Photo Editing Basics with Adobe Photoshop Elements Improving, Enhancing, and Retouching Images

  • Phillip Whitt

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Learn to edit your images using the powerful, yet easy-to-learn, Adobe Photoshop Elements, the “younger sibling” of the professional program. This instructional video will teach you how to enhance, retouch, and edit your images using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

In this easy to digest video, you can immediately put your new photo editing skills to use. This video will touch on the essential basics to get beginners off the ground, starting with learning the work space, and moving onto retouching, exposure correction, and more.

Photoshop Elements is a powerful photo editing program with many of the core functions of the professional’s choice, Adobe Photoshop. It’s available for both Windows and Mac, but at a fraction of the cost. You’ll see how Photoshop Elements is ideal for improving static images―color corrections, reviving faded images, and digitally repairing defects such as scratches and torn areas. It can also help organize and share images.

The full version of Photoshop (or even the open-source GIMP) can be overwhelming to new or novice users. Photoshop Elements is ideal for beginners to learn photo editing, and also ideal for those with some working knowledge of image editing who don’t require the full scope of Photoshop’s features.

What You Will Learn

  • Get an overview of Photoshop Elements

  • Adjust exposure, lighting, and color

  • Repair damaged and flawed photos

  • Remove unwanted objects

  • Replace backgrounds and retouch people

  • Use filters for artistic effects, drawing tools, and text tools

Who This Video Is For

Aspiring photographers, genealogists, small business owners (who prefer to edit images themselves).

This instructional video covers how to edit your images using the powerful, yet easy-to-learn, Adobe Photoshop Elements, the ‘younger sibling’ of the professional program. You will see how to enhance, retouch, and edit your images using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

About The Author

Phillip Whitt

Phillip Whitt Phillip Whitt has a passion for images, and has been involved with digital image editing and graphic design since the 1990s. Phillip is a freelance photo editing/restoration and graphic design professional with extensive experience in digitizing photographic slides, negatives, and home movies. Mr. Whitt holds a number of certifications demonstrating proficiency in programs such as Adobe Photoshop CS, Desktop Publishing, Scribus Basics, GIMP 2.6, and Photo Impact.

Mr. Whitt is the author of several Apress books such as Beginning Photo Retouching and Restoration Using GIMPPro Freeware and Open Source Solutions for BusinessPro Colorizing With GIMP, and Beginning Pixlr Editor, and one video; Digitizing and Enhancing Vintage Media.


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Video Transcript


Hello, I’m Phillip Whitt, author of this video tutorial, Photo Editing Basics with Adobe Photoshop Elements. I’ve been working with images since the late 1990s. I’ve been a Photoshop professional since 2000. I’ve retouched, restored, and edited countless images over the years. I have an Expert Rating certification in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, and I’m the author of several books related to image editing using GIMP and one using Pixlr Editor.

Some of my specialties are restoring damaged photos, digitally removing scratches, tears, stains, and other forms of damage, digitally removing unwanted objects, and colorizing black and white images. I’m more active as an author these days. I’m also an Illustrator and graphics designer on occasion. If you work with old types of images, such as slides, old family photos, and home movies, you may be interested in my previous video tutorial, Digitizing and Enhancing Vintage Media. It’s available through the Apress subscription program.

And now let’s see what you’ll learn in this course. The first thing will be a quick overview of Photoshop Elements, how to adjust lighting and exposure, adjust and correct color, repair damage, remove unwanted objects, replace backgrounds, retouch people, create artistic effects using filters, use the drawing tools, and use the text tool. And then we’ll follow up with a quick summary of everything you’ve learned. Now let’s move on to the first segment.