Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Guided Edit Overview

We're gonna pop over to guided edit now and talk through what this is about and we'll do an example. So guided edit. It has a lot of fun features. If you like to be able to take a photo and straight up just wanna play with it. What is something so fun and cool that I can do this photo and I don't have to have a ton of experience or spend too much time learning something? I can just go here, okay? So go to guided edit. You'll notice that there are some sub divisions here. So within the guided edit, we've got a basic collection, a color effects and color stuff you can do, some black and white edit, some fun edit, some special edit, and this option to do photo merge, which is really cool. So photo merge, while we're here, I can just mention this to you, because I think the coolest thing in photo merge is the scene cleaner, I think. And I am not gonna show you this today but there are some good examples within this eLive you can see. Some good examples. This is useful as you are on vacatio...

n someplace and you go to, you know, a big touristy spot, like I suppose, here in Seattle, maybe that would be at the Space Needle. And if you take pictures of the area, there's gonna be a lot of tourists around. So scene cleaner works by you take multiple photos of the scene and then the scene cleaner stacks them together and stitches them together in a way that gets rid of any of the variables. So if you take multiple pictures, this guy in the red jacket's not gonna be in all the photos in this same spot. So elements know that he doesn't belong and then it'll just erase him like that. So it's kinda magic. So that's kind of a neat thing you can experiment with. And this will walk you through the whole process. Over under basics, some neat things, some of it's redundant, so here's cropping, obviously, we already talked about cropping photos. So it's really just simple. Adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting skin tone. Those are things that you can do in the quick work space as well, of course, in the expert's work space. But here, it's just a different way to access the same stuff. So this is guided. What that means is they walk you through steps.

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.