Editing with Photoshop Elements Part 1


Digital Photography 101


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Editing with Photoshop Elements Part 1

I'm going now pop over to the editor version of photo shop elements twelve and it's pretty easy to dio I'll just come down here, it's on the very bottom and it's a little icon is I hover my mouse over it. A little tool tip pops up and it says launch editor workspace for detailed edits I'm just going to click on that. And now it's opening the editor version. So here I've got my photo editor window and this is photoshopped elements editor, and this is where you can edit, enhance and share your images, and I'm gonna try to scoop my window over and it's a little bit different sizing because I think I'm set up for the monitor here, but we'll give it a world at the very top. There are three different ways you can edit your pictures if I click on quick. That little tab brings me to some very quick ways to edit images, but first I want tio open up an image it's like, oh, well, skip from the organizer to the editor, but I did not open anything up, so they're a couple different ways you can do i...

t right now, I can't see the bottom of my screen, so I can't see the icon to click it, so what? I'm going to d'oh is instead I normally would click on a little icon in the bottom and skip back to the organizer. You can always open up pictures from the organizer bringing to the editor, but what I'm going to do is go in and just open up pictures and bring them directly into the editor, and this is what a lot of people do anyway, if they don't go to the organizer, or maybe they've organized all their pictures and they just want to go in and edit them, so to do that, just come to the menu, bart, the very top and roll down to open, and now you get to see my dirty sock drawer of all my pictures. I'm going to click on the c l shoot and day three, and here I can go through now. I have pictures in the organizer, but right now I'm just going to show you some great ways to edit your photos, and we'll just pick out a few here like that one kind of looked good, and I'm just going to hit the shift key on the keyboard, hold it down and just open up a group of photos. It's usually not a good idea if you're opening up the editor to open up, say, more than ten photos all at once, depending on what the ram is on your computer. You know what sort of memory it has? You may have issues with opening up lots of photos all at once. I certainly wouldn't want to open up the whole folder here in photo shop elements because the computer might go crash and I don't need that many pictures open ok, so some of these turned out some of these? Okay. That's nice that's. Nice. All right, so what's happening here is I have a quick edit and this is the three tabs at the top we've got quick at it guided at it an expert at it. So if we look over here quick at it there's just some basic things you khun dio I could click on exposure levels, which is another way to kind of change the exposure in your images color balance um, you can do that and it's like the computer automatically. The software program will give you some options about different exposure levels you can use with just a slider and you can make the picture darker, lighter kind of play around with it like that. It doesn't give you a whole lot of leeway. It's not probably the most customizable way to edit photos, but quick edit is just that it's a very quick way to get in and do some instant edits and maybe if I wanted to make that a little bit darker than it wass I could do that, I could click on color and woo wouldn't want it to be that color, but I could click her in this middle picture that's in thes little icons they provide you and I could change the hue and kind of play around with that so you can go in and makes a nice quick edits, but I don't really recommend using quick at it is if long as you're getting photoshopped elements you something that has more bells and whistles to it, we're gonna have a little bit more fun, so as I was describing quick fix, there are lots of different things you can do on dh sometimes it's just very automatic, as I call it, were overhearing quick fix I can click on otto and it's going to make its best guesstimate is what the color should be, but it is I don't like that at all do you? That looks way too blue, so no worries you don't have to stay with that, you can undo whatever you've just done. I'm going to come down here in the lower part of the screen where there's this little arrow that points back to the left, a little curved arrow and just click on that toe undo it it's like I didn't like it all right, so this is quick at it and it has some nice features to it and that you could look at the before and after as your editing pictures over here in the upper left, I've got a little drop down that says after only meeting the picture, I'm editing that's all I'm seeing, but maybe I want to see the before and after, and I would in this instance click on before and after horizontal so I can match them up side by side. So before is on the left after is on the right, I could come back over here and do some fixing and see if you know, the software program would do anything for me that I might like, and this is just totally cutting it, clicking around, um, no great plan to this, so you could do that, and you could spend hours just kind of clicking around and experimenting, and we've got the before and after right there, but what I'm going to do now is go over to the guided edits at the very top, and the guided at it is just that what it does is it can walk you through and that's, what this did is it took the picture that we were just working on going to make sure we're looking at. This again what it did is it took the photo that I was working on in quick at it and brought it over to guided at it so you can play with things like that if you want to but I'm just going to close it out and start with the whole new photo and guided at it so too close photos there's a little x appear on the upper right to close the file I can close it that way or come appear to the mini bar and say file close and I'm not going to save the changes ok so here's the photo as it wass and I'm in guided edit so it kind of got rid of those changes we made