Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 45/58 - Adjust Facial Features


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


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 2015.5.1


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