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A Christmas Project

Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you a project that my sister-in-law commissioned me to do for her. My sister-in-law, Judy, asked me to create a photograph of herself, her brother, her sister and mother with their father (who died in the Vietnam War) as a Christmas present for her siblings and mother. Judy wanted her father to appear as though he was keeping watch over her family.

A Christmas Project

This is Judy’s father. Judy scanned this photograph and emailed it me.

A Christmas Project

This photograph of Judy and her family was taken on Thanksgiving Day, this year. Judy is in red, standing by the window. Judy emailed this photograph to me.

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A Father Keeps Watch Over His Family

I created this photograph, using Photoshop CS5. This Christmas project involved several iterations. I am supposed to tell you that my nephew, Jared, kept challenging me and that I stepped up to the plate with all but one challenge. In my first iteration I placed Judy’s father’s nose over the curio cabinet. Jared challenged me to remove the curio cabinet and window from the Thanksgiving Day photograph. I surprised myself when I accomplished that task without much difficulty! Jared also mentioned changing the background color. I opted not to do this, as I do not have much experience with capturing every strand of hair in my selections. Keeping the wall color as is made hair selection a simple task!

By the way Judy was pleased with the resultant photograph. I am happy that I was able to create a treasure for her family to enjoy.

Adobe Photoshop CS5

I received an email from Adobe on Monday, with an exclusive offer to upgrade from Photoshop Elements (I have version 7) to Photoshop CS5. The upgrade price was listed as $299.00, instead of $599.00. The email stated that the promotion would last one month, August 16 through September 13, but could be withdrawn at any time. The temptation was too great; I ordered Adobe Photoshop CS5 that very afternoon. I received my new photo editing program yesterday! The installation went smoothly; no problems at all.

I photograph in RAW format and use Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to process my images. The first thing I noticed upon opening a RAW image in Photoshop CS5 is that ACR differs between the two photo editing programs. The ACR in Photoshop CS5 provides much more functionality than the one in Photoshop Elements. I now have 14 tools to choose from as opposed to 9 tools in Photoshop Elements. I am now able to select a portion of a photograph in ACR and make changes only to the area of the photograph. I am no longer limited to global changes.

In my opinion the additional capabilities of ACR were worth the price of the upgrade. Another feature that made the upgrade attractive for me is that Photoshop CS5 can operate on the 64-bit platform, whereas Photoshop Elements operates on a 32-bit platform. This feature was worthwhile to me as I have WINDOWS 7 with 64-bit capability installed on my computer.

My first tasks are to learn my way around ACR and Adobe Bridge. So far I have watched a couple videos about ACR. I had to go all the way back to CS4 because all of the new ACR features in that program version were new to me too! This morning I am reading a tutorial on Adobe Bridge. I’ve ordered three books, too, in my quest to become proficient in Photoshop CS5. The books that I ordered from Amazon are:

Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5

I will leave you with a passage of verse that I found at Home of Inspiration, entitled “Never Stop Learning”.

“Learning is a life long process. You are never too old to learn.

Learning keeps our minds alert and able. Not do we actually acquire new knowledge, but we subsequently feel useful and good about ourselves as well. Along the way, we could make some new friends too.

So, pick up a new skill. A new hobby. Read books on subjects you never did before. Expand your general knowledge base.

No matter how much you learn, you will never know everything – there is always something new, something more, to learn. So don’t stop. Keep learning, and be happy.”

I hope to never stop learning!

Photoshop Elements Playtime

As I was browsing through photographs today, I came across two photographs that Bob and I had taken of each other during a motorcycle ride in May of this year. As I looked at the two photographs I thought how nice it would have been had we been photographed together. Photoshop Elements makes that possible.

I selected Bob, using Photoshop Elements’ quick selection tool. I, then, used the move tool and dragged Bob out of his photograph and into my photograph. Viola! Bob and I, together, on Lake Erie!

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