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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

(Almost) WW #30 - More Photo Challenges

(This is my 30th)

Like in last week's almost WW #27, today I'm sharing what I learned in the 4th & 5th sessions of my Photoshop Elements class. You'll notice this is a 'class photo' from the 1920s. First we 'isolated' the girl in the center ... then removed everyone else ... 'recreated' the 'missing parts' of her ...

and finally used the 'elliptical marquee tool' to create an 'oval' vignette with two different background colors.

Next ... we isolated the 'grandma' on the left and repeated the process ... once again using 'layers' to 'copy, paste, and rotate the 'shoulder'... learning to 'refine' the edges. Unfortunately we ran out of time at the end of the 4th class, so her collar are needs some touch up work on the left side in the bottom photo ... but I can do that when time permits. These pictures give you an idea of what we're learning.

In session #5 we took a photograph of the HB Pier and added some 'space' at the bottom for 'text' ...(experimenting with various styles & effects before selecting one).

Then we added things ... like 'Molly' wearing her purple collar ... some seagulls ... and a stylized sun. Once again we ran out of time so I didn't get to 'refine' everything before class ended, but I'm happy with my 1st attempt at using these nifty tools.

Previous posts with Photoshop Elements lessons:
Almost WW - Now you see it ... now you don't
HF #39 - Simple Photo Manipulation
HF #40 - Photoshop Lessons
Thursday Thirteen #24 - Introduction to Photoshop Features

Thought for Today
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." Oliver Wendell Holmes


Akelamalu said...

WOW that's impressive!

Phyl said...

Wow...amazing job on the graphics. Your blog will never be the same since you started this class:).

Anonymous said...

I gotta take some classes!

Joy Des Jardins said...

You are really going now Virginia. Great graphics.

Sorry I haven't been by your site as much lately. Two reasons...busy with work, and also I've been having problems when I come by. I freeze up and can't move around for some reason. I can't move through your site and I can't move back to mine...I'm just frozen for quite a while. It happens every time....so I've been hesitant to stop by. POOP! Any idea why that happens to me? Thanks sweetie....

Karen said...

That is really neat--I'm thinking that I need to retire so that I can start taking some of these classes that are interesting me!

maryt/theteach said...

Please, please tell me how to get rid of the background the way you did...Fantastic what you've done, storyteller. I have Adobe Photoshop which is very similar to Photo Elements. :)

carmilevy said...

Hey Storyteller! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today. I hear ya re. the linky thing: they changed how it works without explaining anything. It's confusing. As best I can determine, a link is added when you leave a comment. I know, silly.

It blows me away how sophisticated today's photo editing tools can be. I grew up in the world of film, so this is all pretty new to me. But the more I learn - thanks to folks like you - the more I like.

Hope you have an amazing rest-of-WW!

Anonymous said...

I know I said before I that your weekly sharing made me want to take a PS class, but I didn't know it could do half this stuff. Amazing.

Happy WW

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing those! I wish I had time to learn photoshop. Those edits are amazing!

Happy WW!

Anonymous said...

Hard to envision that beautiful young woman as someone's grandma. Nice work!

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the review of your lessons. Now I see the potential in these programs. Thanks, Storyteller! You're learning well.

storyteller said...

Akelamalu – This teacher is great! She had us USING the tools from the start … and keeps stretching us with new things each week while reviewing things she’s introduced previously in the tasks she sets forth!

Phyl – Once I load Photoshop 6 onto my computer and begin to play with possibilities at home, I’ll be able to think about ‘blog enhancements’ … but for now I’m barely holding on … falling farther and father behind on blog visits and email as well as ‘real life’ stuph.

WillThink4Wine – I’m sure glad I finally signed up and started attending this one. It’s not so difficult to get out of the house at 7:30am any more … but 7 hours/week of class DOES eat into my ‘discretionary’ time ;--)

Joy – I understand … and am sorry you’re experiencing difficulty accessing my blog. A few others have indicated similar issues, but I have no clue what’s up … unless it’s the increased use of photos in my posts? Perhaps I’ll need to cut back … or explore some other platform options? Of course … perhaps like the ‘gopher problem in my front yard’ … the situation will resolve itself if it’s related to Blogger Revisions and Updates. That’s happened before.

Karen – Perhaps you can explore a class or two before you ‘retire’ … depending on scheduling. It’s always a good idea to keep yourself ‘engaged’ in learning new things no matter what your age. Someone left me information recently that ‘learning’ improves general health … especially in older folks like myself.

Mary (the teach) – I send email with some specifics and hope it helps. Photoshop Elements is an abbreviated version of the more expensive & extensive Adobe Photoshop software ;--)

Carmi – It’s always a pleasure to see what you’re up to! As for the WW Hub, I tried 4 times before I got a ‘working link’ in the Mr. Linky today … and did it the same way each time. Very strange indeed! I’ve owned Photoshop for a few years … bought versions 1, 2, and 3 … but never took a class before … just played with features trying to use the ‘help screens’ … learned to do a few simple things, but nothing like I’ve learned in the past two and a half weeks. I’m glad I finally decided to take a class. I just bought PSE 6 but haven’t loaded it on my aging computer yet.

