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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 15 of 58

Guided Edit: Tilt Shift


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 15 of 58

Guided Edit: Tilt Shift


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.

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


  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.