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Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies

By: Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova Published: 11-06-2018

Turn blah photos into dazzling images

Photoshop Elements offers enough of the power you’ll find in full Photoshop to make both basic and artistic edits to your photos. Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies helps you learn how to use Photoshop Elements to take your shots to stunning new heights!

Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies offers photographers of all skill levels the power to turn run-of-the-mill digital pictures into beautiful photographs. This friendly and helpful guidebook directs you on how to harness all the tools this powerful software has to offer.

  • Simple explanations for handling image editing
  • Steps for giving your photos a digital makeover
  • Ways to turn your photos into works of art 
  • Guidance on fixing your pics with one click

No matter if you're a photo editing newcomer looking for advice on making the most common fixes or an experienced editor in need of a road map to this version of Photoshop Elements, this book has you covered!

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How to Create Point and Paragraph Type in Photoshop Elements 2019

Article / Updated 01-11-2019

In Photoshop Elements 2019, the majority of your type entry will most likely be in point type mode. Point type is useful for short chunks of text, such as headlines, labels, logos, and headings for web pages. If you have larger chunks of text, it’s usually more practical to enter the text as paragraph type. Entering paragraph type is similar to entering text in a word-processing or page-layout program, except that the text is contained inside a bounding box. When you type and come to the end of the bounding box, Elements automatically wraps the text to the next line. How to create point type Point type is so called because it contains a single anchor point, which marks the starting point of the line of type. Remember that point-type lines don’t wrap automatically, as you can see here. Follow these steps to create point type: Open the Photo Editor and choose Expert mode. Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file by choosing File →New → Blank File and clicking OK. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel. You can also press T to cycle through the various type tools. Additionally, you can also select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tool Options. It looks like a capital letter T. On the image, click where you want to insert your text. Your cursor is called an I-beam. When you click, you make an insertion point. A small, horizontal line about one-third of the way up the I-beam shows the baseline (the line on which the text sits) for horizontal type. Specify your type options from the Tool Options. Type your text and press Enter (Return on a Mac) to begin a new line. When you press Enter (or Return), you insert a hard return that doesn’t move. When you finish entering the text, click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon) near your text. If you want to bail out, click the Cancel button (the red No icon). You can also commit the type by pressing Enter on the numeric keypad or by clicking any other tool on the Tools panel. A new type layer with your text is created. Type layers appear on your Layers panel and are indicated by the T icon. How to create paragraph type in Elements To enter paragraph type, follow these steps: Open the Photo Editor and choose Expert mode. Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file by choosing File → New → Blank File and clicking OK. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel or press T to cycle through the various type tools. You can also select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tool Options. On the image, insert and size the bounding box by using one of two methods: Drag to create a bounding box close to your desired size. After you release the mouse button, you can drag any of the handles at the corners and sides of the box to resize it. Hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and click the image. The Paragraph Text Size dialog box appears. Enter the exact dimensions of your desired bounding box. When you click OK, your specified box appears, complete with handles for resizing later. Specify your type options from the Tool Options. Enter your text; to start a new paragraph, press Enter (Return on a Mac). Each line wraps around to fit inside the bounding box, as shown in the following figure. If you type more text than can squeeze into the text box, an overflow icon (a box with a plus sign inside) appears. Resize the text box by dragging a bounding box handle. Click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon) next to the text box or press Enter on the numeric keypad. If you’re not happy with the text, you can click the Cancel button (the red No icon) and start over. After you click Commit, Elements creates a new type layer.

