Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics

Lesson 1/7 - Intro and Guided Edit Mode of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics


Lesson Info

Intro and Guided Edit Mode of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements

Welcome everybody I am jason hoppy and I'm going to walk you through today with all of the new features of photoshopped elements version thirteen if you're not familiar with photo shop elements, we're going to show you everything you could possibly imagine but you ever want to know about photo shop elements? If you're not a big photo editor, not a problem photo shop elements will take you through in very basic guided ways quicken easy as well as be able tio get you to be a pro in no time with some of their board advanced features so what we're going to do is we're going to jump right into photoshopped elements right here and what I've got is try to shop elements thirteen courses adobe product so if you've heard of adobe photo shop yes, this is very similar it's got a lot of the same features it's basically mohr for the beginning user so that it doesn't become so overwhelming with everything that you could possibly d'oh with a photo. So I've got several images that I have opened up here...

and any of my open files show at the bottom of my screen I have my tool bars on the left hands high and across the top I've got four buttons that I can work with here on how I can go in and deal with my interface on the images that are music so I have my quick editing mode here which is a very limited set of tools on the left hand side some very basic adjustments that I have here as well as a guided tour. So if I click on the guided portion here, what is going to do? Is this going to walk you through each and every one of these ways to touch up, create vote of effects camera effects or play with your photos as well? And then we also have our expert level which is going to look very much like a full fledged photoshopped document because many of these features are the same or very similar in photo shop as they are in photo shop elements now a couple other things that photoshopped elements ads too this that we haven't seen before is this one section called e life and alive is very much a online support system for all the things that you want to do tio become creative, inspiring, helpful and it's very much like a bee hands of flicker and any other type of photo sharing our idea sharing website out there. So if I click on the live portion right here we have a little drop down menu on the middle left that is everything that's news, anything that you want to learn, things that you want to be inspired by or just about everything and there's some pinterest things youtube videos and it's all quick little stories that you can go through how you want to make something interesting cool stuff whatever it may be and these are constantly updated so that if you want to try something different see something new go to the live section and you can click on any one of these it's going to launch a web browser and it's going to talk about the specific topic on hand and you know modern traveler here in new zealand beautiful photography another one was creating pumpkin carving here here's a frozen wonderland and be hance these air all available through your photo shop elements editor and that is the ae live section right there you also can chat with somebody there and get help but it's all these great ideas inspiration how two things learning sections all right there at your fingertips well to start off with I'm going to go back teo the guided tour photoshopped elements here and we're going to walk you through the guided tour this is going to be the simplest way so that you can walk through this if you know nothing about editing a photo so clicking on the guided section it's going to come up and we have are two tools our zoomed tool in our hand tool down here of the bottom we have all of our photos are options here undo and redo and being able to rotate our image and then we'll talk about our organizer here so with this I have a picture that I would like to go ahead and work with now because this is the guided tour. I have my ability to go away and do touch ups, and I can go in and click on the touch ups here, and this will walk me through each and every one of the elements of what I want to dio to touch up this particular image. Now, right now, I have something where I've got this great rock here in monument valley, but I really have lost all the detail because when I took this obvious, I had a lighter background and I've lost all the detail in here. So if I go into the touch up features and I click on the brightness and contrast here, this does a great job of going through and telling you exactly what each and every item is going to do for you. So instead of trying to go on youtube or go through the help manual, this is the help annual right here. So if you are not a photo editor, you could go through and learn very quickly how all of this works, and I can go through when I can do my brightness, and I can do my contrast, and I can see what that does. It actually tells you what it does right here. Has the description I can click on the auto button, which will then go through and create everything that I need to with this particular setting, and if I don't like what's happening, I always have my little undo, which is that little arrow up there, and if I get totally lost, I've got my help button right there to go through and walk me through whatever is that I'm doing. Every time I click on a section, I finished what I'm doing, and I can either cancel because I don't want to apply those features, or I can click done and get out of that and bring me right back through the rest of my touch ups here I can correct skin tones, I can cross my photos, I can enhance colors, adjust levels here, remove a color caste, restoring old photo rotating, straighten images, work with scratches and blemishes here and sharpen my image. What I'd like to do is I'd like to lighten or darken my image here, so I click on the lightner darken and click on the auto fix to see what that does, and that didn't do what I wanted to deal with and undo the image here, and I'm going to go in and I can set my auto fix here set my sliders here, reagan, go away in a nation, bring up my exposures here so I can expose more of my shadows when I do that it's like, wow, I can actually bring up a whole bunch of information I didn't see in there as well, so I can do my shadows and recover my shadows. Here I can go ahead and I can darken my highlights, and I can also work with my mid tones to bring up or down the mid tones and begin to get a whole lot more from that image that I had actually seen before. If I like what I've done, I can go back and simply click that done button, and I've been able to go in and bring a little bit of color back to that and actually get rid of my darker shadows, and I may want to go in and handsome colors on this now I'm looking at the final product right here on screen up in the upper left hand corner. It shows my after, but I have a drop down menu here that allows me to show the before and after either split horizontally or split vertically on this, and I can actually see how that works, depending on the orientation of my image, and if I move my one image around, it will move the other image, and I can also zoom in or out so I can see more of the image. Here's my before there is my after and I have a really nice way to compare these images to see if I've gone too far or if I haven't gone far enough, I'd like to go in and enhance the's in these colors here, so I'm going to choose the enhance and I could go in, of course, change the entire image and make it look quite freaky overall, but I'm also going to saturate this a bit more to get a little bit more vibrant images there, and I can also lighten or dark in that overall again, I can't always undo that feature