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Photoshop Elements Tutorials and User Resources

Tips, tutorials, and free downloads for Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe's mid-rnage photo editing software. Photoshop Elements is built around the Photoshop feature-set and interface, without the high end features, steep learning curve, and expensive price tag. Many Photoshop tutorials and downloads can also be used in Photoshop Elements so I've included links to those categories here also.

Look under more categories for even more Photoshop Elements tutorials and resources.
  1. Beginner Tutorials (28)
  2. Tutorials and Techniques (53)
  3. Organizer Tips & Tutorials (25)
  4. Free Course: Organizer (19)
  5. Free Course: Editor (11)
  6. Elements Add-ons & Tools (25)

How To Draw the Outline of a Shape with Photoshop Elements
Learn how to create an outlined shape in Photoshop Elements using the shape tool, layer styles, selections, and the stroke command.

What's New in Photoshop Elements 12
Explore the new features introduced in Photoshop Elements 12.

Create Fancy Blog Titles for Your Photos
Learn how to add Pinterest-friendly fancy title plaques for your blog photos. These same techniques can be used to decorate your digital scrapbook layouts.

Create a Silhouette Gift in Photoshop Elements
Using simple techniques, you can create a silhouette gift in Photoshop Elements. This is a nice gift for mom on Mother's Day, or any occasion.

Create a Beautiful Custom Blog Header with PSE
A custom blog header that stands out from the crowd is important for branding your blog. And it's easy to create in Photoshop Elements.

Fast and Easy Matte Effect
Enhance your photos with the popular bright and gauzy matte effect in just a few steps with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

How to use Refine Edge in Photoshop Elements
Explore the refine edge capabilities introduced with Photoshop Elements 11 to make your difficult selections easier and more precise.

Remove Glasses with Photoshop Elements
Glasses aren't easy to remove in a photo, so it's a good idea to get some practice on removing glasses in case a client asks for it. This tutorial provides tips and tricks for removing glasses from faces in your photos.

Glamour Photo Editing Techniques
Learn how to enhance portrait photos with glamour photo editing techniques in Photoshop Elements.

Mimic a Lomo Camera with Photoshop Elements
Learn how you can mimic the effect of the Russian Lomo camera using a cross process effect in Photoshop Elements.

7 Ways to B&W in Photoshop Elements
There are at least seven different methods for converting a color photo to black and white in Photoshop Elements. Here's a run-down of them all.

Restore the Lighting Effects to Elements 12
Adobe removed the lighting effects filter from Photoshop Elements 12, but you can get it back if you have an older version of Elements still on your computer. This short tutorial will show you how.

Add Snow to a Photo
This tutorial shows you how to add realistic looking snow to a photo using a custom brush in Photoshop Elements.

Golden Light Effect in Photoshop Elements
Learn how to enhance your photos with a golden glow or golden sunlight effect--without the use of plug-ins--in Photoshop Elements.

Create Bokeh in Photoshop Elements
The holidays are the perfect time to add a festive bokeh background to your photos. Liz show you how to create a fake bokeh background with custom brushes in Photoshop Elements.

Christmas Light Twinkle in Photoshop Elements
In this tutorial, Liz shows you how to add extra sparkle in your Christmas tree photos..

Bright Eyes in Photoshop Elements
This Photoshop Elements tutorial will show you how to make your subject's eyes pop off the page for more impact in your portrait photography.

Changing Colors in Photoshop Elements
Using a hue and saturation adjustment, you can easily change the colors of objects in your photos with Photoshop Elements.

High Key Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
Learn how to create a low contrast high key effect for your photos with the guided edit introduced in Photoshop Elements 11.

Low Key Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
Give your photos a dark, contrasty low key effect using the guided edit introduced in Photoshop Elements 11.

Easy Noise Reduction in Photoshop Elements
This easy noise reduction method for Photoshop Elements uses the blur tool and often produces better results compared to the built-in noise reduction filter in Elements.

5 Fast Photo Fixes in Photoshop Elements
Here are instructions for five simple things you can do in Photoshop Elements to significantly improve your photos in just a few minutes.

