own Notecard Template With Photoshop Elements 
Q: I am using Photoshop Elements 8 to make custom size (5x7) note cards on 7x10 stock with my photographs. how can I create my own template for repeated …

How to "batch" Resize 
Q: I want to resize all the pictures in one folder from 2400pix x 3600pix down to 900pix by 1200pix. Instead of resizing one by one which will take …

How can I enter image dimensions? 
Q: All boxes for stating wanted size of an image do not work for me, using Photoshop Elements 8 as a novice. I am experienced with Photoshop 7, used …

How can I combine two identical photos with different exposures? 
Q: I've heard it's possible to combine a photo exposed for the light colored sky with an identical photo exposed for the dark colored foreground, using …

Depth of Field Effect in Photoshop Elements 
Q: How do I reduce focus in background of a photograph to give a depth of field and leave main subject pin sharp? A: For this question I thought …

Re-edit Layers in Photoshop Elements 8 
Q: In Photoshop Elements 8 which is the best method of saving, after working with layers, if I want to edit it again? Will the layers be visible when …

See Before and After with Photoshop Elements 
Q: How do I toggle back and forth from my original to present to see the difference in the changes I made? A: Great question Jack. There's a couple …

Line Tool in Photoshop Elements 
Q: I don't have a line tool in my editor list or tool box or anywhere, why? A: Because Elements is hiding it from you. ;-) The Line tool is one of …

Photoshop Elements 3 In Windows 7 
Q: When I reinstalled Photoshop Elements 3 onto my new computer, some aspects of the program still work, others are wonky. the compatibility wizard tells …

How to Avoid the WELCOME Screen 
Q: Each time I run Photoshop Elements 8 the Welcome Screen always pops up first and I have to do a lot of things before I can get to the editor. How …

Converting Raw Files to JPEG 
Q: After making corrections in a raw format how do I transfer it to JPEG and save my corrections? I'm using Elements 6 and I have a MAC. I try to move …

How to End a Layers Session 
Q: What is the best way to end a session in which I've been using a layer (or layers)? Do I just click "flatten layers" and then save? Thanks! Dave …

Preset Manager In Photoshop Elements 
Q: I am trying to load new free patterns from online and I cannot find out where to save the .pat files so that i can load them in elements 6.0. I know …

How Do I Categorize My Photos? 
Q: How do I categorize my photos? A: It depends on which version of Photoshop Elements you own. If you have a Windows version for a PC then you could …

How can I replace one person with another in my photo? 
Q: I am writing a book for my grandson and I want to take a photo of a racecar driver and replace his face with my grandson's face. How do I do that? …

How To Change a Background With Photoshop Elements? 
Q: How can I change the background in a picture and insert a new backgroud? A: That is a very interesting picture Angela. To accomplish what you …

Partial Color on Black and White Background 
Q: I have a colored image that I would like to have the background in black and white. However, I would like to maintain the color of the my focal objects …

How do I change workspace colour in Elements 7? 
Q: I have just got Photoshop Elements 7. The workspace is a dark grey with white lettering which I can barely read. How can I change the workspace and …

ANIMATION in
Photoshop Elements 6
 
Q: What can I do with this animation? A: Too funny. Nice job JAW! And I might add one of the most creative uses of an animated GIF I've ever seen! …

Animated GIF Bug In Some Versions Of Photoshop Elements 
Q: I use PSE 6, but according to Adobe, there is a glitch or problem with the time delay (can't be change). If so, what's your workaround for this. I …

Draw a Circle Around a Face 
Q: I have an old class photo and I want to draw a colored circle around one face. This is a very simple and common need and yet there does not seem …

How To Get Layers Back 
Q: Somehow I have managed to click off the Layers, Navigation, etc screen off. How do I get them back. Thanks A: I will give you the most likely …

Photoshop Elements 8 Frustrations 
Q: I am new to Photoshop Elements. Previously I used Paintshop which was easy by comparison. I bought Photoshop Elements All-In-One for Dummies, …

How To Insert Photo Into Template 
Q: How do I easily insert a photo into a template and get it to fit without being distorted? (pse equivalent of clipping mask) thanks. A: I'm going …

