Photoshop Elements: Essential tools
James Paterson explains the key commands and tools in Adobe’s beginner-friendly image editor and reveals how to make natural-looking composite photos with ease
James Paterson explains how to use the key tools of Photoshop Elements
When confronted with any program there are usually some things that we need to learn right away in order to get up and running, while other things can be left to explore at a later time. Photoshop Elements might be the ‘ lite’ version of Adobe’s image editor, but it still packs a huge array of tools and commands. Whether you’re a beginner, or in need of a refresher, it helps to know about the Elements tools that matter most.
Over the next few pages we’ll explore some of the key features that you need in order to get by in Elements. In particular, we’ll take an in-depth look at how a simple composite can be made by using a combination of selection, layer masking and tonal tools. Along the way we’ll also encounter a range of essential commands. Once these are mastered, you’ll be better equipped to explore further and delve deeper into the Elements arsenal of image-editing tools.
BEFORE Using a combination of selection, layer masking and tonal controls, it’s easy to create a simple composite in Elements