Well, if you’ve followed this blog for longer than 5 minutes, you know that I’ve been affiliated for a while now with a wonderful professional and a great photog-bud Erin, over at Texas Chicks Blogs & Pics. I think we first “cyber-met” when she either purchased or won some of my products online a few years ago, and started using them in her tutorial blog posts. Since then, she’s grown to be one of the online leaders when it comes to teaching Photoshop Elements, and she has helped thousands of readers develop their editing skills.
I like people like that. Those types of folks are my typical cup of tea.
I think many of you actually know me through Erin, but if you don’t, and for all those Elements users out there, I wanted to make sure you were aware of what an awesome resource she is. I also get a lot of emails from friends who are just wanting to learn basic ways to improve pictures they take of their kids, like the example below, and I always refer them to Erin.
If you’re just getting into Photoshop, Elements is a great tool to start out with. It’s what I started out with because a.) you can pick it up for about $80 (vs. it’s pricier cousin, Photoshop CS, which is going to run you upwards of $500) b.) it’s user-friendly and c.) you can accomplish most of your basic editing needs with it. If, after a year (or 6 months or 2 weeks, whatever your time frame is) you begin to find it limiting, you can upgrade to CS (like I did) and typically Adobe will give you a little discount. Clear that with them, first though.
So, if you’re a hobbyist, shutter-bug mom, or general photo enthusiast, Photoshop Elements is your friend. And so is Erin, because she will provide you with some awesome tutorials and will teach you how to uncover all sorts of tricks Elements can do. If you stop by, tell her I said hello. We like to be friendly like that.
Until next time, PB