11 Facts About PhotoLab That Will Impress Your Friends

PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements

PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements – 39 most excellent actions for your Photoshop Elements palettes

PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements was updated this week, with new support for Photoshop Elements 13. Now this pack boasts an installer for Windows versions of Elements 11-13, plus all the actions, thumbnails & xml files for a custom manual install for Mac users.

If you want to impress your friends, both in the real world and in cyberspace, check out these fascinating facts about one of the flagship packs available in the Graffishop:

  1. PhotoLab has 39 effects, and it includes all of the actions, thumbnails & xml files for an Elements installation
  2. If you use Elements 6-10, or you are a Mac or Photoshop user, PhotoLab also includes a single action set, which has all 39 actions in it – perfect for loading into Photoshop or into the Elements Action palette
  3. The included installer will put all the files in the right place for you, including the set for the Actions palette, in your Windows Elements 11-13 installation
  4. It can be purchased through the Graffishop, where you can create an account and earn dividend points that can be used for other products or upgrades – as well as share and get 10 – 20% off – or it can be purchased in a no-frills way below, where a download link is emailed to you after going through the PayPal process
  5. PhotoLab was originally called B&W Lab because it had actions that tapped into a hidden feature of Elements that allowed you to change to LAB (Lightness – A – B) mode. LAB mode allowed for amazing conversions to B&W within Elements. Unfortunately, Adobe slammed that door shut around Elements 10, so it was renamed PhotoLab.
  6. With Photoshop Elements 8, this set was renamed Portrait Lab, since so many of the actions worked best on portraits. That name became confusing with the other actions set GlamPhoto, so it was changed to PhotoLab with the release of Photoshop Elements 10.
  7. There were originally over 60 different actions included in B&W Lab that allowed for black and white conversions (along with other kinds of conversions like sepia, semi-desaturated, faded, and color-adjusting effects), but since many relied on LAB mode, that number has been whittled down to the current 39. 16 of these 39 actions are some variety of B&W conversion.
  8. Like all of the other action sets I create, I leave the layers intact for further editing or tweaking on your part. Many other action creators make “Flatten Image” the final action step, which obliterates the layers that create the look. Where applicable, all my layers stay as they were created, which allows you to blur, transform, filter, change blend mode and/or opacity, and leaves the final look up to you to tweak as you see fit.
  9. I personally used the actions in PhotoLab for over a year before deciding to pack them up into a bundle, make an installer package, and offer it for sale in the original Graffishop. Since then, it has consistently been one of the top four sellers each year (often only eclipsed by the #1 all-time best seller Add-O-Matic in popularity)
  10. The thumbnails in this version of PhotoLab are from a photo I took on the beach in Cancun, Mexico. The palm trees really are that beautiful, and the water is as clear as glass, and the most gorgeous shade of blue-green that you have ever seen in your life. Sea turtles (tortugas!) lay their eggs on the beaches during the late summer months (you can see their tracks & nests early in the morning), but I have yet to catch one in a photo. Maybe someday…
  11. The model on the cover – and in numerous other photos scattered across my blog and other product sample shots – is my lovely (and patient) bride. We’ve been married for nearly two decades and still are best friends!

Hey Graffi Blog Readers:   for more looks like this especially created for Photoshop Elements, you might want to check out the PhotoLab Photo Effects action pack with an installer compatible with Elements


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Non-destructive editing: how to use adjustment layers to fine-tune images

In this photo editing tutorial we’ll show you how to make non-destructive edits to your photos using versatile adjustment layers to selectively target and tweak the colours and tones of an image.

Non-destructive editing: how to use adjustment layers to fine-tune images

Photoshop Elements’ image-adjusting tools and commands are great for overcoming camera-related problems, which is just as well, because most photos will benefit from a little post-production tweaking to improve colour and tone.

Unlike the human eye, the camera isn’t as adept at dealing with high-contrast locations. For example, when shooting a landscape, your camera may struggle to get a balanced exposure due to the contrast between the bright sky and the ground. Elements can help to fix problems like this using adjustment layers.

These image-editing layers float above the original photo layer in the Layers panel, and you can turn them on and off to compare the edited shot with the original.


HandyActions-AOM-full-487-2Photoshop Elements is simply incomplete without your Swiss Army Knife for Elements: Graffi's Handy Actions! Handy Actions includes all the tools and extras only found in Photoshop - including Adjustment Layers like Exposure, Vibrance, Black and White & Selective color - more than 60 extra actions, tools, processes and timesavers!

Handy Actions includes a self-installing action pack set for Windows versions of Photoshop Elements and also includes a manual-install edition for Mac & Photoshop users

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How to edit images non-destructively

Autofocus points explained: how to suit your subject and aid composition

In this tutorial we explain how to use your the autofocus points on your DSLR to suit your subject and aid your composition.

