Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Coffee With Amanda: PSE Workshop and Action Giveaway!!! - Closed!!!

A quick note: Amanda is writing video step-by-step tutorials on using some of my actions that you can view here. So far she has put together tutorials for Creamy Chocolate B&W and Simply Vintage. I am going to link Amanda's video page on all actions that have a video and will update you with new videos as they come! Thank you so much Amanda. 

New Everyday Elements Button

Are you new to PSE and do not really know how to get started editing your pictures? Have you been using it a while, but struggle with learning how to make the most of it? Everyday Elements may be just what you need.

Everyday Elements are online workshops
just for Photoshop Elements. Amanda, the workshop leader, offers four levels of classes: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and All About Actions. Registration for a workshop includes access to private video tutorials for your level, five free actions, access to her before and after the class and more.

Amanda is as passionate about editing and PSE as I am, and truly enjoys helping others to learn to love their program also. That is why the workshops are priced at $35, so that the "everyday" person can afford them and be able to really use their Photoshop Elements "everyday." 

Curious about them? Read what others have written about it at her testimonials page or on her Facebook fan page

I know so many of my readers are excited to start using PSE but don't know where to start, and Amanda's workshops are a perfect way to get you in that driver's seat.  I heart Amanda!

Okay, now, onto the giveaway...  GIVEAWAY CLOSED!  ANNOUNCING WINNERS SOON!!!

Amanda is giving away two things: 1) a spot in any upcoming workshop 2) one of her actions sets (Deep Clean or Creative). With both prizes, the winners get to choose.

To enter, simple leave a comment letting me know how often you use your PSE program. You can earn extra entries by doing any or all of the following (please leave a comment stating what you did). If you are already a follower/member of Coffeeshop and/or Everyday Elements, just state that in a comment.
The giveaway ends Thursday at 11:00 PM CST. Winners will be chosen via Random.org (first number chosen wins the workshop, second one wins the action set).

And for a limited time all CoffeeShop readers get $5 off when they use the coupon code "coffeeshop".  This coupon can be used for any of the Photoshop Elements classes and you can use it for more than one class.

Me
Meet Amanda! I am a "Pioneer Woman" of sorts, although not nearly as talented, witty or culinarily gifted as the real one. I grew up in the suburbs or on military bases, but ended up in country on a cattle and chicken farm an hour from any sizeable town. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to four children, ages 11 to 4.

My photography journey started last spring, and it has quickly become a passion. Most of my subjects are my kids, the cows, my mother-in-law's flowers and my weeds (they're prettier in a picture than in real life). I enjoy editing (with PSE 7) and continue to learn daily. The tutorials I write are very basic and well documented so that brand new users can learn how to use their editing software.

I recently started Everyday Elements, online workshops and video tutorials for PSE users. Also, I have a photography resource blog, PhotographyHaven where you can find lots of free actions, tutorials, workshops and more. You can view my personal pictures at Moving Forward or my Flickr stream.

255 comments:

  1. I use PSE about every other day. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I am a fan on Facebook! I love, love, love Amanda's video's tutorials and they have helped me out so much and I just found her website last night!

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  3. I follow Coffeshop blog checking it regulary!

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  4. I use PSE almost daily and would LOVE to get into a workshop of Amanda's! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  5. I actually RUN from PhotoShop unless I have something I must do, and then I am clueless!
    I already follow your blog, so I am off to FB to join on there....I am convinced that PhotoShop knows I fear it, and enjoys tormenting me appropriately! LOL!!

    XXOO!!
    Anne

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  6. I already subscribe to the Coffee Shop blog and I'm heading over to check out Everyday Elements now! I use PSE almost daily for both photo editing and scrapbooking. But I just learned about Actions and am a real beginner with using them. Would love that class!

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  7. I am a follwer of the coffeshop blog.

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  8. I use PSE on almost every picture I take- therefore daily! If nothing else just to make it "pop" and correct my white balance, which I never get right SOOC! :)Thanks, Melissa : mzzmelissa@yahoo.com

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  9. I am already a member of the flickr group for coffee-shop!
    Thanks,Melissa
    mzzmelissa@yahoo.com

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  10. Just joined the flickr group for everyday elements!
    Thanks, Melissa
    mzzmelissa@yahoo.com

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  11. I subscribe and follow coffeeshop!