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Sharing Options in Photoshop Elements 2019

Article / Updated 01-11-2019

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 is a great packaging tool that can deploy your photos and projects for screen viewing — and not just on your computer monitor. You can edit photos or assemble creations that are exported for web viewing, and you can even prepare files to show on your television. Before you choose a sharing activity and ultimately begin work on a creation, you need to ask a few questions: What device(s) are going to display my creations? When it comes to viewing photos and movies, you have choices that include computers (including desktops, notebooks, and netbooks), handheld devices such as cellphones and tablets (such as the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy), and TVs. If you want your creations to be viewable on all devices, you need to use different Elements tools and file formats than you would use for showing creations exclusively on a TV or on a computer. Consider two factors regarding devices and viewing your creations: Adobe Flash: Some online hosts convert your video uploads to Adobe Flash. If you want to share photos with iPhone/iPod/iPad users (several hundred million and counting), stay away from any host that supports Flash-only conversions. Storage space: Hosts vary greatly in terms of space allocated for storing content. If you want to share large video files, be certain the storage host you choose allocates enough storage space to permit you to upload your files. What storage hosts are the most popular? From within Photoshop Elements, you can export photos directly to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. For videos, you have direct support for YouTube and Vimeo. For other social media sites — such as Tumblr, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and so on — you need to prepare your images in Elements and upload them according to the developer’s specifications. What types of creations can I share? Obviously, you can upload individual photos to any one of the online services. You can use the Share panel and choose to share directly to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo. In addition to uploading single photos to a service, some of the creations you might want to share include the following: Albums: You can create photo albums and share the albums on many different sites. Slideshows: In Windows, you can create a slideshow and choose to export the slideshow as a movie file (.wmv) or a PDF. On the Mac, you can export a Memories file to a video but you then have to exit Elements and upload the file through another means. Ultimately, you can view exported videos in a number of different online hosts. If you use Facebook, all devices show your creations. Slideshows have an additional benefit in supporting audio files. You can add audio to the creations, and the audio plays on all devices if you upload them to Facebook. Videos: If you want to host videos on your own website and make the videos available to iPhone/iPod/iPad users as well as computer users, you need a little help from Adobe Premiere Elements. In Premiere Elements, you can export video for mobile devices, and the resultant file can be viewed on an iPhone/iPod/iPad as well as a computer. Photo sharing in Elements 2019 Not all sharing providers are directly linked to Photoshop Elements. Many more social media sharing providers exist than those you find in the Elements Share panel. You can always make creations and manually upload creations, photos, and videos to many other services. A list of the more popular websites is shown here. Photo Sharing Providers Source Description Behance A place to show off your artwork and see examples of excellent design and photography. dotPhoto Requires a club membership fee. Facebook Free unlimited photo and video uploads. The following figure shows a video shared on Facebook. Flickr Allows 1TB of photo uploads with no limits. Google+ Unlimited storage for photos. Photobucket Up to 2GB photo and video uploads per month. Shutterfly Concentrates on photo products — calendars, iPhone cases, cards, cushion covers, and so on — rather than photo storage. SlickPic Store 200 size-limited (limited to 100MB) images for the free account. For paid accounts, you can get 50GB of space and up with no size limits. SmugMug Paid service for photo storage. Minimum account is $3.84/month. Twitter Allows up to 100 images (max 3MB each), and most recent uploads are displayed. Vimeo Free video uploads of 500MB per week. YouTube Free unlimited video uploads of up to ten minutes and not exceeding 100MB. How to use the Elements Share Panel You choose an option in the Share panel by clicking one of the buttons, and then one of two interfaces appears: Some options lead you to more specific choices in the Share panel. Other choices open a window where you log in to an account for sharing photos. The choices for sharing photos with other services open windows for logging in to your account and proceeding through steps to prepare and upload images. The following figure shows the Share panel as it appears in the Organizer (left) and in the Photo Editor (right). The Photo Editor share panel has a more abbreviated set of options. Options available in the Share panel are identical on both platforms. How to email photos in Elements Rather than save your file from Elements and then open your email client (such as Outlook or Apple Mail) and select the photo to attach to an email, you can use Elements to easily share photos via email with one click. When you want to email a photo or a creation, follow these steps: In the Organizer, select the photos you want to email to a friend. Open the Share panel and select Email Attachments. The First time you try to email photos, Elements opens the Organizer Preferences panel and requires you to configure your email account. Fill in the text boxes and click OK. Check Convert Photos to JPEGs and choose a quality setting for the attachment and click Next. Drag the Quality slider and observe the file size noted at the bottom of the panel where you see Estimated Size, as shown. If the file is large, you may need to resize it in the Image Size dialog box before emailing the photo. (Optional) Add recipients. The next panel