Photoshop and Lounge Pants

I’m sitting in my lounge pants, drinking the world’s best coffee, in my very quiet house (all kids are somehow briefly gone), desperately trying to figure out how to use my new Christmas present (photoshop cs4). It’s kinda complicated—with a very steep learning curve. Any suggestions?



So far, with Cindy’s help, I can make a simple collage, resize it, posterize it, and fiddle with the saturation and exposure. I was able to add text an hour ago and can’t seem to make that work at the present moment. Maybe by next Christmas I’ll have the hang of it. Hope you get to spend lots of time in your lounge pants today! Stevie was kinda disappointed that he didn’t get a new pair so I may have to venture out later. We decided we either need a new exercise and diet regimen or some new lounge pants. I vote for lounge pants.

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  1. Oooooo…I am so impressed…look at you posterize and sepia and collage….text is in your tool palette. Looks fantastic!

  2. How fun!

    Text: There is a "T" for the text tool. Click that and type away within the box you make on the photo.

    Just keep in mind…it's all about the layers! Play with what menu windows you have open.


  3. Happy lounging!! Have you checked out Pioneer Woman's photoshop tutorials? I know very, very little, but what I do know, I learned from her.

  4. I have Photoshop CS3 and I have learned a lot by watching tutorial videos on youtube.

    I also have a book by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas that is fantastic.

    I still have a TON to learn, but once I mastered layers and masks I felt like I finally had the upper hand on the software.

    Happy Photoshopping!

  5. I all for the lounge pants! Great choice!! I use StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 … so intuitive, easy, and fun to play with photos!! Blessings!

  6. ROFL I was going to say, I'm in lounge pants because I'm AFRAID to put my jeans on!!!! Congrats on the new photoshop! I'm still trying to learn my new camera which I read last night that what I have been doing (the past 2 weeks) is probably ruining the lense!!! LOVELY, lol!

  7. great gift! i have photo shop elements 7.0 and am still trying to figure it out! i LOVE She offers online classes. I had the chance to do a FREE photo shop online tutorial last year and it was very helpful. Also
    she is a photographer and you can buy some of her photoshop actions to load into your photoshop to edit pictures with! merry christmas and happy learning!!

  8. When I first got CS4, I signed up with and took as many classes as I could for one month and then canceled before the month was over. And now I just play everyday and learn something new. 😀

  9. Still in my lounge pants but you wouldn't believe how much I have accomplished while wearing them!

    Don't have photoshop, but would love to! Can't wait to see what you learn!

  10. Great comment about the lounge pants. I am covered up in my new pink Snuggie! It was the hit with lots of our family this year.

    You are doing great with your new "toy". I am trying to learn to use a new Canon G11. I think I need Camera 101!

    Have a great new year and I love your blog.



  12. What a great Christmas gift! I've always been afraid of Photoshop. I don't have one, so I don't know a thing about it to help you out. I do know PW has all those tutorials on her photo page and I would definitely use that! Happy learning!

  13. I'd suggest getting the Scott Kelby CS4 book (I'm sure he's got one for that although I have the cs3 one). Also get a basic photoshop book as I've found they assume you know a lot of the basics. CS4 is *very* advanced and a lot of the "auto"'s fix things quite well as long as exposure & light balance aren't off too much. I love fixing in bridge! Also remember to duplicate your photos when you work on anything so as not to indefinitely change the original!
    Welcome to a new addiction! (hint…try to get it right in camera so as not to have to do too much in photoshop!)

  14. I have PS Elements 6 and I don't know how to use it. I just started blogging a few months ago and a lot of people told me they use Picasa to edit their photos. I bought some actions and use those most of the time. I bought a class online to learn PS but still haven't taken the time.

    I vote for the lounge pants too:)

  15. I have Elements 7, and I love my how-to book by Philip Andrews. He might have something for the full blown version, too.

    PS – Thanks for the info on classical education, and I love your kitchen!

  16. LOL. I'm hoping to lose 15 pounds by mid February, but new lounge pants sounds so much better. 😉

    Love your family photos. have fun playing with photoshop.


  17. A few others have mentioned it as well, but the Photoshop tutorials on Pioneer Woman are really great.

    She has some free actions you can download, and you just click the button and it makes your photo sepia, black and white, desaturated, 'boosted', or whatever else you choose.

  18. Edie…I cheat and use actions created by the pioneer woman and then I play with the layers. PW also has some tutorials on her blog like how to create storyboards, how to colorize a sepia photo, etc. Merry Chrismas!

  19. looks great! I love fiddling around with stuff like that. Picasa (with google) lets you do stuff like that too!

  20. I'm with you about the lounge pants. However, I have to slow down on my eating…Christmas has definately taken a toll.

    May I ask what the coffee is you are drinking? Just pure curiosity. I love coffee and would love to know what your favorite is. I am drinking caramel apple pie, purchased at the Apple Barn in Gatlinburg, right now and it is oh so yummy.

    Have a blessed New Year. BTW, your family and you are just beautiful.

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