Taking Your Photos To The Next Level : Photoshop Elements 11

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Box

Unless you are a new visitor, or you have been living under a rock, you know that this blog is super heavy and bursting with beautiful photography. While this is not a brag, I can tell you that my photographs have led me to paying jobs. And though I am not professional yet, I do have my favorites for my craft and they are my Nikon D90 and my Adobe products. I have Lightroom 2 (need to upgrade!) and most recently was delighted to review the newest Photoshop Elements 11.

There are a few photographers in life that can shoot a photo and not have to touch it at all in post. I don’t own a professional grade (also known as 3k or more) camera so I  have to boost levels sometimes. I have been using Nikon for 5 years and have been in love with the richness of my colors. I have used a Canon before and for my needs the colors are not the same as my Nikon, thus my preference. But something happened when my obsession with pretty food began.

I live in Michigan and in the winter the available sunlight is miserable. Still I invested in a great prime lens that sucks as much of that light as possible. I have to edit when the photos are too dark or just not bright. I don’t like to spend hours editing so I try to get it right when I click the shutter. I use Lightroom to pull the RAW files from the camera and apply minor edits then I export the pics to Photoshop Elements 11.


Version 11 has a really nice user friendly organizer for the photos, the look is super clean, especially compared to my previous version which was 8.

When it comes to editing with the new Elements 11, newbies are in luck because they have three edit modes for the beginner, intermediate and advanced users!

If you just want to quick edit the photo to re-size it and get it ready for the blog, you can do that in the quick editor


If you want to go further but need some guidance, the guided tab is for you.


You can do more edits but this toolbar has most edit functions for you to push a button and apply, like fixing exposure, cleaning red eyes, adding sepia. It has other effects that are kind of fun to play with :) I used it here to fix the colors in this pic of my son!


And for me and others who know their way around, there is the last tab, which has a more familiar set of tools, the expert tab. I generally fix exposure and contrast and boost the color if needed, or I use some actions that do the work for me. My favorites are free from CoffeeShop Actions.

I am sure most of you have some nice holiday meal photos on your camera, and just a couple minutes with this program, they will pop!

I find that Elements fits the needs of my photography and I do a lot with both food and people, soon to be officially for a living, and really think that the program is a good alternative to the full CS6 version. My favorite feature lately is that the text tool has a feature that lets you put the text along any shape, so I can trace an area of my food and insert my watermark so it isn’t front and center. That comes in handy when I need to share my portfolio with clients!

Buy It: Photoshop Elements 11 retails for $99 and you can buy it right on the Adobe site or Amazon!


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  1. Eileen says

    This would be an incredible gift for me, as I never know any ideas to give for holiday or other gifts. I do my best with my a digital SLR I FINALLY got last fall…a Nikon as well. I am still learning lets just say. Also, living in Wisconsin it is the same. Lighting is horrible and you can see our family photo counts dip low in those 5 or so months. It’s pretty sad really, all we get are a few Birthday or Christmas shots in winter months. It’s like we all hibernate. I have so much to learn but know I am not doing so well with “raw” photos either

  2. says

    I recently got LightRoom 4 and it is AMAZING! I can’t believe how transformative it is. I bought it along with Scott Kelby’s book because I had no idea what to do with it (no real experience with post processing before) and I was thinking of getting this too. Do you think both can be used together well? Would this be worthwhile for me?
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