and took me back to the original photo and guided ed it is just that it guide you through doing some fun stuff so for instance if I wanted to come over here and click on brightness and contrast I could do an auto fix or I could take these little sliders and have a little bit more control over adjusting the brightness and the contrast in anyone photo I'm gonna just click cancel and walk through some different things you khun dio I could also come in here and let's say crop the photo and this is kind of cool remember we were talking about in the last segment if you take a photograph and you wanted to do the rule of thirds in camera being photographing someone using the rule of thirds, you would do that, but you could also crop in image and turn it into a composition that looks like the rule of thirds. So in this instance, thie image that's taken here is is a basic portrait shot in the eyes air in the upper third of the image, which is, you know, something that would be thought of as a rule of thirds image, but I could crop this even mohr and still keep it a rule of thirds or crop other images too. So what happened was I clicked on the crop and immediately puts this little box of dancing ants out over my image and these little handles on each corner of that. And if I want to change the size of this crop, I just hover my mouth's over one of those little handles, click hold and drag and move my mouth out a little bit and do the same thing with the still handle down here in this corner and maybe I want to move, move it up a little bit and this is how I could get like really, you know, right on with the whole rule of thirds I want to be totally precise look att his his his left are you're the left eyes you're looking at him it's now right over that intersection of the rule of thirds or the rule of thirds defied the scene in the thirds like this grid or tic tac toe board and place something of interest at one or more of those intersections and or just move some a little bit off to the side it doesn't have to be perfect but this is a great example of cropping something to exactly the rule of thirds and maybe changing it a little bit and there a couple of ways that you can then crop it I can either click on this little green checkmark and commit that says commit current operation or I can just double click right on top of the picture and boom there you go so that makes things a little bit it's a different looking portrait now isn't he has some more space over here on the right and it's cropped a little bit if you look at the portrait photograph on the left and the before picture he has a lot of shirt going on down there I mean which isn't necessarily important to the picture what's important is his face although we wanted to be a portrait that's not totally cropped you know up to his neck then and includes some shirt in there so you can play around with this as you are cropping your photographs and say well, you know I don't need all this information down here and also he's got this microphone on his shirt and that was because we were on the set and we wanted to hear what he had to say, but maybe when he's using this portrait, he doesn't want a microphone unless maybe he's auditioning for something else. I don't know. So show you how we can get rid of that trying to save done. I'm actually going to commit to this crop and say, done so that's our before and that's our after lots of other things you can do in here too. One of the things I like to use is perfect portrait and let's say you wanted to blur out the image a little bit. I could apply a smart blur and what's cool about this. Guided at it is it does guide you through every step of the way, and right now, it's given me a window that says it's, just giving me some default radius and threshold numbers we don't need to get into that right now. I'm just going to take what it gives me and say, ok, and what it's doing is it's applying just a little bit of a blur that gives a little bit of kind of less detail? What I did is I just pressed the z button on my keyboard, and that gives me the zoom tool. Which is a little looks like a magnifying glass with a plus sign on it right over his cheek in a click once, click twice, click a couple more times, I can see the difference um, with what I did over here on the right it's blur just slightly over the picture on the left picture on the left, I could if I zoom in close now he has great skin, but just a couple little skin imperfections and here's the deal when you take pictures with digital cameras now there's so much detail in them it's more detail than we really do see with our eyes so that's my logic and why I like to photo shop my pictures just a little bit because we don't need to see all those pores we don't need to see all that stuff and it's not really what we see in real life anyway, especially if you're not wearing your glasses. One of the reasons you lose your sight as you get older, you don't see the wrinkles, okay, so I can I can also scroll down here under perfect portrait, and if I wanted to use, say, the spot healing tool, the red eye removal twelve he had red eye, which he doesn't, I could brighten the eyes, click on bright in the eyes and what that does, like click on brighton the eyes, it turns my mouse now into a round circle, which is really a brush, and I can go in and kind of brush out these white areas and make him look a little bit wire. I'm going to zoom in a little bit more, so you can see this. Uh, okay, and this is what photo shop rita cher's do they've zoom in really close to people and things, in fact, from I have photo shoots and I'm photo shopping a lot of wrinkles and sun damage off of family of five I feel like I know them intimately by the time I'm finished anyway, so now I'm wise, I brighten eyes some over and brighten eyes. This now is a brush now the brush size khun b different sizes and I can I can adjust that a couple different ways. The way I like to adjust it is to hit the bracket key on my keyboard, the bracket keys. They're kind of in the upper right of your keyboard, sort of right below that delete button and you could make the brush size anyway, anything you want, so I'm just going to kind of brush you want to make the slayer visible, yes, I went to brush over the eyes with this little