provides settings for adding a message and adding recipients from an Address Book, as shown here. You can bypass adding recipients from your Address Book. If no recipients are listed in the Select Recipients panel, you can add recipient email addresses in the new message window in your email client. Click Next. The photo(s) are first sampled to the output size. Wait a few minutes until Elements completes the sampling; then the photos are attached to a new email message in your default email client. Elements attaches the media to a new email message. You need to toggle to your email client in order to see the message and send the mail. Review the To, Subject, and Attach fields to be certain the information is correct. Then click the Send button. By default, Elements uses your primary email client application, which may or may not be the email program you use. You can change the default email client by pressing Ctrl+K (Command   + K on the Mac) to open the Preferences dialog box when you're in the Organizer and then clicking Email in the left pane. From a drop-down list in the Sharing preferences, choose the email client application that you want Elements to use. Elements supports using web-based email clients. If you use Yahoo!, Gmail, or even another account, you can send your photos using your existing mail client. If you choose Other in the Email Preferences, you need to supply your SMTP Server and the Port number. If you need help with setting up the mail for other accounts not listed in the Email Preferences, contact your ISP for assistance. How to work with Adobe Premiere Elements Several options in the Share and Create panels require that you use Adobe Premiere Elements. The items denoted as Burn Video DVD/BluRay, Online Video Sharing, and Mobile Phones and Players all require Adobe Premiere Elements. If any of these items interest you, you can download a free trial of Adobe Premiere Elements and work with it for 30 days. If Premiere Elements is a tool you find worthwhile, you can purchase it from the Adobe Store. If you’re perusing this book and have not yet purchased Elements 2019, you can purchase the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 bundle. Buying the bundle purchase is much less expensive than buying the products separately. For Adobe Premiere Elements trial versions, just click one of the options for video sharing in the Share panel, and you’re prompted to download a trial version of Premiere Elements. How to share your photos on social networks You have a variety of options for sharing photos and placing orders on a number of service networks. We don’t have enough space in this book to cover each and every service that Elements supports, so we walk through the more popular services (Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter) as an example for connecting with a service provider. If other services interest you, poke around and explore options for the services you use. Experienced users of Elements will immediately notice that services such as Flickr and Facebook have been promoted from options nested in the More Options drop-down list found in earlier versions of Elements to buttons shown in the Share panel. How to share photos on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter Whether you’re uploading photos to Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter, you follow the same process in Elements. You first select photos, albums, or creations in the Organizer and then click the Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter button in the Share panel. You need to authorize Elements to communicate with these social networks before uploading any content. Click the Authorize button and proceed to a login page, where you supply your account username and password information. After you are logged in to a site, the process for uploading images is easy, as shown here, shown after we authorized Facebook. After a photo is uploaded, you see the photo on your timeline or in a photo collection. How to use other online services After you become familiar with uploading photos to a service, you can easily follow similar steps to upload photos to any of the services that are supported by Elements. You first encounter the window to authorize an account, such as when using Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. When setting up a new account, you can log in to the service and create the new account. When you enter a site for sharing photos, printing photos, or creating items such as photo frames, follow the easy online steps that each service provides. How to create Facebook cover images Creating Facebook Covers has been around for a while in the Create Panel in the Organizer; however, the first efforts by Adobe were limiting and a bit clumsy. You had to struggle with a limited set of templates to simply add a background photo and a profile picture without any default text. Adobe provides you with several templates to help you create just the right Facebook Cover you want. A list of themes appears in the Themes Category. To create a Facebook cover and upload the file(s) to your Facebook account, follow these steps: Select photos in the Organizer. The Facebook cover option appears in both the Organizer’s and Editor’s Create panels; hence, you need to select your images in the Organizer first. Open the Create Panel and choose Facebook Cover. The Facebook Cover window opens, as shown here. The minute you choose Facebook Cover in the Organizer you are switched to the Photo Editor. Choose a theme. The Facebook Cover Wizard opens. Click a theme and decide whether you want to use a single photo or multiple photos by clicking the corresponding theme category. In our example, we use the new Clean template to add a background photo and profile picture. Edit the images for position and size. Click the green check mark when you have the image(s) sized to your liking. If you want, click the Save button to save the file as a .pse file that you can reopen and rework if you change your mind. Click the Upload button when finished. The final photos are uploaded as shown here. You arrive at the Upload Photos to Facebook window. The window shows you a preview of how your new cover will appear. If you like what you see, click the Next button and follow the steps to upload the images to your Facebook account.