Autofocus points explained: how to suit your subject and aid composition

If you’re working in autofocus mode, your camera will use one or more focusing points to acquire focus. The focusing point is activated when the shutter release button is half-depressed, or by using the AF On button if your camera has this function.

This allows you to precisely focus on the part of the subject that you want sharp prior to taking the shot. It also allows you to acquire and then lock focus by keeping the shutter release half-depressed, which is great for recomposing your shot.

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TIBBA69 has added a photo to the pool:

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Toy Camera

Toffee Maky has added a photo to the pool:

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New wave

Salva G. has added a photo to the pool:

New wave

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How to Make Freckles POP or Disappear using Lightroom

Editing Freckles in Lightroom

One photo, edited completely in Lightroom

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I recently photographed a model in New York City. As I was communicating with her leading up to the shoot I noticed in some of her pictures that she had freckles. I personally am a big fan of freckles and wanted to do a shoot that highlighted her skin rather than hide it behind makeup or photoshop tricks.

Emptreeness (II)

Salva G. has added a photo to the pool:

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Tips for Using Shutter Speed Creatively

Shutter speed is one of those things that is initially a problem to be solved, but once you do that it becomes a tool that allows you to take better and more creative photos.

First you should understand how shutter speed works and how to change it. You will need to make sure it is fast enough that your pictures turn out crisp. But once you’ve mastered those things, you can start using shutter speed to your advantage. You can slow it down to create a sense of movement, or speed it up to stop the action.

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This article will show you the basics of what you need to know regarding shutter speed and get you started with some creative effects using different shutter speeds.

4.5 Ways Handy Actions are Cooler than Johnny Depp

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Handy Actions 13 with 64 tools and tweaks

Sure, Johnny Depp is cool. Sure, Johnny Depp is versatile. But if you are a Photoshop Elements user, did you know that Graffi’s Handy Actions are even cooler than Johnny Depp?

Here are a few ways I came up with – you can add yours in the comments or in the product review page (and get a 10% off coupon! Share your review, and get an additional 10% off!):

1:  For numerous roles in many movies, Johnny Depp has portrayed a variety of characters that are on the screen for about 2 hours. That’s pretty cool, but Handy Actions gives you a variety of tools that you can use with Photoshop Elements for as long as you want. In less than 2 hours, you can create Smart Objects, edit all three RGB Channels individually, apply Adjustment Layers only found in full Photoshop, and choose from several different Sharpening actions to get your images looking just right.
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

HandyActions13Effects2:  Johnny Depp may know all about changing things up in order to create believable characters, but Handy Actions lets you change things up to help you create awesome images. You can use the Channel Mixer action to change up color blends, use the Curves action to fine tune contrast and tone, use the Black and White Adjustment action to convert to B&W with total control, or use the Exposure Adjustment action to change up how your shot was taken in the first place. So right there are several ways to change things up while working on a single image.
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

3:  It takes a lot of work for Johnny Depp to get into character: there’s character research, set design and construction, lighting setups, testing, rehearsals, makeup application, and a lot of waiting around before the acting actually starts. Handy Actions installs with just a few clicks, and then you’re ready get started using the cool tools with Photoshop Elements.
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

4:  Johnny Depp staggered around semi-oblivious, half drunk and clumsy in all of the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean flics – kind of funny in a movie, but if you’re trying to get your images processed and use some tools not regularly available in Photoshop Elements, it’s just not funny at all. Handy Actions has 64 tools that help speed up your workflow and let you get back to doing other things in your life (like maybe staggering around semi-oblivious and half-drunk).
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

5:  Johnny Depp is better looking than Handy Actions, though. But that is still a pretty snappy looking logo over there to the right, and who cares how good Handy Actions looks when it can do so much more to help you get your images looking their best? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so I’ve read, so, behold! Here is Graffi’s Handy Actions!
Coolness edge: tie

So there you have it – the facts can’t be wrong. Clearly, Graffi’s Handy Actions are cooler than Johnny Depp in at least 4 different ways (and one that has not yet been definitely decided).

Your thoughts?


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HandyActions-AOM-full-487-2Photoshop Elements is simply incomplete without your Swiss Army Knife for Elements: Graffi's Handy Actions! Handy Actions includes all the tools and extras only found in Photoshop - including Adjustment Layers like Exposure, Vibrance, Black and White & Selective color - more than 60 extra actions, tools, processes and timesavers!

Handy Actions includes a self-installing action pack set for Windows versions of Photoshop Elements and also includes a manual-install edition for Mac & Photoshop users

If you just want to get it now without going through the checkout process, simply click the link below to have Handy Actions 13 emailed to you after completing purchase (unlike Johnny Depp – so yet another way Handy Actions is cooler):


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