I want to be able to more easily edit newborn images, specifically softening their skin and making their ruddy skin more creamy. Are there features in PSE10 which would make this easier, or does PSE 7 have the features I need? Also, are there seminars/classes/tutorials which would help my learning curve? I so appreciate all the helpful people on this forum!
Either one would work. There are many online tutorials for this sort of thing, if you do a search. Most of them are for PS, but they're usually adaptable to PSE. One thing I would suggest is that if you wish to use PSE 7 you download one of the many free layer masking add-ons, like this one:
Layer masks are built into PSE 10, so no need to add one there.
A layer mask lets you hide part of a layer. So for instance, if you want to apply a gaussian blur to a layer for skin smoothing, with a layer mask you can easily edit out the eyes and mouth from the blur layer so that you see those in focus. You'll find that almost all tutorials written for photoshop use masking as an important basic technique, so it helps to have it available in PSE as well.
The short answer is "Yes", PSE10 will make it easier to do the retouching you want to do for newborn photos:
Don't get me wrong, you'll still need to do a lot of work, but PSE10 will make that work easier.
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