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The Photoshop Elements 2019 Type Mask Tool

Article / Updated 01-11-2019

Adobe has added a new Photoshop Elements feature to the other fun you can have with the Type Mask tool. If having just one photo inside of your text isn’t enough, check out the new Multi-Photo Text Guided Edit feature (under Fun Edits) where you can put a different photo inside each letter of your text! Using the Type Mask tool epitomizes the combination of type and image. Unlike the Type tool, the Type Mask tool doesn’t create a new layer. Instead, it creates a selection on the active layer. Type Mask is the tool of choice for filling text with an image or cutting text out of an image so that the background shows through, as shown. A selection is a selection no matter how it was created. So, even though type mask selections look like letters, they act like selections. You can move, modify, and save them. Here are the steps to create a type mask: In the Photo Editor in Expert mode, open the image of your choice. We selected a stone texture. Convert your background into a layer by double-clicking the word Background on the Layers panel, and then click OK. This step enables you to jazz up the type with styles later. Choose the Horizontal Type Mask tool from the Tools panel. Specify your type options (such as Font Family, Style, and Size) in the Tool Options. Click the image, and type your desired text. When you’re done, click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon). A selection border in the shape of your type appears on your image. Choose Select→ Inverse, which deselects your letter selections and selects everything else. Press the Backspace (Delete on a Mac) key to delete everything outside your selection border. Your type is now filled with your image. Choose Select → Deselect. Experiment with applying layer styles to your type. (a) Choose Window → Styles or click the Styles button at the bottom of the workspace (assuming you’re in Basic Workspace). If you need to get back to the Basic Workspace, click the arrow on the More button in the bottom-right corner of the workspace and choose Basic Workspace from the submenu. (b) Choose the type of layer styles you desire from the drop-down list at the top of the panel, such as Drop Shadows or Bevels. (c) Click the exact style you want. We used a drop shadow and a simple inner bevel in the figure. If you want to admire your type against a solid background, as we did, create a new layer, choose Edit → Fill Layer, and then choose your desired color from the Use drop-down list. A Guided Edit called Photo Text, shown here, makes creating masked type even easier than following the preceding steps. Go into Guided Edit mode, click the Fun Edits tab, and follow the few simple steps provided. You can also easily add a bevel, stroke, or shadow using this edit.

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The New Partial Sketch Photoshop Elements Feature

