Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Create Gradient in Image

This is looking pretty good. I think we can spiff this up with the addition of a rainbow. I don't know about you, but when I think about a castle in a cloud I feel like, I feel like it's not complete without a rainbow. So let's talk about how on Earth would we do that. We are gonna make use of something called the gradient tool. And before we get all into the rainbow, I just want to show you how the gradient tool works. So I'm just gonna mess around a little bit, I'm gonna create a new blank layer and I'm just gonna mess around a little bit with the gradient tool before we actually make this rainbow. So let's talk about the gradient tool. First of all, what is a gradient? A gradient is a fancy art word that just means a transition. So when we talk about gradients we're talking about transitioning between one color and another. So that could be, we could be transitioning between black and white, so that means that somewhere in between the black and white we would have some gray area. We...

could transition between black, white, and then into purple, orange, and green, so you can have more than just two colors that you're transitioning. And gradients are all around us even if we don't even notice it. So there's gradients in the studio here behind me on the site walls. There are gradients when you look in the sky at any time. We like to say that the sky is blue, and it is, but it's not just one shade of blue, it's a whole gradient and transition of different blues, it's depending on the time of day, and also, obviously, some other colors as well, especially during a sunset there's a lot of different colors. So those are all gradients, they're all around us, part of the world that we live in, and we can create them in Photoshop, as well, and that's how you can create a lot more realism in your image. So even if we look right here in this sky scene that we have, if we were gonna try, if for some reason I was gonna try to recreate this sky, I would be looking at this as a gradient and I would see that the sky area over here is really light, I mean, it's practically white, and then it sort of fades and transitions into a blue color over here, and then it seems to fade again over here.

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.
  • 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!!
  • Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.