How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Lesson Info

Creating a Composite

Let's convert tio black and white to do that we can come up to the enhancement you like we did before, so enhanced convert to black and white, or we could also just say, adjust color, and we could adjust hugh saturation, and we could simply take the saturation slider and drag it out so there's a lot of different ways we can do this, but you don't get to really tweak it here, so let's, go back and go again to convert to black and white, so enhanced convert to black and white. Here we are, one of the things that I'm amazed with, and I'm already learning I mean, you know me, I'm a photo shop guy touched elements just very, very little bit where would you what would be your distinction? Like, where would you draw the line, taking it out of the high school and wear? Where would you send that person to work in elements? Oh, well, you know, I think they're both actually they both really have their pluses. I think it just depends what your needs are. If you're going to be working in a cm like ...

a color space, then you've got to be in front of shops photo shop because elements doesn't do seem like a, but you know, if you're new to this and you are you're just looking to get started, and you you aren't sure how far you want to go with it or if you really want to invest all the way into photoshopped photo shop elements is the perfect place to get started. I think on dh certainly if you're if you're a hobbyist, you know, I teach a lot of people back home of all ages, and I get a lot of, like new retirees that are excited to be head now and doing all kinds of things in there in the photography now, really, for the first time, and they love it. So it's just all ages and it's a perfect place to start. Great. Well, looks like we're fixed up, ready to go back? Yeah, all right, so here we are, we were adjusting to black and white so we can come down here and select the style and we can tweak the sliders here is much as we want. I wonder if they shut my tablet off. I don't know. Oh, what's happening kind of just freezing up. Do you want to force quick elements? And maybe that will help it. We'll bring it back. Yeah, oh, maybe they're trying to take over for me no, I'm not sure so while you're doing that, maybe we bring steel back in and he can do feel you could do a little bit of work, and I'm just gonna let the folks out there on the internet, no kind of a few things about photo week, this is really are absolute, the biggest event of the entire year. We have over sixty hours of photography education, and I don't know if you've probably been with us already this morning, and you've been listening to care ago through photo shop elements and she's, a fantastic instructor, and she goes really, really fast and it's it's great. We love the fact that she goes fast because one of the cool things about our product is that you guys out there, once you purchase the course, will have the ability to rewind and re watch at your own convenience. When you purchase any class from photo week two thousand fifteen, you will own it forever. You can download it to your computer or just watch it streaming right from your computer, right on our site now every class that we have, we do sell individually, but what's really great is right now you can buy during this live event now that's on ly during photo week, you can get our entire bundle of all the workshops again, that's over sixty hours of photo education for one hundred ninety nine dollars if you do the math and you break it down, you'll find that you're really getting so much so much for four year ah, you know, for your education, that's something that you'll always have. Um all right, so care I'm thinking maybe I can know steals working with you, I can through some more questions your way is they're going to do a quick restart. Great. Ok, that sounds great. So I'm gonna pick up my questions and again hey, you know, you just mentioned this so let's go on this what's the difference between seeing why k and r g b why would someone you see in mike? Yeah, we'll see my k is used for print it's actually ink on paper like you would use to print a newspaper or a four color flyer so it's sometimes called process color, but this is a way of making color that's different and it's actually different than if you send a photo to a photo lab. They're going to print with an rgb process, but if you're something, if you're designing an ad for a magazine, for example, that would be in family kate most in most cases, so it really just depends on what your building and how it's going to be output so winning doubt ask whoever you're sending perfect okay we left we were back ready to go hopefully we are let's tryto again we'll have to do it quick uh kept up to fix his little scratch there we are so quick review will grab this spot healing razzle zoom in on his cheek left bracket key to make that brush smaller and we'll just brush right over it and it's gone and then a press commander control zero to scoot out of that and we'll do that black and white we'll just the levels one more time enhance adjust lighting levels here's our history ram and we'll take this highlights lighter and drag it inward and adjust those mid tones to something like that okay now black and white conversion enhance converted to black and white okay maybe we won't push the envelope too hard this time but you can adjust the sliders down here to get whatever kind of look you are going for and when you're happy with it you click ok okay so we have this adjusted we fix the scratch we adjusted the exposure would converted it to black and white now let me say something that's really cool about element again this is different than you'll find in a big photo shop next to this button down here far layers panel we have this thing called effects came and if I click on it this is where we find our um filters are different styles we've got all these different different effects, like faded photos, we can add glows. We have something called texters. Um, let me find my background there under graphics, sorry, so we have effects over there. What I really want to show you the graphics that we have, because sometimes when you're working in photo shop especially they do a lot of design pieces, you might be looking for things you can mix in for making composites, and you're like, where am I going to get this? These files were going to get source files for this stuff. Well in elements, they have some options for you that are built in so next two layers next to the effects button, we want to click graphics, and then we have all different types of graphics. We've got background frames, shapes, text, graphics, and then you can just view. All right, now I'm just going to work with backgrounds, and if I scroll through this quite long list, look at all these backgrounds that you have available to you. So if you're making a design piece, or maybe you're into digital scrapbooking that's a good one, jim to point out like, if you're into digital scrapbooking, I think