Thinking in Photoshop Elements 12

Your guide to confidence with your pictures. Start thinking and retouching like a pro!
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

Welcome to "Thinking in Photoshop Elements 12" course!

If you don't know if your pictures look good, or if the problems you see can be corrected, this course is for you.

This course will teach you how to look at your pictures, how to find problems and how to fix them. You will have an insight into the thinking process - the way I look and correct my pictures. You will see, what tools can be used in specific situations, and why.

You will learn:

- how to remove fogginess from your photos
- how to sharpen
- how to remove strong color cast
- elements of retouching
- removing distortions
- using new effects
- how to replace the sky wth new one
and many, many more.

The course is divided into logical chapters to help with your study.

In the first lesson you will find downloadable pictures which you can use to follow the material presented in the movies.

In the last movie you will find free effects, which you can download and use in Photoshop Elements to speed up your work.

It will take only 1h 30 min to complete. The best way to study is to go linear, from lesson one. Please don't skip lessons because you may miss important info.


Music used in this course thanks to:

THINGAMAJIG (Jason Shaw) / CC BY 3.0

What are the requirements?

  • Basic knowledge of tools and functions in PSE11/12.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • identify problem with your photos
  • learn how to deal with it
  • learn to make quick decisions of what should be fixed

Who is the target audience?

  • Everyone, who wants to sharpen their skills in Expert Edit workspace.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Before you begin, download Exercise Files used in this course. Unzip it, place on your Desktop. If you want, add all pictures to the Organizer. I give you RAW files where possible (Nikon NEFs). During the course I use JPG versions of these files sometimes.

Section 2: Useful techniques

Photoshop Elements ships with a module for processing RAW images. In this version of PSE it is very easy to not only open RAW formats but also JPEG files in Camera Raw module. This gives you whole new world of possibilities.


Sometimes the best way to correct your photo is to make two quick versions and then blend them together taking the best parts of each one.


Automatic corrections have its place - especially when you're in a hurry.


Red eyes are not created equal :) Sometimes you must find a better way to correct them then Red Eye Fix tool.


Clever way to remove color noise from your picture.

Section 3: Look, think, improve

In this movie you willl learn how and when to use Shadow/Highlights command.


Almost every picture can look better when sharpened. But you must know what settings to use if you don't want to ruin your photo.


The Unsharp Mask command can be used as local contrast enhancer. This feature can help if you try to remove fogginess from your photo.


Most people prefer pictures with strong, saturated colors even if they are a bit exaggerated. Take a look at what options you have.


Your images don't look good if they are distorted and crooked. Here you will learn how to correct them.


Sometimes the best way to correct a photo is to replace a part of it. In this case we will replace a sky.


Your photo can be much better if you remove all of the unwanted details. In this movie I will show you a way to remove a big sign.

Section 4: Understanding blending modes

Understanding most important blending modes in Photoshop Elements gives you access to very fast image correction techniques. Darkening and lightening modes are best suited to correct over- and underexposed photos.


Contrast increasing modes make dark areas darker and light areas lighter.


Color mode can be used to selectively influence color of your photo without making any changes to luminosity values.

Luminosity mode works in the opposite manner: changes only luminosity while leaving colors untouched.


Dodge and burn tools can be set to affect only darkest or lightest pixels in your photo. It can be a tremendous help when dealing with small details, like text.

Section 5: Correcting colors

Changing colors using Photoshop Elements 12 is quite easy. Look, how we can change this yellow letterbox to red.


If you have to deal with very strong color cast, you must use special techniques to correct your photo. In this movie I will show you a powerful and effective technique which cannot be replaced by any single tool available in Photoshop Elements.

Section 6: Retouching

If you must remove some distracting elements in your photo, you can do it quickly with proper tools and working techniques.


Some images can be very hard to correct with satisfactory results - especially if you don't have hours to waste. In this move I will show you surprisingly good results using one often-underestimated command in PSE.

Section 7: Other tools and techniques

This is the movie where you can clearly see "thinking in Photoshop" applied to correcting some problems with this panoramic picture. Watch and learn.


Adding a vignette can be a good way to attract viewer's attention to central part of your photo. Here I show you probably the easiest way to do this.

Section 8: New effects

In this movie I present you three new effects, which you can download and use in Photoshop Elements to speed up your work and gain access to new functions.

These effects are:
1. Channel Mixer - blend R, G and B channels in different proportions,
2. Curves - highly demanded but still not present in PSE12,
3. Luminosity Mask - selection based on lightness of pixels. You can use this function instead of Patterns to prepare layer mask in movie 19: "Insanely strong color cast."

Download My file, unzip, and install using Photoshop Elements 12 function described in this movie.

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Instructor Biography

Sylvester Hofman, Senior Web Developer

I'm a senior web developer and computer graphic enthusiast.

I am very passionate about teaching everyday people topics that they are interested in. I try to deliver only high quality courses that will take you from beginner to expert.

My experience includes front-end development with technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript programming. In my career I've worked on many projects using different technologies from VisualBasic to Java.

I also love working with graphics, photography and image editing. This is my true passion. I use Photoshop from version 3 (not CS3 but 3) and Elements from version 5.

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