Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Places Workspace Overview

Alright, let's take a look at the Places workspace. This is really the same principle, so these all work basically the same way now that you know how that generally operates this will not seem so foreign to you. So the Places workspace is gonna allow you to take advantage of GPS coordinates that might be in your image, and if you have images that do not have GPS coordinates, you can still tag them and put them on a map. So, to do this, I've got a folder that has some very place-heavy images in it. So we've got some that are already pinned. So some of them on my phone have popped up here. This was an earlier visit to CreativeLive and various trips where I had the location services turned on in my phone. So we can see those images pop up according to their GPS data, which is pretty nice. But what about all the places where it didn't pop up? So, maybe, images I shot with a camera that didn't have the ability to add GPS coordinates, or maybe I had the location services turned off on my pho...

ne because I didn't want the GPS data, but now I still might wanna add them to the map somewhere. So these are the ones that have already been pinned. If I click the UnPinned option, I can see some stacks of places. So, similar to what we saw with the faces, where Photoshop grouped them into little stacks, here it's doing the same thing based on date. And we can determine how many numbers of groups we want. Do we want Photoshop to really break it down into lots of different groups? Or maybe we don't need to break it down quite that far, so we can have less. And you don't have to stick with these groups. We can change this as we need to. So I'm just gonna scroll down here, for example, this group, this is all part of one big trip that we took. So there's 22 more files, so I'm gonna click there, and now we're just looking at this collection of images. And, actually, wow, this is spanning several different trips when I really look at it. But some of these images are from Morocco, and some are from the U.K., and some are from other places. So I'm just gonna break this down and group them and make a new tag. So I'm gonna select all the images I wanna add to Morocco, for example. So I'll click over here, and I'll scroll down, and the last Morocco image is this. So I'll Shift + click. Shift clicking, you click the first image and Shift + click the last, and you can get a series of images selected. So here I have a series of images I wanna add to a Morocco pin. So with those images selected, I'll come over here, and I can type Morocco, and when I hit Search, it's gonna suggest what I already typed, Morocco, so yes, that's good. And then it actually pans over to Morocco on the map, and it's asked me, do I wanna place the seven media, seven photos, over here from Morocco, and I would say yes. And they moved out of here now, because they are now Pinned, and we are looking at UnPinned photos. So, great! This is all U.K. stuff so I'll click over here and scroll down to here and select those. And again, it's being a little bit of a turkey with the Shift key for whatever reason. So I've got all those selected, now I'll come over here and I'll just say, I mean, I could break this down, I could say this is London, and this is Whales, but I'm just not gonna be that specific. So I'll just say, "Search for United Kingdom", and it's saying, "Do you wanna place media here?" Yes! So you can be as specific as you want, but obviously, I don't need to be that specific just to demonstrate. Save some time. So let's do maybe one more. And this stuff is Oregon. I can also create a marquee selection, so if your keyboard is giving you trouble, like mine, I'm gonna click and just drag a big marquee across all of this, and that actually works a lot easier. So I've got that selected, I'll come over here and just say Oregon and I'll click Search. Oregon, not Oregon, Ohio, Oregon, USA, and I'll place those over there. Last, but not least, we might as well finish, since we're here now. We'll select those. These are from Cudillero, Spain. We'll search. Here's a match. Do we wanna call it that? Yes. Place those over there. So now all of those images have been pinned, so when we go back to our... Oops. Pinned stuff, let's go back, we'll go to our Places tab, and we can see our pinned images on the map. So I'll zoom out, and it's just kind of fun to be able to see... Wow, we really gotta zoom out. That's as far as we can go. So you can see sort of just where life has taken you and that can be kind of a cool thing. And obviously there's more stuff to pin, but you get the idea. So, it's neat! And you can flip through and see what's in there by just hovering over any one of these stacks of pins. So it tells you how many pictures are in that stack and then you can flip through and just relive the adventure, all while seeing it in context on a map. I think that's pretty cool.

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.