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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Introduction to Photoshop Elements

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
Introduction to Photoshop Elements

19m 3s

Intro
0:00
Course Overview
0:10
What You Will Learn
0:11
Key to Learning Photoshop Elements
1:29
Photoshop Elements or Photoshop?
2:23
Elements Can Do Almost Anything that Photoshop can for Enhancing or Retouching Images
2:24
Photoshop Elements Has Several Features that Photoshop Does Not Have
3:54
Elements is Very User Friendly in It's Layout
4:49
Elements 11 Has Also Incorporated Some Great New Features from Photoshop CS6
5:18
Bottom Line
5:43
Three Separate Programs in One Package
6:12
Organizer
6:13
Camera RAW
6:55
Editor
7:45
Four Simple Categories for Working on an Image
8:01
Corrections
8:02
Selections
8:30
Retouching
9:23
Manipulation
9:42
Demonstration : Using Elements to Work on an Image
10:03
Editing in Camera RAW
10:04
Removing Parts of an Image
11:55
Selection Mask & Adjusting Color
14:06
Adjusting Overall Saturation
17:02
Important Axiom
18:08
The Importance of Quality

19m 6s

Intro
0:00
The Mantra of Quality
1:02
'Garbage In, Garbage Out'
1:03
Setting Up Your Camera
1:50
Camera Settings: JPEG vs. RAW
1:51
Setting Your Camera for RAW Files
5:10
Some Tips on Taking Quality Photos
8:23
Fill the Frame
8:31
Check Your Focus
11:23
Camera Shake
12:39
Exposure
14:05
Shoot Several Shots of a Scene
15:48
Shoot Multiple Angles and Different Focal Lengths
16:51
Lesson Summary
18:40
Light & Color

13m 11s

Intro
0:00
Lesson in Light & Color, Part 1
0:46
What is Light?
0:47
Brightness & Color
1:24
Example of Exposure & Color
2:47
Lesson in Light & Color, Part 2
4:30
Transmitted & Reflected Light
4:31
Why is This Important in Photoshop?
6:27
Color Spaces
7:18
Visible
7:19
Prophoto
7:36
Adobe RGB & sRGB
8:22
CMYK
9:37
To Make This Simple
10:32
Setting Color Spaces
11:28
Setting Color Spaces
11:29
Lesson Summary
12:42
White Balance & Monitor Calibration

17m 21s

Intro
0:00
White Balance
1:45
What is White Balance
1:46
Examples: Lighting Situations
3:03
How Does White Balance Apply in Photoshop Elements?
8:00
Monitor Calibration
8:42
Monitor Calibration Overview
8:43
Calibrating Your Monitor for PC & MAC
11:22
Calibrating to a Printer
14:24
II. Workspace
Overview & Tour

14m 59s

Intro
0:00
Principal Objective of This Course
0:24
Practical Working Knowledge
0:25
Main Work Areas Overview
1:31
The Welcome Screen
1:32
The Organizer Workspace
2:14
The Editor Workspace
2:55
Demonstrations: The Welcome Screen
3:40
The Editor Workspace
5:21
Toolbox
5:22
Tool Options
6:09
Open Recently Edited Items
6:48
Quick, Guided, and Expert Mode
7:12
Create Button
8:37
Panels & Adjustments
8:46
Photo Bin
9:14
The Organizer Workspace
10:00
Importing Images
10:33
Folders & Albums
10:50
Bottom Tools
11:47
Tags and Information
12:18
Create & Share
13:00
Ratings
13:14
Media, People, Places, and Events
13:19
Organizer, Part1: Import & Sort

25m 43s

Intro
0:00
The Organizer Overview
0:17
Objective
0:56
What We Want to Do
1:04
Getting Organized
2:06
Primary Features
3:34
Drop Down Menus & Media Window
3:35
Star Ratings
6:07
Folders, Information Panels, and Albums
6:35
Create & Share Menu
10:20
Bringing Your Images Into Organizer
10:56
Photo Downloader
10:57
Get Images From Existing Files or Folders
18:11
Searching for Missing Items
19:40
Organizing Your Images
20:25
Folders & Albums
20:26
Organizer, Part 2: Sorting, Rating & Refining Images

22m 12s

Intro
0:00
Sorting, Rating & Refining Images
0:07
Albums & Folders Review
0:08
2 More Ways to Add Images to an Album
3:00
Deleting Images
7:56
Sorting and Refining Your Images
10:47
Adding & Changing Star Ratings
11:41
Full Screen View
14:22
Two Up View Comparison & Filtering Images
15:35
Organizer, Part 3: Keywords, People & Places

