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What makes a photograph? Color, lighting, and composition come to mind. But the time of day, exposure, and weather conditions all have an effect too. This article takes a deeper look at how Photoshop can be used to manipulate photographs.
When a photograph is taken, its color, brightness, and other properties are captured in the raw data of the file. Light or dark areas are recorded as black or white pixels; when a bright spot in a scene is blown out, the white pixel is replaced with a black pixel. These factors combine to create the look of the scene as it’s perceived by the human eye.
Working with a photograph
To say that a photograph has been manipulated or edited is not to say that the photograph’s content or subject matter is changing. It means that the photograph has been altered to change its appearance or its appearance relative to other photographs.
Photoshop has a number of tools for altering photographs. With most tools, the image is saved as a new file.
In this article, we’ll examine how to work with photographs, focusing on the Photoshop tools that work on individual image parts. In the Photoshop toolbox, the tools work as part of a Compose window, which we’ll get to later.
The most obvious tool for working with photographs is the Lasso tool or Pen tool. The Lasso tool and Pen tool work like magic selection tools that you can use to quickly paint shapes around regions of the image. Using these tools, you can click on an area of the image and drag out a selection. Doing so selects that area in the image. You can continue to drag a shape out to create larger selections.
We’ll discuss tools that alter a photograph in terms of the three attributes of color, brightness, and contrast.
A tool for working with the color of a photograph is the Hue/Saturation tools. This tool lets you control the color that you see in the photograph. By setting the Saturation to a specific value and then reducing the value of the Hue component, you can change the apparent color of the image. You can also use the Colorize tool to create an overlay that changes the color of an image.
Elements is useful to individuals and small businesses who want to create their own graphics, web images and videos, or to make edits to images they may have taken with a smartphone or DSLR. Elements was the last version of Photoshop to support images that have layers in the original file.
Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, you will find the features of Photoshop Elements to be more than useful in your day-to-day work. Read on to find out more about how to edit your images, best practice for editing Photoshop images, and more about the most useful features to use.
Adobe Photoshop Elements Feature Guide
Here is a guide to what you can find and use in Adobe Photoshop Elements. For more information, check out our Photoshop Elements feature guide.
Adobe Photoshop Elements Features
The main features of Adobe Photoshop Elements are:
Clean User Interface
Easier to Learn
Less Disk Space Needed
Table of Contents Add / Remove / Reorder Layers
Highlights and Shadows
Blur, Sharpen & Dodge/Burn
Filters and Adjustments
Layer Comping (Layering)
Red Eye Correction
Shapes, Text and Paths
Save for Web
Show or Hide Layers
Create Vector Layer
Duplicate Layer (Mac)
Window Menu (Mac)
Maximize Image Area
About Adobe Photoshop Elements
Creating Your First Image
Editing with the Layers Panel
Using Layer Mask
Adding a Background
Saving to Web
Creating a New Project
Creating a New Document
Adding New Layers
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The Eraser allows you to erase areas of an image. This is useful for eliminating background objects, removing unwanted highlights, correcting mistakes, and removing objects from a photo.
The Gradient Stamp is used to place an image in a selected color.
The Healing Brush allows you to selectively “heal” areas of an image that are damaged or corrupted.
The Retouch Brush helps you easily retouch areas of an image that have been damaged, added, or removed.
The Spacing Brush can be used to paint horizontal and vertical lines for drawing, measuring, and justifying text in a document.
The Straighten Brush gives you the ability to easily align and straighten images and text. You can use the straighten brush to correct for perspective, tilt, skew, and other alignment problems.
The Halftone Brush can be used to create patterns and textures. You can use the halftone brush to create a photo filter, which often looks like a toned negative film.
You can use the Watercolor Brush to create a photo filter that looks like a toned and applied watercolor wash.
The Gradient Tool gives you the ability to apply a smooth gradient of color.
The Draw Tool lets you draw a line across an image.
The Pick Brush gives you the ability to easily select an area of an image and then either place it in a new layer or apply a paint effect to the original area.
The Gradient Tool will place a soft, seamless gradient in one click. You can use the options to customize the gradient.
The Photo Filter brush allows you to easily apply a set of filters to an image. The filter options allow you to control how the filter is applied and where the filter is placed on an image.
The Healing Brush is used to selectively “heal” areas of an image that are damaged, added, or removed.
The Flip Book brush can be used to turn an image upside down.
The Adjustment Brush can be used to create a color adjustment layer, which gives you many color and
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