brush and kind of changed the brush sizes, I moved down and why am I doing this? And I'm making him look like a zombie? Well, um, no, you'll see when I zoom out, what happens in a lot of portrait photographs is people's eyes and their teeth just artist white is they'd like him to be, so why not white him up a little bit? And it really kind of helps the eyes pop and you want to be careful when you do this and I'm going to show you how to do this an expert at it at it all, so you have a little bit more control guided at it? Well, it's kind of a semi automatic way to work through stuff, but what I do and I'm I'm photoshopping pictures I just want the eyes to pop a little bit and so I'll make the's the white part of people's eyes a little bit lighter and sometimes I'll even if they have lighter eyes, I'll do a little swipe around the iris like that and it lightens up the irish just a little bit, which tends to make it pop and I'm now going to zoom out of the picture and I'm going to do that by clicking the z key on my keyboard and if I hold down the option key on my keyboard and click this little magnifying glass as a minus sign in it and if I'm clicking now the picture gets smaller so it's very subtle click on it again make a little bit bigger it's very subtle but his eye is just a little bit lighter over here and it I don't know it kind of adds a nice little effect for portrait photos I'm going toe zoom out just a little bit and show you one more thing in guided at it here that I like and it doesn't necessarily apply to everyone but it's something you can try and use and it's called slim down hey how to lose ten years ten pounds in ten minutes using adobe photo shop elements so I'm going to click on slim down and what does that do? Well, it makes him look a little bit slimmer now that the picture just like uh went back to its original size he may not have noticed that I'm going to click on undo and do that again I'm clicking on watch the picture on the right the one this is after looks a little bit slimmer I could keep clicking on it and you get skinnier and skinnier and skinnier skin here and it was almost too skinny now I think we need to give them back some weight so I can undo undue undue so you can really play with this you know, pictures from the beach slimming down play around and guided at it why not? Okay so that's just one thing you khun dio um as faras slimming down we can do other things too like how I could darken the eyebrows so that could be kind of fun I'm going to zoom in again so I can get closer now I was pressing the z on my keyboard and clicking on the picture to zoom in but I can also go over to the left there's like a little tool bar that comes with this that has a hand if I click on the hand I could move the image around once I've zoomed into it so I'm going to click on the a little magnifying glass here in the upper right which is a zoom tool and click on the picture once twice three times and now if I wanted to move this around I'll just click on the hand over here on the left in the tool bar and if I want to see different parts of the head or the neck or whatever I could kind of play around and just moving around and get it to where I wanted to be here's something that's kind of nice I get a little distracted when I look at the photograph and I look at all the different things you can do what we were talking about darkening eyebrows so click on dark and eyebrows and now my mouse is a little brush and I could just kind of brush it over those little places in his eyebrows that we're missing some hair. It's not everybody's eyebrows, er totally perfect. Sometimes this works better on women, some of us, you know, a little powder on her, I've become show up, and now in photographs, you could make him even darker, so you can really go in and just I like to suddenly perfect pictures, it's not that you want to make him look like they have a ton of makeup on or something like that, but just to kind of, you know, make things look just a little bit better, just so much that people can't tell. But when they look at the photo, they think, wow, I look great, you're such a great photographer. Yes, I am, and I'm a good photo retouch er I'm going to click on cancel, and I think I'm gonna work on maybe, oh, one more thing to show you the vignette effect, and then I want to go to the other part of editing and show you some other things you can do so again, I'm in the guided edit, so if you look at the top, you'll always know where you're at their three tabs quick guided, an expert and with this it's kind of nice, the guided at and again it just sort of guide you through everything and it's showing me something that would happen to my photos if I decided to do it. It's saying this is the after shot of what's going to happen with this black or white, then yet so if I roll, my mouth's covered, it shows me the four shot of what could happen. And this is just adobe photoshopped elements little sample picture of the dog, and I take my mouth's away and that's the after so that's what they're talking about is this faras a vignette. So if I wanted to apply a vignette to my photo, I can apply a black thing yet like that, and I can adjust the intensity of that vignette just by clicking on this little side or down here and making it. Maybe not, so we'll also dark. Maybe I just wanted to be very subtle like that. I'll just take the little slider and move it over and change the intensity. Or maybe I've decided I wanted to make the vignette white. Ok, that looks like those old school photos, so, you know, you could have some fun with this and create all kinds of effects. And I would like to scroll down sometimes I'm surprised by new things they add into the guided edit section of adobe photoshopped elements is like keep sliding down what else is down there? Um ok out one more thing let's try zoom burst effects so there is theat after shot of what you can do with your photograph I'm going to roll my mouse over it and there is the before shot of that little girl that's their sample photo roll it off ok, I'm going to just add zoom burst and it even tells you right beneath that ad zoom burst button it says click the add focus area button and then click and drag on your image to specify the area of focus. So now I know what to