Things We Couldn't Include in the Books
WebExtras For Dummies Companion Files
Easy tips for first time photo editors
How to organize your photos
Creating Albums in the Photo Editor
Dynamically update albums with Saved Searches
How to find and load Actions
Save your photos for Web viewing
Using the Smart Brush tool
Create an Out of Bounds Effect
Create a Photo Calendar
Create Custom Calendars
Creating a High Key photo
Adjust photos with uneven foreground & background lighting
Color correcting skin tones
Working with negatives and slides
Create 3D spheres
Create Sepia Tones
Scanning with TWAIN plug-ins
Create custom pages sizes
Working with the Camera Raw converter
If you're new to photo editing look over this web page where we walk you through loading photos in the Organizer, editing a photo for brightness and contrast, and upload the photo to Facebook (or any other social media site).
Many people are accumulating several thousand or more photos. To help keep your photos organizer you need a photo management system. We talk about getting started in organizing photos on your hard drive and adding the photos to the Organizer.
When editing photos you may want to access the same photos again in another editing session. You can easily create an album from the Photo Bin as we explain here.
You can search many items such as tags, file names, people, etc. As you add more photos to the Media Browser, you can let Elements automatically update your albums as you tag photos with the same tags as you have in your albums.
There are many free downloadable Actions on the Web. Actions created in Photoshop can often be used with Elements. This WebExtra explains how to find Actions and load them for use in the Photo Editor
You can easily determine the maximum file size you want to use when using the File > Save For Web command.
This tool helps considerably when you want to adjust brightness and contrast in your photos.
This marvelous Guided Edit is easy to use to create some nice effects.
A step-by-step view at creating photo calendars
Elements is limited with templates you use to create calendars. This tutorial explains how to create your own custom calendars and several templates are offered on my web site for 2015.
If you want to change a background or copy a person and paste into another photo, selecting hair can be a challenge. This WebExtra explains how to pick up those fine strands of hair.
Elements has a Guided Edit to help you create a high key photo, however it's limited. You can take mediocre photos and turn them into high key photos then add a sepia tint to greatly improve the photo as explained in this WebExtra.
A common problem in photography is capturing images with harsh background lighting where the foreground objects appear much darker and in great need of brightness and contrast adjustments. Quite often a simple adjustment with the Shadow/Highlight adjustment doesn't take care of the problem. This WebExtra walks you through steps to overcome such problems.
You can have photos of landscapes, beach scenes, horizons, etc. that can be slightly off color and not very noticeable. However skin tones off even the slightest color are very noticeable. This WebExtra walks you through steps to correct color for skin tones.
You may have old photos taken with an analog camera and want to turn your negatives and slides into digital files.
Unfortunately, Elements 12 doesn't support 3D tools like you find in Photoshop. This WebExtra walks you through steps to create a 3D sphere without the need for 3D editing tools.
There are several ways to create sepia tones in Photoshop Elements and some methods are much better than using an Action or applying a photographic effect. This WebExtra shows you four different methods for creating sepia tones.
Macintosh users don't have a File > Get Photos and Videos > From Scanner command however there is a way you can scan photos directly into the Elements Photo Editor by copying a TWAIN plug-in for your scanner to the Plug-ins folder.
If you want to create a blank new file in Elements and you want to create a page size like 10x7 inches and do it frequently, you can add new pages to the Size drop-down menu in the New dialog box.
A detail on using Camera Raw adjustments