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Projects for Photoshop Elements

If you have spent any amount of time on this web site, you know our preference for Adobe Photoshop Elements (PSE) as a digital photo editing software. On this page we list all projects written specifically for Photoshop Elements as tutorials, and projects that can be easily created using PSE.

In addition to being a top-notch photo editing software, we also recommend Photoshop Elements as a photo organizing software in our Organizing Digital Photos article.

Bookmarks As Unique As You

Racks and racks of bookmarks ranging from funny to inspirational are available in most bookstores. But for a truly unique bookmark, make your own from a treasured digital photo. More »

Christmas Tree Garland

An easy, step-by-step Christmas crafts project for kids and adults

Start a new tradition by making this easy Christmas crafts project with your kids.

As this year's Thanksgiving came to a close, I began reminiscing about Christmas during my childhood. One of those memories took me back to the times when my family made garlands as Christmas tree ornaments. These were simple garlands, made mostly from colored paper circles. Today, access to inexpensive digital photo processing makes it possible to create very unique photo garlands. More »

Collage Composition

Try this as a fun family project—collect your favorite digital photos from your most recent vacation or family gathering and create a photo collage. You can print your composition on 8.5x11" photo paper to put into an album, or have it developed into an over-sized poster. More »

Coloring Pages From Your Digital Photos

Add a little more fun to your kids' coloring pages—create your own from digital photos. Imagine printing out a set of coloring pages from a recent visit to grandma or that memorable family vacation. It is easier than you might think. More »

Create a Photo Recipe Card

People who enjoy cooking also like to share their recipes with others. Create a unique recipe card with your favorite chef's photo and give it as a gift. In this article I will show you the basic tools and steps required for this fun project. More »

Create Custom Postcards

Everyone loves receiving postcards, especially those with you on it. In this article I will show you two easy ways that you can turn a memorable digital photos into custom postcards. More »

Editing Photos with Layers

A beginner's guide to understanding layers in Adobe Photoshop Elements

As one becomes comfortable with digital photography, the next natural step is to edit the photo in order to repair or enhance it. In this article I explain what the layers feature is, familiarize you with its basic operation, and walk you through a few simple examples. More »

Family Photo Alphabet Flash Cards

Alphabet flash card with digital photo: C

Alphabet flash cards are a fun way for preschoolers to learn letters and basic words. Imagine how much more fun they will have learning from flash cards with pictures of family members and familiar items. Got digital photos? Here are the steps to turn them into alphabet flash cards. More »

Filmstrip Frame Collage

Filmstrip collage frame, featuring two unique photos and their black & white duplicates.

A popular collage frame is the filmstrip. With the right tools, composing photos into a filmstrip collage is easier than you might think. In this article I explain in detail how to make a collage of pictures into a filmstrip, like the example to the right. More »

Kids in Space

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a kid's face to a space scene

Astronaut 3 in spacesuit, waving

When I was a kid, one of my dreams was to become an astronaut. There was no Space Camp for kids at that time; my parents encouraged me by guiding my studies towards topics important to space travel.

With digital photography, you have another way to encourage your kids—by putting them into space photos. More »

Making 3D Digital Photos

Would you like to have some unique fun with your digital camera? Take 3D digital photos and wow your friends. I will walk you through the process of making 3D images, also called stereoptic images, with nothing more than your digital camera and your favorite digital photo editing software. More »

Multiple Photos on One Print

Learn how to print multiple photos on a single paper to create small prints or a collage.

Combining multiple photos on a single print is easy to do with most digital photo editing software packages. In this article I provide general steps that you can follow with any software, specific steps for Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 - 2.0, and a free template offer at the end. More »

Photo Cutouts for Scrapbook Layout

A staple of the scrapbooker's toolbox is the cutout. Now you can add unique flavor to the page layout with custom cutouts created from your own digital photo. More »

Putting Words Into Their Mouth

Adding text balloons to digital photos & creating scrapbook cutouts

Putting words into someone's mouth is a deplorable habit, unless, of course, you are scrapbooking. Go ahead, embellish those photos with your witty comments. More »

Selecting Objects with the Magic Wand

Hula dancer cutout

A beginner's guide to selecting objects in photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements

Have you ever wanted to take a person from one digital photo and put them into another? Or wanted to remove the background to create a cutout of a person or other object?

I find that many beginners would love to create photo compositions such as these, but are not sure where to begin. This article was written as a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to select various objects in photos and transfer them to another image. More »

Valentine's Day Photo Card

Step-by-step instructions on how to create your own photo Valentine's Day card

If you are like me, you probably spend way too much time agonizing at the greeting card racks, trying to find the best Valentine's Day card for your sweetheart. This year, put that time toward making something really special—a photo Valentine's Day card. More »

Widescreen Photos

At the movies I enjoy watching previews almost as much as the main feature. Have you noticed one of the filmmaking techniques used to capture our attention? It is the super close-up. These over-sized images incite within us a desire to learn the reason for the hero's agonizing expression. This same technique can bring attention to a scrapbook layout or web page. More »