Mastering Adobe Photoshop Elements
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Mastering Adobe Photoshop Elements

This course has all the tools to enable you to create truly great-looking images from your original shots
4.5 (2 ratings)
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Created by Robin Nichols
Last updated 1/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of my course students will be able to master a wide range of photo editing techniques
  • By completion, students will be able to retouch their images to a professional standard
  • Students will be able to quickly and efficiently add visually stunning effects to their photos
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  • Students would benefit from a little basic experience editing photos - this would be an advantage, but, as we start with the basics, it's not essential to the learning process
  • It's important to have either the full version, or at least the trial version of Elements installed on your computer (Mac or PC). (Note: Adobe trials last for a month).
  • Some of the lessons are concerend with processing RAW files, so make sure you have a few RAW files available so you get the most from the exercises - check the camera manual for details about how to shoot RAW files.

In this course you'll find everything you need to get the best from your own pictures using this world class software.

Start at the Beginning
Starting with the basics, author Robin Nichols shows students how to get the best results using this fantastic photo editor. The processes learned here will enable newcomers to make significant improvements to their photos, quickly and easily.

  • Understanding the different Edit modes
  • Organising images in Elements Organizer
  • Discover what each tool does
  • Learn the different ways to get your photos into Elements
  • Create instant Wow! effects with Quick Edit Mode
  • Discover the editing power of RAW files
  • Make your own striking visual effects with the Guided Edit mode

Hands on Practice
As you progress through the class students will find their creative options broadening with such techniques as:

  • Creating multimedia slideshows
  • Convert colour to fabulous black-and-white
  • Creating wide screen panoramas
  • Enhance smiles in portraits with the Adjust Facial Features tool
  • Making picture collages and photo books
  • Make a business card by adding text to a picture
  • Using Blend Modes for special effects

Advanced Techniques
Once students are familiar with these hands-on exercises they have the opportunity to move up to some advanced editing techniques that will take their image making creativity to a totally new level:

  • Learn local edit control using the power of selections
  • Harnessing the power of layers
  • Simple, and advanced, masking techniques

Practical Stuff
This course also covers the practical aspects of photo editing and troubleshooting:

  • Learn how to resize your images
  • Relocating 'lost' image files in the Organizer
  • Uploading to Flickr and Facebook
  • Basic colour management
  • Exporting photos for other projects
  • Printing




Who is the target audience?
  • My target audience is everyone with a digital camera wanting to get more from their photos using this fantastic photo editing software
  • No experience with Elements is necessary - but basic computer skills are a requirement...
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Curriculum For This Course
73 Lectures
An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements
1 Lecture 02:25
All About Elements' Organizer
2 Lectures 14:29

The problem with digital photography is simply that we all shoot too many photos and often find it hard to keep track of where they all go! 

Elements Organizer is here to help file, categorise, sort, load, tag, find, backup and label your shots - whether you have one, or ten thousand. I have split the section on the Organizer into two parts - there's a lot in it to familiarise yourself with...

Preview 09:01

In the Organizer part II I look at the rest of the organisational and operational features in this section of Elements.

Preview 05:28
Understanding the Editing Modes
7 Lectures 01:04:24

Don't get too excited - this is a mode that really just features advertising from Adobe - but it also includes some creative tips and tricks gleaned off a range of third-party websites.
It's a good place to start if you are after inspiration...

Preview 02:05

Confusingly there are more than six different ways to open a picture file into one of Elements' editing modes. Some menu-driven, others keyboard or button driven.  You decide which works best for your working style...

How to open your files in the Edit Mode

This used to be a bit of an editing non-event but in recent versions (PSE v.13.0 - current) you'll find a range of impressive and quite sophisticated effects that can be applied to your files, quickly and easily...

Introduction to Elements' Quick Edit Mode

This mode has developed and expanded significantly over the past few versions - it now provides a range of great one-button editing effects often producing exceptional visual results with little effort...

Introduction to Elements' Guided Edit Mode

This is possibly the most important of all Elements [drop-down] menus because it's where you'll find all the good tonal-changing functions such as Levels, Hue & Saturation and Brightness/Contrast, as well as most of the auto 'fix-up filters, the fun Facial Features fix-up tool, sharpening, black-and-white conversions, and more...

Testing the Enhance Menu

Aside from the Enhance menu, the Tool Bar, located on the left-hand side of the main edit window, accommodates most of Elements' important editing tools. Click a tool icon and you'll see its corresponding tool options pop-up from the bottom of the screen. 