12m 43s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Sorting Methods
3:53
Sorting by Keywords
3:54
Sorting by People
7:28
Sorting by Places
9:35
The Photo Editor Workspace

29m 5s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Quick Edit, Guided Edit, and Expert
1:09
Photoshop Elements 10 Workspace vs. 11 Workspace
1:53
Setting Preferences
3:00
Color Picker & Step Back/Fwd
3:01
General Options
4:45
Allow Floating Documents in Expert Mode
5:49
Saving Files
8:02
Performance
9:14
Display & Cursors
10:45
Transparency, Units & Rulers, Guides & Grid
12:12
The New Interface Overview
14:02
The New Interface
14:03
The Menu Bar
15:41
The Options Bar
15:42
The Tool Bar
16:44
The Task Bar
17:28
The Photo Bin & Tool Options Bin
18:27
The Panel Bin
20:46
The Document Window
22:21
Options for Arranging Documents
24:35
The Tool Bar & Important Tool Shortcuts

15m 37s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Photoshop Elements 10 vs. Photoshop Elements 11
0:54
The Tool Bar
3:13
Primary Photoshop Elements Tools - Defined
3:14
Photoshop Elements 11 Tools and One Key Shortcuts
3:32
Important Tools and Their Shortcuts
5:09
Zoom Tool
5:28
Hand Tool
7:41
Move Tool
9:33
Selection Tools
11:00
Spot Healing Brush Tool & Rubber Stamp Tool
11:55
Sponge Tool
12:38
Brush Tool & Eraser Tool
12:54
Gradient Tool
13:11
Text Tool
13:15
Crop Tool
13:24
Brushes Shortcuts
14:24
Lesson Summary
14:56
The Menu Bar & Options Bar

18m 57s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
The Menu Bar
1:46
File Menu
2:08
Edit Menu
3:54
Image Menu
6:27
Enhance Menu
8:00
Layer Menu
8:45
Select Menu
8:56
Filter Menu
9:08
View Menu
9:18
Window Menu
11:09
Help Menu
11:56
Summary
12:11
The Options Bar
12:44
Open
12:45
Quick, Guided, and Expert Overview
13:34
Quick Edit
14:05
Guided Edit
16:03
Expert Mode and Create Buttons
18:02
The Task Bar, Photo Bin, & Panel Bin

17m 7s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
The Task Bar
1:46
The Task Bar Overview
1:47
Photo Bin
2:26
Tools Option
4:14
Undo & Redo
5:50
Rotate
6:12
Layout
6:45
Panels
7:40
Layer
8:13
Effects
8:40
Graphics
11:38
Favorites
12:35
More
13:17
Customize Panels
13:48
Lesson Summary
16:42
III. Camera RAW
Camera RAW, Part 1

10m

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:09
What is RAW and What is JPEG Files?
1:22
JPEG Files
2:03
RAW Files
4:10
JPEG vs. RAW
5:11
Camera RAW
6:30
What is Camera RAW?
6:31
Why Use Camera RAW?
8:13
Camera RAW, Part 2

21m

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Camera RAW: Tools
1:39
Tool Bar and Tools in Camera RAW
2:14
Camera RAW: Panels
5:15
Camera Calibration Panel
5:53
Basic Panel
7:02
Detail Panel: Sharpening & Noise Reduction
12:53
Saving Image
16:13
Opening JPEG's or TIFF in Camera RAW
18:26
Opening JPEG's or TIFF in Camera RAW
18:27
IV. Elements Basics
Image Size, Canvas Size, & Resolution

23m 59s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Image Size & Resolution
0:58
Megapixels
0:59
File Size
1:23
Resolution
1:42
Image Size
1:55
Changing Document Size Only, Maintaining Proportions
2:21
Re-Sampling
8:09
Re-Sampling to Maintain Proportions
8:10
Re-Sampling to Distort Image
13:46
Canvas Size
16:16
Canvas Size
16:17
Sizing for Print & Web
21:52
Sizing for Print & Web
21:53
File Formats

10m 57s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
The Primary File Formats in Photoshop Elements
0:44
PSD
0:55
JPEG
2:00
PNG
3:50
Formats for Saving
5:02
GIF
6:01
PDF
6:43
TIFF
7:43
Photo Project Format
8:42
Lesson Summary
10:12
Saving Your Images

18m 29s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Save & Save As
0:38
Save & Save As
0:39
Save for Web
8:21
Preset: JPEG
10:25
Preset: GIF 32
11:44
Preset: PNG 24
12:28
Save for Web: JPEG Settings
13:04
Lesson Summary
17:30
Value of Using Shortcuts