Article / Updated 01-11-2019

If you like the organic look of a pencil sketch, be sure to check out the new Partial Sketch Photoshop Elements 2019 feature under Fun Edits in Guided mode. This new edit allows you to selectively brush in a hand-sketched effect on your photo. Drawing with the Pencil tool creates hard edges. You can’t get the soft, feathery edges that you can with the Brush tool. In fact, the edges of a pencil stroke can’t even be antialiased. (For more on antialiasing, see the following section.) Keep in mind that if you draw anything other than vertical or horizontal lines, your lines will have some jaggies when they’re viewed up close. But hey, don’t diss the Pencil just yet. Those hard-edged strokes can be perfect for web graphics. What’s more, the Pencil tool can erase itself, and it’s great for digital sketches, as shown. Follow these steps to become familiar with the Pencil tool: Select the Pencil tool from the Tools panel. You can also press the N key. By default, the Pencil tool’s brush tip is the 1-pixel brush. Yes, even though the Pencil tip is hard-edged, we still refer to it as a brush. In the next few steps, you customize the brush by setting various options. Click the arrow and select your desired brush from the Brush Preset Picker drop-down panel. (Optional) To load another preset library, click the Brushes menu at the top of the panel. You aren’t limited to the standard old brushes. Check out the Assorted and Special Effects brushes found in the Brush drop-down list at the top of the Brush Preset Picker panel, as shown. You’ll be surprised by the interesting brushes lurking on these panels. Use them to create standalone images or to enhance your photographic creations. Access the menu on the Brush Preset Picker panel to save, rename, or delete individual brushes and also save, load, and reset brush libraries. Choose your brush size, and optionally, if you want to change the size of that brush tip, drag the Size slider. (Optional) If you want the background to show through your strokes, adjust the opacity by dragging the slider or entering an opacity percentage less than 100 percent. The lower the percentage, the more the background images show through. Your strokes must be on a separate layer above your images for you to be able to adjust the opacity and blend modes after you draw them. Select a blend mode. Blend modes alter the way the color you’re applying interacts with the color on your canvas. (Optional) Select Auto Erase if you want to remove portions of your pencil strokes. For example, say that your foreground color is black and your background color is white, and you apply some black strokes. With Auto Erase enabled, you apply white if you drag back over the black strokes. If you drag over the white background, you apply black. Click and drag with the mouse to create your freeform lines. To draw straight lines, click at a starting point, release the mouse button, and then Shift-click at a second point.

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Auto Curating Images in Photoshop Elements 2019

Article / Updated 01-11-2019

Photoshop Elements 2019 provides you an art curator in the form of the Auto Curate check box in the upper-right side of the Organizer window. Click the Auto Curate check box, and Elements automatically analyzes the images in the Media Browser window. When completed, only the best photos (according to the auto analysis in Elements) are shown in the media browser. Working with the new Auto Creations feature in Elements 2019 New in Elements 2019 and building upon the auto curating feature added in Elements 2018 is the Auto Creation feature that is based on various events among your photos. You turn on Auto Creations by opening the Organizer Preferences (Command   + K [Mac] or Ctrl + K [PC]) and click Media-Analysis in the left pane. Check Generate Auto Creations in the right pane, as shown here. Auto-generating creations Elements searches through your catalog and groups like events such as birthdays, family outings, weddings, trips, vacations, and other important events. The first time you convert a previous catalog and have the Auto Creation feature enabled, it may take a while before the complete process is finished. After making auto creations, new files added to your catalog are automatically added to like events. Adding new events Click the Add Event Icon to add a new event. A side panel opens, as shown. Provide a name and description and click Done. The new Event is added as an Event tag, and items related to the event are grouped together.

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Changes to the Organizer in Photoshop Elements 2019

