Since breaking both bones in my arm, near the wrist, five weeks ago, I have not gone in my studio to paint. Creative energies have instead been directed toward experimenting with my slowly expanding knowledge of Photoshop Elements 8. While creativity is required for editing and altering photo images, the actual learning required to use PSE 8 is more of a bang your head on your desk activity ... for me anyway. However, like most learning, it proceeds exponentially, one skill building on another until ... VOILA - you feel a bit of competence building.
Often however, when I get too 'cocky' suddenly a tool refuses to do what it has previously done. I, of course, know that it is me and not the tool that is misfiring. There is always some step I have neglected, done backwards, or out of order. I have finally learned to pay attention to the cues on the screen. The information is usually there and if I curb my impatience, slow down, sit back and absorb the whole screen in front of me I usually discover what I was missing in the little area in which I was working.
For those of you who use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, I would like to know what tool or function you most enjoy using, and what tool/function gives you the most trouble? If you have any tips you would like to share, I know all the neophyte photoshoppers would be grateful to hear them - well, this one would! If you are not into photo-editing then I hope you will just enjoy the little examples of some PSE 8 experiments below.
(P.S. Thank you for your e-mails inquiring about how my arm is healing. It is doing great and in one week I get the protruding metal pins out. Hurrah! Has anyone had metal pins pulled out of bones? How was it? The surgical nurse told me it doesn't hurt, but I have my doubts about that. Well, it cannot be worse than the break and the surgery to put them in!)