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Photoshop Elements – Full Tutorial for Beginners [+General Overview]*

August 4, 2019

Hello followers, welcome to this tutorial! Let’s see all the basic andmost useful tools and features to start with Adobe Photoshop Elements 15Leave us feedback to improve our future guides for Adobe Elements.When you open Photoshop Elements, you can choose between the three main software products inside Adobe Elements: Adobe Organizer, used to collect and manage all your photos and media; Premiere Elements, used to edit your videos and make slideshows; and Photoshop Elements, which is an amazing Photo Editor and a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop CC. Let’s see how to use it.If you want to discover more about the other two main products, check outour complete guide for Adobe Elements 15!Photoshop Elements 15 is divided into four main workspaces, as you can see at the very top. The eLive tab is used to check all the latest news and updates from Adobe itself. The Quick workspace is used to apply fast and effective corrections on your photos. The Guided workspace lists lots of guided step-by-step professional adjustments and effects. Then there is the most advanced and professional Expert workspace, that we won’t see in this beginner tutorial.Check out our following video to know how to use the tools inside theExpert workspace!When you start as a beginner, the Quick workspace is made for you. This is the easiest workspace you can use to correct and adjust your photos in a professional way. First of all, import all the photos you need to adjust by clicking on the Open button in the top left corner. Browse for your files, and then click on Open to collect them all inside the Photo Bin more below, that you can open and close by using the first button from the left. The Preview that occupies the workspace shows the photo that is selected from the Photo Bin button, which is ready to be edited and corrected through the Quick Tools on the left, and the adjustments and the effects on the far right. Photoshop Elements is a photo editor only. To adjust any metadata, or insert your favorite photos in albums and collections, you can open Adobe Organizer, though the Organizer button at the bottom. Let’s see how to apply basic editing on photos. To rotate photos by 90 degrees, you can use the Rotate buttons below, in a clockwise or counterclockwise way. On the left, you have several basic tools to adjust your photos. Each of these have their own settings, all listed on the Tool Options below. If you don’t see it, just click on the Tool Options button. For example, the Straighten Tool rotates and crops the image in order to align it to a virtual segment that you draw by clicking and dragging on the picture. This is quite useful, because it applies the necessary rotation you need, and maintains the same aspect ratio on the picture. If you make a mistake while using these tools, use the Undo and the Redo buttons below to go backward or forward along your latest actions made. The Crop Tool is used to crop the picture to remove parts you don’t like from it. When the tool is enabled, a rectangular area appears, showing the part of the picture you want to keep. Click and drag to move it, drag its nodes to scale or change the picture aspect ratio, or drag from outside to rotate as you like. Once done, just apply with the green checkmark. To enhance a person’s appearance, you can use the Red Eye Removal Tool and the Whiten Teeth Tool. The first one removes red eyes, just click and drag to create a selection area above it. If this includes just the eye, it will be corrected according to the settings on the Tool Options. If you use the Whiten Teeth Tool, it is sufficient to click and drag to select the teeth to make them brighter. To use these tools precisely, zoom in and out the photo by using your mouse wheel while holding ALT down. If the photo preview is quite big, you can pan by holding the Space bar key and clicking and dragging on the picture. Besides tools, you also have other panels on the right, collecting amazing adjustments and effects. Respect to the tools, these do not need to be brushed on the picture, since these are always applied on the whole photo that is selected. The Adjustments panel collects everything you need to improve your general photo appearance. For example, Smart Fix collects several templates ready to use, in order to regulate the photo