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It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog so I figured I’d better make an appearance and let you what I’ve been up to.

 

Photoshop Elements 10 is released.

So let’s start at the beginning with the biggest news being the release of Photoshop Elements 10 for PC and Mac. I’m going to be sharing my thoughts in a separate blog post in a few weeks time (I’m downloading the free trial from Adobe as I write this) but my first impressions (having read a load of reviews around the web, and the Adobe documentation that came with the release) is less than favourable.
 
I don’t know what I was expecting from the new release but having seen an extremely strong ‘version 9’  a year ago I had high hopes for it. What, I ask, can follow up on full blown masking and content aware fill? Well as it turns out, not much at all.
 
Some of the new features include the ability to add text to a path which is drawn from the outline of a shape, better integration with Facebook to help speed up the task of tagging friends and family, Object Search which allows the user to highlight a specific item in a photograph and have Elements find all instances of said item throughout the rest of a collection, and more templates and painting effects to spice up dull looking photographs.
 
Some interesting additions perhaps, but ones which will ultimately have little impact on the home enthusiast. I guess the bottom line from me is: if you’re upgrading from 6,7 or 8 then it’s worth doing but for the new features given to us in version 9, rather than what this version brings us. However, if you already own Elements 9 then feel free to skip this release.
 

A New Lease of Life for ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop Elements 6’ Training Series

As many members of the site may know, ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop Elements 6’ has been live and completely free for a few years now. That will continue to be the case moving forward. As from today though, it will also be available for download at the price of £7.99 (approximately $12) in a number of new formats.
 
The course is available in either a downloadable file or DVD and for either the PC or Mac. This version also contains the original high quality 1024x768 videos rather than the 800x600 I use to scale them for the site. As expected it comes with project files and email support.
 

New Tutorials Coming Up

In recent months we’ve been focusing on free sample videos from ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop Elements 9’ which I really hope everyone has enjoyed. Next week I’ll be sitting down to decide on an additional five tutorials that I want to record for Photoshop Elements 9, and if possible – Photoshop Elements 10. If you’ve got any views on what you’d like to see, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
 

My Next Video Series

In addition to new free videos I also want to look at producing a new premium-rate video series. I’ve been really encouraged by the successes of ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop Elements 9’ and whilst I’ll not be making anything of that size (it was 11 hours of content don’t forget) I do want to take some of the popular parts and reproduce them for Element 10.
 
One of the more viable ideas at the moment is to focus on photography, and in particular, two chapters from the Elements 9 videos, namely ‘Basic Photo Edits’ and ‘Making Photos Look Their Best’. These would make up a course along the lines of ‘Photoshop Elements 10: Making Photos Look Their Best – The Essentials’. I’d re-record the two chapters and then add approximately an hour of new content. If it’s successful I’d definitely be up for a ‘Advanced’ course too.
 
At the moment though, I’m really trying hard to listen to what you’re all saying, what suggestions you come up with, and what it is you’d really like to see going forward. I’m watching my page counts to see which videos are popular, and which aren’t.
 
I hope that’s all made sense. Remember, you can tell me what you’re thinking by sending me a quick message using the contact form.
 
Regards
Matt

 

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