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.

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.