TIP: Not sure what each symbol means? Hover over the tool icon to see the key descriptor plus its key shortcut (i.e. 'J' for the Healing Brush).

Working with the Tool Bar

If you are serious about your photography, then you really need to shoot in the Camera RAW file format as this offers considerable tone and resolution advantages over the more commonly-used JPEG file format. Nearly all cameras these days can shoot both RAW and JPEGs, either solo, or, via a menu setting, both at the same time.

In this video I highlight how RAW files are edited in their own special Camera RAW window.

Preview 14:44
Photomerge Magic
3 Lectures 19:32

Elements' powerhouse panorama stitching utility works beautifully to produce flawless, wide screen panoramas. TIP: To shoot a panorama, it is best to choose Manual metering mode (so the image 'sections' do not change brightness between shots), set manual focus ('MF' - usually set on the lens) and shoot vertically, overlapping the frames by up to 20%. Keep the camera as level as possible, try shooting distant subjects to begin with, and do not use a wide-angle setting as the optical distortion created by wide lenses make it harder for Elements to stitch everything accurately. Finally shoot a picture of your left foot before you start the panorama, and another of your right foot at the finish - so, months, or years later, you will be able to see where your pano sections are: between your feet!

Preview 05:40

Using the same code as the panorama stitching function, Photomerge Faces can be used to copy and paste someone's face from one picture to another. Sounds unbelievable - but this magic process actually works very well! TIP: When shooting portraits of people, make sure you snap off three or four shots in quick succession so you have the (different) expressions for later face 'surgery' if required.

Photomerge Faces

Ever wanted to take snaps at a popular tourist or beauty spot, but felt that there were always too many people hanging about in the scene? 

Photomerge Scene Cleaner literally removes folks and other mobile distractions with the twirl of a pen tool. 

TIP: The trick is to remember to shoot several snaps of the same scene, preferably using a tripod, when you are actually there...

Photomerge Scene Cleaning
Practical Photoshop Elements
3 Lectures 23:21

The Canvas Size feature is like adding a backing board to a photo - increase the canvas size and you get a picture framing matte or photo border effect. Cheapest picture framing you will ever experience.

Changing the Canvas Size to add a Border

This one of the most important of all Elements techniques - use the Image Size feature to literally add, or subtract, pixels from your files thus enabling faster web uploads, or to make your files larger (by adding pixels).

How to Resize a picture

Although Elements is a very powerful editing tool, its colour management options are somewhat limited and one area where Photoshop CC proves to be far superior.  Here are some thoughts on simple settings and screen calibration.

Colour Management Basics
Fun Edits
10 Lectures 43:30

Although it is entirely possible to shoot in black-and-white (set this via your camera's shooting menu), Elements offers some great ways to convert colour shots into glorious black-and-white.

Converting Colour to Black-and-White

Although you might consider the Quick Edit Mode to be somewhat inferior to the Guided and Expert Edit Modes (which it is), Quick Edit now houses some great, Instagam-type filter 'looks' that are fast and easy to use and visually very effective.

Preview 06:10

Elements has dozens of special effects filters in its creative arsenal - learn how to use the Filter Gallery to test out these effects on your own shots. TIP: Filter EFX also work well on selected parts of an image too.

Adding Beautiful Special Effects with the Filter Gallery

You can use the confusing Canvas Size feature to add a border to your shots but as Elements features so many scaleable graphics, adding a 'real' picture frame, as opposed to a border, is a good option. There are dozens to choose from...

Adding (Picture) Frames to your Images

This is another great semi-automated process to make a tryptich effect (i.e. splitting a picture into three panels) from a single photo.

Creating an Effects Collage

Learn how easy it is to use the Orton filter Effect to add a glorious softness to your portraits...

Guided Edit Mode: Glorious soft focus with the Orton Effect

Here, Adobe has wrapped several quite sophisticated retouching processes into one easy-to-achieve Guided Edit feature to produce impressively flattering portrait effects.

Guided Edit Mode: Perfecting a Portrait shot

The programmers at Adobe have included this neat feature on PSE 15 - something that in previous versions might take an hour to perfect, is now possible in minutes. It's called the Painterly effect and converts a photo into a brushed-on canvas effect in a few swipes of the mouse. Good job Adobe!