elements, is that maybe a better match because of stuff like this? So there's all these built in background so here's what we're going to do, I'm gonna actually take the file and we're going to duplicate it by going up to the file menu and choosing duplicate and I'm going to call it texture because the way that this works is elements takes whatever texture we have over here and it's going to just apply it to your image, so I don't want to actually apply it over right here I just want to apply it to this image and then I can mix them up how I won so I duplicated the file because I'm basically going to replace it and if I scroll through this list of all these textures oh my goodness there's so many I have found after an exhaustive search, I found that I like this texture right here for this particular thing, so if I double click if I hover over, you'll see it's called old paper gray if I double click it it's going to just fill this with the texture ok, so my little q t little boy is gone and I just have this texture but he's still over here, so what I need to do is drag this texture on top of this image over here there's a couple of ways to do that I can grab the move tool over here in my tool bar that's this plus, looking simple right here, I can do that, and then I just dragged from the image like this I just drag up into the tab. I wait till the scene changes and then I can drag down and if I hold shift when I drop it, it'll just land perfectly like that. So that's one method that's how you would do it in big brother photoshopped or here, but check out what's unique element this is what I wish adobe if you're listening, this is what I would love to see in the other photo shot too there's, something called the photo been ok. So down here, if I click photo bin, it shows me all of my open images as some nails not just tabs up here, right? Because when you're working in your images at home, they don't usually say glitter or water color. They're usually named like this zero, five, eight, zero or whatever and it's so hard to know what's what? And if you have a ton open, you could run out of tab room and it's just kind of messy. So what need is I can also navigate between my images visually using this photo been so if I want to go back to the texture image, I double click and now that's my active image and I can actually with the move to ally can actually drag from here straight down onto his picture and again with my shift drop it will just position that right there on that on that image designing sense so I love this because you know, working with photo shop where obviously visual people this is a really visual way to move around between your images and I think it's great so we've got that in there now let's talk about our layers panel so from the graphics tab we're going to go back to layers and now we can see that we have a new layer in here we've got him right here and then we have this great texture on top of it so if I slide it out of the way we can see him hiding underneath but what we actually want to do is be able to blend them together so in the layers panel we have the ability to change the way that one layer interacts with the other layers around it. So right now this layer is in what's called normal blend mode and that's why it's just covering him up? What I want to do is actually switch this from normal to something called multiplied and now I can see him underneath this texture that makes sense and there's all kinds of different blood mode so you can experiment like maybe we like the overlay look or vivid light you can see the effect can range from dramatic to more subtle just depends what you're looking for. In my case, I like that it darkens it, so I'm going to go ahead and do this multiply blend mode and if I want to adjust the a pass ity maybe I feel like the textures a little too overwhelming in the layers panel there's a little drop down right here where it says opacity it's currently set to one hundred percent that means it's one hundred percent o pig, but I can reduce that and make it a semi transparent by lowering the slider. So if I say that away, if I drag it to zero as if it's gone, so maybe one hundred percent is too strong, maybe we just fade that too. I don't know seventy five ish or seventy whatever I've you whenever you feel like it's going to look good, so we still have a little bit of texture and it's a little bit old looking and kind of fun, but not too overwhelming, ok, so that's that is a little bit about the blend mode and capacity. One of the things I want to do next is actually size this so let's pretend that we are making like a birth announcement because I I've never actually sent one out I may be I don't know it's like it's on facebook that I'm announcing it, but I never actually made a print piece, so I don't know maybe I'm like killing two birds with ones down here so let's pretend that we wanted to make this the birth announcement so let's say I want a print this as a four by six, so I'm going to grab the crop tools so I'm going to use the crop tool to actually resize this to a four by six because right now this is just straight out of my camera big so one way that we can tell how big it is is if we come down here to this little arrow next to where it says document it's showing me that it's sixty three point three megs that's huge so I've got like, all twenty something megapixels in here right now we don't need all that for a four by six, so I'm gonna actually click this little arrow I'll have to cancel this first, I'll click this little arrow and I'm going to choose document dimensions and that allows me to see that this document is currently eighty inches by fifty three inches at seventy two pixels print so it's pretty huge let's corral it and make it nice and to a four by six that way we're not having to use an insane font size and just crazy things so we're going to corral this so I'm going to tell it tio crop this into a four by six and over here I'm going to tell it that I want three hundred pixels per inch normally I would say when you're cropping an image exercise you want to leave this blank because you don't wantto force it tio hit a certain resolution, but in this case I know that I've got crazy more pixels that I need so I know that by making this a four by six with three hundred pixels prints that I'm actually getting rid of pixels and I'm ok with that, so then I'm going to use the crop tool to just draw out this crop and I'm going toe commit it and you see it got smaller on my screen because we actually threw away pixels and it's ok? Because I'm designing a four by six on purpose if I was just editing a photo and I don't know what I'm going to do with it later than I would not be reese iving it because I'd want to keep all those pixels, but in this case I'm purposely down fighting everything okay? So I'll zoom back in with commander control plus and now we've got this size so we can see down here showing us that it's for my six, three hundred pixels per inch, so we're set as farrah sizing goes

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