Please note that the Shadow Like Me layer styles have only been tested in PSE versions 7-10. Instructions for installing the styles in those versions of Photoshop Elements (Windows and Mac OS) are available on my site at the following location: Installing Shadow Like Me Layer Styles in PSE 7-10
Prior to January 2012 the metadata.xml files for Photoshop Elements were not included in the product download in my store. If you purchased your Shadow Like Me Layer Styles prior to January 2012, you can download the missing metadata files at the bottom of the Shadow Like Me PSE Installation Guide and follow the instructions on that page to add these missing metadata files to your PSE installation. (Disregard any reference to the original .asl files, you’ve likely already installed those.)
In January 2012 the metadata.xml files were added to the original product download in a folder labeled “PSE 7-10″.
These metadata.xml files allow PSE users to install the Shadow Like Me layer styles and have them appear in their own category in the drop-down menu of the Effects panel in Photoshop Elements versions 7-10.
I use (and love) Adobe Photoshop CS5 and probably will for as long as it continues to work! I do have Photoshop CS6 on my laptop, and in the past I’ve always tried to keep up with the latest releases from Adobe, but CS5 fell into a sweet spot for me and I”ve been reluctant to switch.
I use Adobe Lightroom 5 to organize ALL of my digital photos, and I really (really) love it. For “sprucing up” my photos (I’m no professional!) I use RadLab by TotallyRad within the Lightroom Software, and it has changed my life. For more information on how to use RadLab inside Lightroom, check out this tutorial on their website.
Adobe Illustrator CS6 with some finish work in Photoshop CS5.
My primary computer is the desktop PC in my office – a Windows PC – that my husband built (and maintains) and I affectionately refer to it as “frankencomputer” because we always seem to be tinkering with it piece by piece as new technology/needs come up. As of the moment I’m writing this is a Core i7 with 16GB of RAM, 3 monitors and (gulp..) 5 hard drives. This business requires a lot of drive space! One of those hard drives is a solid state drive and it’s become my top suggestion for anyone looking to speed up their machine.
I also have a Asus Ultrabook laptop (Core i7, Windows 8) that is supposed to allow me to get some work done out on the couch so I can be a part of the mix – but if I’m being honest, its main use tends to be online shopping and reading magazines on NextIssue. I don’t even have Photoshop on it.
I have a Nikon D7000, and I really just alternate back and forth between the kit lens (from my retired Nikon D40) and a 50mm f/1.8. I shoot in manual mode most of the time when taking nice, calm product shots for my site, but “out in the wild” I don’t hesitate to switch over to Auto, because I’m no hero! And “auto” is a setting, too. But my smartphone is major player in my photography, too. I’m not sure how I ever managed without it.
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