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Photoshop Elements Basic Tutorials

Tips and advice to help beginners get started with Adobe Photoshop Elements, plus tutorials for learning about the tools and interface of Adobe Photoshop Elements. Explore these basic tutorials before moving on to more advanced projects and techniques.

7 Ways to Convert Color Photos to Black and White
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 Lighting Effects to PSE12
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.

High Key Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
Create a low contrast high key effect for your photos with the guided edit in Photoshop Elements (version 11 and up).

Low Key Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
Learn how to use the low key guided edit to give your photos a dark, high-contrast effect with Photoshop Elements (11 and up).

Using The Tilt Shift Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 11
Make your photos look like a miniature scene with the tilt shift guided edit in Photoshop Elements 11.

Out of Bounds Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements
The Out of Bounds effect in Photoshop Elememts 9 and higher is a great way to give photos some dimension and interest by making the subject extend beyond the borders of its frame.

The Photoshop Elements Workspace
Explore the Photoshop Elements workspace in this illustrated tutorial.

Straighten a Crooked Image with the Crop Tool
How to straighten a crooked image using the crop tool in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

How to Use Photoshop Actions in Photoshop Elements
Some Photoshop Actions can be used in Photoshop Elements, but they are accessed in a different way depending on the version of Photoshop Elements. Here you'll find tools to help you use Photoshop actions within Photoshop Elements, links to help you find Elements-compatible actions, and tips for Photoshop users who want to create actions that...

How to Use Photoshop Brushes, Styles, Shapes and Other Content in Elements
There are hundreds of Web sites offering free Photoshop brushes, layer style effects, actions, shapes, patterns, gradients, and color swatch sets. All this free content can also be used in Photoshop Elements. Here's what to do with these files to get them working in Elements, along with links to where you can find these free goodies.

How to Simulate Photoshop's Layer Mask Function in Photoshop Elements
Learn how to simulate the layer mask function in Photoshop within Photoshop Elements.

Creating and Using Custom Brushes in Photoshop Elements
Learn how to create a custom brush in Photoshop Elements, save it to your brushes palette, and then use that brush to create a border.

Prevent Photoshop Elements from Snapping to the Edges of Documents
Does it annoy you how Photoshop Elements likes to "snap" to the document edges when using the crop tool, selection tools and so on? Learn how you can disable this snapping behavior.

Straighten a Crooked Photo
Here are step-by step instructions for straightening a crooked photo or scan in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, plus a way to correct perspective at the same time.

Quick Type Selection in Photoshop Elements
A shortcut to the Type Tool.

Rename Files With Adobe Photoshop Elements
How to rename a series of files with the file browser in Photoshop 7 and up or Photoshop Elements 2 and up.

Move Text Without Leaving The Type Tool in Photoshop Elements
How to move text without leaving the type tool.

Visually Choose Fonts in Photoshop Elements
How to cycle through the fonts list and hide text highlighting.

Fill Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop Elements
Save time with these fill tool shortcuts.

A Trick for Visualizing Detail Work in Photoshop Elements
When zoomed in for detail work, it may be difficult to visualize your results at actual size. You can open a second window for the same document and set each window to a different Zoom level.

A Trick for Finding the Cursor
I often cannot see the cursor whenever I am in a grayish area of the image. Here's a trick for quickly finding it.

Cycle Through Blend Modes with the Keyboard in Photoshop Elements
Try all the blend modes quickly with these shortcuts.

Refining Your Selections in Photoshop Elements
Use Add and Subtract Modes for Refining Selections

How to Toggle Between Precise Cursors and Standard Cursors
And, what to do when your cursor inexplicably changes.

Remove Red-Eye with the Sponge Tool in Photoshop Elements
This is a slight variation on red eye removal tips you may have seen elsewhere, but its very quick and very effective.

Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
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.

Working with Layers
Learn about working with loayers by combining two different images in Photoshop Elements.

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