Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 2018

In case you weren’t paying attention, Adobe released Photoshop Elements 2018! (This is the update from version 15, and it makes sense given that Photoshop has been using years for their versions numbers since 2015.)

What’s new in PSE 2018?

Open Eyes Tool

This feature does exactly what it says! It uses additional photos of the same person to replace closed eyes with open ones. It’s a pretty nifty feature and is great for portraits or multi-person shots where you just cannot get the perfect combination.

Watercolor Guided Edit

If you’re not familiar with guided edits, you should really check them out. They lead you through creating special effects and complex operations and does a lot of the work for you. The watercolor guided edit quickly turns your image into a watercolor painting, complete with realistic texture.

Overlay Guided Edit

Crop your photo into shapes or masks for easy blending and masking. Scrapbookers have been doing this manually for years, so it may or may not be helpful to you. But it’s worth a try to see how it might fit into your scrappy workflow.

Replace Backgrounds

Swapping out backgrounds is something photographers love to do. You now have a guided edit to let you place your focal point onto a completely different image.

Auto Selection

Selections are some of the most time-consuming tasks in Photoshop. The new auto selection tool will snap a rough selection to the object’s outline for an easier selection experience!

Slideshows

If you use the Organizer, you can use the newly revamped slideshow feature to combine photos, text and videos into a true keepsake. Export to video or share to social media.

Upgrade Pricing

You can upgrade to Elements for $79.99 or to Elements + Premiere for $119.99. If you don’t already have a copy of Elements, the full price is $99.99 for Elements and $149.99 for Premiere. Premiere is Elements’ video component.

For help reviewing features from previous version of Elements compared to PSE 2018, click here.

For a comparison between PSE 2018 and PSE + Premiere 2018, click here.

Will I be upgrading to 2018? Eventually, yes! I need to be able to test and share features with you. Should you update? That’s  a personal decision of course! If you spend a lot of time removing background or making selections, then I’d say yes. If you’re the person who really enjoys new features and loves playing and learning your software, then definitely. If you usually upgrade every two years and you’re still using PSE14 or earlier, then I’d also recommend upgrading. If you have PSE15, and you don’t see a must have feature on the list, then you might want to skip this version, or wait for a super sale.

Photoshop Elements 15 is Here!

Adobe Releases PSE 15!

And it’s got some fantastic new features. I’ll try to highlight a few of them for you over the next few newsletters. The first one I’ll share is my absolute favorite! If you’ve followed me at all over the past couple years, you know that I absolutely love Lightroom for scrapping. Now, PSE is bringing the same drag and drop functionality to you.

Yep, you can now drag and drop your photos, papers and journal cards directly onto special fillable templates. It’s so easy! I have 2 template sets (with video demonstration) available in my shop now. I hope you’ll grab them if you have upgraded to PSE15!

Designers, stay tuned! On Friday, I’ll have a new video tutorial in the store to teach you how to use PSCC to create the special fillable templates.

PSE Droplets: Pocket Pages

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PSE Droplets: Set One

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Scrapaneers LIVE! Two

On April 16 and 17, hundreds of digital scrapbookers will join five top-notch scrapbooking instructors for two days of amazing digital scrapbooking techniques. Scrapaneers is full of awesome classes and workshops and this LIVE event it sure to be fun and inspirational!

Join us for the only online, digital scrapbooking conference at Scrapaneers LIVE! Two. You’ll learn artsy hacks with Anna Aspnes, mobile photo-editing with Katrina Kennedy, mixed-media with Nancie Rowe Janitz, digital planners with Mari Koegelenberg and the art of handwritten word art with Karla Dudley Noel.

Your ticket also enters you to win over $1200 worth of digital scrapbooking prizesfrom event sponsors, like me! Your event ticket will get you a discount coupon to my Studio, and the chance to win free products from Studio Wendy!

This is an event you don’t want to miss if you LOVE digital scrapbooking! I’d appreciate if you used my affiliate link so they know I sent you!

Click here for details.

PS. You can save huge on the event if you get your ticket before April 1!