Article / Updated 01-11-2019

Adobe has made a couple of changes to the Organizer in Photoshop Elements 2019. The new Auto Curator checkbox (I in the figure) was changed from the old Smarts Picks checkbox, and the Slideshow button (U in the figure) activates a new project called Memories, which displays images as a video. The various items in the Organizer include the following: (A) Menu bar: The Organizer menus appear in the top-left section of the menu bar. In Windows, the menus belong to the application. On the Mac, the menu bar is part of the operating system’s menus. (B) All Media/Sort By: When you click a folder as you see in item K, the thumbnail images shown in the Media Browser (item V) display only those photos within the selected folder. The figure shows the CameraClub folder selected. If you click the All Media button, you leave the selected folder and see all photos from all folders in the Media Browser. Next to the All Media button is a Sort By drop-down list where you can sort the thumbnails in the Media Browser according to Newest, Oldest, and Batches of photos that you imported. (C) Media/People/Places/Events: At the top of the Organizer window, you find five tabs: Media: The first tab is Media. Click the Media tab to display thumbnails of photos either in a folder or in the entire catalog. People: Click this tab to display photos where you have tagged faces. Places: Click this tab, and a Google map appears in the Panel Bin. You can tag photos according to map coordinates by using Google Maps. Click the Add Location button (item Q) to tag an image with a place on the map. Events: Click this tab to display photos that have been tagged as Events. To tag a photo with an event, click the Add Event button (item R). (D) Search: Click this button to open the Search pane. When you click the Search button, a window opens where you can choose from a number of different search options. (E) Features buttons: In Windows, you find Maximize, Minimize, and Close buttons in the top-right corner of the Organizer. On the Mac, in the top-left corner you find Close, Minimize to Dock, and Maximize. (F) Import: From the drop-down menu, you can choose to import photos from Files and Folders, Camera or Card Reader, or Scanner. Another option enables you to search your hard drive. (G) Create/Share: These two items are drop-down lists. You choose a menu item that takes you either to the Photo Editor or to a wizard where you work step-by-step to complete a task. (H) Albums/Folders tabs: Click Albums to view any Photo Albums you have created. Click Folders to display a folder view as shown in Figure 6-1. (I) Ratings/Auto Curator: Ratings are denoted as stars from 1 to 5. Click a star and those images identified with a given rating are displayed in the Media Browser. Check the Auto Curator checkbox to automatically choose the best photos displayed in the Media Browser. This item was changed from Smart Picks to the new Auto Curator checkbox. (J) Panel Bin: The current view in Figure 6-1 shows the Panel Bin collapsed. When you click the Keyword/Info button at the lower right of the Media Browser window, a panel opens providing you with a number of different ways to tag photos and an Information pane where information about a selected photo is displayed. (K) Folders view: Click a Folder name to display just the photos within the respective folder. Click All Media to display all images from all folders. (L) Keyword/Info: Click the Keyword/Info button to open the Panel Bin and choose options from the Tags or Information panel. (M) Hide Panel: Click this button to hide the left panel. If you click this button and the Tags/Info button (item K), you can hide both panels. Doing so provides you a maximum viewing area for the photo thumbnails. (N) Status bar: The bottom of the Organizer window provides information. On the left, you see the number of items in your catalog and the date you created the catalog. On the far right, you see the name of your catalog. (O) Undo/Redo: Click the tiny arrow, and a pop-up menu displays Undo and Redo. Choose an item to undo or redo your last action. (P) Rotate: When you click the arrow, you can choose to rotate a photo clockwise or counterclockwise. To use either tool, you must first select a thumbnail in the Media Browser. (Q) Add Location: When you click Add Locations, a window opens atop the Organizer. Type a location name (as it appears on a map), and the new location is added to the Places panel. (R) Add Event: Add Event is yet another item that helps you organize your photos. You can add tags for people, places, and then events to help narrow down a large collection of photos. Each of these items can be sorted by clicking the respective tab at the top of the Organizer. (S) Instant Fix: Click this button to apply Quick Edit fixes to your photographs. You can crop, adjust lighting, fix red-eye problems, and apply some smart fixes to your photographs without opening them in the Photo Editor. (T) Editor: Click to return to the Photo Editor. (U) Slideshow: Click this button and you begin a new project called Memories. Memories displays selected images as a video. (V) Home Screen. Click this button and the Home Screen appears. (W) Media Browser: The Media Browser shows thumbnail displays of your images. (X) Zoom: Adjust the slider to see thumbnails larger or smaller. This overall description of the Organizer can be helpful when you perform tasks related to the Organizer. Earmark this page and use it as a reference to quickly identify items contained in the Organizer.

