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Blurring the Background of an Image in Photoshop Elements 11

It seems everyone 'gets' why we sharpen our images, but I often get asked why we might go the opposide way and blur them. It just seems strange, why would you take a perfectly good looking and sharp photograph and make it look less defined, less detailed. Well there's a couple of reasons as you might expect - one of which we'll discuss in this video. However, instead of just looking at 'why' we'll look at 'how' as we explore the 'Lens Blur' filter and all of its various setting and controls.


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Transformation Tricks in Photoshop Elements 11

The transformation controls in Photoshop Elements allow us to distort and scale individual layers with a series of handles that appear on the transformation box whilst carrying out an operation. They give us the ability to scale, skew, distort and generally stretch the layer into a different perspective by either dragging on the aforementioned handles or entering a numerical value into the Options Panel that appears along with the function. Whilst tempting to play whilst searching for 'amaze your friends' special effects, there are some really useful reasons you might use this technique. In this tutorial, I'll show you just one of many.


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Introducing the Magnetic Lasso in Photoshop Elements 11

So far we've looked at ways to enhance photographs using any number of available colour adjustments, but what if we don’t want to affect the entire thing? What if we only want to adjust that red rose, or the right eye, or maybe even the sky? How are we going to do that? Well the answer lies in a selection outline - we use a selection tool to draw an outline around whatever it is we want selected, and then we apply the adjustment as normal. The Magnetic Lasso is one of many tools that creates that selection outline, and it does so by automatically 'sticking' to the outline of the object in question. It doesn't always work, and sometimes it can be quite tough to control, but after watching this tutorial I'm confident you'll be able to give it your best shot - even when the tool tries to misbehave.


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Introducing Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

Once you understand the basics of Photoshop Elements 11, we'll begin looking at some of the more sophisticated and powerful features the software has to offer. One of those features is called Layers and allows us to create a file that incorporates all of the different aspects of that file on individual sheets of translucent, digital paper - or Layers as we call them in Photoshop. If that sounds complicated then watch the video, because it's really not!


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Sharing Via Email in Photoshop Elements 11

Perhaps one of the most fun and rewarding parts of getting the image you want in Photoshop Elements is the ability to share it with friends and family. For this, Elements offers a number of options including Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. With all of that in mind, it may seem a little 'yesterday' using email to send your media, but never underestimate the simpleness, and quite often effectiveness, of setting up a mail and pressing 'send'. Here I'll show you how to fire off media attached to an email using either Microsoft Outlook or Adobe's very own email service. It's a technique anyone can use - all you need is your own email address.


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Touring the 'Guided' Mode in Photoshop Elements 11

The 'Guided' mode is a great place to start if you're new to Photoshop Elements because it offers some interesting and common effects in a simplified, guided panel. We'll take a tour around the workspace and I'll familiarise you with the controls and options so you can get the most out of it. We'll then direct our attention towards a few specific effects, namely the 'Lomo Camera' effect, the 'Lighten & Darken' sliders, and we'll finish up by adding a vignette.


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Organiser vs Editor in Photoshop Elements 11

Photoshop Elements can be divided into two key areas, the Organiser and the Editor. Both of these 'modes' contain many features that the home enthusiast will find useful, including a plethora of ways to identify and find media in the case of the former, and controls to modify and hopefully improve content in the latter. In this video tutorial we'll look at the main differences between the two.


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Creating Stacks in Photoshop Elements 11

The whole point of the Organiser is to, well, keep your media organised - no matter how large or small your catalogue. Stacks are a big part of that organisation and can help to reduce the number of thumbnails you see on screen, particularly when you have a number of images that are similar. Often referred to as 'Adobe's Folders', I'll show you why that's the case and how to make the most out of them!


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Changing the Date & Time of a Photo

Isn't it frustrating when you visit another time zone and forget to change the date and time on your camera - meaning that the time stamped into the metadata of the file is wrong. It's a common oversight, and one that was previously difficult to fix. However, times have changes, and Photoshop Elements 11 can now rewrite all of those dates and times in just one run of the command. In this tutorial I'll show you how it's done.


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Creating a Catalogue

If you want the Organiser to manage your media collection in Photoshop Elements, one of the first jobs you're going to need to undertake is the creation of a new catalogue to put it all in. In this tutorial I'll show you how it's done, as well as pass along some tips as to how to switch between various catalogues, repair them if you suffer technical difficulties, and remove them from your computer if you ever decide you don't want them anymore.


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Sharpening for Print

The sharpening filters in Photoshop Elements attempt to mimic the focus of a camera lens, creating the appearance of sharp and defined objects. Trouble is, nothing can successfully mimic the lens element of a camera when the photograph is taken, if the details aren't there when you took the shot, Elements can't just create them from nothing. Instead it uses a trick to deceive the viewer - and as it turns out, it's a very good trick. By increasing contrast between neighbouring pixels, these filters can and will do a great job - but best not to get lazy, it's no replacement for the real thing and often times just helps to perfect an already good-looking photo.


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This video serves as the introduction to our training title 'A Beginner's Guide to Photoshop Elements 11' -  a course of over 80 videos organised into 14 chapters covering everything from the Organiser to the 'Expert' editing mode. The whole series lasts 12.5 hours and is available now. Take a look at this video for more information.


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Working with Levels

The Levels command allows us to directly manipulate the shadows, midtones and highlights of a photograph, which in turn helps us to correct contrast and colour issues either rampant in our images, or just laying dormant. It's without a doubt the toughest tool to master in Photoshop Elements and requires a lot of patience and practice to master. Throughout this video I'll show you the concepts and tried-and-tested techniques that help to make Levels easier to learn and use with your own photographs. Once you do master it though, you'll be so glad you took the time and gave it go!


