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I don’t know about you, but I prefer my photos with natural light. Sometimes my kids are in the perfect position for a photo and I don’t have time to play with the settings to get the right shutter speed and aperture…and frankly, I am not a photographer and don’t know what the right settings should be…so I stick my camera on portrait mode and often end up with a yellowish cast from the lights in my house. I don’t worry about it anymore, not since I learned this great and really easy fix for that and other funny lighting situations!

I snapped this closeup of my baby the other day, and I loved the look on his face, but look how awful the lighting is….

Let’s let PSE work some magic! (In this I’m using PSE10, but I know these settings are there at least as far back as PSE6.) Let’s go to Enhance –>Adjust Color–>Adjust Color for Skin Tone
These dialog boxes can be confusing, but in this one all you do is click on some skin in the photo. I’ve already clicked on my son’s face (the skin I most wanted to look right) and you can already see it looking better!
Really, it was probably good enough, but I am going to slide the tan bar a little to the right to bring down the blue tone in the photo just a little bit. My son has a slightly darker complexion, and this will help. Depending on the skin tone of your subject, you may need to slide it another direction – or if you have rosy cheeks or that red tone in a newborns skin, you may want to slide the Blush bar to make sure those look right! When the photo is looking good, click OK.
That’s it. You’re done! Look at the difference! You can see the natural sun behind him, his skin isn’t looking so yellow and the whole look of the photo is much nicer! It actually took me much longer to write this tutorial then it did for me to fix this photo!

If you use PS and not PSE, check out the tutorial Steph did on adjusting levels to get a similar look!

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You have spent hours browsing through the gallery for inspiration! You have purchased your very first kit, and have now opened Photoshop Elements (PSE) to create your very first digital scrapbook page. You are staring at the screen, but now what do you do?

For the next few days, I will be here covering the Ultimate Basics of how to create your very first digital scrapbook page. Once you understand these few simple concepts, I encourage you to take the time to view the other tutorials on theStudio’s blog for more advanced tips and techniques.

Today I will be covering how to create a blank document.  For this demonstration I am using Photoshop Elements 10, but the concept is the same for all PSE versions.

1.  Open your version of Photoshop Elements.

2. In the Menu Bar at the very top of the screen, click on File.  A drop-down menu will open. Click on New.

3. Once you click on New, a fly-out menu will be visible.  Click on Blank File.  This will open a Dialog Box that looks like this:

4. This is where you will name and choose the size of your blank document.  So, go ahead. Give your layout a name, and type it in the “Name” box.

5. Choose your document size.   For today, let’s change “pixels” to “inches.”  Just click on the arrow to the right of “pixels” to see the drop-down menu. Click on “inches.”  Notice that both the Width and Height are changed to inches simultaneously.  Let’s make this document 12 ” x 12.”  Simply highlight the number that is present in the Width Option and change it to 12. Do the same for the Height.

6.  We want a resolution of 300 pixels/inch.  Highlight whatever number might be in the Resolution box, and type in 300.

7. And finally, we want to work on a transparent background. So click on the arrow in the Background Contents box and change the option to Transparent.

Now your dialogue box should look like this:

Click Okay, and a Blank Document will appear on your screen.  This will be the foundation for your scrapbook page.

Tomorrow we will look at how to bring photos and design elements into the program and get them onto your page. See you then!


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