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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 1 of 58

Class Introduction


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 1 of 58

Class Introduction


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


  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.