as well. I can click on the auto fix I don't like the auto fix I can take that off kind of like going in and a little bit more saturation in there and I can collect done come back to all of my images now all of these air, pretty self explanatory, anything that you want to go ahead and choose you just simply click on that it is going to walk you through it. I'm gonna try a levels on this, and levels tell you exactly what you have to dio you're going to create adjustment and here's how you go ahead and do it, you drag your sliders, here's, your shadow slider. Here's your highlight slider so this is going to be adjusting your shadows and your highlights right there and it shows you that you're going to go ahead and bring it in and match your little hissed a gram right there and how that's going to work if your photos too light or too dark here's how you adjust it so I can go in and I can take my little sliders here and I can adjust my sliders back and forth and I can see the before and after and adjust them however I want to and that works really well, so now I'm going to create my levels adjustment right here it was just a preview when it create my levels adjustment and it comes up and here is my levels adjuster right here so this is just telling you what's going on right here this doesn't actually do the adjusting. So here it tells me that to ensure this working correctly, what I need to do is I need to go in here and I need to make sure that my little highlights of my shadow sliders are at the end of my image so when I slide those in to the end of the information on my image that's going to adjust my image overall so of course if I slide my highlight slider in it's really going to make everything much brighter overall and blow out my highlights, make the highlights a lot brighter. My shadow slider is going to make my shadows a lot darker, and then my midtown slider allows me to slide this back and forth to control the brightness or darkness overall of my image that works pretty good, and I'm going to click ok and that's going to give me my before and my after image right there. So this walks me through the entire process here, and in order to create the levels adjustments here, you're going to have to go in and click on that button. I'm all done with my levels right there. I think I'd like to sharpen this image as well, so I can go down to my sharpen section click on that tells me how I go ahead and do this. Let me choose the auto fix and see if it sharpens like I wanted tio if not, I can go in and take my sharpened feature, and I can slide it way up and get it really sharp. Zoom in and see how that works wow, that really sharpens it and see the before and the after their how that works, apply the sharpen and then click done, and I now have my before, which looks very, very dark and saturated and not much detail, and then my after and these were my set of touch ups and of course we're going to be using several different ones based on the image here but overall that looks a whole lot more pleasing and satisfying based on what I started with right here and if I need to know anything even if I'm just kind of searching around here how do I remove a color cast I click on it and it brings up what it is that I need to dio I'm gonna close up my touch ups here by going to the touch ups and clicking on a little drop down arrow right there and now that I've got my image here I may want to apply some photo effects to this so if I click on the photo effects and bring this up this is how I can go in and create all these different photo effects that you see on pinterest and such take my image and I click on anything that I'd like to dio and I see that I could go ahead and I could do something cool here where I go in and I actually take by image and I can actually retain some color in there so that I can go ahead and make everything else black and white and I can follow through all of my settings right here and walk myself through everything that I'd like to dio so whatever it is that you want to do here you just go in and you follow the directions right there I'm going to try loki who knows what that is let's click on it and find out what it is and I can hover over this and it's like wow ok kind of brings it back and kind of softens the image right there and am I going to deal with a color image or make it all black and white and get the kind of contrast and how I can go through here and I can begin toe work with my effect I can choose my brush walk through this now we're not going to be able to show you every single feature that you have here I just want to show you all the things that you can dio as well a little preview here and all the directions that it takes for you to walk through and make this entire thing happened so all these things can you can spend hours on these here but the nice part is all the way that you can go in and simply be walked through see what it looks like before see what it's going to look like after with your image and be able to work on this and see how that does for you these are going to be all of your photo effects right there your camera effects we don't have any camera effects going up there we go finally popped up so I can choose a whole bunch of different types of camera effects which are going to allow me to create a vignette or give me a blur of fact right there do adept the field which is going to go in and create one's areas of focus and then blurt things out there follow all the directions there lots of great stuff all a guided tour through this and the last one is going to be a photo play where we can go in and do fun stuff with the images created pop art puzzle effect recompose do a reflection I say we do pop art here I can go in and convert the image mode I can go in and then click add color I can duplicate the image than and give me this really cool effect by walking through all of the steps one by one so this is the guided tour here and this is for the person who doesn't really understand photo shop but would like to do some cool stuff without sitting down and watching a whole bunch of tutorials going through and trying to figure out what it is that we're doing so that's the guided tour right there goes through and does some very basic stuff and you can create some weird wacky crazy fund stuff as well it's just going in and doing some basic touch up color correction here with a touch up sections and that is the actual guided tour of what it is that we're going to do.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements lets you easily edit photographs and add artistic touches to your images. Join Jason Hoppe for Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics, as he walks you through all of the handy features found in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 13. 

Jason will help you get the most out of the easy-to-use tools in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements so you can quickly fix problems. You’ll learn how to: 

  • Adjust color and sharpen images 
  • Use layers and make adjustments
  • Share your images on any social network
  • Use photos in books, cards, and scrapbooks pages 
  • Create a custom slide show
You’ll learn how to simplify your editing process and how the face and geo-tagging features can help you stay organized.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is your lightweight alternative to working in Adobe® Photoshop® – learn how to get the most out of this powerful and practical tool. 

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



Very good overview of the program (PSE13). I had trouble at the beginning trying to understand where you got your photos to edit. It would have been helpful if I had been shown at the beginning how to get photos from the organizer. Otherwise lots of good information....

Isabel Weinger Nielsen

Just what I needed to get started in Photoshop Elements! I had no previous knowledge and class explained it all.