11m 56s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Basic Categories in Photoshop Elements
1:11
Basic Categories in Photoshop Elements
1:12
Important Tools and Their Shortcuts
3:32
Key Shortcuts
4:08
Single Key Shortcuts
4:09
Two Keys Shortcuts
4:34
Using Shortcuts Demonstration
6:13
Using Shortcuts Demonstration
6:14
Lesson Summary
10:58
Image Sharpening

18m 17s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
What is Sharpening?
0:30
What is Sharpening?
0:31
Auto Sharpen
0:46
When and How Much to Sharpen?
2:58
Noise Reduction Before Sharpening
3:27
Sharpen Your Image When You First Open It
5:03
Do Not Oversharpen
6:16
Sharpening Methods
8:31
Adjust Sharpen
8:55
Unsharp Mask
11:35
High Pass Filter
13:25
Methods Summary
17:06
Image Enhancement: Quick Edit & Guided Edit Mode

11m 27s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Image Enhancement with Quick Edit Mode
0:24
Quick Edit Mode Overview
0:28
Sharpen
1:43
Exposure
2:11
Color
3:09
Demonstration 2: Flower
3:36
Image Enhancement with Guided Edit Mode
5:18
Sharpen
5:55
Levels
6:10
Enhance Colors
6:49
Recompose
7:25
8:51
Create Pop Art
9:40
Crop, Straighten, Correct Perspective & Distortion

18m 21s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Correct Camera Distortion
3:13
Distortion
3:14
Vignette
4:08
Perspective Control
5:03
Edge Extension
6:00
Correct Perspective
6:25
Perspective Transform
6:26
Distort Transform
7:45
Cropping
9:21
Cropping
9:22
Straightening
12:03
Straightening
12:04
Recompose
14:45
Recompose
14:46
Brushes

23m 6s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Basic Brushes
1:23
Size & Opacity
1:24
Brush Shapes
4:33
Brush Settings
5:20
Hardness
5:21
Spacing
5:57
Angle
7:39
Scatter
9:03
Fade
10:23
Creating a Custom Brush
11:46
Creating a Custom Brush Demonstration 1
11:47
Creating a Custom Brush Demonstration 2
13:17
Creating Pattern Brush
14:20
Impressionistic Brush
16:57
Impressionistic Brush
16:58
Color Replacement Brush
19:03
Color Replacement Brush
19:04
Gradients & the Paint Bucket Tools

31m 19s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
The Paint Bucket Tool
0:46
Color & Pattern
0:47
Opacity, Tolerance, & Blend Mode
1:09
Paint Bucket Demonstration 1: Filling a Layer
1:27
Paint Bucket Demonstration 2: Creating a Sepia Tone
2:20
Paint Bucket Demonstration 3: Changing Color Using Blend Mode, Opacity, 7 Tolerance
4:15
Paint Bucket Demonstration 4: Adding Pattern to an Image
6:44
The Gradient Tool
8:53
The Gradient Tool
8:54
The Gradient Editor
12:50
The Gradient Editor Overview
12:51
Solid Gradient vs. Noise Gradient
14:20
Color Midpoint
16:37
Creating a Gradient
21:19
Gradient Map Feature
23:57
Gradient Map Feature
23:58
Using Gradients for Layer Masks
28:21
Using Gradients for Layer Masks
28:22
Exposure & Color Corrections, Part 1

27m 54s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Mantra for Exposure & Color
0:49
Mantra for Exposure & Color
1:06
Auto Exposure/Color Controls
2:19
Auto Exposure/Color Controls: Demonstration 1
2:20
Auto Exposure/Color Controls: Demonstration 2
6:48
Manual Exposure Controls
9:12
Adjust Lighting: Brightness/Contrast
9:13
Adjust Lighting: Shadows/Highlights
11:40
Adjust Lighting: Levels
14:23
Manual Color Controls
19:25
Adjust Color: Hue/Saturation
19:26
Correcting in Quick & Guided
23:58
Exposure & Color Corrections in Quick
23:59
Exposure & Color Corrections in Guided
26:54
Lesson Summary
27:30
Exposure & Color Corrections, Part 2

22m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Comparing Camera RAW Results with Editor's Manual Exposure and Color
1:01
Comparing Camera RAW Results with Editor's Manual Exposure and Color
1:02
Removing a Color Cast
4:45
Removing a Color Cast
4:46
Color Variations
7:24
Correcting Skin Tones
10:49
Correcting Skin Tones
10:50
Converting to Black & White
13:59
Converting to Black & White
14:00
Creating a Sepia Tone Image
18:14
Creating a Sepia Tone Image
18:15
V. Selections & Layers
Introduction to Selections

