Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Remove a Gap in Teeth

We're gonna fix the gap in her teeth, just because it's a learning opportunity, not because there's anything wrong with having a gap. Madonna has a gap in her teeth, right? Geena Davis, maybe, too. My son has a little gap. So nothing wrong with the gap, but we're just going to do this because I wanna show you how you can do this, because it's a technique you can use for other things as well. So we've got this layer up here which was fixing the skin lines. This time I'm gonna go make a selection around each tooth. So I'll use the Quick Selection brush that we've been using for many things, and I'm just gonna click and select just this. And I think it's not gonna work because I'm on a blank layer. So let's target that background layer, where the tooth is, and click to select it. Now it went a little too far, remember we can fix that by holding down ALT or Options, selecting that, and I'm gonna copy this into it's own layer now. So if you remember from yesterday, we can copy the contents ...

of a selection into it's very own layer by pressing Command or Control + J. And I like to say because we're jacking it up (laughs). So here we've jacked up a copy. Now we don't really see it because it's so tiny here in the Layer panel preview, but we know it's there. We also don't see it here because it's directly on top of itself. So let's rename this. Left Tooth, I guess? It's her right tooth, but it's our left, so we'll call that Left Tooth, and I'll go back to the background layer and click to select this tooth. And I'll do the same keyboard shortcut, Command or Control + J, and this is the right tooth. Alright here. Okay. So here's what we can do, this is so easy that it's almost surprising. It's almost like, what! All we're gonna do is transform the teeth to be slightly wider and close up this gap. That's it. So I'm gonna press Command or Control + T on this right tooth layer, zoom in so we can see better. And then I'm really just gonna take this handle and drag halfway across like that. And commit it. We'll switch over to the left tooth layer, Command or Control + T, bring up Transform, and again, drag this way, so we're just reducing the gap right there, and commit. And I think that's good, we could really finesse this as much as we want, or maybe we could do Command or Control + T, we could right click, and we could choose Distort if I really wanted to pull this all the way over. If you bring up Free Transform and then you right click in there, you get some other options for transforming. In this case, Distort would allow me to grab just this corner and I could distort the tooth to really change the shape of it, but perfectly close that gap, I suppose, if I wanted to. And then when I accept the transformation, we see that it is indeed gone. So that actually looks, I think, pretty real. If I needed to, if the tooth somehow changed the lip line up here, and was overlaying the lip, I could just add a layer mask and paint with black to paint that back away. So in this case I don't think we need that, but it would be available if we wanted to.

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.