Vixen and Jmom – Thanks! Actually, I had no idea how easy it is to do these things in the latest version of PSE. Many were impossible or much more difficult to manage in earlier versions of the Photoshop software.

Randall – I know what you mean. The only ‘clue’ is the ‘dated clothing’ … black & white photography … and ‘positioning’ of the two women. Thanks … I’m delighted with the things I’m learning.

SandyCarlson – I’m happy to share a bit with my ‘readers’ here … and it gives me an opportunity to ‘review’ a bit between sessions. Who knew ‘school’ could be such fun as a ‘senior’ citizen???

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday … wordless or otherwise. I enjoyed reading your comments this morning and am glad you found my sharing of interest today.
Hugs and blessings,

Eve said...

WOW! I definitely need to take a class. Those are great!

MaR said...

Gotta get that software ;)
Thanks for sharing what you are learning, it is very interesting!
Happy ww :)

Anonymous said...

Nice shots!

Im glad I was not the only person who had to try so many times to get the link working!

Olivia said...

I am SO impressed, again! This is fascinating. I'm going to find a class somewhere and learn to do this as well. Blessings, O xxoo

Hootin' Anni said...

Isn't these paint programs/software something? I have been using PaintShop Pro for about 6 or 7 years, and with that you can do just about everything that can be accomplished with PhotoShop.

You're learning a lot of neat things!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh wait...sorry you're learning Photo Elements.

Well, color me blond!

Momisodes said...

Very cool! I love the vignettes and those nifty tools.

Joyce said...

You're learning such useful things! The manipulated old photos are beautiful. :)

storyteller said...

Eve – How nice to see you out and about in the blogging world again! You and your family have been in my prayers. I’ll try to visit tomorrow or Friday … but I’ve got to READ tonight to be ready for Book Club tomorrow. I’m taking a quick ‘dinner break’ at the moment. I’m sure you’d enjoy learning to do these things with photos. You already know how to do so much ;--)

Mar – I’m happy to do so. I bought my copy at Staples last Thursday after class. It was on sale for $20 off and has a $20 rebate on top of that for those who can show proof of purchase for previous versions. I love a bargain!

Gypsy Princess – Thanks! I’m assuming you’re talking about the WW Hub. It worked on my 4th try … but I’m still not sure why the first 3 times yielded the error message.

Olivia – I hope you do. It’s really a pleasure to learn these techniques and I’m sure I’ll put the knowledge to use as time permits.

Hootin’ Anni – Hehehe … blond it is (ya know I know how to do that now too)! I’d love to be able to do the things YOU do … and maybe after I complete all three Photoshop classes, I’ll be on my way ;--)

Sandy and Joyce – Thanks! I’m amazed at how quickly the instructor has introduced so many tools in practical ways … so we can actually experience success right away. I need to ‘refine’ my skill and technique, but I’m delighted with our progress so far.

I hope you’re all enjoying the week and having a delightful day! I appreciate you spending a bit of it with me here at Small Reflections. If I’ve not been to your blog recently, I’ll do my best to get there in the next couple of days … but this evening I’ll be reading in preparation for Book Club tomorrow afternoon.
Hugs and blessings,

Ari_1965 said...

That Molly sure gets around.

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

wow - photoshop is amazing- very impressive.

storyteller said...

Ari_1965 – Yup, that she does! In our imagination, we can ignore the ‘no dogs on pier’ signs ;--)

Baby~amore – Thanks! I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how quickly and easily we’ve learned such fun things … and I’m delighted I took the plunge and enrolled in the class.

Thanks to both of you for stopping by, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Hugs and blessings,

Deb @ Sugarfused said...

That is so awesome!! One of these days, I'm going to take the time I need to learn how to do all of these nifty little tricks, too :~)

Tina Coruth said...

Wow, Storyteller! These are awesome! You are doing a great job. This class looks like a lot of fun.


NicciN said...

Thanks for sharing these. It looks like fun.

storyteller said...

Deb, Tina, and Yertle
Thanks for your comments. If you’ve got the inclination and the time, I highly recommend a class to introduce the features, tools, and possibilities in Photoshop Elements. It’s one delightful program and amazingly easy to learn from someone who knows what they’re doing. Hope you had a fantastic Friday!!!
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Well, what can I say but WOW WOW WOW!
I hope I can take a class.
Thanks for sharing maybe I can figure something out myself.
I am so lost. LOL

storyteller said...

Jean (at Penny Lane) – Thanks!
I’m taking this class through Adult Education at a Continuation High School … so you might check the Public Schools in your area for something similar. It’s really a good deal for all concerned.
Hugs and blessings,

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