24m 47s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Creating Selections
1:04
Creating Selections Overview
1:05
Principal Selection Tools & Options
4:40
Marquee Tools & Feather
4:41
Lasso Tools
5:34
Quick Selection, Magic Wand, and Selection Brush
6:30
Layer Masks
8:09
Basic Selection Shortcuts
9:02
Tools Shortcut
9:03
Add & Subtract Selection
9:51
Hide Selection
10:08
Deselect & Select All
11:02
Selection Demonstration 1: Landscape
11:33
Selection Demonstration 2: Commercial Composite
18:49
Selection Demonstration 3: Portrait
21:46
Basic Selections

23m 28s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Basic Selection Tools
1:05
Marquee Tool
1:06
Lasso Tool
6:20
Polygonal Lasso Tool
7:56
Magnetic Lasso Tool
9:57
More on Lasso Tools
11:01
Demonstration 1: Quick Selection & Magic Wand Tool
12:58
Quick Selection Tool
12:59
Magic Wand Tool & Tolerance
15:02
Quick Selection Tool, cont.
16:29
Demonstration 2: Quick Selection & Magic Wand Tool
17:40
Quick Selection Tool
17:41
Magic Wand Tool & Tolerance
19:08
Adding & Subtracting with the Lasso Tool
20:23
Adding & Subtracting with the Lasso Tool
20:24
Lesson Summary
21:54
Making Efficient & Flawless Selections

26m 20s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Feather
1:06
What is Feather?
1:07
Feather Demonstration
1:55
Selection & Feather Demonstration
7:18
Making Selection & Applying Feather: Water
7:19
Making Selection & Applying Feather: Shoreline
15:26
Selection Brush Tool

18m 33s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Selections & Masks
1:03
Selections & Masks
1:04
Selection Brush Demonstration 1: Landscape
4:36
Color Adjustment
4:37
Painting a Selection with the Selection Brush
6:24
Selection Brush Demonstration 2: Portrait
14:27
Using Selection Brush to View & Correct a Selection
14:28
Lesson Summary
17:44
Refine Edge, Part 1

16m 28s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Refine Edge Demonstration 1
1:35
Part 1: Making & Saving a Selection
1:36
Part 2: Refine Edge Dialogue Box
6:51
Part 3: Refine Edge View Mode
8:42
Part 4: Edge Detection & Smart Radius
10:10
Part 4: Compositing a New Sky
14:33
Lesson Summary
15:42
Refine Edge, Part 2

20m 4s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Selecting Hair & Correcting Clean Edge Problems
1:58
Selecting Hair
1:59
Smoothing, Contrast, Expand & Contract
5:39
Correcting Clean Edge Problems with Edge Detection
7:03
Shift Edge Demonstration
15:07
Making the Selection
15:08
Shift Edge
17:07
Lesson Summary
19:16
Layers & Adjustment Layers

20m 57s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Layer Basics
0:40
Layer Basics, Part 1
0:41
Layer Basics, Part 2
8:51
Layer Panel
9:48
New Layer
9:49
Adjustment Layer
10:17
Add Layer Mask
10:56
Layers Lock
11:14
Blend Mode
11:40
Opacity
11:51
Adjustment Layers
12:58
Adjustment Layers Overview
12:59
Example: Using Adjustment Layers
15:20
Layer Masks

25m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Layer Mask Overview
1:04
What is a Layer Mask?
1:05
Why Use Layer Mask?
6:34
Create & Modify Layer Mask Example
6:49
Sharpen the Image
7:22
Assessing the Image
9:47
Selection of the Sky & Ocean
10:50
Cove: Selection & Color Adjustment
13:16
Ocean: Selection & Color Adjustment
16:46
Sky: Selection & Color Adjustment
19:23
Land: Selection & Color Adjustment
22:40
Lesson Summary
24:00
VI. Retouching
Basic Retouching: Tools & Techniques

27m 18s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Retouching Tools & How to Use Them: Part 1
0:43
Making a selection of the Sky
0:44
Applying the Gradient Tool to the Sky
4:38
Making a Selection of the Window
3:40
Applying the Gradient Tool to the Window
8:05
Retouching Tools & How to Use Them: Part 2
10:13
Color Variations
10:14
Adjust Color for Skin Tones
10:40
Spot Healing Brush Tool
12:08
Healing Brush Tool
14:33
Clone Stamp Tool, Part 1
15:53
Clone Stamp Tool, Part 2
21:58
Retouching Tools & How to Use Them: Part 3
25:03
Pattern Stamp Tool
25:04
Retouching People, Part 1

31m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Basic Techniques for Retouching Skin
1:22
Image Overview
1:23
Retouching Spots on the Skin
5:48
Retouching Wrinkle Around the Eyes
9:10
Retouching the Smile Line
18:02
Retouching the Neck
20:55
Basic Techniques for Retouching Eyes
25:04
Basic Techniques for Retouching Eyes
25:05
Retouching People, Part 2