Delete Images with
Photoshop Elements
 
Q: I'm trying to learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. Some techniques I've tried and don't like or for some reason don't want to keep. How do I say to …

Grayscale To Color 
Q: I am looking to scan some ribbons to use as embellishments on digiscrap pages. How do I get them in greyscale so that I can make them any color I …

Step and Repeat in Photoshop. 
Q: Step and repeat in Photoshop. Is it possible? A: Step and Repeat is a great feature found in some page layout programs. The way it works is you …

Remove Texture From Some of the Photo 
Q: I have been trying out textures on some photos, but don't know how to remove the texture from a person's face and just have the texture in the background. …

Create A Ghost Trail 
Q: I want to create a ghost like trail. For example a dog running towards me coming out of nowhere but with a ghostly trail behind. If that makes sense. …

Can't View Videos 
Q: I need to watch the tutorials as most written instructions don't say enough. And if i do happen to find written instructions i need to be able to …

Blend Layers in
Photoshop Elements 8
 
Q: I want to blend several different photos together to create a poster look but in Elements 8 I do not see a blend tool. How is this accomplished? …

Smart Brush Wont Go Away 
Q: After using the Smart Brush how do I make the brush go away? It stays on my picture. Its always there; is it suppose to be? How do I work around that …

Missing Blur Tool 
All of a sudden I no longer have the blur teardrop tool. I have no idea where it went. Has anyone else had this happen?

Update Catalog 
Q: I deleted some pictures from my hard drive after it was imported to the organizer. How do I update the catalog so the deleted pictures aren't in …

Draw a Line in Photoshop Elements 
Q: How can I draw a line on a photo, for example, I have a photo of a face and want to draw lines showing the distance from the eye to the chin, and …

Burnt Edges in Photoshop Elements 
Q: I received the following question on my twitter page : @ps_elements Could you tell me how to create a burnt edge with PSE? A: Here's a super-quick …

Add Color Background With Photoshop Elements 
Q: I have a number of portrait photos with a plain white background and would like to change to a colored background. Is this possible? A: Hi Bill, …

Layers In Photoshop Elements 
Q: I am a "newbie" to Photoshop Elements.  I just purchased Photoshop Elements 8.   I have used your  website numerous times and it has been very helpful. …

Create Frames With
Photoshop Elements
 
Q: How can you create a picture frame in Photoshop Elements? A: Well Terry, if you have Photoshop Elements version 6 or higher it's very easy. That's …

How do I select more than one layer in Photoshop 7.0? 
Q: How do I select more than one layer in Photoshop 7.0? I have tried pressing shift and the mouse and also ctrl and the mouse and alt and mouse! but …

Photo CD 
Q: How can I make a photo CD from photoshop elements 7? I have about 80 photos I want to put on 1 CD. A: Hi Sally, Please post a comment to this …

Add Borders in Photoshop Elements 
Q: Hi, I need to add a 1px black border around screenshots and also a 3px red #FF0000 eclipse circle around links on screenshots. I have photoshop …

Black/White with a Touch of Color 
Q: If I have a color photo and change it to black and white but I want to leave lets say a flower in it's original color. Totally new to Photoshop. …

How do I make eyes pop? 
Q: I have worked on making eyes in portraits really pop. I can't figure it out. I know the look I am going for but I can't seem to accomplish it. Can …

Can't save crop opacity preference 
Q: I like my crop shield opacity very dark--93+%. But when I click save or OK the change only stays for that session and every time I open up PS I have …

Transparent Backgrounds in Photoshop Elements 
Q: How can I keep backgrounds transparent for importing? A: That's a good question although it's a bit vague. Without knowing the specifics such …

Colorize Black & White Photos 
Q: I want to start colorizing some old photos using PE8 for Mac. Is there an easy way to do it? I'm a complete novice at this. Thanks in advance. …

Old Book Scan Question 
Q: I have a family book cover from 1852 that I recently discovered as part of my genealogy research. I'd like to somehow filter this scanned image so …

Pixels 
Q: I want to able to see every individual pixel in a picture. I've seen people do it on TV and now I want to try. A: Sue, I liked your question so …

My Zoom Tool Has Reversed It's Self 
Q: I used to be able to use the zoom for zooming in and used alt zoom to zoom out. Now it has reversed it's self and I don't know why or how to get it …

