Class Introduction

 

Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

 

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Today the class is a lot of fun, I think. We're going to be talking about how you can download, organize, edit, and share your photos. A few things that you're gonna be needing to participate with class today, is you're gonna be needing Adobe Photoshop Elements. The current version that was actually just released is Photoshop Elements 15. But it's not required that you have version in order to follow along. So that's just what you'll see me working in today, but it's okay if you have a slightly earlier version. So don't panic about that. And if you've never opened it before, that's perfect. That's what we're here for. It can be a little bit overwhelming at first, but my goal with this course is to get you feeling comfortable with the software, and having a plan to be able to deal with all of your images. So we're gonna take you from the download all the way through an entire workflow really, and then being able to share your photos. The first thing that I wanna do is talk about what t...

he software is. Because I think when we talk about Photoshop and that word in general, there's a lot of confusion about what that means and the different versions of the software that are out there. So we have Adobe Photoshop and we have Adobe Photoshop Elements. And they're very similar programs, but they do have some distinct differences. So we'll be working with Elements today. One of the things that makes Elements unique is that it has a built-in organizer. So what that means is that it's actually like you're getting two pieces of software in one. So we're gonna have an organizer component and we're going to have an editor component. And we'll be working with both of those. So we're gonna start this course by talking about the organizer, and we're gonna take a look at getting your images into the organizer and what that really means. And then we'll take a look at how we edit them and make some changes. Simple things like color correction, adjusting exposure, red eye correction. Fun, simple things like that. And then we'll move into the full-blown editor and look at more advanced things, and working with layers, layer masks, and making selections. And then we'll take it back around to the organizer on day two, and we'll finish up talking about organizing and using keywords and tags and working with some really cool new features involving facial recognition, which is a pretty cool thing I think you will enjoy.

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

Lessons

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