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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 8 of 58

Apply Black & White Filters


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 8 of 58

Apply Black & White Filters


Lesson Info

Apply Black & White Filters

Let's go back to this image and let's explore if we wanted to make it black and white. I showed you that there is this saturation slider that you can do over here but you'll notice it leaves the image a little bit flat. And by flat I mean that the shadows are not dramatically shadowy if that's a phrase I can make use of. And the highlights are not popping either it's kind of flat. If we imagine that histogram that I showed you earlier it wouldn't have a lot of peaks and valleys going on because there's not a ton of contrast here. So I think that that can have a little more contrast. So I'm gonna revert this. And instead of dealing with any of these type of things I'm gonna pop over to the effects tab quickly. I have to wait a minute for this to render. Somehow, because that's sticky I reapplied it again. Okay, so when you click on the effects tab from adjustments you'll notice it takes a minute because it's rendering all these effects dynamically for you so you can get sort of a previe...

w of what that effect would look like. And if we come down a ways you'll notice that there's a black and white option. If we click that, whether we click the arrow or the thumbnail, same thing's gonna happen which is it will apply one of the black and white effects but then you'll also notice that this little drawer opens up and we see that there are four other black and white versions that we could apply. If we wanna see what this one is I can hover my cursor and a little tag pops up and tells me that's the silver effect. So if I click that we see a small adjustment that was made. I think that looks pretty nice. Let's see what this one is. This is called old school so yet a different one. The difference is pretty subtle so if you are watching at home on a monitor you might be thinking, "I don't see a huge difference." They're not huge, there's some like for example in this one if we hover over it this one's called what is this called platinum. This effect includes a vignette around the corners so it has darkened edges whereas the other black and white presets do not. This one includes, it's called tinted black, it's almost a bit sepia really, this one includes a tint so it's a little bit of a yellowy, old fashioned old timey kind of an effect. So it's just you know a matter of preference you can just click around. You do have to be a little patient because it renders the whole effect and that can take a moment. But that's a good place to look for black and white. If you like black and white these provide some nice options. Let's go back to our organizer and grab a couple of other images quickly. We're gonna grab to do two more examples here. Go to our practice files and we're gonna get this picture of this cat and I'm gonna hold down the command or control key and I'm gonna add this sunset picture to include both of these and one more also, two more I like. This picture here of my little nephew and this cat. So we'll get all of those open in the editor by clicking edit now. So it's gonna prepare all those files we can see them down here in this photo bin.

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.