Welcome to an essential post about Photoshop & Photoshop Elements.
The goal for this post is to help you achieve your best online visual presence through what I believe to be the best and most professional photo editing software, which is Photoshop. You may already use it or want to use it but don't necessarily know how to.
I totally understand, since I am also still developing my own Photoshop skills on a daily basis! Learning technical skills like these can be annoying, daunting, not so exciting, so I will try to make it as pretty and enjoyable as possible!
Most of the time, you will be able to achieve pretty much anything within Photoshop. So much that sometimes you might want to think that Photoshop is like a magic wand!
However, some of you have Photoshop Elements and may want to stick to it. As much as possible, for every step explained in Photoshop I will give the suggestions on how to achieve either the same effect or similar in Photoshop Elements. In some cases, it might not be possible and it will be up to you to decide, for your business's sake, whether you want to go one step further and get Photoshop, or not.
The first topic is the one you have so often asked me about:
Can Photoshop Elements be used with smart objects in mock ups?
Here's the first thing you need to know: they are not the same thing.
As its name says, Photoshop Elements is a photo editing software that has some elements of Photoshop. Let's say Photoshop Elements is like the little brother of Photoshop.
Just to let you know, this post is not going to be a tutorial or a How to use either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I am only highlighting here some of the things you can and cannot do as small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to enhance your visual online presence.
I am a graphic designer in the first place, so I learnt directly on Photoshop. It is a very, very big tool. I was so scared of it in design school actually! But with time, patience and practice, you can achieve amazing things. You need to expect that it will take a lot of time and have a learning and patient mindset. Then it can become a great tool that you will use for pretty much anything. It is the kind of software that is so powerful that you can achieve one effect in a few different ways, which means it adapts to your preferences and your way of working.
I downloaded Photoshop Elements and played a bit with it for the last few days to see what you can actually achieve with it. If you would like to add your own tips or share your experience, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will happily update this post as we go along (with credits of course).
For now, here is what I found about Smart objects:
Thank you for reading and don't hesitate to post your questions or comments below.