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Auto Levels

Levels is one of the most powerful image-editing tools in the whole of Photoshop Elements, and it comes with three rather nice automatic siblings - Auto Levels, Auto Contrast and Auto Colour Correction. Individually, they all examine the image, set black, white and grey points, and make tonal and colour adjustments to suit the array of brightness levels that already exist. That may sound complicated, but that's the beauty of the auto options - they do all the hard work for you and produce respectable results. In this video, I'll show you exactly what they do, and how they do it.


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Ever heard of a one-click wonder? Well, this is a one-slider wonder! Capable of magic, and quite often delivering on the promises it makes. With just one push or pull on that slider, you can have the photograph looking sharp, colourful, and perfectly exposed - yes, it really is that good. There is though a drawback. Less control, an imbalance between effects, and it doesn't always make the photo look better. This tool is the ultimate battle between control and convenience, as we'll discuss during the tutorial.


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The Shadows/Highlights Command

Ever taken a photo that comprised of dark shadows and bright highlights? No? Are you sure? Ah, I thought so. I don’t know a photographer who hasn’t stumbled upon this little problem at some point, and cursed the black shadows or blown out sky. Amazingly enough though, we can usually dull down those highlights, and brighten up the shadows using the Shadow/Highlight command - and it works like no other tool available. This one is definitely worth noting down, ready for the next time...


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Enhancing Colours in a Photo

Enhancing Colours in Photoshop Elements 10 is simple thanks to the Guided Edit Mode. As you'll see in this video, we simply need to know where our options are, and how to make best use out of them. Here, we'll create a dramatic sky above the Eiffel Tower and finish it off by adjusting the lighting of the shot.


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Overview of the Guided Edit Mode - Part 2

This is part two of the tutorial 'Overview of the Guided Edit Mode'. Regardless of your experience, the Guided Edit Mode is a good place to start in Photoshop Elements 10. It will help us see what's possible inside the software, and help us to focus our attention on what needs to be done. I'll start the series off by helping you to fully understand the many guided edits available, such as cropping and straightening a photo.


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Overview of the Guided Edit Mode - Part 1

Regardless of your experience, the Guided Edit Mode is a good place to start in Photoshop Elements 10. It will help us see what's possible inside the software, and help us to focus our attention on what needs to be done. I'll start the series off by helping you to fully understand the many guided edits available, such as cropping and straightening a photo.


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Introducing A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Photos

Join us as we unvail 'A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Photos in Photoshop Elements 10', our 5+ hour video series which looks at the many tools and commands available in Photoshop Elements 10 to adjust and correct photographs. We've designed the course to work at all levels, regardless of your current level of understanding, so we're sure that everyone from beginners to established users will see the value of the the training title.


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PC Vs Mac

This video helps users to identify the key differences between versions of Photoshop Elements 10 when viewing the course 'A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Photos in Photoshop Elements 10'. We'll look at the differences in terms of screen layout and keyboard shortcuts.


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Layer Styles in Photoshop Elements 9

Text, shapes and even layers can all look drab with no formatting. Thankfully Photoshop Elements provides us with pre-determined 'styles' to help make things look more inviting. These include drop shadows, outer glows and bevels amongst others, and can be really important in helping your artwork stand out from the rest.


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Quick Selection Tool

The Quick Selection Tool creates a freeform selection outline around objects with similar colours and shades. In this example I'll use it to select Elvis Presley's Pink Cadillac leaving us with the option of changing pink to blue, or any other colour you fancy. The wonderful thing about this tool is its ease of use, the slightly annoying thing is its not always as quick as you'd imagine - especially if you're looking for quality results. Nonetheless its a great tool to have on your side, and will definitely come to your aid if you use the selection tools regularly. As we progress through this video I'll also show you how its partner in crime works - the Selection Brush Tool.


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Straighten & Crop a Photograph

It's common to shoot an image that isn't completely straight or has too many details that, well, you just don't need. In those circumstances a good understanding of how to straighten and crop a photograph will be the difference between living with it and doing something about it.


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Touring the Full Edit Mode

The Guided and Quick edit modes are great if you're performing basic adjustments but if you want to take advantage of some of Elements more powerful features then you'll need to work inside of the Full Edit mode. In this tutorial we'll explore the screen layout and I'll familiarise you with some key concepts.


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Sharing Via Email

Once you've organised and edited your photographs you may want to show them off to friends and family - after all, they're no good just sitting at the back of your hard drive gathering digital dust. In this video I'll show you how to set up contacts and send an image file out as an email.


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Touring the Guided Edit Mode

The Guided Edit mode in Photoshop Elements is a great place to start as a beginner. It guides you seamlessly through multiple adjustments in a clear, easy to understand way; and makes getting the look you want a piece of cake. Follow me in this video as I show you how it all works.


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Photoshop Video Tutorial - Albums, Smart Albums & Ratings

Many of us have several thousand photos in our collections so when it's time to find one it can literally be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, the Organiser in Photoshop Elements has our back. Once we've assigned tags to each photo, we can add them to albums which work much like a standard photo album you may have tucked away in the draw at home, a smart album which is sensitive to certain criterion and dynamically changes as you reorganise your photos, and star ratings to represent your best and worst photographs. In this tutorial taken from my Beginner's Guide to Photoshop Elements 9 I'll show you how they all work.


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In this video I'll introduce my 'Beginner's Guide to Photoshop Elements 9' series available on this site. I'll use the time to set out the course, discuss what I'll teach and help you understand the overall objective and aim of the series. This is the 1st and shortest video out of the 86 available.