appearance. Exposure regulates the photo exposure, by using the bar above, or picking a ready template between the ones shown. You can simply hover on these to check what they look like on the direct Preview. Lighting sets the brightness level on each side of the photo, such as the darkest sides with Shadows; the brightest ones with Highlights; and the mid-illuminated ones with Midtones. Inside Color, you can use Saturation and Vibrance to regulate the amount of color, and Hue to set the color. Whereas, to add a color filter, use Temperature and Tint under Balance. Use Sharpen to adjust clarity by adding blur or make the picture sharper. While you correct and adjust the photo, it is quite useful to compare it with the original one you had at first. On the View bar, in the top left corner, you can select Before & After to see the effects of all your modifications. You can also apply all these adjustments on selected parts of the photo only, by using the Selection Tools, all collected inside the first tool on the far left. When you enable a Selection Tool, click and hold on to extend a selection area. If you need, you can browse while holding ALT down to remove and refine such selection. Then, when you are ready, just apply your favorite adjustment. This will affect just the selected part on the Preview! To deselect all, just use the Escape key. You also have other advanced tools to make your photo special. For example, the Text Tool is used to add text on your picture. As you can see from the Tool Options, you have several kinds of tools over here, but three are the most important ones. The Horizontal and the Vertical Text Tool drops text contained inside a defined text box, created by clicking and dragging on your picture. Then, depending on the tool chosen, you can type in horizontally or vertically. Just make sure that the text box is big enough, or part of the text will be hidden. In this case, just enlarge the text box by dragging its nodes. In particular, if you do so while holding CTRL down, you will also scale its text inside. Once you have the text, you can use the Tool Options below to adjust the text properties and color. A second kind of text is the one that follows a vector path. In this case, you have to draw the path first, and then type it in. For example, if you choose the Text on Shape Tool, click and drag to drop the shape, and then click on one point to start typing from there. Make sure to regulate the text size correctly, or part of the text will be hidden as soon as all the path perimeter is covered. If you choose the Text on Selection Tool, you will have to click and hold on to create a selection area. Its perimeter will define the path that the text will follow. The Text on Custom Path Tool is the same, a little more advanced because it uses the Pen Tool. We won’t see it in this video. A third type of text allows you to make a selection area (or a Type Mask) with the same shape of the typed text, In this way, if you apply any adjustment, this will affect the photo by following a cool text shape. Once text is made, remember to click on the checkmark below to apply. Whatever the kind of text, its content is always linked to its container box. If you hold CTRL down, and click and drag, you will move the text box, but also the text inside it. So you can rotate both by clicking and dragging from outside while holding CTRL down. Besides the Adjustment panel, you can use the Effects, the Textures and the Frames ones to apply several ready templates on your picture. Click on one to apply it on your picture and, if you do not like it, just use the Undo button. You can also apply more advanced effects by going to the Guided workspace. This collects several professional effects, from the Basics to the Photomerge tab. For each of these effects, the Quick workspace opens, showing you, on the right, all the step-by-step instructions to apply the effect as you need. Below, use Next to go forward, or use Cancel to undo all. Once all the modifications on the picture are done, save the photo by going to File and then to Save As…. Choose the file name and the correct file format, such as the Photoshop .psd, or the rendered .jpg or .png. You can also use the Create and the Share buttons in the top right corner to export your picture to make books, calendars, cards, or upload it on social websites.Thanks for watching this video! Check out our full guide for AdobeElements 15 to learn more!