dio it guides me right through it it's going to click on add zoom burst and it's it's doing something it's doing something very serious because it's taking a couple seconds just in time for me to sip some tea out of my cannon linds. And so what is going to do is apply all these super groovy things you would normally have to do if you were using the regular expert guided at it and do some fun stuff on your own manually but this does it all for you so it's creating this wild effect okay looking a little while well, one of the cool things that you can do with this particular tool we added the zoom burst, but I'm scrolling down here lower in the panel and looking at some other things that are available to d'oh this says ad focus area so fight, click add focus area and I think it's telling me that if I draw from one part of the photo to another with this, this will bring that focus back to his face so maybe I don't want that effect to be in certain places I just you know, on his face, so now I'm dragging this across his face it's now bringing that part of his face back and focus so it's it's a it's a look you know it's an effect that's something you can play around with maybe you didn't get that whole shallow depth of field blurry look in your portrait photo, but you could apply it later using an image editing software program and adobe photo shop elements has this groovy guided at it and click cancel again because I'm just kind of move oh, you know what here's the thing here's another one that's kind of cool it's called picture stack and I'm just going to click on it says select the number of pictures you want to have actually show up so here's the effect that's going to happen up above and I'm clicked I'm clicking on four pictures and it's kind of breaking up the photo into four pictures and I can choose the size of the frame and, um make the frame bigger if I want tio I can change the background you just I think you get the idea there's a lot to do to play around in here I'm just going to cancel out of that anybody see anything else in here? They want me to try before I move on to expert at it the reflection what does that do to one of the very bottom a reflection? Ok, let's, check that out so it's guiding us through. So here is the sample photo right above so let's, this is the after shot if I roll over it. Ok, so it was a picture that you can take and apply that reflection too. So let's see what happens with this photograph that we have just click on the button that says add reflection and ok it's just out of the reflection but let's kind of keep clicking down here sometimes beneath the effect. There are other things that add to that effect so I might clean it says the eyedropper tool to choose a background color applying effect to make your reflection more realistic well, let's do that, so I'm going to click on let's say water and some of these are you have to go incrementally so I don't know maybe there's something I've got to do with the eyedropper tool and fill the background okay, I haven't played with us when yet so so it was a progression tried to click on one two and three and now I get to click on the water and it's showing me this an extra window that looks like that the water is going to ripple and I can change the amount of the ripple okay let's really move it up the scale and see what happens and it's got me I can choose pixels I'm just going to say ok for motion blur and just see what happens, ok, well I can adjust the intensity of it have it go all the way there is he's double I don't really I'm not really seeing the water effect as much, but you know we could zoom in and see what that looks like close up oh yeah, he looks a little watering a little ripley that way so I don't know something you can really play with and check out and I think that the image that they used as an example appear would probably be something better like maybe I would have a picture that was on ah white background or you know something with the black background that looks like it actually would reflect onto it um and maybe try it with a picture like that but I mean that's totally what you want to do in here is kind of click around play going to say cancel and there's other fun stuff you can do puzzle effect and you know all kinds of stuff so I'm going to close out of this guided edit and I'm going to go over to for sina close what we did here to say close all and I'm not going to save anything and let's go over to expert at it an expert at it is very close to what the professional version of photoshopped looks like and don't let this freak you out though if you haven't gotten into any image editing before because they actually make it really easy for you and once you do a couple things in here and kind of get the concept of how photoshopped works you could play around with this you know forever and not even need to move up to regular say regular the professional version that expensive version of photo shop because that's really for people unless you intend to do this that are working in graphic design and maybe with high end printers and they need I need to do things that are very professionally oriented and if you are you know just doing some cool things with your photographs and want to create effects and share him and all that photoshopped elements is great and it's. Also only about it's. Like ninety nine dollars, or something so it's significantly less expensive than purchasing the regular version of photo shop.

Class Description

Are you ready to start taking amazing digital images? Join award-winning photographer Erin Manning for a three-day introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography — frustration-free.

Whether you take pictures with your phone, a point-and-shoot digital camera, or a DSLR, Erin will give you the tools you need to capture beautiful digital images. You’ll learn about light and exposure, including how to work with and modify your on-camera flash. You’ll learn about common errors beginning photographers make and develop strategies for troubleshooting. Erin will also guide you through the basics of digital image editing and sharing your images online.

By the end of Digital Photography 101, you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.



Good basic or "refresher" course.