12m 49s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Retouching People Using the Liquify Filter
1:27
Retouching the Cheek
1:28
Retouching the Eyes
6:47
Retouching the Body
9:31
Retouching People, Part 3

24m 47s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
More Techniques for Retouching Skin
1:16
Retouching Teeth & Lips
1:17
Retouching Skin Texture
7:34
Adjusting Levels for the Neck Area
16:36
Non-destructive Body Contouring
18:56
Non-destructive Body Contouring 1
18:57
Non-destructive Body Contouring 2
22:01
Lesson Summary
23:02
VII. Photo Composites
Creating Photo Composites

22m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:05
Selecting the Composite Pieces
1:11
Selecting the Composite Pieces Overview
1:12
Size & Lighting
3:20
Perspective & Color Match
7:22
Creating the Composite
9:23
Creating a Flawless Element Edge
9:24
Moving Layer From One File to Another
17:31
Moving the Rose Behind the Petals
18:31
Changing the Color of the Rose
20:24
Lesson Summary
22:03
VIII. Text
Creating Type

22m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Creating Type: Part 1
0:39
Type Tool Overview
0:52
Inserting, Deleting, & Moving Texts
4:02
Font Families
5:06
Font Styles
6:03
Font Size
7:05
Leading
7:32
Font Color
9:17
Alignment
9:23
Faux Bold, Faux Italic, Faux Underline, & Faux Strikethrough
10:53
Creating Type: Part 2
12:08
Orientation and Warping
12:09
Clipping Type to a Photo, Texture, & Pattern
14:19
Adding a Layer Style(s) to Text
18:02
IX. Filters & Effects
Filters & Effects

24m 20s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
The Filter Gallery
0:38
Filters Overview
0:39
Mosaic Tiles
1:17
Texturize
1:40
Craquelure
2:48
Bas Relief
3:34
Applying Blend Mode with Filter 1
4:16
Photocopy
5:19
Applying Blend Mode with Filter 2
5:44
Glass
7:20
Blend Modes
9:00
Blend Modes Overview
9:53
Effects
12:41
Vintage Photo
13:49
Monotone Color
14:44
Old Photo
15:28
Misc. Effects
17:48
Faded Photo
19:33
Lesson Summary
21:56
Photo Effects with Guided Edit
22:34
X. Cool Features
Creating Black & White Photo and Using the Colorize Option

21m 16s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Creating Black & White Photo
1:50
Grayscale Mode
1:51
Desaturate with Hue/Saturation
3:51
Converting to Black & White: Example 1
4:41
Converting to Black & White: Example 2
8:25
Colorizing an Image
14:01
Colorizing an Image
14:02
Adding a Vignette
14:59
Adding a Border
19:22
Creating a 3D Photo Frame

23m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Creating a 3D Photo Frame
1:14
Part 1: Creating the Matte Board
1:15
Part 2: Adding Shadow
6:31
Part 3: Adding Texture to the Frame
10:50
Part 4: Adding a Frame
14:12
Part 5: Adding a Signature
17:50
Lesson Summary
22:35
Creating a Photo Book, Part 1

12m 24s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Preparing Your Photographic Images
2:00
Creating a New Album & Arranging the Images
2:01
Photobook Basic Layout Option
6:25
Photobook Basic Layout Option
6:26
The Photobook Workspace
9:12
The Photobook Workspace
9:13
Creating a Photo Book, Part 2

17m 24s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Adding, Adjusting, & Modifying Images
1:06
Adding, Adjusting, & Modifying Images
1:07
Editing Types
6:55
Replacing an Image
7:55
Customizing the Photobook Appearance
8:50
Modifying Page Layouts
8:51
Adding Frames & Graphics
3:13
Saving & Printing Your Photobook
15:47
Saving & Printing Your Photobook
15:48
Lesson Summary
16:32
Creating a Photo Calendar

23m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Preparing Your Images for Photo Calendar
1:23
Organizing Your Images
1:24
Calendar Layout Options
4:20
The Calendar Workspace
5:23
Adjusting & Modifying Images
5:24
Customizing the Photo Calendar Appearance
14:41
Lesson Summary
19:41
The Photomerge Feature

25m 54s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Shooting Images for a Panorama
2:06
Hold the Camera Steady
2:07
Overlap Your Images
3:23
Use the Same Exposure for Each Image
4:54
Apply Exact Same corrections to Every Image
5:24
Incorrect way to Shoot Images for a Panorama
6:03
Correct Way to Shoot Images for a Panorama
7:22
Photomerge: Panoramas
8:18
Panoramas Layout
8:19
Cylinder& Perspective
12:32
Spherical & Collage
14:34
Photomerge: Group Shot
16:08
Group Shot
16:07
Photomerge: Style Match
20:02
Style Match: Example 1
20:03
Style Match: Example 2
23:57
Lesson Summary
25:09
XI. Course Summary
Lesson Summary

