With the right Photoshop Elements tutorials you can do much of what you can achieve with the full version of Photoshop CC, at a fraction of the cost (read our review of Photoshop CC (opens in new tab) if you're not sure whether you need it). Photoshop Elements contains many of the features of the professional version, and it's a great choice for creatives who don't need all those heavyweight options.
These Photoshop Elements tutorials cover versions from 7 upwards, and they'll take you through from basic tools through to more advanced effects.
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01. Introduction to Photoshop Elements
If you're new to Photoshop Elements, watch this video (opens in new tab) by from Jan Kabili of Lynda.com. It'll help you understand the main workspaces – eLive, Media, People, Places, and Events – and also explains how to organise, edit, create, and share your photos.
02. Use the Elements Organiser
To help you find your way around, this guide (opens in new tab) will take you on a tour of the Elements Organiser and show you how to view, organise, search, and tag photographs. It'll also teach you about the workspace, layout, views, and how to quickly find photos.
03. Sort and organise images
Elements team member Philip Andrews talks through how to sort, manage and find photos really quickly in this video-based Photoshop Elements tutorial (opens in new tab).
04. Remove objects or artefacts with Content-Aware Fill
With more recent versions of Elements you have plenty of useful options for cleaning up photography. In this tutorial for Elements 13 (opens in new tab), you'll learn how to remove unwanted parts of a photo using Content-Aware Fill, which replaces selected elements with content from elsewhere in the photo.
05. Use the Refine Selection brush
When you're trying to make selections around intricately-shaped objects, it can be really fiddly to get things exactly right. This tutorial (opens in new tab) demonstrates how you can modify an existing selection using the Refine Selection Brush to get the best results possible.
06. Adjust composition with the Recompose tool
If a photo almost looks good but the composition isn't quite right, Elements makes it easy to move things around until it's all a bit more aesthetically pleasing. Watch this tutorial for Elements 13 and you'll learn how to use the Recompose tool to shift everything about, keeping important elements while getting rid of unwanted parts.
07. Clean up your scene
The intuitive scene cleaner tool was introduced in Photoshop Elements 7. In this video-based Photoshop Elements tutorial (opens in new tab), learn how to add to or remove objects from your image.
08. Fix 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 (opens in new tab).
09. Airbrush and remove blemishes
In just 10 minutes this useful Photoshop Elements tutorial (opens in new tab) covers user interface, airbrushing and smoothing skin, layers and remving blemishes.
10. Create pop art
This video-based Photoshop Elements tutorial (opens in new tab) discusses how to make pop art effects using the Pop Art edit function. For Photoshop Elements 9 and above.
11. Use Guided Photo Edits
In Guided Edit mode, you can create eye-catching special effects. From basic photo editing to awesome VFX, this video (opens in new tab) walks you through the fundamentals of working in this mode. This Photoshop Elements tutorial is for versions 10 and above.
12. Create sophisticated blur effects
In this tutorial (opens in new tab), the Photoshop Elements team talk through features that allow you to create sophisticated blur techniques, such as tilt shift and lens blur, with ease.
13. Create a Copyright watermark brush
Want to protect your work? This 20-minute Photoshop Elements tutorial (opens in new tab) walks you through how to watermark your images with one click of the mouse.
14. Master the pen and ink filter
The pen and ink filter 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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