In these tutorials, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop’s features to turn a stock image into a completely new image. You’ll learn how to use Photoshop’s tools and layers to customize image elements, including color, type, and design.
You’ll also learn how to use Photoshop’s built-in image editing tools, including adjustment layers, blending modes, and various special Photoshop brush tools to do more than just swap out one layer for another.
You’ll learn how to create and use your own layers to create textures, lighting effects, and other elements that help you make your image what you want it to be.
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Photoshop has a powerful selection and brush toolbox for editing an image.
Select by Color Tool
A brush is a simple selection tool that lets you click on selected pixels and make them turn yellow. You can then use the Paint Bucket (in the paint tray) to select and paint over the yellow pixels in your image.
Use the Brush Tool (first, right-click and select Brush) to paint over your image with a variety of brush-like tools, such as soft-edged stylus-like tools that allow you to paint your image in any type of brushstroke.
In order to use the Brush Tool, you must have at least one foreground and one background layer.
Add Layer Masks
Layer masks are often used to create special effects that change the look of an image. They apply special effects to selected areas of the image, but leave the other areas of the image in its original state.
One example of when you might use a layer mask is when you want to change the opacity of a specific section of your image, or even change the hue and saturation of a specific part of your image.
To create layer masks, select Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection or press the Alt/Option key and click on the layer thumbnail
For more information, check out our Photoshop Elements (20 October 2018) reviews page for the latest features and changes, and the 2020 feature page for new features and changes planned for the future.
What is Photoshop Elements?
Photoshop Elements (formerly known as Photoshop A4) is the free version of Photoshop. It is a graphics editor for photographers, image editors, hobbyists and amateurs. It contains most of the features of the professional version, but is less sophisticated and more simple in interface.
The Elements version of Photoshop was announced in 2008 and released in 2009. It was a feature pack version, not a full replacement for Photoshop, but it offered a lot of new features. It was free from the start but full Photoshop features weren’t available. Most photographers and amateurs found that Adobe’s subscription-based version was cheaper than Photoshop, so many just bought Elements to have the features they needed.
At that time, Photoshop was $700 for the full version, so the Elements version only cost $39.
This version didn’t impress most users and reviewers. However, the free-to-use version does come with all the great features, so it was great for budding photographers. It did sometimes lack features to get things done and had a clunky interface.
In 2016 the product was rebranded to Photoshop Elements and now has a simpler interface with a cleaner user experience. It is less of a rival to Adobe Photoshop and more of a simple, low-cost alternative.
The differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
The only real differences are that Elements:
has fewer features than Photoshop
has a simpler user interface
Adobe Elements does a lot more than Photoshop. It also contains many features of other Adobe programs such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe InDesign.
Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements do similar things, but Photoshop (of course) can do far more. Adobe Elements is a low-cost alternative, and with the less powerful features comes a cheaper price tag.
Why use Photoshop Elements?
Photoshop and Elements are both very good programs. Elements has fewer features but it can achieve the same things.
Adobe Photoshop has many more features, but you can also create much bigger projects with Elements. It is great for hobbyists and business photographers but it can be a good choice if you’re on a budget.
Photoshop Elements Pros
So you’ve got the job, right? You’ve designed a cover and sold the book, and all those months later you’re back to the daunting task of writing the next? Welcome to a world where the early days of the first book pretty much dictate the later ones.
Here are nine things you should watch for if your book has been around for more than a year, and things you should do if you expect it to be the next five years.
1) When was the first book written?
This is a can of worms that you’re going to have to unpack. It can be fun to talk about how a book’s history affects the development of its characters, but it’s important to be aware of how your own relationship to your characters might have been influenced by reading that first book. If you feel like you are writing the next book instead of the next chapter in your character’s story, it might be time to let go of the reins and take your first book for a walk.
2) Has anything changed since the first book was published?
If readers start to follow your book series, either because of the book they’ve read or the book they’ve been waiting for, it could make it harder to finish your current book. You need to address your new readerships, as well as your old fans, in your next book. Just because the first book is out in the world doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to have its attention.
Also, know that readers may notice if the villains are starting to look suspiciously like the heroes, or if your supporting characters are starting to look alike. Just because you didn’t notice it until now doesn’t mean you should let that slide.
3) Have any of the characters developed emotionally?
If your characters have been through years of hardship in the first few books, like so many of them do, they may not be ready for the next chapter of emotional growth. This could lead to impatience on the part of the readership or, worse, the character development could suffer.
A lot of writers have discussed this problem, so you may already know of some things to watch for. Pick one thing that’s bothering you, and think of a clever way to address it, or just admit you’ve got a problem.
4) When was the last book published?
Why is it that the only thing I remember from the last
The Filter menu is a collection of filters that apply effects, including sharpening, blurring, embossing, and many more.
The Levels command is a powerful tool that enables you to specify brightness and contrast, and to even adjust color casts.
Mastering Photoshop: basic use and skills
The most basic Photoshop effect is a filter. The amount of detail possible with filters is amazing; many can produce genuine new images.
You can find filters in the Filters menu of your Photoshop windows, or in the Filter Category, which is accessed through the Window menu. The Filter Category offers over 60 different filters grouped by category.
Most filters fall under four Filter Categories: Adjustment, Effects, Special Effects, and Transition. Each Filter Category contains both a series of filters and a collection of common plug-ins.
Adjustment tools include levels and Curves, which are used for adjusting brightness, contrast, and color, and Radial Blur, which applies a soften blur to an image. Adjustment tools can be found throughout the Filter Category.
Many effects are available in other categories, too. In the Special Effects category you can find the Vanishing Point, Stylize, and Drop Shadows tools, for example.
Effects and Special Effects can be found in the Effects and Special Effects categories, respectively. In the Effects category are the Stroke tools, Highlight and Shadow, and Reflection. Effects can be found both in the Effects and Special Effects categories.
Finally, in the Transition category you can find the Motion Blur and
Film Effect tools.
How to use Filters
To use a filter, select it from the Filter Category on the Filter menu. Each filter is listed with a number. To adjust the effect, click and drag the sliders, and release when you are satisfied. To use a filter, click on the eyedropper icon in the lower left corner of the filter window. When you click it, you will be prompted to use the eyedropper to select an area of an image to be filtered.
Filters that affect the overall image blurring effect (Vanishing Point, Lens Blur, Soft Light) can be found in the Special Effects category.
If you use a filter that blurs your entire image, you will be asked to specify the percentage of the image to be affected. To apply a filter that blurs the image, click and drag
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