9m 40s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Summary
0:06
Organizer, Camera RAW, & Editor
0:59
Corrections, Selections, Retouching, & Manipulation
2:02
Two Important Axioms
4:20
Demonstration Review
5:26
Personal Philosophy
8:31
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Introduction to Photoshop Elements

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Course Overview 0:10
    • What You Will Learn
    • Key to Learning Photoshop Elements
  • Photoshop Elements or Photoshop? 2:23
    • Elements Can Do Almost Anything that Photoshop can for Enhancing or Retouching Images
    • Photoshop Elements Has Several Features that Photoshop Does Not Have
    • Elements is Very User Friendly in It's Layout
    • Elements 11 Has Also Incorporated Some Great New Features from Photoshop CS6
    • Bottom Line
  • Three Separate Programs in One Package 6:12
    • Organizer
    • Camera RAW
    • Editor
  • Four Simple Categories for Working on an Image 8:01
    • Corrections
    • Selections
    • Retouching
    • Manipulation
  • Demonstration : Using Elements to Work on an Image 10:03
    • Editing in Camera RAW
    • Removing Parts of an Image
    • Selection Mask & Adjusting Color
    • Adjusting Overall Saturation
  • Important Axiom 18:08

Transcription: Introduction to Photoshop Elements

Hi, everybody--welcome to Educator.com's Basic and Intermediate Adobe Photoshop Elements course!0000

I'm Michael Brown, and I'm going to be your instructor in this course.0007

In this in-depth Elements training course, I am going to be teaching you all the tools and features that Photoshop Elements has; but, most importantly, I'm going to be teaching you the techniques of how to apply those tools and features to dramatically and flawlessly enhance your photographic images and create eye-catching graphics designs.0010

Another cool thing about Elements: it has a wide variety of other cool stuff within it--some things that you can do with a singles click; others where you have templates that you fill in and massage and kick out some really cool graphics.0034

A wonderful course--this training course applies primarily to Photoshop Elements 11, which is the interface that you are looking at right here--the latest version.0049

We will be working totally in this interface.0060

If you have Elements version 10, this course is equally good for you; there have been some changes in the interface, but the tools, techniques, and features are absolutely identical--the only difference in those are a couple of features that were added in version 11 that have been picked up from Photoshop CS6.0063

Both will work; primarily, we are working in Elements 11.0084

In this lesson, we're going to talk about how to learn Photoshop Elements, and I'm going to show you a start-to-finish demo in how to take an image from the camera and change it from good to great, very easily and smoothly, right here in Photoshop Elements, to show you how this program works.0089

Now, Elements: it's not a difficult-to-understand program; it is simply a pretty large program with lots of stuff in it.0107

The key to learning Photoshop Elements is simplicity--breaking this program down into easy-to-understand basic pieces.0116

In addition to that, I'm going to be showing you how to integrate those pieces together to make a quick, efficient, flawless, and smooth workflow, so everything you do goes easily and the results are great.0126

That is what this course is all about.0140

I'm going to start by talking for a moment about the big question that people have: Photoshop Elements or Photoshop?0143

Without question, Photoshop is the "bomb," the "big dog"; it has everything you would ever want for image enhancement, for graphics, and for art.0150

However, Photoshop Elements can do almost anything that Photoshop can for enhancing and retouching images.0160

Ninety-five percent of Photoshop is right here in Photoshop Elements.0170

Your exposure and color corrections--same tools; creating and modifying selections--there is only one tool that Photoshop has that is different from this, and it creates vector selections--other than that, we have the same thing.0175

Elements has a selection tool that Photoshop doesn't have that allows you to easily create selections, too.0191

So, it's an even balance: retouching--same tools, same methods; combining images to create composites and panoramas--over here on the layers panel--we have adjustment layers pretty much similar to Photoshop.0198

Photoshop does have a little more precision tools and some slight expanded variations in some of the features, but predominantly, everything that Photoshop has, Photoshop Elements has, and you can do anything that Photoshop can do right here in Elements.0214

Elements also has several features that Photoshop doesn't have at all.0234

You can create a whole range of photo effects with one button, instantly; Photoshop doesn't have that.0238

You can do sepia tones, lomo effect, an in-vogue photo effect, line art, vignettes, the orton effect, another in-vogue effect, pop art, and more, simply with one click, right here.0246