Adding Music To Slide Shows 
Q : When I try to add music to my slide shows, a message appears saying I am using the wrong file type. It mentions something about compression or …

How to make Photoshop Color Black? 
Q : Hi there, I'm using Photoshop CS4, and I saw your tutorial: Create Glossy Lips with this Photoshop Elements Tutorial. Your photoshop is black, …

How to Smooth a Facial Feature 
Q: I want to make a lip smooth. A: Thank you for the question Utpall! Please leave a comment to this post and give me more details of what you want …

Making a Hazy-Text-Image Readable 
Q: I have an image of a manuscript. However, what is written in it is vague. Please guide me through the steps in order to make it readable. A: Thank …

How do I open my photos? 
Question: I just bought Photoshop Elements. Can not get any photos to open that are already on my MacBook? They are in iphoto. Answer: Thanks for …

Over-exposed 
I used your info on under-exposed photos...no idea what I am doing but it worked! Thanks! I often find I have over-exposed photos and wondered if there …

Add White to the Bottom of a Photo 
I want to put some type on the bottom of a picture over white. Is there a way to add the extra white to the bottom without covering up any of the existing …

Greeting Cards-My Own Artwork 
Q: I am drawing my own cartoons and figures for my greeting cards, if I upload them into elements 9, can I redesign them and cut them out and put them …

How To Batch Reduce Photos For Email 
Q: I want to be able to reduce a lot of photos all at once to make them smaller for email. Is there a quick way to do this in PS Elements? Also another …

PS Elements tools 
Q: The full tools PS offers, specifically, what is necessary to remove backgrounds and shadows from images - Elements will or won't do this? From what …

How do I Create a Black and White Photo? 
Q: I'm sure this is the most basic of things but I can't seem to make it happen and then successfully save the changes. I've got a coloured pic that …

Watermarks 
Q: I would like to insert a watermark into photos via PSE. How? I am enclosing a photo, and then an eps file. I do have the psd if needed. A: Here's …

How to Create A Web Button Graphic in Elements 8 
Q: I'm trying to find out how to create a button for website use using Elements 8, the user guide indicates it CAN be done, but not how! A: I hate …

Elements 7 Locks Up My Computer 
Q: What can I do. I have removed the software and reinstalled Elements 7 and everything works except when go Elements software I click on EDIT, the …

File Association in Mail 
Q: I am attempting to use the Adobe Mail. I have had my mail (gmail) address confirmed and entered the confirmation code in the correct place but I …

Remove Flash Glare with Photoshop Elements 
Q: Took some pictures using a flash inside. The flash makes her mother look awful. How can I remove the glare? A: There are a couple pretty easy …

Is This Photo Effect Doable in PS Elements? 
Q: I really really love to be able to do this kind of photo effect from ordinary photos. Is this something we can do inside PS Elements? If not is there …

Move a Photo to Another Photo Using Photoshop Elements 
Q: How do I move an object from one photo and transfer it to another photo? A: The secret to moving photos between each other is the Layers Palette …

Merge Layers Without Jagged Pixels 
Q: I stumbled across a tool in Elements 6 the other day and now cannot find it. It is a tool that softens the jagged pixel edge of a layer when you place …

Magic Eraser Tool Left a Fringe 
Q: I used the Magic Eraser tool to erase the background around my logo for the web. When I uploaded the .gif image to the web page there was a white …

Resolution Equality 
Q: Is it necessary to have the same resolution for photos that one is attempting to combine. If, for example, I select one area of a photo and then …

Repair B&W Photos 
Q: Im Donal from Dublin, Ireland and happened upon your excellent informative site.I am a novice photoshop user and am only starting out with it. I purchased …

Unscramble Photo 
Q: I know how to scramble a photo or parts of a photo but how do I reverse it? A: That would be an extremely popular technique for all sorts of reasons …

The Most Important Basics to Teach 
Q: I am looking at adding a 5 day Photoshop Elements Unit to my freshman high school students. There is SO MUCH to do in Photoshop, and I would LOVE …

Can't Find Sepia 
Q: I have watched your video on changing a pic to sepia. I have elements 8 and do not have the photographic effect option under the effects tab. Can …

