Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Guided Edit: Tilt Shift

So let's go back to our organizer for a moment and let's get another picture to practice with. We are gonna do a tilt shift edit. And we'll try it on a couple of photos. So maybe like the ski trip and then I think this picture which I think is already open, so we'll see. So we can select them here in our bin and then I'm gonna go to special edits and we're gonna walk through one called tilt shift. This, if you've never seen tilt shift before it creates this miniature look. So it makes it look like, depending on what you're shooting, it can make it look like you're shooting a toy model of the scene, it's kind of a funny effect. So let's click on that and we'll try it here first with this scenic photo that I have. So you'll notice when you're in guided edit you start with that screen we were just on where you pick an effect, you pick something that you want to be guided through. And then over here on the right it tells you exactly what you need to do to accomplish that. So you literally ...

just read and click. So step one, click add tilt shift to give the image a default tilt shift effect. So we'll say okay, add tilt shift. And there Photoshop renders a default effect. So what has happened is this area up here towards the top of the screen, this is blurred. This area across here is not blurred and the area here is again blurred. So it sort of creates like a false shallow depth of field that creates this weird miniature effect. So if I want to edit this I'll continue to step two where it says click the modify focus area button below and then click and drag on your image to manually specify the area of focus. So we'll click here, then I'm gonna come over on the image and I need to tell Photoshop what I want to keep in focus so let's say I want, maybe I want the effect to be moved a little bit downwards. So I'll click here and drag down like this and then I let go and it rerenders the effect. It can take some practice, the nice thing is you can redo this as many times as you need to. You kind of have to just feel it out. I think it's hard to predict where to click and where to drag just off the top of your head. But the longer of a line that you drag the more gradual the effect would be. So if you want a really extreme effect you would drag a shorter line. So maybe, so I think that looks kind of, that is good, I think. Now optional down here you can refine the effect by getting access to some sliders. So if we click on that we can scroll down further, we can adjust how blurry this blur is gonna be. I think the more extreme that we make it the more, you know, totally unreal and fake it looks. So we want to keep that pretty small. We can adjust the contrast of the image and we can adjust the overall saturation to just make the effect how we want it. So when we're happy with it we go ahead and click next and then it's gonna ask us, you know, to save it and if you wanna continue editing in quick mode or in expert mode.

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.