Elements has it; Photoshop doesn't.0260

You can create greeting cards, photo books, collages, calendars, and more with Elements--right in it; the templates are there, very simple; it generates some really cool stuff; Photoshop doesn't have that, either.0263

Share your images through direct uploads to a whole host of online media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, SmugMug, and more, right from within this program.0276

Elements is very user-friendly in its layout, with a newly designed interface: notice, right here on the left, just for example: this is your toolbox--they are now grouped into the tools that you use for the various categories: viewing, selecting, enhancing, drawing, and modifying--as opposed to just listing them.0290

It's easier to access and understand where you need to go.0308

The whole idea in Elements is to make things simple--a wonderful program!0311

Elements 11 has also incorporated some great new features from Photoshop CS6.0318

When CS6 came out, some of the features were incorporated right here into Elements, so that you have almost everything that Photoshop has.0323

Again, Photoshop is the professional version; it has expanded and more precision tools and features; but Elements is absolutely amazing.0332

Photoshop Elements is a fantastic program for image enhancement and graphic design for beginning and intermediate use.0343

Once you are fluent with Elements, if you ever decide you need the additional features or more precise controls of Photoshop, the interface, the tools, and the methods are almost identical, so that the transition would be perfectly seamless.0352

This is a great program; I cannot overemphasize that.0368

Now, Photoshop Elements is actually three separate programs in one.0373

We have the Organizer, which is for editing, sorting, and rating your images.0377

You bring them into the program from outside sources, from folders or from the camera.0382

Organizer is accessible right here, by clicking on this button, and it will open the program--it just takes a couple of seconds--and there it is!--there is...we're going to go back to Organizer again; I kicked a button.0388

Japanese Garden--here we have images; there are albums, folders, sorting, rating, finding your best pictures--you do it right in here very easily.0404

I'll show you when we do the sample.0413

Back to Editor: Camera Raw is another program contained within Elements for use only with raw files; if you're shooting jpeg, or shoot tiff, they will come directly into Editor; but if you shoot raw, they will open up in Camera Raw.0415

I will show you that in a minute; let me just double-check--I want to see something here...yes, we have raw files.0431

Images come in here, the raw files, and you can make preliminary, non-destructive image adjustments to raw files.0439

It doesn't alter any pixels; it allows you to give it a nice head start; they're saved as mathematical algorithms; they do not affect the pixels, so there is no degradation of an image whatsoever, and if you ever want to go back and change those settings, you can do so.0447

The third part, the third program, is the Editor, where you do your primary creative work.0465

That is right here; so, all together, you have these three, and they integrate to provide a quick, efficient, and flawless, smooth workflow.0470

All that you will need to do almost anything you want to any image can be broken down into four simple categories.0482

What I want to do here for you is to make Photoshop Elements simple.0492

The four categories are corrections--and these are primarily exposure and color--very simple tools, very simple to do; corrections are simple to learn.0496

Selections--this is the most important category and feature within either Photoshop or Elements.0510

Selections allow you to isolate areas for specific adjustments.0517

Adjustments and retouch can be done, overall, very easily; once you learn the tools and the functions, away you go.0522

If you want to isolate areas and bring up something, or isolate a specific area for change, you have to select it, and it isn't just the selection itself--it's the edging, and how well the adjustment that you make blends in, so that you have absolutely no evidence that you worked on that image.0528

This is very important, and I really stress teaching this; you will be learning a lot about selections; you will become very fluent.0547

Selections apply to corrections, because, if you want to correct a specific area, you have to select it.0557

Retouching--retouching tools are simple; the techniques need to be learned; I'm going to be teaching you all of the various techniques for retouching.0564

And again, if you want to retouch a specific area and protect another part of the image, you're going to need to make a selection; so all three of these go together.0572

The fourth category is manipulation: sizing images, distorting parts of an image, combining parts--all of this is physical manipulation.0581

All together, these four categories are everything you need to know about Photoshop Elements and working on a photographic image.0593

OK--let's work on an image; I'm going to show you how this program works!0603

Let's go to Organizer: here I have an album I made from a folder that I imported; all of these images were a Japanese garden here in Los Angeles.0608

I'm just going to scroll down and pick...where was the image I was looking for before...I think it may be...let's go album order...this one right here.0618

Let's take a look at it; there is the image that I want to work on, so all I have to do is to bring it back down; I'm going to rate this 5-star, so I can remember that.0637

There it is; it's highlighted; now we're going to open it up in Photoshop Elements--I click the Editor button, and the image, since it's a raw file, opens up in Camera Raw.0648

Here you have Camera Raw: you have all of these sliders; you have a sharpening and noise reduction panel and some camera controls.0662

