Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Sharpen an Image

The first thing that we want to do is talk about sharpening. So I'm gonna click this image right here of this cat. This photo comes to us from unslash. I'm gonna go back over to this adjustment button. And we have the option here to sharpen. Sharpen is something, I think, you hear a lot of photographers talking about and wanting to sharpen their images and sharpen this and sharpen that. And I think, a lot of times, people are like, I don't really know what that means. Why am I sharpening my photo? When I think of sharpening, I think of knives. And I think, how does that apply to my photo? But, when we are shooting our digital images, there's some softening that happens to our image. And some images get it worse than others. Your lens can exaggerate that depending on the lens that you're using. So here, we have this picture of a cat, and you know, it looks great. It's probably coming from unslash. I'm sure it has received some sharpening already. But just to show you what happens when w...

e play with our sharpening. If I open this drawer here and I drag this slider around, this image really shows it because of the cat's fur and the texture that that has. So you can really see what I mean when I say sharpen. So the way that sharpening works is that it exaggerates the contrast between edges of things, which is kind of a lot of words but still give you a vague answer. So if I zoom in a little closer, you can see this is a cat's fur and I mean, this is overly sharpened so it's very exaggerated. If we dragged this down, you can see that's what we started with. And basically, when you sharpen an image, elements create the illusion of sharpness by exaggerating the contrast along the edges of things. That's basically just what it is. So you can use your sliders to adjust how much sharpening you want. And you can zoom in using the slider up here. I think it's a good idea when you sharpen your images to view them at around 100%. The quick way to do that I think if we grab our zoom tool over here and we click this button one to one, that means, well that's what I would think but, it's important to view that one to one so that you can evaluate if you're over sharpening. Because I can tell you that it's easy to do. So there is an example of way over sharpened. That's too much. And if you print that, it will just look weird. And you will know that that's been run through photoshop with a little too much excitement. So you don't wanna go too high with that. Just be gentle with it. I think less is definitely more and if you're not sure, I would air on the side of not doing maybe enough because it can just go bad really quickly. So that's what sharpening looks like.

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 2015.5.1


1Class Introduction
2Understand How Elements Works
3Importing Images
4Workspace Basics: Organizer
5Workspace Basics: Editor
6Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
7Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
8Apply Black & White Filters
9Sharpen an Image
10Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
11Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
12Explanation of Photoshop Elements
13Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
14Guided Edit Overview
15Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
16Ways to Save Files
17Layers & Simple Selections
18Combine Images with Layers
19How to Use Layer Styles
20Make Selections with Layers
21Make Selection with Lasso
22Compositing with Multiple Images
23Refine Edge Selection on Image
24Use Refine Edge on Images
25Create Gradient in Image
26Gradient Map Differences
27Options for Saving
28Brushes Overview
29Creatively Use Brushes
30How to Change Brush Settings
31Use Shape Tool with Brushes
32Work with Multiple Shape Layers
33Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
34How to Load Brushes into Elements
35Add Layer Style to Image
36Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
37Retouching Overview
38How to Use Content-Aware Fill
39How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
40Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
41Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
42How to Remove Tattoos
43Remove a Gap in Teeth
44How to Whiten Teeth
45Adjust Facial Features
46Working with Type Overview
47Match Type for Image
48How to Manipulate Type Layers
49Create Postcard with Type
50Add Type on a Path
51Organizing Images in Elements
52Add Keywords to Images
53Smart Tags Overview
54Using Albums in Elements
55Places Workspace Overview
56Use Event Tags on Images
57Timeline for Image Organization
58Recommended Workflow