Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements


Lesson Info

Straighten an Image in Quick Fix

One last thing here that's really pretty cool is the ability to straighten our images. So I know that you guys at home never do this where you take a photo that is a little bit crooked. I'm the only person, I'm sure, who does. But I'm really grateful then that I have this tool. If you were to accidentally take a crooked photo as well, you might also find this really handy. Over here in the tool bar there is this tool that looks like a level that you would use when you're hanging cabinets or hanging a photo or something. So this is the tool we want, it's just called the Straighten tool. Incidentally, any of these tools, you'll notice when the tag pops up and there's a letter in parentheses, that letter represents the keyboard shortcut for that tool. So that means that wherever I am, if I've got the Move tool down here, and I want to grab the Straighten tool, I can just press P on my keyboard and it'll switch. So the way that this works is pretty simple. You find a photo that's crooked a...

nd you want to straighten it. And all you have to do is click along this line that you want to straighten. So in this case it's my horizon. So I'm clicking here and I'm holding my mouse down, and I'm just gonna drag along that crooked line, and then I'm gonna let go, and PhotoShop's gonna measure that crooked slope and then it's gonna straighten it. And then, because I told it to maintain the image size and auto-fill the edges, it went ahead, straightened the image, and then filled in the edges for me. So I didn't even have to crop this photo. Normally you would have to crop. When you straighten a photo there's always gonna be some cropping, unless you're working with an image where you can do this. Now this auto-fill in the edges is not gonna work on every photo. This image was a good candidate because it's just a blurry, rainy sunset photo shot through a window. But if I had a lot of detail here, if I had a photo of, like I'm at a football game and there's a lot of people in the crowd or something, auto-filling in the people around the edges might not work out as nicely as this. Lemme show you what that looks like. If I undo this, and we'll turn off Auto Fill. And then our choices are to Maintain the Canvas Size or to Maintain the Image Size. Well just go ahead and leave that there, and I'm just gonna re-run this. Now you'll see what happens. This is why you end up having to crop when you straighten a crooked photo, because when you skew it to straighten it, you create these wedges, as they are affectionately called. So fixing those requires the crop tool or some auto-fill magic in Photoshop.

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.