Learn How to Use Photoshop 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. Brusheezy.com 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.

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.