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  12. I have joined the Flickr group for Everyday actions

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  13. I am a fan of Everyday Elements on FB

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  14. I am a member of the flickr group for coffeeshop

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  15. Please enter me in the giveaway. I don't use PSE because I'm not sure how, but I love taking photographs and do use some PS4 actions from Coffee Shop blog to make them super duper. I'd love to learn how to use PSE.

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  16. Liked Everyday Elements FB page.

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  17. I am a RSS subscriber of CoffeeShop blog.

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  18. right now for the summer we are mostly doing something outside. so i haven't been on my computer a lot. but i love my photoshop. thanks for the chance to win. i would love the action!

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  19. Ooooh am I the first?! I use PSE 8 almost every single day, but I'm not very confident about my work. I love CoffeeShop and Everyday Elements and I've already "liked" Everyday Elements on Facebook!

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  20. Use PSE several times a week.

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  21. I use PSE a few times a week.

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  22. Already "like" Everyday Elements on FB

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  23. Subscribed to Coffeeshop blog

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  24. Joined Flickr group for Everyday actions

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  25. Member of coffeeshop flickr group

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  26. I use PSE about 3-4 times a week, but I have no idea what I'm doing! Great give-away.

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  27. I am a huge geek, per my hubby. He thinks I am going to turn pastey white and gaunt if I don't get off the laptop once and awhile! I LOVE PSE, I use it everyday and I REALLY LOVE Coffeshop's Blog. Thanks for the chance for one Amanda's classes or set of actions!!!! :)

    http://jamie-solorio.blogspot.com

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  28. I use PSE V7 about 3-4 times a week & recently bought my first Canon DSLR. I subscribe to Coffeeshop Actions via RSS & am now a Facebook fan of Everday Elements. Awesome giveaway!

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  29. I use PSE8 almost every day, but still feel like I am a bumbling fool when I'm in there... not sure which class to sign up for?!!?

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  30. I subscribe to Coffeeshop blog!!

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  31. And I just now "liked" everyday Elements on facebook!!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!!

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  32. I use elements a few times a week to play with photo's that I have taken or currently have on my computer. I'm a beginner and am loving the actions that are free that I can play with. I follow Coffeeshop's blog and now Everyday Elements! I still have a lot to learn and sometimes the program frustrates me, so a workshop to learn more would be delightful!

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  33. I use PSE7 2-3 times a week but have no idea what I am doing!! Would love to learn more!

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  34. I use Elements several times a week - anytime I take pictures - - great giveaway!

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  35. I subscribe tot he CoffeeShop Blog

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  36. I *Like* The Everyday Elements FB page

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  37. I try to use PSE everyday to better my skills!! Already subscribe to coffee shop and liked on facebook

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  38. I use PSE to edit my P365 photos of my daughter and to create digital scrapbook layouts. I love it!

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  39. I am an RSS subscriber to Coffeeshop. I read every post you guys write! :)

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  40. I joined the Everyday Actions group on Flickr

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  41. I joined the Coffeeshop group on flickr. I can't wait to share my photos and see others'!

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  42. Oh, my, I'm addicted. I think I open PSE almost every day!

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  43. I just started using PSE pretty much daily every since I found your site! :) Thank you for all the actions/tutorials!

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  44. I like everyday elements on facebook!

    username: meganwc

    mnwgraves[at]gmail[dot]com

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  45. I follow you via GFC!

    mnwgraves[at]gmail[dot]com

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  46. i am CONSTANTLY using PSE! i have learned alot from you Rita and those you have brought on here. I really would love to learn alot more!

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  47. i also follow the CoffeShop blog daily!

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  48. I joined the everyday actions flickr group via carverm04@yahoo.com!

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  49. I use PSE every day since I am trying to catch up on mountains of digiscrapping. I am just now trying to figure out actions. Thanks for all the advice you give and a class on actions from Amanda would be AWESOME!

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  50. I joined the coffeeshop flickr group via carverm04@yahoo.com!

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  51. I Follow CoffeeShop with Google Reader and always look forward to new posts!

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  52. I use Photoshop everyday. It is an addiction. I follow CoffeeShop blog. Since I am new to "Actions' I have watched all of Amanda's helpful videos at Everyday Elements. Some of Amanda's actions that I downloaded do not work or parts of them say this layer or that is not available. Are they only for PSE users? Sounds like the contest is for PSE users. Good luck to people starting out on this adventure!

