Practical Photoshop Elements By Lesa Snider

2 hr 19 min
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In this class, Lesa leads you on a journey through the most practical and non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop Elements. Learn the truth about resolution, how to resize images without quality loss, discover the basics of layers and layer masks, how to create gorgeous grayscales, delicious duotones, festive frames, how to zap backgrounds, fix stubborn red-eye, and more!

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Understanding pixels, resolution, and when it matters... through a cup of brown sugar!
How to change resolution without changing quality.
How to reduce file size enough for sending a photo as an email attachment or posting on a Web site.
How to use the Crop tool to resize and change resolution at the same time.
How to snatch an image from the Web and change its resolution so that it prints well.
How to add a thin border around a photo to make it pop off the page.
Understanding layers through building a stacked paper background with shape layers.
Using a layer mask to hide pieces of text so that it looks like it was in the photo shoot.
Creating the classic photo inside text effect using the Group With Previous command.
Use the Elliptical Marquee tool and edge feathering to create a soft oval vignette.
How to use the Lens Correction filter to create softly burned edges to accentuate the focal point.
Use a Rounded Edge shape layer to create rounded photo edges.
Use the Quick Selection tool along with a Hue/Saturation adjustment to change the color of an object.
Quickly zap the background of an object using the Background Eraser... the non-destructive way.
How to use the Magic Extractor, non-destructively, to select frizzy hair.
Discover the many ways of zapping color from an image to produce maximum contrast.
Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to drain the color from an image, then paint it back in certain areas to accentuate the focal point.
How to colorize a grayscale image
Use Elements Effects and a Photo Filter adjustment layer to create a color tint or sepia effect.
How to use the Color Cast tool and Levels adjustment layer to correct color problems.
How to fix red-eye automatically in Quick Edit mode, using the Red-Eye tool, and finally, using the Color Replacement brush for super stubborn cases.
How to use the Cookie Cutter tool to add creative frames to an image, complete with a new background and drop shadow.
Hope you had a good time learning about Photoshop Elements
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Lesa Snider


Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She’s the author of several books including the best-selling series, Photoshop: The Missing Manual, iPhoto: The Missing Manual (, and The Skinny Book series of eBooks ( Lesa has a...

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