Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


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.

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