Start Here!

Welcome to Polished Picture, I’m so glad you’re here!

I want to make this site as easy to navigate as possible, so here is a little breakdown of what’s going on…

  • If you’re brand new to Photoshop, Photoshop Basics may be a good starting place.
  • The Photoshop Tutorials section explains techniques used in the editing process.
  • Photoshop Before and Afters is ultimately going to be the heart and soul of this blog!  When I was first learning, and while I continue to learn, step-by-step Before and Afters were and are an invaluable tool for learning!  I hope you feel the same.  ;)
  • Free Photoshop Actions! are just that.  Some are super-simple, and some will be more complex.  Hopefully you will find them useful!

I’d love to connect with you.  Polished Picture’s Facebook Page is a great way to connect.  I continue to learn new editing techniques every day, so I’d love you to show me what you know!!  Please post your Before and Afters and editing tips there as well.

If you’d like to subscribe to blog updates, you can subscribe by RSS, email or Facebook.  You can use the Contact Form to contact me directly.

I’ve got lots of content lined up to share, so I hope you’ll come back and visit often!

Thanks again for stopping by!


18 Responses to Start Here!


    Hi, I am new to photoshop and a novice photographer. I would love to get your free actions and get your newsletters. How do I do that?

    • Angie says:

      Hi Kellie! Thank you for coming by the site! You can find all the posts with free actions by going to the ‘Free Photoshop Actions’ menu item and clicking on the individual posts. The actions are at the bottom of each post. You can sign up for the Newsletter on the right-hand side of the site under “Subscribe to the Newsletter.” Thanks again!

  2. Celesta Griffith says:

    I am new to photo editing . Looking forward to learning all the tricks.

  3. Angie says:

    Thanks for visiting, Celesta!

  4. Sandra says:

    Looks promising, can’t wait to start! Great idea, a big thank you from germany!

  5. Katie says:

    I love your site it’s such a big help! I’m new though and am wondering are your tutorials meant for Lightroom only or Elements? I’m unsure of which I would be better off buying to start with.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Katie! Most of the tutorials here are for (full-blown) Photoshop, although some of them are also applicable to Elements. There are also a few for Lightroom as well. The program you purchase really just depends on your needs. Lightroom is extremely powerful and may be all you need. At this time, I don’t have too many tutorials for Lightroom, although I’m hoping to change that (we’ll see!). Elements is a great program as well and gives you a few more possibilities when editing. You probably don’t need full-blown Photoshop unless you are going into business or are otherwise a SERIOUS hobbyist. :) I’d be happy to discuss more with you if you need to!

  6. Jon A. says:

    I came across your blog while searching for editing tips and it has truly made my entire day! I am like a kid in a candy store reading all your tips and info and I can’t wait to delve further into the site/blog! Thank you soooo much for this great resource!

  7. Sarah says:

    I’m a very serious hobbyist with Photoshop in the way of digiscrapping. Now I finf your site and watched 2 before and afters and they are so great!! I entend to start with yur start from the basics to the before and afters, because it seems to me I can learn a lot from you! PErhaps I will finally get to my babyalbums in printing version and photos I like!
    I can’t wait…

  8. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much for the info! I am new to photoshop and have been trying to learn it for the past year. Your tutorials and tips has helped me tremendously. It will definitely help me take my photos to the next level!

  9. andreea says:

    Thank you so much for the info! I have been trying to learn photoshop by my self, but your tutorials and tips has helped me !!!. i was curios about your camera, is it canon?witch one? thanks!

  10. Kara says:

    Hi Angie!

    Thanks so much for this awesome information and your amazing tutorials! I’ve been curious about starting my own photography business and like you, knew there had to be ways to make images “pop” to have that polished, professional look. Your story is inspiring me to re-think the business side!

    Was it scary to start out at first? I worry that people won’t like the images and I’m “it” for their big event. There are also so many types of photography you can did you choose your “type”? (e.g. newborn/maternity | wedding | portrait, etc). Also, what type of lens do you like best for portrait photography? I have an older Canon Digital Rebel Xti and the lens that came with it. If I did do a business, I would need to invest in a better camera though; like your 5D!

    Thanks and sorry for all the questions!

    • Angie says:

      Hi Kara!
      Thanks for stopping by!! When starting out, there definitely is apprehension!! I did a lot of ‘practice’ sessions on people I knew just to figure out if it was something I even wanted to pursue. I had small children, so it was easy for me to decide to choose babies, small kids, and families as my market. I use the 50 1.4 lens… if you have extra cash I’d go for the 50 1.2, but it is $$$! :) I love that focal length for portraits, though.

      If you are considering making photography a business, I would highly encourage you to join a forum such as Clickin Moms – that’s where I learned the most!!

      Best of luck to you!!

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