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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 34 of 58

How to Load Brushes into Elements


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 34 of 58

How to Load Brushes into Elements


Lesson Info

How to Load Brushes into Elements

You should also know that you can get even more brushes. So beyond all of the ones that come with Elements, you can actually download free brushes. And you can buy brushes too, but you can download brushes from the Internet. There's a website that I check out often called Brusheezy, it's b-r-u-s-h-e-e-z-y. And they have a lot of free brushes that you can download and pull in. I'll show you here how you could do that. With the Brush tool active, you click here where we found all of our fun brushes. And then there's this little menu right here, and you would just click on this, and then click load brushes. And then you navigate to the Brushes file. And I happen to have a few right in this folder that I have downloaded. So the brush files are gonna be .abr files, which stands, I forget, Adobe Brush? Adobe Brush Renderings, I don't know. Dot a-b-r. So that's all you have to do, then you click on that, so, like, for example, here are some splatter brushes. And when I click ope...

n, it loads those into my brush panel, and then I could double-click and I have a splatter brush that I can now use. So that is how you can take your brushes even further. But before we wrap up this segment, I also wanna show you the shape cookie cutters. I think it's called the Cookie Cutters tool. But I thought it might be fun since everyone's a cat lover, right? Who doesn't love cats? I thought we could take this fun picture of this cat and bring it over and I'm gonna show you some fun things you can do with the shape cutter. I need one more image. Actually, we'll just pull it from here. So you can open images, as you know, from the editor, but also up here. File, open. I'm gonna go grab something from over here. I have file that's just like a pattern paper. So you can use this particular tool to cut your image into shapes. For example, it's similar to the Shape tool, only instead of drawing a shape, it actually cuts a shape. So it's found, actually, with the Crop tool over here. So if I click on the Crop tool, you'll notice there are two additional Crop tool options available to me. We have this Cookie Cutter crop and this is a Perspective crop. So the one I'm talking about right now is the Cookie Cutter. When you select that, you see the same shapes that we just saw a moment ago. So I'm gonna dig through here, and I am looking for a tie, I guess of some sort. I was thinking a bow tie, but this one would have a hollow inside because it's white. So I like this necktie that is black so it will make a better use of this pattern. So I'm gonna double-click to select that. And then in this image, I'm just gonna click and drag, and I'll hold shift to keep it proportional. And when I let go, I'm given the opportunity to move this if I want. I can move it around if I, maybe I don't like the particular pattern, like where the tie landed. So I can move it around over the pattern. I could scale it or resize it. When I'm happy with it, I go ahead and click this check mark. And what I've got now is that pattern paper cut into the shape of a tie, and it's already on a transparent background. What that allows me to do is then take the Move tool, and we clicked and dragged, we paused up here on this bar. I'm still holding the button down on my mouse. And then I drag down into the image and shift key drop. And now I have a little tie for the cat. And maybe I wanna resize it, so I'm gonna press command or control T, and I'll just drag inwards from a corner. I'm not holding shift 'cause it's already gonna constrain the proportions. I'll hit the check mark and now our little cat has a tie.

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.