Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 33 of 58

Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 33 of 58

Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool


Lesson Info

Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool

And then let's finish it with one final shape so again I'm gonna go back to that shape tool, the custom shape tool, select this little dropdown arrow. I'm viewing all element shapes and then we have this, like river stream or what do that they call it, river I'm gonna double click that I don't know how's it's gonna look on top of all this stuff but let's just see. And then we'll click and drag. And I'm not holding shift, I'm just gonna stretch it out like this, and then we'll let go and there we have a little stream, in our illustration. Let's finish that, we'll do one more texture because I think it's just too much fun. So flip that add one more blank layer. Clip it by pressing and holding alt or option. Let's go back to our brush. I'll come down here and let's see try a different category. I think that, the wet media brushes, there's one that I used it one time for something and then I forgot which brush it was and I don't think I've ever remember. But let's try, I don't know this on...

e. That looks interesting and again I'm gonna change the color something light this time, there we go. And let's just see what this looks like, no idea. Ooh it does actually kinda look watery. So I'm just gonna smear that around and then maybe I want to actually blend in a little more. I'll come over here and lower the opacity down. So we get some neat looking texture and if I really want to get fancy I can make a gradient for the sky. I don't know what colors I would go with. We'll grab our gradient tool and come in and see what we have under color harmonies, no. Let's try pastels. ooh Maybe like this one and let's just have it go I guess I'm on the background layers so this will paint on the background. And we'll just do maybe like that. Ooh maybe the other direction, oh yeah that's a little better. That's a little better. If I wanted to fade that I could do a couple of things. I could put another blank layer on top of it and fill that with white by going to edit, fill layer and from this menu here choosing white. I feel like that's a little bit strong, so I'll fill this layer with white and then fade, fade that down like that. That's actually not too bad. So there's an example of some fun things that you can do with brushes, with shape tools

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


  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.