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

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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


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