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.

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


Class Introduction
Understand How Elements Works
Importing Images
Workspace Basics: Organizer
Workspace Basics: Editor
Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
Apply Black & White Filters
Sharpen an Image
Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
Explanation of Photoshop Elements
Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
Guided Edit Overview
Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
Ways to Save Files
Layers & Simple Selections
Combine Images with Layers
How to Use Layer Styles
Make Selections with Layers
Make Selection with Lasso
Compositing with Multiple Images
Refine Edge Selection on Image
Use Refine Edge on Images
Create Gradient in Image
Gradient Map Differences
Options for Saving
Brushes Overview
Creatively Use Brushes
How to Change Brush Settings
Use Shape Tool with Brushes
Work with Multiple Shape Layers
Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
How to Load Brushes into Elements
Add Layer Style to Image
Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
Retouching Overview
How to Use Content-Aware Fill
How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
How to Remove Tattoos
Remove a Gap in Teeth
How to Whiten Teeth
Adjust Facial Features
Working with Type Overview
Match Type for Image
How to Manipulate Type Layers
Create Postcard with Type
Add Type on a Path
Organizing Images in Elements
Add Keywords to Images
Smart Tags Overview
Using Albums in Elements
Places Workspace Overview
Use Event Tags on Images
Timeline for Image Organization
Recommended Workflow


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