Truth Scrap

Last week, I sent out an email to my newsletter subscribers sharing some of my holiday wish list items. One of those things was an art journaling bible. I’m amazed at what Shanna Noel and Stephanie Ackerman are doing to document their faith through creative outlets and I cannot wait to give it a try.

So, when I found out about Lain Ehmann’s newest event, Truth Scrap, featuring BOTH Shanna and Stephanie, I had to share about it too! This online event will be held on 1/31/15 and looks amazing! As with all of Lain’s True Scrap events, you can attend live, or get the videos to watch later if you cannot attend live. Sign up before 12/31 and automatically receive $70 off and get all seven classes for only $79. And, right now, thru 12-24, you can SAVE $20 by using the coupon code ADVENT after clicking my affiliate link below. That brings the price down to $59!

Click here to view more details

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Truth Scrap

Last week, I sent out an email to my newsletter subscribers sharing some of my holiday wish list items. One of those things was an art journaling bible. I’m amazed at what Shanna Noel and Stephanie Ackerman are doing to document their faith through creative outlets and I cannot wait to give it a try.

So, when I found out about Lain Ehmann’s newest event, Truth Scrap, featuring BOTH Shanna and Stephanie, I had to share about it too! This online event will be held on 1/31/15 and looks amazing! As with all of Lain’s True Scrap events, you can attend live, or get the videos to watch later if you cannot attend live. Sign up before 12/31 and automatically receive $70 off and get all seven classes for only $79. And, right now, thru 12-24, you can SAVE $20 by using the coupon code ADVENT after clicking my affiliate link below. That brings the price down to $59!

Click here to view more details

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NOTE: Affiliate links are used where applicable. I appreciate your support by using my links!

AT YOUR SERVICE: Monthly Mentoring

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Let me help you improve your design business with a monthly mentorship! Your mentorship will be uniquely tailored to you! There is no set program, and no two will be alike. We’ll talk via email about your goals, strengths and challenges to inspire you to grow and improve in your design business. We’ll work on practical steps you can take to improve no matter what stage of designing you are in. If you are just considering starting a business, are new to designing, or have been around for a while but are ready to rise up to the next level, it always helps to have someone to talk to, bounce ideas off of and clarify your goals and next steps. A monthly mentorship is $50 for one month, but if you prepay for 2 or 3 months, you can save on the monthly rate.

Want a brief mini mentoring session? Consider my Quality Review where I’ll analyze one of your kits (up to 300mb) and give suggestions on improving your kits.

AT YOUR SERVICE: Quality Review

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Let me help you improve your design business with a complete kit review! Complete your purchase and shortly after, I will contact you for a download link for your kit. (Ensure that the email address on your account is accurate so I can contact you.) I will do a thorough quality check on your kit (up to 300mb) and provide you with a detailed report on any issues encountered, ways to fix them, and overall suggestions on improving your kits. You’ll have the chance to fix any issues and have them rechecked too. This is more than just a quality check service. It’s a short, mini mentorship from the perspective of someone who’s been in the industry for almost a decade!

Quality Check Includes:
Stray Pixels
Missing Pixels
Trimming
Artifacts, Jaggies and more!

In addition to the fee for this service, I retain the right to use inspected kits for my personal use.

Want more? Consider my 1-, 2- and 3-month mentorships available on a limited, first-come, first serve basis.

A Big Week!

This week, I’m both a contributor over at The Daily Digi, and featured in the Designer Dish at Scrapbookgraphics. You can check both out to learn about some awesome deals from me going through the end of the month!

 

 The Daily Digi:
Check out my contribution and audio interview. Plus, you can get this free class and set of chalk shapes along with 6 other digital scrapbooking kits as part of The Digi Files for $7.50 or less!
 

The Daily Digi Digest

Steph from The Daily Digi also interviewed me for her podcast. Click the image below to listen to our fun conversation! The Daily Digi podcasts top my list of favorites. I love this hobby and enjoy listening to discussion about it, in any form.

 Designer Dish:

In case you missed the newsletter, here’s my fun interview at Scrapbookgraphics. To see future Designer Dish interviews from the rest of the Studio Girls, be sure to subscribe to the Scrapbookgraphics newsletter!

