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How to create your own Valentine cards using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live near a Trader Joe’s, affordable greeting cards are hard to come by. If you no longer enjoy paying $6 or more for a greeting card, you can use your Mac to create a unique and personalized card that your loved ones will cherish. In this column, you’ll learn to create a simple yet classy Valentine cards using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (nearly any version of these apps will work). To keep it budget-friendly, we’ll use standard size paper and then fold it.

Essential tips for creating your own ebooks

Creating and publishing your own ebook is easier than ever before. There are several apps you can use to create your masterpiece—two of which are free—and (happily) there are fewer snafus to watch out for. That said, there are still some details that can trip you up. In this column, you’ll learn essential and real world tips for creating ebooks using today’s most popular apps... click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

How to create an animated GIF in Photoshop

Petstumes animated GIF layers

Creating an animation isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and the technique comes in handy when you’re making web ads, where space is at a premium. In this column, you’ll learn to use Photoshop to make an animated GIF that cycles through several images—including ones with text—to create a slideshow that plays automatically on the web. Click here to read the full story on Macworld.com.

13 things Photoshop doesn’t want you to know about Lightroom

I’m presenting a 2-hour online class: “13 things Photoshop doesn’t want you to know about Lightroom” on Thursday January 21 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST. The $19.99 price includes an archived recording of the class. Join me to learn how much easier it is to edit photos in Lightroom than in Photoshop! Get more info and register here.

Digitizing a life: Tips for tackling a giant scanning project

Photos are among our most prized possessions, so when you realize your entire family photographic history exists in one vulnerable—and in my case, tornado-riddled—place, spread across dozens of envelopes and stacks of albums, you’ve got to put your scanning boots on. (Besides, how else can you use those pictures in projects you make on your Mac?) You can mail your beloved mementos to a scanning service, but the fulfillment you get from doing it yourself and reliving all those memories is huge.

Adobe.com features my “Get Started with Photoshop for Photography” videos!

Get Started with Photoshop for Photography video series

I’m excited to announce that Adobe asked me to update the most popular tutorials on their website! “Get Started with Photoshop for Photography” is a series of five very short free tutorials that teach new users the most important basics of editing a photo in Photoshop. Each one is less than five minutes long, and they even include a sample file to practice with! Check them out here.

How to share slideshows created in Photos for Mac

When it comes to showing off your pictures and movies, nothing beats a great slideshow, and the ones you can craft in Photos for Mac are gorgeous. You can also export a saved slideshow project as a movie in order to share it with others. However, the way you share exported slideshow movies depends on the capability of your recipient. Do they have a computer? Do they have an Apple TV? Do they have a DVD or Blu-ray video player? Will you be there in person with an iOS device? In this column, you’ll learn strategies for each of these situations. Click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

How to check your photo’s colors before ordering printed projects online

’Tis the season to print your photography, whether it’s a picture you’ll frame, a greeting card, or a calendar, book or other photo-related project you’ll order online. Since it’s challenging (if not impossible) to print some of this stuff at home, it’s best to leave the printing to pros such as Apple (using iPhoto or the Photos app), services such as mpix.com, your local camera store, or even Costco.

22 more Photoshop tips at XChange

XChange posted another 22 of my favorite Photoshop tips, along with helpful illustrations. These are just some of the real-world tips and techniques from my Photoshop video trainings and Photoshop books. Enjoy the tips here. For the past 23 years XChange US and XChange UK have been our go-to sources for information and products that improve efficiency. Whether you work with color, design, multimedia, or print and publishing, they're happy to help you find the ideal product or solution for your particular need.