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  53. I am a member of CoffeeShop Actions Flickr Page!

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  54. I joined the "Everyday Actions" Flickr Group!

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  55. I use PSE about three times a week or so!

    Thanks for the chance to win! ;)

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  56. I am just starting to use PSE - so haven't used it much. Want to do lots more, just need to learn.

    --I'm now a fan of Everyday Elements on FB
    --I'm now a member of both flicr groups
    --and I follow Coffeeshop's blog via google reader!

    Thanks for the giveaway and info sharing!

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  57. I use PSE a few times a week and would love to know the program better. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  58. Just wanted to say how much I LOVE your site and how excited I am about these workshops! I use PSE everyday, for editing photos, creating logos, and just trying to learn more. I just found Everyday Elements on Facebook and can't wait to follow her and learn more!!!

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  59. I use PSE 8 a few times a week but am nearly clueless so I would LOVE the chance to learn more about it! I am a CoffeeShop subscriber, and I love your site/awesome actions, too :)

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  60. I would love this! I use PSE every day!

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  61. I use PSE about every other day! Thanks for the chance to win

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  62. I am also a coffeeshop follower!! I love it!!

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  63. I use PSE just about every day. Thanks for the chance!
    Kelly- keegankelly@yahoo.com

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  64. Hi,I haven't actually started using PSE. I'm intimidated and don't know where to start! This workshop sounds just like something I need!

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  65. I just found CoffeeShop a couple days ago and promptly added you to my blog list on http:mannhome.blogspot.com

    I am a brand new explorer of PSE and very lost. I thought I had some computer literacy until I opened PSE for the first time.

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  66. I am an RSS subscriber to CoffeShop Ations. Love your posts as a new but enthusiastic photographer and user of PSE.
    I "liked" everyday elements on FB.
    Would LOVE to win this prize, thanks for the opportunity!

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  67. I use Elements every day and would love to get in on a workshop and better my skills.

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  68. I use PSE just about every day! I was just on the Everyday Elements website yesterday admiring all her actions! I would love to win!I follow Coffeshop blog - daily! Love it!!I am also a fan on FB.

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  69. I use PSE all the time and I am addicted to CoffeeShop blog, checking it EVERYDAY!! Thanks girls!!

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  70. I use it at least 5X a week! I am addicted and love, love, love finding new actions, uploading, and using them over and over again! I just read all about Amanda's workshops from your last post and was talking to my hubby about signing up for one!! HOW COOL to be able to have a chance to win it! THANK YOU!

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  71. I "liked" Everyday Elements FB page!

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  72. Joined Everyday Elements Flickr group :)

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  73. Joined Coffeeshop Flickr group :)

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  74. I use PSE almost every day. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  75. oooh yay!...pick me pick me! I use my pse everyday...it's still new to me and I've got so much to learn. I luv taking pictures of my lil guy and making digital scrapbook pages daily. I follow the blog religiously! I just checked out EE on FB..I like! I'll checking that out again...thanks so much for all your help ladies..and thanks for the chance at the awesome goodies!

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  76. I subscrbed to follow CoffeeShop blog :)

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  77. CS4 and LR User Here! Use them both daily.

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  78. I have been starting to use PSE pretty much every other day. I still have much to learn! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  79. I just became a fan of Everyday Elements. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  80. Hi - Great giveaway - one that I really need. I have been using PSE everyday since starting my blog. I have come a long way but only know about 1/30th of what the program can do.
    My best- Diane

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  81. Hi Again -
    I am already a subscriber and read evey post.

    MY best- Diane

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  82. I also Liked you on FB.

    Thanks again for having such a great giveway.

    My best- Diane

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  83. I try to use PSE every day, when I can because I'm having so much fun learning from Amanda and playing with her actions, as well as the actions here from Coffeeshop!

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  84. I don't use photoshop nearly as much as I want to because I'm too intimidated by it. I WANT to learn how to use it though...

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  85. I follow you via bloglines.

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  86. I just joined Coffeeshop's flickr group. Woo hoo!

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  87. I follow Coffeeshop's blog and have you listed in my blogroll on my blog. I love your blog and your actions!!!

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  88. I already "like" Everyday Elements fan page! :)

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  89. I just joined Everyday Actions Flickr group! :)

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  90. I use PSE everyday sometimes more than once...like 5 times. It's an addiction I have formed.

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  91. Just about every day or every other day I edit with PSE.

