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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

with Khara Plicanic

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About The Class

Simplify your editing and create great images

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

Topics Covered


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:58
  2. 02

    Understand How Elements Works

    05:54
  3. 03

    Importing Images

    11:31
  4. 04

    Workspace Basics: Organizer

    14:47
  5. 05

    Workspace Basics: Editor

    16:12
  6. 06

    Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix

    09:59
  7. 07

    Color Adjustments in Quick Fix

    07:59
  8. 08

    Apply Black & White Filters

    04:02
  9. 09

    Sharpen an Image

    03:34
  10. 10

    Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye

    03:06
  11. 11

    Straighten an Image in Quick Fix

    03:01
  12. 12

    Explanation of Photoshop Elements

    08:24
  13. 13

    Basic Cropping in Quick Fix

    14:13
  14. 14

    Guided Edit Overview

    02:46
  15. 15

    Guided Edit: Tilt Shift

    04:07
  16. 16

    Ways to Save Files

    14:38
  17. 17

    Layers & Simple Selections

    20:48
  18. 18

    Combine Images with Layers

    15:34
  19. 19

    How to Use Layer Styles

    15:12
  20. 20

    Make Selections with Layers

    11:06
  21. 21

    Make Selection with Lasso

    10:44
  22. 22

    Compositing with Multiple Images

    17:11
  23. 23

    Refine Edge Selection on Image

    19:53
  24. 24

    Use Refine Edge on Images

    12:41
  25. 25

    Create Gradient in Image

    02:35
  26. 26

    Gradient Map Differences

    42:38
  27. 27

    Options for Saving

    11:41
  28. 28

    Brushes Overview

    15:13
  29. 29

    Creatively Use Brushes

    07:20
  30. 30

    How to Change Brush Settings

    07:18
  31. 31

    Use Shape Tool with Brushes

    08:22
  32. 32

    Work with Multiple Shape Layers

    08:53
  33. 33

    Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool

    03:21
  34. 34

    How to Load Brushes into Elements

    04:59
  35. 35

    Add Layer Style to Image

    04:47
  36. 36

    Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template

    05:49
  37. 37

    Retouching Overview

    04:12
  38. 38

    How to Use Content-Aware Fill

    05:47
  39. 39

    How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool

    09:38
  40. 40

    Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes

    08:54
  41. 41

    Remove Frown Lines with Retouching

    05:51
  42. 42

    How to Remove Tattoos

    20:33
  43. 43

    Remove a Gap in Teeth

    03:52
  44. 44

    How to Whiten Teeth

    07:18
  45. 45

    Adjust Facial Features

    03:30
  46. 46

    Working with Type Overview

    23:18
  47. 47

    Match Type for Image

    12:11
  48. 48

    How to Manipulate Type Layers

    08:02
  49. 49

    Create Postcard with Type

    16:09
  50. 50

    Add Type on a Path

    17:00
  51. 51

    Organizing Images in Elements

    16:04
  52. 52

    Add Keywords to Images

    19:50
  53. 53

    Smart Tags Overview

    07:52
  54. 54

    Using Albums in Elements

    24:52
  55. 55

    Places Workspace Overview

    06:21
  56. 56

    Use Event Tags on Images

    04:57
  57. 57

    Timeline for Image Organization

    02:45
  58. 58

    Recommended Workflow

    07:26

Meet Your Expert

Khara Plicanic

A one-woman show, Khara has been dazzling her photo clients with outrageous service and record-breaking turnaround times since shooting her first wedding 14 years ago. Her book, “Getting Started in Digital Photography” showcases ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    October 2016

    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.

  • Lilygram

    October 2016

    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

    December 2016

    Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.

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