How to Remove Objects from Photos with Photoshop Elements
Learn about several methods you can use to removing distracting background elements from your photos with Photoshop Elements.

Should You Switch from Photoshop to Photoshop Elements?
As a photographer, you may be wondering if Photoshop Elements is a suitable alternative to an expensive subscription to Photoshop Creative Cloud. This article can help you weigh the factors.

Tilt Shift Manual Method for Photoshop Elements (Any Version)
The guided tilt shift effect was added to Photoshop Elements in version 11, but you can still produce this effect manually in any version of Photoshop Elements by following this tutorial

Using The Tilt Shift Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 11
This tutorial will show you how to produce the popular tilt shift effect with the new guided edit in Photoshop Elements 11.

Photoshop Elements 11 Review
Learn about the latest version of Photoshop Elements, Adobe's photo-editing software for photo hobbyists. Photoshop Elements includes a full-featured photo editor, an integrated photo organizer, fun photo projects, artwork and themes, and loads of sharing options.

Photoshop Elements 10 Review (Old Version)
Read a review of Photoshop Elements 10 to learn about new features including visual searches, text on a path, and more.

What's New in Photoshop Elements 11
Take a tour of all the new features in Photoshop Elements 11 with screen shots and details.

Split Tone and Duotone in Photoshop Elements
This tutorial shows you how you can create color effects like split tone and duotone with Photoshop Elements using a gradient mask adjustment layer.

Non-Destructive Burn and Dodge in Photoshop Elements
This non-destructive method of dodge and burn is a safer way to lighten or darken areas of your photos in Photoshop Elements instead of using the dedicated tools that work directly on the pixels.

Photoshop Elements 9 Review
Learn about the new features added in Photoshop Elements 9 such as layer masks, photo sharing, performance improvements, content aware fill, and the addition of the Organizer for Macintosh users.

Rubber Stamp Effect Photoshop Elements Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to apply a stamp effect to text or an image with Photoshop Elements. In this case, we will mimic a rubber stamp, but this effect can also be used to create a grunge or distressed effect on text or graphics.

18 256x256 Seamless Pattern Textures by Shelby Kate Schmitz
Download 18 256x256 pixel seamless pattern texture files to use as backgrounds or fills in your projects. All 18 patterns are included in the Photoshop Pattern Set file, or you can download the individual patterns as PNG files.

Adobe Photoshop Elements User Reviews
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Free Orton Effect Action for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
This action creates an Orton Effect on your image to give it a dreamy quality. The Orton Effect works best on candid portraits, landscapes, and photos of children or animals. Besides creating a dream-like effect, it can be useful for salvaging photos that you didn't quite get in focus to begin with.

Add a Mat Frame to a Photo with Photoshop or Elements
Sometimes a certain photo just needs an extra special treatment to make it pop. One simple way to make a photo pop is to add a matted frame to it. This tutorial shows you how to add a matted frame with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Edit JPEG Files in Camera Raw with Photoshop Elements
Did you know you can open your JPEG photo in Adobe Camera Raw with Photoshop Elements 7? This will give you all the same non-destructive photo adjustments that you have available for processing raw camera files.

Free Layer Mask Tool for Photoshop Elements 5 and lower (Win/Mac)
Download a free action that will allow you to use layer masks in Photoshop Elements. The tool works in Photoshop Elements 5 and lower on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Photoshop Elements Tips
Readers share their favorite tips for Photoshop Elements.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Photoshop Elements 7
Even if you have used Photoshop Elements for some time, you may have missed some of its features. Here are 10 tips to help you work more efficiently in Photoshop Elements 7! While some of these tips work in previous versions of Elements, changing interface brightness, the Smart Brush tools, and the Action Player are brand new in Photoshop Elements 7.

Free Trim Action for Photoshop Elements 6 and 7
The free trim tool for Photoshop Elements quickly removes excess blank image area from around an image. This can be either a solid color or transparent background area.