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  92. I subscribe to your blog (google reader) & love it :)

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  93. joined the Everyday Elements flickr group just the other day!

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  94. and I just joined the coffeeshop flickr group :)

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  95. I subscribe to CoffeeShop and love it! Thank you so much!

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  96. I go through spurts with PSE I will take pictures and they sit on my camera card for a few weeks then I download them and go on a major photoshopping spree!

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  97. I rarely use my photoshop because I don't know how :( Every time I try I get frustrated. I think I could use one of these workshops...

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  98. I follow the CoffeeShop Blog! WOOT!

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  99. I use PSE almost every day, I use it for picture editing AND Digital Scrapbooking!

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  100. I "like" Everyday Elements on FB!

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  101. I use PSE every day, multiple times a day :-)

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  102. I use Photoshop (CS5) every day. I have used PSE when I was a student at the local university, but am loving the new features CS5 offers. I also LOVE your actions and would love to win! Thanks so much!

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  103. I LOVE this blog and Amanda's blog. I am her fan on FB and belong to both Flickr groups. I use PSE8 every day. Thanks!

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  104. I used PSE for creating things like invitations and announcements and designing blog stuff and for digital scrapbooking (for photo editing I use CS4, but as soon as I figure out my new CS5 I will be using that). I could definitely use a workshop!!!

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  105. I subscrine to CoffeeShop blog!

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  106. I have used it maybe twice since I bought it! But after finding your blog I think that is about to change!! : ) tammyjo@cox.net

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  107. Holy cow!! I was just looking at her beginners workshop...wow, this would be awesome!!

    I use my PSE 5-6 days a week. I looove it--I love playing around with it and using all of the fun action sets.

    Thank you so much for the chance!

    leoandchelle at yahoo dot com

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  108. I like EE on Facebook!

    leoandchelle at yahoo dot com

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  109. I follow your blog!

    leoandchelle at yahoo dot com

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  110. I use PSE 7 almost daily. I mostly use it to scrapbook pages and edit photos. I do use your tutorials to try the actions but I believe I need more practice!

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  111. I use pse 7 DAILY!

    hootnonny

    (I have a google account but it doesn't recognize my pass word have the time.)

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  112. wonderful give away! I would love to win! I use PSE 7 probably 3-4 times a week.

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  113. I use PSE 7 at least weekly. I follow your blog and am a FB fan of EE. Thanks so much!

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  114. I use PSE every time I take a photo I always have to edit my pictures before I will share them with the world..... which means about every 2 or 3 days

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  115. I am a subscriber to coffeeshop

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  116. I liked everyday elements on FB

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  117. I joined the everyday actions flickr group

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  118. i joined the coffeeshop flickr group

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  119. I use my PSE randomly. Some weeks I use it daily, and then other times I go for a few weeks without using it at all. It just depends on if I have taken any good photos lately!

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  120. I joined the coffeeshop flickr group!

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  121. I use PSE daily for my photo editing and scrapbook layouts. I would LOVE to take the class or receive an action as I am just getting into them. Thank you for the chance! And I am a fan on FB too. LOVE this blog!

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  122. I follow your blog on google reader!

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  123. I use PSE all the time and just got PSE8. I'm a follower

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  124. I use my PSE7 almost every day! I love to edit my photos and play with all your great (and Amanda's great) actions! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  125. I follow Coffeeshop through email subscription! :)

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  126. I use it everyday. It's my organizer and editor. Just hate when the organizer chrashes.

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  127. I use PSE8 on my Mac every day sometimes more than once in a day. I love this photography stuff so much but am really learning a lot as I stuff things up ha ha!

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  128. Oh my goodness. I use it everyday. Self taught. I'd love this!

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  129. I just got PSE and I've used it every day so far

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  130. I use PSE about four times per week and couldn't edit photos without it! It's my favorite program of them all!

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  131. I use PSE every single day, multiple times a day.

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  132. Bonus: I am a Coffeeshop follower.

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  133. Bonus: I am a fan of Everyday Elements.

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  134. Bonus: I joined the Coffeeshop Flickr group!

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  135. Bonus: I joined the Everyday Actions group on Flickr. I am crossing all my fingers and toes that I am picked!

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  136. PSE, almost every single day. I just got it for mother's day (present to myself) and I had drooled over it for years. Now I edit and play with photos of my family all the time. Enter me in since i would love how to really maximize the use of it.