Grainy Photos 
Q: My photos are grainy because of low light, is there a way using photoshop elements to reduce the "grain"? A: I think Photoshop Elements has just …

Keeping Skin Natural 
Q: How do you add color, contrast, or any effect to a portrait without making their face and skin look over processed? A: I think the easiest way …

How to Remove a Section from Your Photo with Photoshop Elements 
Q: I am trying to remove a section of a photo, but not sure how to go about it. Basically, assume I have a picture of a bridge and I want to shorten …

Change Colour from White in Photoshop Elements 
Q: I am new to Photoshop and have just found your site. It is great and put in a simple way that is easy to understand. I had a go at changing the colour …

Photoshop 
Q: How can I put six figures in one page using Photoshop without loss of my image? Thanks! I look forward to hearing your reply. A: Hi Roger, …

How to create burnt edge-help with tutorial posted 
Q: I am following your burnt edge tutorial and have been able to get the steps up until the photo shows through after creating the black box around the …

Change Object from Color to Black 
Q: I watched your tutorial on how to change the man's shirt from green to the blue like the lady's shorts. I followed your instructions and was able …

Gradient Text 
Q: How do I make gradient colored text? I finally did it for my website banner (on accident) and don't know HOW I did it. I was so shocked it finally …

How to Remove the Reflections from the Watch Crystal? 
Q: Need your expert advice on how to remove the white crystal reflections to black? Thank you. A: This is a challenging situation. I struggled to …

Turning Photos Into Sepia Color 
Q: How do I take a colored picture and turn it into a sepia color? A: A Sepia Tone is a great classic look that goes way back in Photographic retouching …

How can I upload artwork without it looking grainy? 
Q: I would like to upload my artwork but when I scan it and upload it to a site it looks terrible compared to the original. Should I take a photo and …

Replace Part of a Photo  
Q: First: If you look at the desert photo I have presented, you will see the wave effect of the sand. What I want to do is remove the two human figures …

Updating from
Photoshop Elements 6 to 8
 
Q: Any problems with updating from Elements 6 to 8? A: No, you should find it fairly straight forward. With Photoshop Elements you don't actually …

Print Quality 
Q: I've finally (yeah) figured out how to add a digital background to my picture enhancing my portrait subject - NOW I need to figure out how to PRINT …

Add Snap To A Dull Image 
Q: How to make dull image to sharper image? A: There are four characteristics to a quality color image. Good Contrast. Gray Balance. Sharpness …

Moving Portrait to Digital Background 
Q: I can pretty much figure out how to erase the background and how to overlay the portrait onto the digital background, but I haven't been able to figure …

Color Corrections 
Q: How can I color correct a photo of my painting? There is glare on the upper right, the green should be more saturated lime green, the lower leaf …

Quickpages With
Photoshop Elements
 
Q: I'm new to Photoshop Elements 8 and wanted the program for digital scrapbooking. Can you give me any information on how to create a Quickpage? Thanks! …

Welcome Window Elements7 
Q: Open welcome window there is no sign-in on the welcome screen and there is no way to get the work help without signing in.I tried Adobe help many …

Re:Colorize Black & White Photos 
Q: First off thanks for your previous reply Rick. Now this is my first attempt at colorizing the photo I posted. I'm having a problem on the right hand …

My photos in the organizer have ?'s. 
Q: I now know that my way of moving caused the ? mark to appear. Is it possible to reconnect all these missing files? Is it better to delete the organizer …

Remove Glare From Jewelry  
Q: I'd like to know how to remove glare from jewelry photos. A: Great question Annette! If the glare is not too strong I would try using the Burn …

Photoshop Elements 5 Photo Browser 
Q: I love Photoshop, however, I seem to have lost or, at least, am unable to open my Photo Browser in Photoshop Elements 5. It no longer opens automatically. …

How To Remove Pixelate?? 
Q: I have one photo with pixelate, but I want to remove it. Is that possible?? A: No, it cannot be undone unless of course the effect was done by …

Brush paths in PSE 7? 
Q: I have been trying to follow this tutorial http://www.easyphotoshop.info/2009/11/05/create-your-own-social-networking-stitched-fabric-icons/, BUT …


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