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Photoshop Elements Educational Tutorials – How To Edit Digital Photos

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If you are looking for an easy to learn photo editing software program you can’t go wrong with Adobe Elements. It is simply one of the most user friendly photo editing programs on the market today and allows you to edit your digital photos quickly and easily. Regardless if you are looking to do either a full photo fix or a quick job you can do it all with this great program.

When manipulating your photos you are essentially playing with the pixels that your photo is made up of. Pixels are the smallest components or your image and when put together create what you are looking at. Tools included inside Elements allow you to alter various shades of individual pixels and even remove any unwanted pixels if you desire to remove different aspects. For example, if want to backgrounds, including shadows, all you need to do is change the color of the pixels within the shadow image. You can choose to remove the pixels complete or you can change the color so that it blends in with other parts of the photo.

You can also use tools including the smudge, blur and sharpening tools to manipulate the pixels. Here you are able to fix problems of over-exposure or under-exposure and adjust the pixels so they blend in with surrounding pixels. The sharpen tool will allow you fix blurred images, in essence increasing the number of pixels which will enable the photo to become clearer.

Another great tool is the burn tool which allows you to play with the color of the pixels. You may want to do this in order to change the appearance by giving your image better color tones. Typically this is used if your photo has been over exposed, i.e. if the photo has parts that are too light, you can use the burn tool to even out the tones. On the flip side, if your image is too dark you can use the dodge tool which will reduce the tone of the pixels in the targeted area to a lighter one.

It is important to know that while it appears that you are manipulating the photo as a whole what you are doing is editing each individual pixel that your the photo is made up of. Depending on how many mega-pixels your camera shoots at you may have hundreds of thousands of pixels in your image. By editing the individual pixels you are creating a unique photo out of an ordinary one. The nice thing is that using Adobe Elements you can edit your photos like the pro’s do without needing all the complicated training that other programs require. So go ahead, play with pixels the Elements way.

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Fun Family Traditions Site Releases New Stress Relief Digital Manual in Dinner Talk Style

Logan, Utah (PRWEB) September 22, 2008

The “Dinner Talk People” at Epicworld Web site have released a new digital stress relief manual in honor of Family Day. With illustrated epic stories in easy dinner talk style, the digital manual, Escape to Epic World, by C.A. Davidson, offers a 5 step process or journey of discovery. Daily family meals are the first step in stress relief for parents and in preparing their children for successful adulthood.

According to this manual, stress management is not a single activity– it is a process, a way of life. In Escape to Epic World, this process is organized into five steps.

Step 1. “Family Gathering.” Family meals are the first step toward the “happy ending” all parents want for their families. For many, the back-to-school season is a convenient time to gather the family and loved ones as a support group, and begin enjoying daily dinner talk together.

Studies by The Center for Addictions and Substance Abuse show that children who have daily family meals 1)abuse drugs less 2) eat more nutritious meals 3) do better in school. Those with the family meal habit are discovering an additional benefit of stress relief.

Step 2. “Prepare Every Needful Thing.” Stress for children often comes from the unknown and unexpected. Preparing ahead of time for potential stressors and difficult circumstances empowers them to cope more effectively and find peace of mind.

Step 3. “Landmarks.” For parents who would like their children to read good books, this section provides discussion topics from classic literature. In his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien speaks of having “eyes that know what to look for.” This step gives young people increased understanding of epic literature and their own character development.

Step 4. “Epic Quest.” Managing the day-to-day routine with a measured pace, prioritizing the important activities, and simplifying “busy-ness” can reduce stress. Finding an expanded perspective reduces stress for children and helps parents avoid burn-out.

Step 5. “Return Home Triumphant.” In this section, parents find ways to help their children “discover the epic hero within.” William James said, “The greatest use of our life is to spend it on something that outlasts it.” Children with a sense of purpose do not merely survive the teenage years– they thrive.

Epicworld has also established a new web page with stress relief tips. The site and book are not clinical or professional in nature. The site offers time and stress management tips and other resources. The book is a collection of epic stories which provide a “retreat” from the stresses of life, giving strength and encouragement at the same time.

The book points out that since we cannot totally remove stress from our lives, what we need is a place of privacy or safety, a refuge, or a retreat. A retreat does not mean defeat, but rather a temporary oasis, where one can be refreshed and strengthened. The author calls this retreat “Epic World”, or the world of epic stories– a realm of beautiful nature and music, epic heroes, inspiration, learning, and adventure.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “epic” as “otherwise called heroic. . . which narrates a story. . . in an elevated style. . . usually the achievements of some distinguished hero, and intended to form the morals and affect the mind with the love of virtue. The end [ purpose] is to improve morals, and inspire a love of virtue, bravery and illustrious actions.”

Examples of epic stories include J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Excellent examples of epic literature are also found in the scriptures.

“Epic literature can give us a reservoir of strength to draw on when needed, ” Davidson writes. “Then in times of challenge, we discover increased capacity to manage the stress in our lives.”