PSE Tutorials for Beginners

Anyone that has ever used one of my tutorials knows that they are very repetitive and they become slightly more difficult as the practice progresses. I am by no means an expert at PhotoShop Elements. If I were, I would be using CS3 rather than PSE. Yet, I know that it is difficult to grasp this digital scrappin stuff without taking classes or reading many different books most of which only cover photo editing.
How did I get into computer programs? To make a long story short, I was a Histologist in the Pathology Lab for many years. Then one morning about 2:00am I found that I had a cocky little intern pinned to the cafeteria ice machine by his throat. If you are in the medical field, you know exactly what I was feeling. One of my best friends was a Med-Tech who was now a patient up in ICU dying from unknown causes. We had worked at the county hospital together and then at the Catholic hospital together. She was one of the strong spiritual influences in my life. She had come in to the ER on a Wednesday night with an ear ache. By Friday morning, she was gone. It was Good Friday. But, that was 13 years ago. That arrogant, cologne soaked intern probably ended up working as a plastic surgeon. After she died, I didn't have fun at work anymore. You can only have so much death and dying without turning hard. About a year and a half later; I packed it in.
It's hard to get a job when you are trained in only one field of knowledge. However, as luck would have it, I landed one of those jobs where they toss you a simple bracket and say, "Here, draw this". I was at the point where I was asking God to "draw this". Needless to say, they were quite impressed! They hired me on the spot.
So, I taught myself AutoCad and started drawing electrical panels. I say that I did it by myself, but heaven knows the truth. Anyway, I loved that job; but the work was not steady. I went on to work as a Systems Information Specialist for a huge corporation that supplied parts to the Auto industry. Now that I am retired, I draw silly little stuff which everyone likes . . . if it is free.I had to teach people in the hospital and I had to teach people in the plant. I learned a long time ago that a happy worker shares what they know. It is always better when two or three people understand something rather than just one. Anyway, if my tutorials are helpful to you . . . that's great. They are things that I had to learn the hard way and I am sure there are alternative ways that you will stumble upon by yourself. But, you have to start somewhere.
Hope you stop by often to see, whadup.

by Suzy

Friday, May 9, 2008

Photo Cluster Tutorial

Keeping on track with this freebie tutorial outpost, I made this little photo cluster which you can download for free. The tutorial is listed as a separate download, so make your that you take both of them. My poor husband had to sit at my computer this morning and bug proof my tutorial. If he can do it, anyone can do it.

May I offer a suggestion . . . it is preferable to download the tutorial first and print a copy for your reference. I like to check off the steps as I go along.
Please send me a link when you create something wonderful . . .

Download the Photo Cluster Tutorial here:

Download the Photo Cluster PSE practice files here:


cjpeterson38 said...

Thanks so much.

icu109 said...

You wouldn't have a dad nicknamed Chip would you? mom Christine (rest in peace), 4 girls, was married to Clyde and lived on Oahu? I'm Kathy. Just wondering since I had last name Hilborn here in Port Huron, Michigan when I was hitched to Chipper for a few years back late 80s early 90s. if you are that Suzy, HI! write me if you are she
and btw Lovely renderings! I have a deviant art ID of icu109 and my full gallery of composites is hosted at you're welcome to chk out my"art" no matter who you be! love yours!