Photoshop Elements is a simplified version of the classic Adobe Photoshop. It allows you to quickly edit photos, apply effects and make color correction. This program lacks some tools, and the interface is visually much simpler and minimalistic. Photoshop Elements is unlikely to be able to do complex processing, but is great for reporters, amateurs, beginners and those photographers who rely on naturalness, refusing to deep retouch.
We talk about interesting chips and features of Adobe Photoshop Elements that may interest you and encourage you to “feel” the editor with your own hands.
Two editing panels: for beginners and for pros
When you open a photo in Photoshop Elements, you can select two modes: Quick / Quick and Expert / Expert. To do this, just click on the buttons with the corresponding names at the top of the screen.
In Quick mode, in a couple of clicks, you can adjust the brightness, apply sharpness and effects. Of the hand tools, there are only 8 types suitable for basic correction. For example, if you need to crop the picture, remove a couple of pimples, and even out the horizon.
Quick mode is suitable for:
- beginners who are just mastering graphic editors, who are frightened by the abundance of buttons and a cumbersome interface;
- photos where deep retouching is not needed. For example, just make the picture a little darker or lighter, adjust the color saturation;
- processing of reportage images;
— processing of landscape, architectural photos, pictures from travels.
At any stage of processing, you can click the Expert button and switch to the professional mode. It is much closer in functionality to Photoshop: layers, brushes, a stamp familiar to retouching and a restoring brush appear there. The number of manual editing tools is also expanding: 21 versus 8 in Quick mode.
Presets for basic commands
On the menu Quick / Quick on the left are the six main automatic tools for working with photography:
one. Smart Fix / Smart Fix. Automatically adjusts all of the following parameters.
2. Exposure / Exposure. Simply put, it makes the photo lighter or darker.
3. Lighting / Lighting. Lightens or darkens predominantly dark parts of a photo.
four. Color Allows you to make colors more saturated or dull, change their tone.
5. Balance /Balance. It would be more correct to call White Balance. Corrects the colors in the photo, if it was originally yellow, blue, green.
6. Sharpness / Sharpen. Sharpens and, in some situations, also adds grain to a photo to create a film-like effect.
To change any of the parameters, click on the corresponding name and move the slider. It would seem that it is easier? But the developers have managed to make working with the tools even easier — by opening any menu, you will see a list of 9 ready-made presets. And so for each setting!
Processing for paintings and styles of famous artists
In Photoshop Elements, any photo can be stylized as a painting in one click. To do this, go to the tab Effects / Effects and click on any picture. The program will adjust the colors and even try to repeat the strokes and style of the selected canvas.
The editor offers 28 paintings by famous artists to choose from. For example, Van Gogh or Munch. If you click the checkbox Keep original photo colorsthe program will try to repeat only the style and strokes, but will leave the original colors of the image.
This can be an interesting gift if you, for example, want to print a stylized portrait on canvas. You can also indulge and get surreal landscapes, objects, architectural shots, or try to go into abstraction and get art where photography and drawing intersect.
Classic presets in one click
If in the tab effects select section Classic / Classic, the graphics editor will offer 11 basic presets. For example, it will allow you to convert a photo to black and white or offer processing for vintage.
Instant Teeth Whitening Tool
Dreamed of whitening a model’s teeth, but did not know how and where to do it in bulky Photoshop? Photoshop Elements has a separate tool for this, and the procedure takes only a couple of minutes.
With the tool selected, use the brush to outline the teeth. The program itself automatically brightens them. To make the correction more precise, adjust the brush size using the single slider at the bottom.
Automatically colorize a black and white photo
If you need to restore an old photo and bring back its color, use the Photoshop Elements tool, which will colorize the photo itself. To do this, in the panel at the top, find the button Enhance / Enhance — Colorize photo / Colorize photo or press the hotkeys Ctrl + Alt + R.
A window will open in front of you where you can choose one of four preset options — two warmer and two in colder colors, with blue and green. After that, click Ok and the correction will be applied.
The program does not work perfectly and is not always accurate, but it is a great quick option for an amateur. For guaranteed high-quality restoration of color in the picture, it is better to work manually or contact a professional.
Open closed eyes in a photograph
Photoshop Elements allows you to “open” the model’s eyes in a couple of clicks if she accidentally closed them in the photo. The program offers four options for the eyes to choose from, but it will turn out much better if you go the second way — choose a photo from the same series with the same model, but where her eyes are open. Yes, you may have to go through a few shots to find the best angle, but otherwise the graphic editor will do everything for you.
How to open eyes on a photo in Photoshop Elements:
1. On the panel on the left, take the tool Eyes. Y hotkey.
2. Find the button below Open closed eyes / Open Closed Eyes.
3. In the window that opens, click Computer / Computer and select a picture with “donor” eyes. They will load and appear on the right. Select the desired image. Photoshop Elements will automatically replace the eyes in the picture. After that click Ok.