I'm having a great time learning how to use layers in Photoshop Elements to help me create photos that tell more of a story. I shoot a lot of photographs of family, vacations, and especially nature, and I sometimes like to integrate these photos into my artwork. I've used Photoshop for a few years but had never been able to figure out the layers part. I bought the book Digital Expressions by Susan Tuttle a couple of months ago and decided to take her on-line course, Digital Layers. I'm in the middle of the course now and I'm loving it.

                                                                    Maine Houses by Cindy Silverstein

I did this painting of Maine Houses a few years ago and I wanted to add some more interest. I used a couple of artistic filters to add some age to the buildings and then a layer using a photo of some flowers that I had taken. I cannot give details of proceedures I'm learning in class, but I guarantee that Susan can take the mystery out of Layers for you! She offers several on-line classes in Photoshop on a regular basis.


  1. How wonderful - and using your own art as a starting place makes it even more delicious!! (I'm captivated by the eyes on the lovely top photo too)

  2. Hi Lisa, Thank you for your comment. It's great to hear from you again. I'll have to check Facebook and see what you've been up to. The top photo is of my daughter...she is an old soul.

  3. thanks so much for the workshop link, im off to check this out xx


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