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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 9 of 58

Sharpen an Image


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 9 of 58

Sharpen an Image


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


  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.