Guided Edit Mode: Turning a picture into a painting

A simple and quick way to get your image or images out of Elements and onto the computer's desktop. Note: This is for PC versions of Elements only...

Changing the computer desktop image through Photoshop Elements

Make your friends and family smile when the frown and frown when they smile!  Your family portraits will never look the same - but unlike the Liquefy filter - which can produce drastically bad results, this is intuitive, effective and great fun to use. 

Adjust Facial Features
Working in the Create Menu
2 Lectures 14:06

Elements comes packed with a great range of project-based features - making a simple digital photo book is one you'll find under the Create menu.

Using the Create Menu to make a photo book

Multimedia - get your favourite .MP3 tunes out and add them to your best snaps to make simple, but effective slideshows.I have included a sample slideshow to give an idea of the kind of quality to expect...

Using the Create menu to make a Slideshow
Other Tools
3 Lectures 26:52

The Gradient tool is very sophisticated but it often gets overlooked in tutorials and demonstrations - which is crazy because it is so effective for darkening skies, and adding tremendous visual impact to selected shots.

Using the Gradient Tool

Another feature in Elements that has filtered across from Adobe Photoshop CC - you can literally download a (pre)recorded set of processes, called an Action (recorded first by a third-party using Photoshop), import it into Elements and play it on your own pictures.
Actions are especially good for automatically changing multiple files in one process. (Note: Most work quite well but be aware that, because they are recorded in Photoshop CC, some Actions rely on tools or features that are not in Elements - so they might not work.).

Using Actions

Originally used in Photoshop as a way to change the size and shape of body parts, predominantly in the fashion business, the free-form Liquefy distortion filter can be very useful for bending the (visual) truth a bit. Or a lot. Use it to lose, or gain a few pounds, add a quizzical expression, increase a smile or reduce the size of someone's nose - you get the idea...

Using the Liquefy Filter
Working with Text
2 Lectures 25:07

Elements has a good text editor - in this lesson learn how the Type Tool works.

Text Basics

Use this tutorial as a way to perfect your typography, line-up and design skills by creating your first printable business card.

Creating a Business Card
All About Making Selections
6 Lectures 45:18

A Photoshop Elements selection allows you to isolate an action, such as a brightness and contrast increase, to one part of the file, rather than adding it globally. Learning selections will help you to expand your creative repertoire significantly.

Selection Overview

The Magic Wand is probably one of the best selection tools - use it to select objects based on their colour values, enabling you to then change only a part of your image file.

Selecting with the Magic Wand Tool

A selection (line) is thin - only one pixel wide so sometimes selections appear too precise or sharp - use the Feathering function to soften that selection edge (to make it appear fuzzy), and therefore produce a more seamless-looking result.

Modifying a Selection with the Feathering feature

Learn how to save all that selection work you have made - inside the file itself, as a Photoshop (.psd) format file type. This means that, if you want to come back to the file and work on the same selection, you can re-load that original selection back into the image with ease...

Saving your Selections

If Feathering is not modifying your selection edges enough, the Refine Edge feature is your next stop.

Modifying your Selections with the Refine Edge Tool

To fine tune your selection skills, try selecting and copying a black-and-white logo into one of your own images to make an advertising slogan...

Selection Exercise: Adding a Simple Logo
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About the Instructor
Robin Nichols
4.3 Average rating
30 Reviews
174 Students
5 Courses
Lecturer at Sydney University

Like a few others involved in the industry, I’m in the enviable position of being able to combine my life’s passion, photography, with my job. And, even though I spend too much time in front of a computer, it remains one of the best occupations in the world…
Born in the UK, I’ve spent the past 31 years in Sydney. I began work in Australia as a cameraman in the audio-visual business, then as a freelance photographer. In the nineties I worked as a contributing freelance writer for several photo publications, then as a full-time magazine editor for more than eight years. In 2000 I started my own publishing business producing Australia’s best-selling specialist digital photo techniques publication: Better Digital Camera magazine.With this I aggressively pursued the goal of producing clear, well-illustrated information written in simple English and continued to develop this plain-speaking style in another specialist magazine, Better Photoshop Techniques.

Nowadays I mostly teach and run specialist photo tours to photo-centric locations such as Africa, Japan, Bali, Iceland and Cuba. When not travelling I run photo workshops, teach digital photography, video and post-production classes online and in face-to-face classes locally through Sydney University.