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Guided Mode in Photoshop Elements 2019

Article / Updated 01-10-2019

Guided mode is a marvelous editing feature in Photoshop Elements. With each release of Photoshop Elements, new Guided Edits are introduced. In Elements 2019, a marvelous new Guided Edit has been added to the program. It’s called Meme Creator. This Guided Edit enables you create a meme effect by adding borders, text, or both. To access Guided mode, click the Guided tab near the top of the Photo Editor workspace. Guided Mode is like having a personal assistant to walk you through several steps in an editing process. When you click the Guided tab in the Photo Editor, you find several tabs at the top of the window. These tabs represent various categories. Click a tab, and below the tabs you find individual editing solutions. When you click an editing option, a panel opens on the right side of the window. In the panel is a sequence of steps. Follow the steps, and you end up with a result similar to the example shown in the panel. To fully comprehend what we mean by a meme image as it relates to Internet images, understand that in most cases it’s a humorous image, video, piece of text, icon, or something similar that is often copied (sometimes with variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. We’ve all seen images like this that display perhaps a humorous kind of photo with text set in the Impact font creating humor, satire, or a similar kind of emotion. The Meme Creator provides you with options for creating borders around an image a few lines of default text to edit, and if you change to Expert Mode you can see layers created for the background, text, and photo. You can then easily replace the background, delete, or edit text and replace the image. An example of a meme-created image is shown here. In addition to the Meme Creator Guided Edit, you also find three other new Guided Edits in Elements 2019: Partial Sketch GE, Text and Border Overlay GE, and Multi-Photo Text GE. Open photos in the Photo Editor and play around with these new Guided Edits to see what they can do for you. The best way to discover what results you can achieve is to open photos and apply various edits using the Guided panel. Some of the more complicated options, such as creating Out of Bounds effects, offer you a link to online video tutorials to help you further simplify the process. Some items, such as Picture Stack, require using multiple images. Load up the Photo Bin with photos and apply the effects to multiple images. You have effects that can help improve images that might otherwise be uninteresting photos. Experiment with the Lomo effect (which is similar to cross-processing film), Old Fashioned Photo effect, Saturated Film effect, and Depth of Field effect. For a new creative experience, use the Puzzle effect that was introduced in Elements 12 or some of the Guided Edits that were added in Elements 13, such as the Noir effect.

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The Photoshop Elements 2019 New Home Screen and Quick Mode