  • Reply J Tay October 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I miss the original female voice. All I could think of on this was a Wild West sheriff with a walrus moustache.

  • Reply DrinkingStar October 24, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I have Photoshop Elements 14 and CyberLink PowerDirector 14 Ultra to make my videos. I previously have used Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 with Photoshop.

    Your tutorials have always been very helpful to me. Like J Tay, I miss your voice. I always give you a "thumps up" because your tutorials have always been very helpful.

  • Reply Delta-8 October 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    hey can you draw with photoshop elements 15 just like with v. 11??!
    pleasee answer

  • Reply Qader AJ November 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Hey. can i apply same adjustment to several photo at one time? Thank you

  • Reply percussion99 December 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I'm having a problem installing Photoshop Elements 15 on my PC Windows 10. After I installed it on my PC it just locks up my computer, can you help me? Right now I'm dead in the water, I writing this on my sons computer. [email protected]

  • Reply friendsfanatic923 December 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    So when you buy just Photoshop elements, it comes with Premiere Elements built in? Or do you still have to buy them separatley?

  • Reply Old G-XTREME channel December 21, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Wait, so the pro versions have to be payed monthly but the "element" versions only need a one time fee and only have a few less options right?

  • Reply Sophia Rodriguez December 27, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Oh thank you very much. I have been curious on how to use my Adobe Photoshop!

  • Reply Compe2tive January 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply Matthewjk13 January 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    You talk soooooooo slow

  • Reply Sander B January 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    What is the main difference between photoshop elements and the "normal" photoshop?
    Thanks in advance 😀

  • Reply SassEsnacks February 7, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Text too info starts at 7:27

  • Reply Salvador Campos February 14, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I want to edit jpegs of paintings that I have painted, Can I delete the backgound and insert a white backgound?

  • Reply Kay Pat February 15, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    This is a great tutorial but….how do I copy and paste and picture onto another? 🙁

  • Reply Keeno TV February 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Can Elements be used for designing? For example creating logos?

  • Reply Malcolm Down March 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Many thanks for a very helpful tutorial. Kind regards.

  • Reply Claudia SLuis March 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    can you use this for creating book covers?

  • Reply pdefrain1 March 12, 2017 at 1:59 am

    do u have a video editing tutorial?

  • Reply Carlos taylor March 23, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Can this version of photoshop make flyers?

  • Reply Pam Tousseau April 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Made a slide show, but could not add more than 1 song.  Is that possible in Photoshop or Premiere Elements 15?

  • Reply Notdevianart April 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    who would ever use this instead of cc

  • Reply Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc May 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for making it!!!

  • Reply Mauricio Alcantara May 25, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    this program is so bad boooooooo!!!!

  • Reply Sunita Gounden June 2, 2017 at 6:09 am

    this video was very helpful! thank you!

  • Reply Robert Barnwell June 13, 2017 at 12:58 am

    This guy sounds like the fitness gram pacer test guy that became older

  • Reply Exclusive Nation June 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Do u have to pay monthly

  • Reply SuperBlue BloodMoon June 18, 2017 at 4:58 am

    please tell me why photoshop is $30 a month. why.

  • Reply Amber Rose July 7, 2017 at 5:36 am

    how do you get the adjustment window to show on your screen. I can not figure It out

  • Reply Martin Rosen July 17, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Thank you. Very helpful tutorial.

  • Reply Fresh Vidz July 18, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Sounds like the bear from toy story

  • Reply dragonlover7196 July 29, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Is there a way to just draw pictures? The only options I've been able to see in my version so far has to do with editing photographs, but… I'd just like to illustrate the way I did with PSE 8. I don't care for editing photographs (though I understand that's what Photoshop's primary purpose is)

  • Reply Melissa Ihler August 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I can select teeth with the whitening tool but nothing happens. How do I make it actually whiten?

  • Reply KURSHY September 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    How do I add layers such as other pictures

  • Reply AnnMarie Perez September 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Why does this guy sound like Goofy?

  • Reply Ajir Gandepuun October 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I mistakenly bought this app instead of Adobe Photoshop CC. It's the most bullshit app I've ever seen. I bought it for $130 and I can't get a refund. Nobody should ever buy this app. The biggest waste of money.

  • Reply Anup Kumar October 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I think this is a short version of photoshop. Right?

  • Reply QUARTERBAT October 29, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Terrible narration had to turn it off

  • Reply Aida l Collantes November 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Because it stops working when I want to change the background (refine edge) it stays in the broken lines. When the program is installed, it works very well. Can you help me?

  • Reply Jesus G.T December 11, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Can it support drawing pads?

  • Reply Golden Retriever Gaming December 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Does the Adobe Photoshop Elements Come with the Video Editor?

  • Reply Evan Paul February 21, 2018 at 7:02 am


  • Reply Deb Bjerke February 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    How do I open Organizer while in Elements 15? When I click on Open I do not get my organizer.

  • Reply Hazel Welch August 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    How do you open RAW photos in Elements? How do you move your photos that you have edited in Elements back into LR?

  • Reply Risa USA June 30, 2019 at 6:03 am


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