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Creative Photo Editing: The Holga Effect

In this next edition of our creative editing series, we’re going to conquer a much more extreme, and much more challenging effect: the Holga. The Holga is a vintage camera, created in Hong Kong in 1982, which produces unique and surreal style images with heavy vignette, blur, grain, and light leaks. All these so-called “defects” combine to create a truly interesting and sometimes bizarre final product, and while you may not desire this look in your everyday photos, the Holga effect is fun to use for more “artsy” applications like large prints/murals, canvas wraps, or homemade greeting cards....

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Creative Photo Editing: Vintage Black & White

Images of a bygone era will always hold an appeal for us. Their romantic simplicity is intriguing and, lucky for us, recreating that vintage look is easy with our modern editing programs. Re-making your photos in old-timey monochrome is a wonderful way to add interest while paying homage to the past. This technique works well with almost any subject matter; from portraits to architecture, the vintage black and white is a classic choice! I’ll show you just a handful of easy steps in Photoshop Elements to give your images this unique makeover. I chose to use one of my favorite photos from a...

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Creative Photo Editing: The Lomo Effect

There comes a time in every photographer’s life when all the so-called “rules” and technical nitty-gritty start to wear you down. It’s only so enjoyable to prepare, compose, shoot, and fine-tune a traditional image. So, with our next set of Photoshop tutorials, we’re going to step outside the box a bit and have a little fun. We’ll be exploring several creative editing techniques to give your photos some personality and mastering these trendy edits will lend some flair to your repertoire! We’ll start this set off with one of the more dramatic alternative photo processes, the Lomo (short for...

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Not all Photoshop edits are created equal

While working in Adobe Photoshop, you can manipulate your document in a variety of ways. Certain tools allow you to select pixels based on color (magic wand tool) or edge similarity (quick selection tool). You can adjust pixels with color, gradients, patterns and textures. For more broad-reaching changes to an image, you can also use adjustments, which correct an image imperfection such as brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, color balance and more. Adjustments can be made in destructive or non-destructive ways. A destructive edit in Photoshop alters the pixels of the document permanently....

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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Marquee

Alas, our journey through the selection tools is coming to an end. Over the past several weeks, we’ve explored the Magic Wand, the Selection Brush, the Lasso, and Quick Selection, and our last stop lands us at the Marquee. But first, a little refresher as to why these tools are so crucial in photo editing: If you need to cut out an object or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common editing actions, so it’s important to know which individual tool is best for your needs. Whether you want to change the color of someone’s shirt,...

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Tips for budgeting in QuickBooks

For any small-business owner using QuickBooks for small business accounting, there are an overwhelming amount of options within the program that might pertain to your business. The hard part is finding the features that make sense for you and maximizing your time while working on them. One feature that all small-business owners eventually need is budgeting. With some basic budgeting tools, a business owner can forecast certain trends over a period of time, make wiser decisions on upcoming major purchases, and track cash flow. QuickBooks makes all of these very easy by following a few simple...

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