Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Color Adjustments in Quick Fix

Let's talk about the Color tab here. This allows us to tweak our color and make some color corrections if our image needs it. So for example, we have an image that would be good for this. So I'm gonna click back to go to the Organizer. We see this Edit in Progress, that's fine. I'm gonna click here to go back to the grid, and I have an image that could use some color correction. That's this one right here. So if I double click, you can see this is a picture of the toy shelf in my son's room, and it's looking a little bit purple. This happens a lot in our photos. We have a color balance issue. This image has what we call a color cast. It's sort of been stained with light in a color that's not rendering it correctly. So with this image selected in the Organizer, I'm just gonna click the button down here to bring it over to the Editor, and it doesn't wanna cooperate, because my disc is full, almost full. I'm gonna close some of these images by right-clicking. We'll leave that one, I guess...

. Let's try it again. That made all the difference, I guess, okay. So here's this image now and we can see that it is a little bit purple. So if I was to try to fix this, this is where I'd wanna go, the Color button right here and you'll notice again we have a slider and we have these little presets. We have three options. We can adjust the saturation, the hue, or the vibrance. So saturation refers to the intensity of the color and whether it's jacked up all the way really high like this. Now that looks like a really bad, I don't know, horror film or something. That's crazy. If I, on the other end of the spectrum, if I drag this slider all the way to the left then our image appears black and white and we'll look at some other ways to create black and white, but this is one option. I suppose you could just de saturate your whole image. So of course there's any place in between, but simply sucking the color out of this photo is not going to correct the problem. I mean, it removes the problem, but it's not gonna correct it. So we're not gonna worry about that. So here we are in this color control over here. We talked about saturation. Hue allows us to take the existing color in our image and just push it around the color wheel. So we can skew the color, that's what I like to say, we can skew the hue by taking the slider and pushing it around or of course, coming down here. So that gives you some surreal effects by just sort of flip flopping your colors and I wanna say inverting, but it's not a true inverse, but just sort of turning things upside down and pushing the color around, which isn't very practical, but it can help sometimes and it can create just an interesting effect occasionally. We'll set that back to zero by clicking in this space right here because remember this little icon means that that's where you started. The other option is Vibrance. Vibrance is kind of similar to saturation in that it can adjust the intensity of your colors, but the difference is it sort of has like a, sort of I wanna say like a filter, but the saturation, I mean, if you crank up the saturation your image looks like it has been exposed to something really bad. But Vibrance can still intensify the colors, but I think it applies it a little bit more, with more finesse. So for example, if you are working on an image with a person, it's going to instead of turning them into a gnome or something, it's gonna more intelligently apply the saturation so that they don't turn orange or some other off the wall color. So Vibrance is a nice thing to check out too, especially on pictures of people. But to correct this color balance problem we wanna not be in the color space, but rather we want to go down to this balance option. Here we see two things we can control. We can control the Temperature and we can control the Tint. So the Temperature is going to take our image from blue to, well it's depicted here as red, but it's kinda more like a yellowy red. Like that so this image that we started with has a bit of a purple or I would say magenta color to it, so I would temper some of that. It's a little bit blue and purple. So I would balance that out by pushing this a little bit to the right. Not a whole ton, a little goes a long way here. So I think even something like is gonna be too far. We started at 50, so I'm gonna bump that to even just like 53 maybe. And then if we go up to Tint we now see that we can control the greens and the purples. So this image, like we said, is a little bit too purple so I would take the slider and I'd try to move away from purple just a smidge. Like maybe this minus 20 position seems to be pretty good. So if I click I can get that applied. You have to be a little bit careful because it's sticky to your mouse. So even though I'm not clicking on these buttons, just mousing over them makes the slider move and I find that visually just irritating when I'm trying to make adjustments and it's changing on me all the time. So that's why you see it on my screen getting a little bit jumpy. So that is one way that we could adjust and correct color. Of course, if you have a color problem and you don't feel like this, like you think that this is gonna be a good way to attack it because maybe you're like, "I just don't really understand "this whole Temperature and Tint thing." If that is not your cup of tea, if you reset your image. I'm gonna come up here to just revert this whole thing so it's purple again. One other place that you can find an auto adjustment for this is from the Enhance menu. So a lot of the things we have been talking about over here, you can find duplicated under this Enhance menu and you can either find an auto version of it. So here we see Auto Color Correction. Or you'll find more in depth options as well. So in this case I'm just gonna give it an auto color correction and let's see how Photoshop chooses to handle that. I think it actually did a pretty good job. So if I was nervous about working with this, I think I'd be plenty happy with the little auto correction that elements did. So again, that was just under Enhance, Auto Color Correction.

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.
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