Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Editing Tips and Tricks

Andy AndersonExpert author Andy Anderson is back, teaching our Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 training course! Photoshop Elements 12 is a powerful photo managing and editing software that allows the user to effectively organize, edit, and enhance your digital images. You can also use this program to get your photos ready to share with others, whether that’s through Facebook, the web, or print.

Follow along with Andy as he teaches you useful tools and techniques to get your skill set up to speed with these video tutorials. His lesson highlights include, but are not limited to: cropping images, removing human and pet red eye, whitening teeth, converting images to grayscale, and even creating and printing a greeting card!

Check out these three lessons from this comprehensive course! You can find more information on this training course, as well as free tutorial videos on our main website. Or you can check out our Learning Library to get unlimited access to all of our courses for one low-cost monthly fee!

Adjusting Facial Features:

In this video tutorial, Andy uses levels to enhance the lighting in the images (lightens them). Using two photos of essentially the same image, Andy shows you how to take facial features from one photo (man with eyes open) and put them on the other image (man with eyes closed). You would use this technique if you have two similar photos with one more visually appealing than the other, with a few minor fixes.



Controlling Effects with Layers:

In this video tutorial, Andy starts out by making a copy of the background, thus creating a new layer. Working in this new layer (you can re-name it), Andy has the ability to control what areas get specific effects by using a layer mask. Using the quick selection tool, you are able to select hard-to-reach areas within the image, such as navigating around the rocks to select the grass.


Camera Distortion Tools:

In this video tutorial, Andy uses the straightening tool to straighten a photo – this requires you to convert the photo to 8 bit. You can fix distortion using the “correct camera distortion” tool, which will correct the distortion automatically; you can go back and fix it again if you need to. You can also edit the perspective of the photo. For example, if you shot the photo on an angle but want to make it seem like you were shooting the photo head-on, you can do so. Alternatively, you can make it appear like you were kneeling down taking the photo, or on a ladder taking a photo.




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