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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 58 of 58

Recommended Workflow


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 58 of 58

Recommended Workflow


Lesson Info

Recommended Workflow

Last but not least, I want to talk about your general workflow for how you would deal with images when you are downloading them. And then we should talk about backing up and restoring your catalog if something were to happen. So I've named this folder here workflow to just sort of show you, like walk you through a typical download process. So, I'm gonna turn off my timeline by coming to the view menu and hiding timeline. And let's just pretend that I took some pictures with my camera and I just downloaded them and I have pictures from several different days, different sessions, and they're all just kinda heaped in this one folder and how am I gonna deal with this? Well, I would leave them heaped in whatever folder. I think a natural inclination of people, when you get your hands on this software, is you get really ambitious and you think, "I'm gonna go through my whole catalog "and keyword tag and reorganize "everything that I already have." I think that's a lot to try to do. I think a...

more realistic goal would be keyword anything that's really important to you maybe just as you're looking for it. So I don't know that I would try to carve out like a week of time to just go through and deal with a backlog of images. I would maybe as I search for things and I find them, I might think, "Oh, well while I'm here I'll add a keyword." But then going forward, I would come up with some sort of workflow that you can implement to keep your catalog and your hard drive and everything ship shape from that point forward. So not so much looking back but more moving forward. So this is gonna represent a shoot that let's say we just downloaded. One thing that I like to do is quickly go through and delete any images that are just obvious trash files just to keep a few extra space on my hard drive if possible. So some things are like really repetitive, I mean these images are practically identical. Some of them are just silly or like the exposure's bad or they're blinking or whatever. So I might just take a quick scan and I'm holding down the command or control key and I am just gonna get rid of some of those images that maybe I'm not as excited about. Or sometimes you know when you hold down the button on your camera, you take sometimes way more photos, you get like a burst of photos when you really only meant to get one. So I can actually go through and delete a number of these. Maybe the exposure's off, maybe he's falling over or something and I just don't care for that image. So I'll just select a bunch of those and then I'm actually, I'm gonna hit delete and I'm not gonna panic when I say yes, I also do want to delete those not only from my catalog but I'm gonna add a check mark here that says to delete from the hard disk too. So I'll go ahead and click OK and get those off my hard drive 'cause I really just don't want them even on my hard drive. So that makes it easy. Then I'd wanna go through and maybe add any keywords. If there's something here that's new and different that I don't have a keyword for yet, I would go ahead and add that. Otherwise, I could just go to my people tag and these are all gonna be Za so I would just select all those images and then drag them onto this tag if Elements didn't already do it. In this case of course, these have already been tagged with Za because Elements scanned his face and found him. They've already been tagged but if they hadn't, I would go ahead and do that. Maybe if I wanna tag them with anything else like I don't know, I like color a lot and I like patterns and contrast and geometric type patterns so if I wanted to I guess I could create a tag maybe for some reason if I thought I would search for that later, maybe I often shoot that and I wanna be able to have a collection going, I could add a keyword for that. But I wouldn't worry about it. I think in this case, as long as Za is tagged, that's all I wanna do there. So I would name any people. If I wanted to name these events I could but they're not really name worthy, I mean just plain, just really random. These are just random things, eating, making a mess, reading a book. Those aren't necessarily events. Places, if I wanted to tag them as being taken at home I could but again, I don't really mind. So do any of your tagging and then you know, you're good, that's it. That's how easy it is to just quickly download your images, go through, do some regular routine housekeeping on them, and then that's it. They're in your catalog, they're tagged with anything you might want, and you're ready to go back to whatever you're doing or start editing these and having some fun with it. We wanted to make sure though that your catalog is safe and backed up so that in the event of a dreaded hard drive failure, you can recover. So we can, at any time, you can go up to the file menu and choose backup catalog. Of course, if you're using backup software, this kinda stuff would be included in there. I mean your whole system would be backed up so that's a good thing. But let's say too maybe you wanna back this up and take it somewhere else or you're gonna transfer computers, this would be one way that you could take your whole catalog and transfer it. So I come up to the file menu and choose backup catalog. It's gonna prepare everything. And in this case, you could do an incremental backup, which just like it says here it would just back up things that have been modified since your last backup. Or if I'm getting a new computer, maybe I decide I wanna sell this one, I could do a full backup and that would copy all the items from my catalog and it would copy, it would maintain all of my virtual organizational structure like tags and keywords and the albums, all of those things. And I could copy those on to a hard drive somewhere. So I'd wanna choose full backup and click next and I would just walk through the process. I'm not gonna do it on camera but that's how you would walk through that process. And then, on your new computer, you would install Elements and then you would come up from the file menu and you would just choose restore catalog and then you would navigate to that catalog file that you created when you did the backup and then it would just unpack everything and it would just work. And it really can be that simple.

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.