As well as trying to learn all about and get some experience using my new SLR, I purchased Photoshop Elements 8, a simplified version of Photoshop. I have had it available to me for a couple of months and have a thick book entitled "The Manual That Should Have Come With Photoshop Elements 8'. With time always seeming to be a factor, I usually turn to my old friend, Picasa, for any editing I wanted to do.....until now.
I am now taking a course entitled 'Digital Magic' with Marie Otera from Lost Aussie on the Loose on how to make 'magic' with your photographs. Of course you must use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements 8 to follow her internet course.
So I am in the throws of immersion into layers, masks, blending, brushes, etc. etc. Marie is an excellent teacher and I watch each tutorial a couple of times before I try the techniques on my own. Using this picture of mine below - I applied several actions, as per her instructions, to produce a more vintage look with the photograph.
It is my first attempt at using some of the amazing tools offered in Photoshop. It is far from perfect and I wince thinking of you amazing photo editors out there seeing this. A rather clumsy first attempt and yet I am proud of this little piece of work. See what you think: