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


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.