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20 Photoshop Elements tutorials to try today

From getting started to creating special effects, these top Photoshop Elements tutorials will really help you get to grips with the photo editing software.

Adobe's Photoshop Elements is a program containing many of the features of the professional version of Photoshop but sold at a fraction of the cost. Here we've rounded up a selection of top Photoshop Elements tutorials, for use in version 7 and up, from around the web.

Getting started

Photoshop Elements 11 user interface

If you're totally new to the latest version of Photoshop Elements, take a few moments to watch this video from its creators and familiarise yourself with the program's interface.

Using the toolbox

Photoshop Elements is full of intuitive and complex tools, which can be daunting for new users. This useful video breaks down the toolbox and gives a quick overview of each tool's purpose.

Sorting and organising images

Elements team member Philip Andrews talks through how to sort, manage and find photos really quickly in this video-based Photoshop Elements tutorial.

Treat your images

How to clean up your scene

Photoshop Elements 7 saw the introduction of the intuitive scene cleaner tool. In this video-based Photoshop Elements tutorial, learm how to add to or remove objects from your image.

Fixing image exposure and lighting

Is your image over exposed? Or are details lost due to poor contrast? Many photos look better with corrected brightness and contrast, learn how to adjust both here.

Airbrushing and removing blemishes

In just 10 minutes this useful Photoshop Elements tutorial covers user interface, airbrushing and smoothing skin, layers and remving blemishes.

How to use the refine edge tool

This Photoshop Elements tutorial explains, step by step, how to perform one of the most widely used Photoshop effects: how to use Refine Edge to isolate a subject and add a different background.

How to recover clipped highlight detail

Want to rescue your over-exposed photos? Follow this Photoshop Elements tutorial and learn how to banish clipping by targeting specific tones to recover highlight detail in over-exposed areas.

How to swap bad expressions for smiles

Give your awkward portraits a face lift with this helpful Photoshop Elements tutorial, which explains exactly how to swap faces and turn a bad expression into a smile.

How to control tones in black and white conversions

Learn a cunning trick, paired with Hue and Saturation layers in this step-by-step Photoshop Elements tutorial, which will enable you to control tones in black and white conversions.

Use cunning tricks in Photoshop Elements to control tones in black and white conversions

Special effects

Keep selective colour when making black and white conversions

This Photoshop Elements tutorial will teach you how to keep selective colour in your photos when making black and white conversions.

How to create pop art

This video-based Photoshop Elements tutorial is discusses how to make pop art effects using the Pop Art edit function. For Photoshop Elements 9 and above.

Fake a fisheye effect

Fisheye lenses create bowed images that make a virtue out of barrel distortion. Learn how to achieve this technique with a regular photo in this six-step Photoshop Elements tutorial.

Learn to fake a fisheye effect with this easy to follow tutorial from the guys at PhotoPlus magazine

How to use Guided Photo Edits

In Guided Edit mode, you can create eye-catching special effects. From basic photo editing to awesome VFX, this video walks you through the fundamentals of working in this mode. This Photoshop Elements tutorial is for versions 10 and above.

Creating sophisticated blur effects

In this tutorial, the Photoshop Elements team talk through a couple of new features in version 11 that allow you to create sophisticated blur techniques with ease.

Create a Photoshop collage

This easy to follow Photoshop Elements tutorial shows you how to make a collage and turn a single image into a series of overlapping prints.

Use Photoshop Element's treasure trove of Photoshop frames, backgrounds and shapes to create graphic designs or complement your photos

Create an X-ray photo

Follow this step-by-step Photoshop Elements tutorial to get the look of an X-ray image by using a few simple adjustments and filters.

How to fake HDR effects

This easy to follow Photoshop Elements tutorial explains exactly how to endow your compositions with typical HDR properties from within Elements.

How to create a Copyright watermark brush

Want to protect your work? This 20-minute Photoshop Elements tutorial walks you through how to watermark your images with one click of the mouse.

Master the pen and ink filter

A new feature in Photoshop Elements 11 is the pen and ink filter, which cleverly takes a photograph and gives it a drawn or cartoon look. Follow this short video tutorial to find out just how to use it.

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