How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements

Lesson 1/10 - Class Introduction


How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Let's get started. We are gonna be talking today about editing with Photoshop Elements. You might be thinking, Photoshop what? Because not everyone's heard of Elements. But I'm gonna take a minute and just explain how this works and really what it is. It's different than the Photoshop that you've probably heard of. Here's what Adobe has to say about it from their website. It says, Photoshop Elements is designed for everyday consumers who are just getting started with photo editing and want an easy way to organize, transform, create, and share photos on their computers or mobile devices. So, what does that really mean? Well I like to think of it if you were to compare Photoshop, big brother Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, I like to think of Photoshop as that really good looking hottie from high school that maybe you had a crush on, but you were like, a little intimidated to talk to them. And then Photoshop Elements is the equally attractive, but much more approachable, maybe neighbor ...

that you had or something like that. That's how I like to think of them. So we've got big brother Photoshop and your approachable neighbor Photoshop Elements. The current version of Elements is 13. That's where we are with that. The next question I usually get is, what's the big difference? Why do we have Photoshop and Photoshop Elements? I guess first of all, let's talk about some similarities. There is a lot that they have in common. For example, both programs have actions. Even in Photoshop Elements, you can work with actions. You still have the magic of adjustment layers and layer masks. You can work with levels. You still have brushes and all the awesome stuff that goes with brushes, and patterns. Some bonus features that you have in Elements that you don't have in big brother Photoshop are some helpful widgets. I'll hopefully get to touch on some of those. You have some extra shapes that don't exist in big brother Photoshop. And you have what I think is one of the best features and I wish this would be taken up in the other Photoshop, as well, and that is the photo bin. I'm gonna be showing you what those things are. But there are some differences. There are some limitations, of course, to Elements. You can't work in CMYK, for example, so that's probably I think the biggest difference. But, for most people, you're working in RGB, so that doesn't apply the same way that you would expect. But, one of the biggest differences is really cost. Photoshop Elements is still currently available for just purchase, it's not a subscription base like big brother Photoshop is. You can actually just buy Photoshop Elements for less than 100 bucks, which is really great when you're new to all this and you're just getting started. It's not a very big investment. That makes it pretty awesome. Like I said, it's your very approachable, but very good looking neighbor. Let me explain how this works, 'cause it's a little different than Photoshop in this sense, too. Photoshop Elements contains two parts. We have the organizer, which I'll show you briefly today. We're gonna spend most of our time talking about the editor this morning. But it has two parts, the organizer and the editor. Depending on which version of Photoshop Elements you have, if you have an older version, those two, the organizer and the editor, may actually be one piece of software. They've changed it over the years. They used to be two separate programs, then they merged them together, and now they've actually separated them back out again. Who knows what you've got, depending on your version. But currently, they are separate. You actually have two separate icons in your dock or your task bar. That's how that works. They are integrated, as you'll see. So you can take an image from the organizer and move it into the editor and then it'll go back and forth. It's very fluid the way that it operates, but it is actually two separate programs. It's similar to big brother Photoshop and, for example, Lightroom. If you have Photoshop Elements, you really have everything you need to organize, and manage, and edit all of your photos right there. This is basically the more approachable and friendly version of Photoshop and Lightroom in one. That's what Photoshop Elements is.

Class Description

Everyone has heard of Adobe® Photoshop®, but have you met its easy-to-use counterpart, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements?

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is the perfect tool for hobbyists and beginners who are looking for a simplified introduction to image editing and organization.

In this class, Khara Plicanic will get you started in this easy-to-use program. You’ll learn about everything from organizing your image collection to retouching to adding graphics. Khara will help you discover the function and features that make Adobe® Photoshop® Elements an awesome solution for folks who don’t need all the bells and whistles.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015