The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.


25% off Lesa's video courses on creativeLIVE.com

Thanks to everyone who tuned into my creativeLIVE.com courses last week; we had such a great time diving deep into Photoshop's content-aware and cloning tools, as well as learning how powerful and fun using Photoshop Elements 12 can be.

FREE Photoshop & Elements Classes Oct. 14-17

I hope you'll join me for the following FREE full-day webinars next week on creativeLIVE.com! These workshops are free while they're live though they're available for a very small fee afterward (you get to pick whether you want to download or stream the videos). Here's the scoop:

FREE 1-hr webcast: Practical Creative Effects in Photoshop

Collage with dark edge vignette

In this free, one-hour webinar you'll get the scoop on turning your photos into unique and sellable pieces of art in this super creative yet practical session using Photoshop CC (though most techniques work in previous versions, too). You'll learn how to apply creative color to your images to produce black-and-whites, partial color effects, and color overlays. You'll also learn how to achieve a gorgeous shallow depth-of-field and tilt-shift effect after you've taken the shot.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review

Elements' new guided puzzle edit

Today Adobe released a new version of its consumer-level image organizer and editor and, honestly, it's a great alternative to Photoshop CC (especially if you're a photographer or scrapbooker). You can read all about the slick new features in my Macworld Magazine review. Here's an excerpt:

Get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month

This week Adobe announced a $10/month limited-time subscription offer for owners of Photoshop CS3-CS6, if you sign up by Dec. 31, 2013. This is what you get:
• Photoshop CC
• Lightroom 5
• 20 GB of online storage
• Behance ProSite (ability to build custom portfolio site with their online editor, includes hosting)
• Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

Photoshop Deep Dive: Filters

In this deep dive, I take you deep into the wide world of filters to create a multitude of special yet practical effects. We go well beyond blurring and sharpening, as you'll learn handy uses for nearly every single filter in the menu. You'll also learn how to use filters non-destructively, how to access filter blending options, and more! Here's what people are saying about the course:

Photoshop Deep Dive: What's New in Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) is the version after CS6. In this one-day creativeLIVE course, taught by author and Photoshop expert Lesa Snider, you'll learn how to use every feature that's new to Photoshop CC, and exactly how CS6 features have been improved in CC. You'll also learn exactly which Creative Cloud package to purchase in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Photoshop for Beginners

Take control of the most powerful creative tool ever — Adobe Photoshop. During this course, I cover all the essentials you need to start editing photos like a pro. As you explore fundamental Photoshop and image editing skills, you’ll work with layers, adjust color, isolate using selection tools, change resolution, and more. You’ll learn essential tricks and tools that will take your Photoshop skills to the next level, including resizing images without losing resolution, editing non-destructively with layers and smart filters, creating touch selections around hair or fur, and more.

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual + new creativeLIVE courses

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual cover

For the last several months I've been hard at work updating our best-selling Photoshop book, Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual. I'm pleased to say it's the best book we've done yet and it includes a slew of new techniques as well as a new chapter on creating 3D text and objects. A labor of pure love, this beauty hits the book shelves early June in time for Adobe's software release. To pre-order your copy from Amazon, follow this link.

Holiday Photo Gifts

Get your photos off your computer and into gorgeous gift projects! In this online video course, you'll learn how to make amazing photo gifts for your family, friends, and clients. I'll show you how to create beautiful gifts of all types: calendars, stamps, pillows, magnets, puzzles, playing cards, and many more that you can give to those you care about. As photographers we create beautiful photos, and the memories those photos bring back can make wonderful gifts.