How to Install Layer Styles in Older Versions of Photoshop Elements
There are hundreds of Web sites offering free Photoshop layer style effects in ASL file format. These Layer styles can also be used in Photoshop Elements. Here's what to do with these files to get them working in Elements.

What's New in Photoshop Elements 7
Is Photoshop Elements 7 worth your upgrade dollars? Here's a summary of the new features to help you decide.

How Do I Transfer a Photoshop Elements Catalog from Windows to Mac?
If you're a Photoshop Elements user who's switched from Windows to Macintosh, you maybe wondering how to transfer your Photoshop Elements catalog, along with your keyword tags and captions, to your new Mac computer. This article explains what you need to do.

Cutout Text Effect in Photoshop Elements
Here's how to create a 3D cutout text effect with Photoshop Elements. This effect makes text appear as though it is punched out of a surface. In this tutorial you will work with layers, the horizontal type selection tool, and layer style effects.

Summer Splash Frame with Photoshop Elements
Here is a quick and easy tutorial which will show you how to make a fun photo frame for the summer using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Put an Image or Photo Into Text with Photoshop Elements
You may have seen the text effect where a photo or other image is used to fill a block of text. This effect is easy to do with the layer grouping feature in Photoshop Elements. Old timers may know this technique as a clipping path. In this tutorial you'll work with the type tool, layers, adjustment layers, and layer styles.

Create See-Through Text with Photoshop Elements
This tutorial will show you how to create a see-through text effect with Photoshop Elements. In this beginner tutorial you will work with the type tool, the move tool, the effects palette, layers, blending modes, and layer styles.

Free Layer Mask Tool for Photoshop Elements
Download a free action that will allow you to use layer masks in Photoshop Elements. The tool works in any version of Elements on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Resize Multiple Files with Photoshop Elements
Sometimes when you want to post photos on the Web or email them, it is better to scale them down to a smaller size so your recipient can load them faster. You can resize a whole folder of pictures or multiple pictures at once using Photoshop Elements Editor or Organizer. This tutorial will walk you through both methods.

How do I Merge Catalogs in Photoshop Elements Organizer?
Unfortunately, Adobe does not provide a utility for merging catalogs. The best you can do is write your tag information into the photo files themselves, then import these photos into the other catalog. This article provides a detailed explanation of the procedure.

Create a Greeting Card in Photoshop Elements
Creating a custom greeting card is just one of the fun things you can do in Photoshop Elements. But the greeting card project in Photoshop Elements only gets you started on the front card design and doesn't give you a finished printable card. This tutorial will show you how to do that including adding text and special effects, embellishing the card with additional artwork, all the way through pri…

What's New in Photoshop Elements 6
Photoshop Elements is Adobe's photo-editing software for photo-hobbyists. Want to know what's new in Photoshop Elements 6? Come with me on a screen shot tour as I explore and comment on many of the new features in Photoshop Elements 6.

Make Text Stand Out on any Background in Photoshop Elements
You can make text stand out on a photo better by placing a solid color behind it that subtly fades into the background. This is easy to do in Photoshop using the outer glow layer style effect, but since Photoshop Elements does not give you as much control over layer effects, it is something you will have to do manually.

Combining Two Photos into One Page in Photoshop Elements
With this tutorial, I will show you how to combine two photos into one document using Photoshop Elements. This is something you might want to do to show a before and after version of an image correction. Just for fun, we'll add some text to the new document as this is another basic task that a new user may wish to learn.

Do Tags Added in Photoshop Elements Carry Over to Other Software?
Learn how to ensure the tagging work you do in Photoshop Elements will carry over to other software, including Windows Vista and the Windows Photo Gallery included with Windows Vista.

How to Make Printed Creation Content for Photoshop Elements 5
Wayne Jiang, Adobe's content designer for Photoshop Elements 5, has created a detailed, 17-page document on how to create and test content for Photoshop Elements 5. Download it here.

What's New in Photoshop Elements 5?
Want to know what is new in Photoshop Elements 5? Explore all the new features of Photoshop Elements 5 with screen shots and commentary from a long-time user of Photoshop Elements.

