March 31, 2014

Create Better Car Trail Photos with Photoshop Elements

I recently read a new book from colleagues Gabriel Biderman and Tim Cooper called Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Peachpit Press, 2014). Along with fantastic advice about equipment, exposure and creative techniques for after the sun goes down, the book includes a last chapter with tips on processing your nocturnal images. There I read an easy way to improve the impact of car trail photos. While the directions use Lightroom and Photoshop, I discovered that with a minor change, I could create the same effect using Photoshop Elements. So for all my budget-minded friends, here's how to create the same effect using Elements 9 or newer.

Stacked images of car trails
Las Vegas, Nevada


March 25, 2014

Update: Repairing Pet Eye with Photoshop Elements 12

When Adobe released Photoshop Elements 12, they finally included a long-missing feature: the ability to automatically fix "pet eye"! This changes the Red-Eye Removal Tool from looking for red pixels to looking for the green, blue, or yellow discoloration found when our camera's flash reflects off our pet's eyes.

Before and after using the Pet Eye option of the Red Eye Removal Tool