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Lesa's Books & Videos

The Skinny on Photoshop Elements 12

You’ll learn the essential differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and how to use Elements’ three editing modes: Guided, Quick, and Expert.

The Skinny on Photoshop Lightroom 5

You’ll learn all the essential techniques to get the most value from Lightroom, quickly. Part 1 provides an overview of what Lightroom is and isn’t, and how it compares to Photoshop. Then we dive into the structure of the program, so you’ll know how to set up your Lightroom world, and where to find its various parts.

In Part 2, you’ll learn how to edit your photos like a pro, including enhancing specific areas and applying creative effects.

The Skinny on Photoshop Tips

The Skinny Books are short, yet comprehensive books that are finely focused on a single subject. The Skinny on Photoshop Tips is a collection of more than 150 incredibly practical and useful tips that cover multiple versions of Photoshop.

Review of Photoshop CC, Bridge CC, and Camera Raw 8 + FREE classes

Last night Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive posted my review of Adobe's new Creative Cloud apps: Photoshop CC, Bridge CC, and Camera Raw 8. Click here to read the comprehensive and informative review on the Macworld website.

In related news, be sure to watch the video farther down in this post to learn all about the classes I'm teaching June 24, 25, and 26 for creativeLIVE.com. Below is a brief description of each one. I hope to see y'all virtually there!

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual

Photoshop CC is truly amazing, but it can also be overwhelming if you're just getting started. This book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining things in a friendly, conversational style—without technical jargon. After a thorough introduction to the program, you'll delve deep into Photoshop's secrets with expert tips and practical editing advice you can use every day.

FREE online Photoshop Week: Feb. 25-March 2

Want proof that 2013 is a lucky year? For the first time ever, thirteen of the planet's best Photoshop instructors are all converging in the creativeLIVE studios from Feb. 25-March 2 for Photoshop Week... and it's all 100% FREE! You can watch in your pajamas or Star Trek best from your home or office via any web browser. We'll be broadcasting two channels for six straight days, featuring over 40 workshops. You can enroll and see the full schedule at this link: http://lesa.in/Ug71NP

FREE 3-day online class: Graphic Design for Everyone, Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Take control of your own visuals by enrolling in this free, online graphic design course from January 30 - February 1 offered by creativeLIVE.com! Click here to enroll: http://www.creativelive.com/courses/graphic-design-everyone-lesa-snider

FREE Photoshop & Photo Gift workshops: Nov. 19, 20, 21

I'm thrilled to be headed back to the creativeLIVE studios in Seattle for three FREE online workshops on Nov. 19, 20, 21. As always, these classes are 100% free while they're live, though they are available as videos after the class for a ridiculously affordable price. You can also ask questions via the Internet, while the class is live.

Maui Flowers Calendar

You can have your very own Maui calendar by ordering it from PhotoLesa.com. This 12-month calendar is big, 13 x 10.4 inches, and is printed on very high quality stock. It's simply gorgeous!

Free standard shipping to anywhere in the continental US. For international orders, please include your address and the total price will be calculated and emailed to you.

How To Retouch Images Like A Pro

It's time for another free, one-hour video on image editing! In this video, you can get the scoop on retouching people pictures by learning how to zap blemishes, shines, shadows and whole objects (or people!) non-destructively. You'll learn how to reduce wrinkles, whiten teeth, and create show-stopping eyes. This free video is ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to retouch images safely and realistically, in the most efficient way possible as well as for experienced Photoshop users who'd like to learn the latest and greatest techniques.

How to Make Creative Backgrounds Using Photoshop CS6's New Blur Filters

Here's a little video I did for PlanetPhotoshop.com and it shows you how to use Photoshop CS6's new blur filters to create a fun background. You won't believe the original photos used to make these backgrounds! Click here to transport to PlanetPhotoshop: http://lesa.in/QNVjnQ

Once you're there, just push the play button in the center of the video frame. I hope you enjoy the video!

How to Combine Images in Photoshop - FREE 1 hour video

One of the most rewarding projects you can tackle in Photoshop--or Elements for that matter--is combining images. Whether you're swapping backgrounds, spicing up a boring background, or creating a complex collage, this is where things start getting fun. In this free, hands-on webcast, you'll learn several non-destructive techniques for combining images, such as:

How to use gradient masks
How to create hand-painted masks
How to create solid color fades
How to use Layer blend modes
How to use the Refine Edge dialog box to remove backgrounds

FREE Photoshop Deep Dive webinars Sept. 17-19

In September I'll be headed back to creativeLIVE studios in Seattle for three free webinars called Photoshop Deep Dives.

On the first day, you'll learn how to select difficult, irregular areas, as well as select by shape and color using various tools. You'll also learn how to perform quick selections or carefully produce refined edges. You'll also learn all about painting selections onto an image by hand using Quick Mask Mode. Regardless of what you need to select, I can show you how!

FREE: Photoshop CS6 & Camera Raw 7 New Features Video

Get up to speed on the new version of Photoshop CS6 and Camera Raw! In this entertaining yet informative webcast presented by Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual , you'll learn how to use: CS6's new Content-Aware tools to scoot objects around in your images How to use CS6's new set blur Adaptive Wide Angle filter Oil Paint filters Learn how to use layer filtering Create dashed and dotted lines Edit video and more!

Editing video in Photoshop CS6

Join me this week for a FREE, live online workshop on Photoshop CS6 and learn how to make this video (images and audio courtesy of iStockphoto). The class runs from May 22-24 and we'll be diving into all the new features in the latest release (and in honor of the Avengers movie, there will be superheroes!). And if you're interested in learning about Camera Raw, join me for a full day of FREE training on May 25.

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual

Photoshop CS6 is truly amazing, but it can also be overwhelming if you’re just getting started. This book makes learning Photoshop a breeze by explaining things in a friendly, conversational style—without technical jargon. After a thorough introduction to the program, you’ll delve deep into Photoshop’s secrets with expert tips and practical advice you can use every day.

Photoshop Editing Habits to Break, Part 2

Lesa shows you even more frequent editing habits worth breaking in order to work more efficiently in Photoshop, using updated techniques... including empty Adjustment layers!

Photoshop Editing Habits to Break, Part 1

Lesa shows you two frequent editing habits worth breaking in order to work more efficiently in Photoshop.

How to Fix Animal Eyes

Lesa shows you how to use Photoshop to fix animal white, green, or golden eyes by rebuilding the pupils. Thankfully, it's easier than it sounds! This technique also works in Photoshop Elements.

Pushing photos through text and other shapes

Author and speaker, Lesa Snider (aka PhotoLesa), shows you how to easily use Photoshop to push photos through text and shapes. This technique works in Photoshop Elements, too.