Restore a Discolored Photo with Photoshop Elements
If you've got old photographs in your family album that have faded, you may wish to scan them in and then repair them using Photoshop Elements. It couldn't be simpler to restore a discolored photo.

How Do I Transfer my Photoshop Elements Catalog to a New Computer?
Sooner or later, you're going to have a new computer. So what do you do about transferring your Photoshop Elements Organizer catalog to a new computer so that all your keyword tags, creations, categories, captions, and photos are retained? The built-in backup feature of Photoshop Elements is perfect for this!

Create a Dreamy Photo Effect with Photoshop Elements
This tutorial shows you how to give a photo that soft, dreamy quality. It's especially nice for close-ups and portraits because it softens the photo and minimizes details that might be distracting. This tutorial will show you some of the benefits of using blend modes, adjustment layers, and clipping masks.

Free Online Class: Organize Your Photos with Photoshop Elements
Are you downing in digital photos and looking for a better way to organize them? If so, this free e-mail course is for you! In just two weeks of daily lessons, you will learn how to utilize all the features of Photoshop Elements 3's Photo Organizer to get your photo collection organized and begin enjoying your photos more.

Comparison of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Is Photoshop worth the extra $500 compared to Photoshop Elements? Check out this overview of the differences and decide for yourself.

What's New in Photoshop Elements 4 - Screen Shots and Review
Explore the new and enhanced features in Photoshop Elements 4 with descriptions and screen shots.

How to Fix Problems With Photoshop Elements
Is Photoshop Elements doing something strange that you just can't figure out? Then it may be time to trash your preferences! This simple procedure cures a good portion of problems.

Elements Quick Tips
A collection of tips and tricks to help you get more out of Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop Elements 3: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures (Book)
With straightforward language, Dave Huss demonstrates practical techniques for improving your photos with Photoshop Elements. His casual writing style and sense of humor make you want to keep reading and learning.

Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! - Book Review
If you want to instantly create professional type & photo effects in less time than it takes to say it, Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! is just what you need.

Photoshop Elements 2 Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks (Book)
With brief but informative text instruction and lots of clear, easy-to-follow visuals, Photoshop Elements 2 Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks will show you how to save time, be more productive, and do more cool stuff in Photoshop Elements 2.

The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers (Book)
This book shows you how to achieve the most requested digital photography techniques and effects used by the pros, but falls a bit short in challenging readers to a deeper understanding of what they are doing.

Book Review: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions
This is a fabulous book for anyone who wants to make their pictures look their best. Provides easy-to-follow instruction on a wide range of topics in a very pleasing layout.

Book Review: The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2
For folks looking for the full power of Photoshop without the high price, this book and the bonus Power Tools provided on the accompanying CD can help them achieve that with Photoshop Elements. If you think you've gone as far as you can go with Elements but want to do more, get this book before you consider stepping up to Photoshop.

Elements XXL - A Powerful Photoshop Elements Plugin
Learn about Elements XXL, an add-on for Photoshop Elements which adds 130 new features and makes it more like Photoshop.

Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Every Photoshop user probably has their personal favorite selection of keyboard shortcuts they consider essential. These are the keyboard shortcuts that I use the most, along with some that I don't use often, but always end up having to look up when I need them.

Create an Antique Sepia Effect in Photoshop Elements
Learn an easy technique to give photos a sepia tone, then take it further by adding noise and a vignette to complete the antique effect.

How to Watermark Photos in Photoshop Elements Any Version
By adding a watermark to your photos, you can stamp them with your copyright and logo or website address to deter image theft. Learn how to add a watermark with Photoshop Elements.

Out of Bounds Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
Learn how to use the Out of Bounds Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 9 and higher to make an image appear as if it is popping out of a frame.

Photoshop User's Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts
Useful Photoshop keyboard shortcuts suggested by readers. Browse reader answers, or add your own.

How To Remove Moire Patterns From Scanned Photos in Photoshop and Elements
How to use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to remove moire patterns from photos that have been scanned from books, magazines or newspapers.

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