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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 45 of 58

Adjust Facial Features


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 45 of 58

Adjust Facial Features


Lesson Info

Adjust Facial Features

The new thing that you can do by adjusting faces in Photoshop, and I just think this is so funny, I couldn't not show you. I was skeptical when I heard about this feature. I thought there's no way, like how corny is this gonna be? But it's not corny, it's actually pretty realistic. So this is a picture of me and my son, and it's funny because he's the most happy kid, of course, full of smiles, very expressive. This was the first time that we ever put him on a bike, and I think he was not sure what to think, and he gave me the most deadpan expression, and it's just hilarious. So, and I'm of course really excited, but I thought, let's see what we can do with his mouth. So I'm gonna zoom in really, so you can really, really see. We'll keep his whole face in the frame here. But I'm not even gonna make a selection. I'm just gonna go to the Enhance menu, and you'll notice that there's an option down here, this is new for Elements 15, to adjust facial features. When I click on that, it's gonn...

a try to find all the faces, and it sees mine. We'll just not even go there. So I'll click to select his face, and I can tell it's selected because it's got the highlighted circle around it, and then, over here, in the lips section, we see that there's a smile slider. See if I can zoom in so you can see a little bit better. Check out what happens when I take the smile slider and I drag it to the right. (whistle going up in pitch) (laughs) How cool is that? Or what if we pull it down? (whistle going down in pitch) So this is where it started, and we can either make it more frowny, or we can ever so gently make it a little bit of a smile, and I just think that's hilarious. You can also adjust the width or the height of the lips. Maybe a little pucker. Ooh. (laughs) And you can even control the upper lip separately from the lower lip. So that's pretty wild. I always feel like I don't have much of an upper lip. Looks like he got more of an upper lip than I have, but I can give myself a little Botox injection right there, I guess. You can also adjust the eyes. If we click on the eyes, you can adjust the height. So it's subtle, but if you really exaggerate it, it can look cartoony. So we can adjust the eyes. You can even adjust the width of the eyes, the size. This definitely looks cartoony. The tilt, and even the distance between them. (laughs) It's kind of amazing. So, you can obviously have some fun with that. There's also some nose adjustments, and an overall face adjustment for forehead height, jawbone shape, and chin height. So, that's pretty fantastic. These are things that you could've done before with the liquefy tool, but you had to be really pretty skilled at pulling it off. So, it's really awesome to have this new feature where you can just click and drag.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow


a Creativelive Student

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.


I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.