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  137. I use PSE several times a week.

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  138. Follow the coffeeshop blog daily!

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  139. Joined the Everyday Elements flickr group!

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  140. Already a member of the coffeeshop flickr group.

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  141. I am already a member of the flickr group for coffee-shop and use the actions on every picture i do.

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  142. I use Elemeents almost every day! Would love to learn to be more effective (and efficient) with my editing!

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  143. I follow CoffeeShop via Google Reader.

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  144. i try and use PSE once a week, if i'm lucky. two toddlers makes for great pics, but not a lot of time sitting down!

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  145. i'm in the flickr group for coffeeshop!

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  146. I use PSE8 for editing my family photos for digital scrapbooking and printing our pictures for our home.

    Thanks for the chance to win...love your blog!

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  147. I use PSE just about on a daily basis. I love using Actions for many different style's.

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  148. I use PSE almost daily. Crossing my fingers! Thanks.

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  149. I am a CoffeeShop follower. Love it!

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  150. I have joined the Everyday Elements Flickr group.

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  151. I "liked" Everyday Elements and joined both Flickr groups and I think I am following you blog, at least I know I go on it at least once a day lol Hopefully this counts for PS CS4, love what you guys are doing, its very helpful to people who are self taught like me Thanks for the chance to win ;)

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  152. I use PSE several times per week. I would LOVE to learn more!

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  153. I joined the coffeshop Flickr group...so excited!!!
    On flickr I'm known as: "Shello Photo"

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  154. I have also joined the Everyday Elements group on flickr. I have entered 3 comments now...did I do it right?...really, not trying to cheat, just trying hard to win!! :)
    THANKS! Shelley (shello photo)

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  155. I use PSE multiple times per week, but still feel like such a beginner.

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  156. I just downloaded it and I can't stop using it!!

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  157. I use PSE daily - LOVE it!! Would love to have a more in-depth tutorial on it from Amanda.

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  158. Follow the Coffee Shop blog regularly. The info on here is priceless, and I can't get enough! Thanks, Rita!!

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  159. Just joined Rita's flickr group!

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  160. Just joined Amanda's Flickr group!

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  161. Now that Amanda has taught me the basics I use PSE almost every day!

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  162. I use my PSE 7 at least 3 times/day!

    jamiedelight @gmail.com

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  163. I "like" on FB!!

    everyday elements

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  164. I "like" Everyday Elements on Facebook. In fact if I could "love" Everyday Elements on Facebook, I would.

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  165. I use elements daily. Sometimes more. :D

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  166. I probably use PSE 7 about once a day.

    :) Rebecca Keppel

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  167. I am a fan of the Amanda Coffeeshop Flickr page and of coarse of the Amanda Coffeeshop blog.
    And to answer the question, I run Photoshop (CS4), almost daily.

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  168. I am a FB fan of Everyday Elements.

    :) Rebecca Keppel

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  169. I follow your blog through Google Reader.

    :) Rebecca Keppel

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  170. I joined the Flickr group for Everyday Actions.

    :) Rebecca Keppel

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  171. I joined the Flickr group for CoffeeShop.

    :) Rebecca Keppel

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  172. I use PSE every single day!

    Already a member of Coffe Shop on flickr, going over to join the Everyday Elements group on flickr too!

    :)

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  173. I use Elements every single day. And, without a doubt, I am also using your awesome actions every day as well. They are so fantastic! I am already a follower of your blog via bloglines. And now I am a fan of your Facebook page, too. I would LOVE to win a class and action!! Clap! Clap! Clap! Thanks for a shot at it.

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  174. I'm a fan on facebook and follow!! :)

    Lexy Katzmarek

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  175. I follow Rita's blog, probably the person on earth who is not on Facebook ;) but great to have found you as a resource plus I'm a sucker for giveaways!! I use Elements daily!
    Thanks, Claudia (aka Cosi!on flicker)

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  176. Hi Rita, I use PSE every day. I've only had it a couple of months and am hoping the urge will abate. I'm getting nothing else done! Thanks for a chance to win a place in Amanda's workshop.

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  177. Hi Rita! I am brand spanking new to pse. I just edited 2 photos so far. A little lost. But...I use it everyday, for, um hours(shame!). I have 'the hidden manual' and that is it. I love the army guy bits. They are at my house too! UGH! (I have 4 boys).

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