All Star Techniques 2

Here’s what you’ll learn in All Star Techniques 2! The class is now self-paced, but you can register anytime! My video is in Module 6, and you can read more about it below.

Module 1: In Now You See It … Now You Don’t, Amanda Taylor offers a complete guide for removing unwanted objects like blemishes, clutter, or even people from your favorite photographs. You’ll explore a variety of tools including the Clone Stamp, Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch Tool and Content Aware Features.

Module 2: Transparent embellishments like vellum, acrylic and washi tape are all the rage and now you can create your own original pieces too! In Making and Using Transparent Layers, Amy Kingsford provides designer steps for mixing filters, blending methods, brushes and layer styles to create your own customizable transparent embellishments.

Module 3: Follow along with Cilenia Curtis as she introduces you to Digital Artistry: Painted Fine Art. You’ll learn Cilenia’s master-artist process for transforming any photo into a sketched work of art perfect for a canvas or scrapbook page using wet and dry media brushes, Adobe’s filters, blend modes and layer effects. This lesson includes Cilenia’s 64 high-quality digital brushes.

Module 4: Watch Jana Morton demonstrate Creative Negative Spaces by adding photo windows with complimentary doors to a digital layout. Jana also offers her tips for dimensional effects using Burn and Dodge tools as well as blending techniques. This lesson is sponsored by Anna Aspnes Designs and your enrollment includes an ArtPlay Palette mini-kit download.

Module 5: Have you wanted to build your own grungy papers but not sure where to begin? Tiffany Tillman’s Paper Machine will show you how! Build custom, organic (non-patterned) papers following Tiffany’s methods using overlays, grungy effects, and eclectic color schemes. This lesson includes a kit pack of original brushes, overlays and textures.

Module 6: Pocket Scrapbooking in Lightroom by Wendyzine Scraps harnesses the extensive features in Lightroom to create quick pocket-style digital scrapbook pages and collages. (Lightroom and Photoshop or Elements required.)

All Star Techniques 2 is Open for Registration

Here’s what you’ll learn in All Star Techniques 2! Pre-registration is now open, and the early bird price is only $32.00 through January 13th. The class begins on February 4th, but sign up now to reserve your spot in class! This time around, you will still get immediate access, but you can also watch along with the Scrapaneers team for a guided experience.

Module 1: In Now You See It … Now You Don’t, Amanda Taylor offers a complete guide for removing unwanted objects like blemishes, clutter, or even people from your favorite photographs. You’ll explore a variety of tools including the Clone Stamp, Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch Tool and Content Aware Features.

Module 2: Transparent embellishments like vellum, acrylic and washi tape are all the rage and now you can create your own original pieces too! In Making and Using Transparent Layers, Amy Kingsford provides designer steps for mixing filters, blending methods, brushes and layer styles to create your own customizable transparent embellishments.

Module 3: Follow along with Cilenia Curtis as she introduces you to Digital Artistry: Painted Fine Art. You’ll learn Cilenia’s master-artist process for transforming any photo into a sketched work of art perfect for a canvas or scrapbook page using wet and dry media brushes, Adobe’s filters, blend modes and layer effects. This lesson includes Cilenia’s 64 high-quality digital brushes.

Module 4: Watch Jana Morton demonstrate Creative Negative Spaces by adding photo windows with complimentary doors to a digital layout. Jana also offers her tips for dimensional effects using Burn and Dodge tools as well as blending techniques. This lesson is sponsored by Anna Aspnes Designs and your enrollment includes an ArtPlay Palette mini-kit download.

Module 5: Have you wanted to build your own grungy papers but not sure where to begin? Tiffany Tillman’s Paper Machine will show you how! Build custom, organic (non-patterned) papers following Tiffany’s methods using overlays, grungy effects, and eclectic color schemes. This lesson includes a kit pack of original brushes, overlays and textures.

Module 6: Pocket Scrapbooking in Lightroom by Wendy Zine harnesses the extensive features in Lightroom to create quick pocket-style digital scrapbook pages and collages. (Lightroom and Photoshop or Elements required.)