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Using the Recompose Tool to Resize Images in Photoshop Elements 9

The Recompose tool in Photoshop Elements is like a super-intelligent crop-and-transform tool. You can move elements in an image closer together or change the orientation of a landscape shot from horizontal [more…]

How to Use the Cookie Cutter Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

The Cookie Cutter tool in Photoshop Elements is a powerful tool. You can think of it as a Custom Shape tool for images. But, whereas the Custom Shape tool creates a mask and hides everything outside the [more…]

How to Erase Image Areas with Eraser Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

The Eraser tools in Photoshop Elements let you erase areas of your image. Elements has three eraser tools: the regular Eraser, the Background Eraser, and the Magic Eraser. The Eraser tools look like those [more…]

Extracting Objects with the Magic Extractor in Photoshop Elements 9

The Magic Extractor command in Photoshop Elements enables you to make selections based on your identification of the foreground and background portions of your image. The way this tool works is you specify [more…]

Using the Select Menu to Refine Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

You can use the Select menu in Photoshop Elements to further modify and refine selections by expanding, contracting, smoothing, softening, inversing, growing, and grabbing similarly colored pixels. [more…]

Getting to Know Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, layers are essentially digital versions of clear acetate sheets. You can place elements, such as images, text, or shapes on separate layers and create a composite. You can hide, [more…]

Using the Layer and Select Menus in Photoshop Elements 9

Besides the commands on the Layers panel in Photoshop Elements, you have two layer menus — the Layer menu and the Select menu, both of which you can find on the main menu bar at the top of the application [more…]

Understanding the Types of Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements offers five kinds of layers: image, adjustment, fill, shape, and type. You’ll probably spend most of your time creating image layers, but just so that you’re familiar with all types, [more…]

How to Create a New Layer in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can create multiple image layers within a single image. Even more fun is creating a composite from several different images. Take people out of boring photo studios and put them [more…]

How to Manipulate Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements gives you several options for manipulating and working with multiple layers in an image. You can duplicate layers, drag and drop layers, and move a layer’s content. [more…]

How to Transform Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

When working with layers in Photoshop Elements, you may find the need to transform (scale or rotate) some of your images. You can do so by applying the Transform and Free Transform commands. The methods [more…]

Working with Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements 9

Layer masks have made their arrival in Photoshop Elements. Masking is essentially just another way of making a selection. Instead of making a selection with a single selection outline — either it is selected [more…]

How to Flatten and Merge Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you may need to flatten your images or merge layers. Flattening an image combines all visible layers into a background, including type, shape, fill, and adjustment layers. [more…]

How to Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements provides several ways to straighten your images. You may have an image with a crooked horizon line, or maybe you scanned a photo and it wasn’t quite centered in the middle of the scanning [more…]

How to Use One-Step Auto Fixes in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements has five automatic lighting-, contrast-, and color-correction tools that can improve the appearance of your images with just one menu command. These commands are available in either [more…]

How to Edit Images in Edit Quick Mode of Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, Edit Quick mode is a pared-down version of Edit Full mode that provides basic fixing tools along with a few unique features, such as a before-and-after preview of your image. [more…]

Cloning Elements with the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements provides a Clone Stamp tool that takes sampled pixels from one area and copies, or clones, them onto another area. The advantage of cloning, rather than making a selection and copying [more…]

Using the Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can lighten or darken areas of an image using the Dodge and Burn tools, respectively. You can specify the size and softness of your tool by simply selecting from one of the many [more…]

Pushing Pixels Around with the Smudge Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, the Smudge tool pushes your pixels around using the color that’s under the cursor when you start to drag. Think of it as dragging a brush through wet paint. You can use this tool [more…]

Using the Blur Tool to Soften Image Areas in Photoshop Elements 9

The Blur tool in Photoshop Elements can be used for both repair and more artistic endeavors. You can use the Blur tool to soften a small flaw or part of a rough edge. You can add a little blur to an element [more…]

How to Use the Sharpen Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

The Sharpen tool in Photoshop Elements increases the contrast among adjacent pixels to give the illusion that things are sharper. This tool should be used with restraint, however. Sharpen can quickly give [more…]

How to Use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, the Color Replacement tool allows you to replace the original color of an image with the foreground color. The Color Replacement tool preserves all the tones in the image. The color [more…]

How to Adjust Image Lighting in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements has several simple, manual tools you can use to adjust image lighting if the Auto Fix tools don’t produce the desired results. The manual tools offer more control over adjusting overall [more…]

How to Remove Colorcasts Automatically in Photoshop Elements 9

You may occasionally notice an unexpected colorcast (a shift in color) in your photos. In Photoshop Elements, you can use the Remove Color Cast command to automatically eliminate the colorcast. This feature [more…]

Converting Color Images to Black and White in Photoshop Elements 9

There may be times when you don’t want any color in an image. With the Remove Color command in Photoshop Elements, you can easily eliminate all the color from an image, layer, or selection. [more…]

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