We're going start off; we have washed-out highlights, so we pull highlights down; look at that--just with that slider alone, the sky has become just the way we want it.0670

We open up the shadows a little bit...not maybe that much...now, watch the image pop when I...this is kind of sharpening--look at the difference right there!0681

There is where it was, and there is where it is--just snap that image, and it looks great.0692

I think I'm going to pop the saturation just a little bit; and there: all of these preliminary adjustments will stay with the image in mathematical representation.0698

We're ready to go!0710

Let's open the image right here in Elements.0711

I look at the image, and the first thing I see that I want to work on is--I would like to remove this tower; so, this is a little retouch.0714

We're going to take a retouching tool called the clone tool, and what I'm going to do is just source and paint, and we'll just clone away this obstruction in the image; it's just as easy as that.0723

As I told you, these tools are fairly simple--it's the way you apply them.0750

Now, I'm going in a hurry here; I would probably--in fact, I will just go ahead and show you: see the edge here? I'm going to take a selection tool, and I'm going to apply it right here.0755

I've now made a selection, which you will see are these crawling ants; and what that has done--everything inside that is active; everything outside it is not.0777

So, when I go back to use my clone tool, watch: I won't be affecting the edge of the building, notice?0787

Everything I do now--even though I come down--it protected it.0796

That is the value of a selection, right there; so, in short order, we removed the offending obstruction; I see one more that can be removed--we might as well go ahead and do that, really quickly.0800

I'm going to take out this white pole; now we have the tool--we will just paint it out.0812

You have to do a little cloning from different spots so that it becomes flawless.0822

There we go; I could probably take one more out, right here.0833

There--in almost no time at all, we have removed the physical evidence around there; that looks pretty good.0837

Now, I look at this image, and I think, "It's a little bright on the building and a little dark in the foreground."0846

So, let's make another selection: I'm going to take a selection tool--this is the selection brush; this tool doesn't even appear in Photoshop; it has a different kind of a version.0853

Right here, what we're going to do is, we're just going to paint on the building.0867

There we go: it has a very soft edge on this brush, so that if I go over a little bit, it isn't going to be a problem, because it will blend--remember?--I told you that the whole idea is to blend things.0880

There I have that, pretty much, and we are going to make a selection out of it, and invert it, and I'm going to save it: always save a selection.0898

I'm going to call it Roof, and click OK, and now we're going to deselect it for a moment, copy my background layer, and reload that selection.0908

There it is--the Roof selection--and I'm going to make an adjustment of exposure.0925

Watch what happens as I snap the contrast and bring the roof down a little bit: notice, we get a lot more detail--it looks pretty good.0931

You can turn the adjustment off; there it was bright; now, it came down, and it looks pretty good.0942

Take this...and we take a look: that is where it was; that is where it is.0947

All right, now the only thing I would like to do is bring up the water; so, once again, I'm going to use this brush, and I'm going to take that down.0952

I want to make a mask...bring this up...and this is very quick; I'm just going to paint over the dark areas that I would like to open up, very quickly.0963

You can see what you are doing, because it puts this overlay on it that you can actually see what is happening and correct; if I make a mistake, like that, all I have to do is paint it away.0979

So, you paint and paint away, and that is it; there we have that; now we're going to go to the selection, invert it so we have that, and now I'm going to make an adjustment of exposure again for just that area.0990

It will be isolated--see up in the little thumbnail?--so now, I want to open it up, so see how we brighten it?--just that right there will brighten it up, snap the contrast just a little bit...and we went from there to there, and everything is bright.1006

Now, the only thing left to do on this image, as far as I can see, is overall saturation, so we're going to make one more adjustment, and this one is going to be for hue saturation; we're going to simply bump the color saturation up, and I will turn that off and on.1022

I'm going to very quickly show you: here is where the image was when we brought it in, and we adjusted this from the original image--it was pretty washed out--and now we have taken it from there to there in very simple steps with a color change, a couple of exposure changes--remember, we talked about corrections--a little bit of retouch, and selections, all right here in Photoshop Elements.1042

Very quickly, very easily, very smoothly--that is how this program works.1077

What I would like to do now is close this lesson; a very important axiom applies, not only here with Photoshop Elements, but in anything you do: If you don't use it, you will lose it.1082

In this case, you study the lessons; practice, practice, practice; don't just do a lesson once and forget about it and come back later, because you won't remember what you have done, and you will have wasted your time.1103

Study the lessons; go over them again if you need to; practice; the files I will work on with you are with each lesson so that you can do that; and continue to use it.1115

Come and join me in a fascinating journey of learning that will dramatically expand your artistic vision and creativity forever with Photoshop Elements 11.1127

Thanks for watching; I will see you in the next lesson!1139

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