I then found Picnik, a wonderful site that has actions for free! I've been using it pretty exclusively for a while now and I do like it. However I just couldn't justify my spending the money on Elements if I didn't use it. So I finally decided to take an online class offered my the local community college.
I learned alot of things over the last 12 weeks. I am in no way proficient at the program but can muddle through screw ups and do okay.
One thing I learned on Picnik is that I love to use different "actions" or "effects" as they are listed on Picnik. It's an easy way to modify and otherwise okay pic and make it a little something extra. That's where The Pioneer Woman comes in.
I have been wanting to use her actions for a while but they only worked with the big CS4 program.....Imagine my delight when I found out that she now offers them for use with Elements!!!!
I spent alot of time last night finally getting them into my program, with only mild swearing and hair pulling, and decided to show a couple of them.
for this one I used "Seventies"
I love the old time look of it
like pictures from my childhood
I used two on this one
"Sepia" and "Dim the Lights"
It was a little too light with just
sepia and the other added some depth.
this is "Heartland'
some would say a little blown out
but all I see are my little boy's
deep brown eyes
I still have alot to learn with my Elements, but I now have a few free actions to play with if I don't want to spend the day looking for what's wrong with my pictures, I can just enhance what's right with them....like beautiful little boy eyes and a mischevious grin.....