Article / Updated 01-10-2019

Image editing is incredibly fun, especially with a tool like Photoshop Elements 2019, which enables you to modify, combine, and even draw your own images to your imagination’s content. In this version of Photoshop Elements, Adobe introduces a completely new Home screen, or Hub as Adobe calls it. After installing Elements, launch the Elements application, and you arrive at the Home screen, shown here. From the Home screen, you have the following options: Search: At the top of the window, you can search for a task and have help returned to you. What’s New: Click a thumbnail that shows a What’s New banner, and you can review the new features of the current release. Create a Slide Show: Click this option and you launch the Elements Organizer where you can select photos for a slideshow. Guided Edits: The thumbnails with the Try This banner is a quick launch to the Guided Edits in the Photo Editor. Right pointing chevron (>): Click the right chevron and many other options are available for sharing and making creations. Add More Photos/Videos: Click the button to add more photos to the Organizer. Application Launcher: Click one of the three icons to launch the Elements Photo Editor, the Organizer, or Adobe Premiere Elements (Premier Elements must be installed to launch this item.). Recent Files: Click an image in the Recent Files list and the file opens in the Photo Editor. How to launch the Elements Photo Editor Photoshop Elements has two separate components: The Organizer is where you manage photos. It’s full of tools for tagging, rating, sorting, and finding your images. The Photo Editor is where you correct photos for brightness and color, add effects, repair images, and so on. Here’s how to start Elements and open the Photo Editor: Double-click the Photoshop Elements shortcut on your desktop or in your Applications folder (Mac) to launch the Home screen. Click the Photoshop Elements button shown in the Home screen. The Photo Editor workspace loads and appears, as shown here. By default, you see the Quick tab selected at the top of the Photo Editor workspace, which means you’re in Quick mode (or right where you want to be). Quick mode offers a limited number of tools for adjusting brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness. On the right side of the workspace, you see the Adjustments panel docked in an area dubbed the Panel Bin. When in any one of the three editing modes (Quick, Guided, Expert), you find different panels always on the right side of the window. On the left side of the workspace, you see a Tools panel. Interacting with the items in the Panel Bin and using tools in the Tools panel provides you an enormous number of options for editing, improving, and stylizing your pictures. How to make basic edits in Elements' Quick Mode For beginning users, the Quick mode in the Photo Editor is both powerful and easy to use. Follow these steps to make some simple changes to an image: Open the Photo Editor and make sure the Quick tab is selected at the top. Choose File→ Open. If Elements is your default editing application, you can also double-click your photo file in Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder, and the file opens in Elements. In the Open dialog box that appears, navigate your hard drive to locate the file you want to open, select the file, and click Open. From the View drop-down list (in the upper left of the image window), choose Before & After – Horizontal, as shown. Make edits to your photo. Here’s an introduction to two simple edits you can make in Quick mode: Apply a Smart Fix: Click Smart Fix in the Panel Bin to see the options. To begin with, click Auto at the bottom of the Smart Fix panel and select the After view to see whether you like the changes.Several items are listed in the Panel Bin below the Smart Fix option similar to options when you use the Crop tool, as shown . Click an item to expand it and move the sliders, or click the thumbnail images to tweak the overall brightness, contrast, and color. In many cases there isn’t a right or wrong adjustment. Play with the options to bring it close to your overall vision for the picture. Crop the photo: In the Tools panel on the left side of the window, click the Crop tool. You immediately see a rectangle on top of the photo. Move the sides to crop the image to your liking. When finished, click the green check mark, as shown, to accept your edit. elements-crop-tool The Crop tool sized on a photo. When making any one of a huge number of edits to your pictures, you often see icons on top of the image similar to what’s shown. The green check mark accepts the edit you’re making at the time the icons appear. The circle with a diagonal line is the Cancel button. Click this button when you don’t want to apply the recent edit. Choose File→ Save As and, in the Save As dialog box that opens, provide a new name for the photo. Click Save. Note: When you use Save As and give your image a new name, you don’t destroy your original image. You save a copy of the original with the new edits applied.

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The Photoshop Elements 2019 Photo Editing Workspace

Article / Updated 11-06-2018

Photoshop Elements offers two workspaces — the Organizer and the Photo Editor — and you can toggle between the two. Here is the Photo Editor interface showing the expert editing mode with the Layers panel open. Open an image in the Photo Editor by choosing File→Open. Get information about your image by looking at the status bar. Click the right-pointing arrow to get more details about your image. Need to see detail in your image? Zoom into your image by pressing Ctrl+spacebar and clicking where you want to see the image close-up. Zoom back out by pressing Alt+spacebar and clicking. Easily switch the display for Tool Options to Photo Bin by clicking the Photo Bin button. The Tool Options panel disappears and thumbnail images for photos opened in the Photo Editor appear in the Photo Bin. Access panels as needed by choosing them from the Window menu or the Panel Bin. Easily select tool options for a tool selected in the Tools panel by making choices in the Tool Options panel.

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Photoshop Elements 2019 Keyboard Shortcuts

Article / Updated 11-06-2018

When you select a tool and open the Tool Options bin below the image window, companion tools are displayed in the bin. Selecting a tool in the Tools panel opens the Tool Options, where you can select additional tools if you're using keyboard shortcut keys. To cycle through tools that share a keyboard shortcut, simply press the key that corresponds to your desired tool until that tool is selected. For example, if the Elliptical Marquee was the last tool used, press M to return to the Marquee tool. Check out the keyboard shortcut for each tool in the Tools panel, as well as which tools share a keyboard shortcut. Note: New in Elements 2019 is the Smart Selection tool.

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