Eliminating Haze in Photoshop Elements 15


PSE 14 introduced the Haze Removal command. In this video tutorial, I will being demonstrating the command using Photoshop Elements 15. The command has two modes. You can use it in its fully automatic mode, or manually adjust its strength and sensitivity if you choose.

depending upon the image, the results are often similar to those obtained using the Auto Levels command.  However, the Haze Removal results are generally better, depending upon the targeted image.

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Using the Haze Removal Command in PSE 15

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Using Multiple Layers to Fix the Sky in PSE 15


There is an abundance of methods to fix a sky in a photograph. They range from entirely replacing the sky from another image to enhancing the existing sky in some way.

In this PSE 15 tutorial, I will cover a simple way to darken an existing sky that is a good exercise in using multiple Adjustment Layers, which are a key component to non-destructive editing. Within the tutorial, I cover inverting the created mask, so that additional and different corrections can be applied to the foreground in the image.

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Adjust Tone and Color Using Levels in Photoshop Elements 15


The Levels command has been a part of Elements since day one. How it works and what it does has changed little over the years. Generally most people use it to optimize the tone of a photograph, using the RGB channel only to do so.

However, working with the red, green, and blue channels, you can correct the color of the image as well.

This tutorial covers the covers using the RGB as well as the individual color channels by adjusting the triangle sliders of the histogram. It also addresses how to use the eyedroppers, and makes use of an Adjustment Layer to maintain a non-destructive editing workflow.

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Using the PSE 15 Levels Command

Below is a before and after comparison demoinstrating the results when the Levels command to correct both tone and color.

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Stitching a Panorama in Photoshop Elements 15


Photoshop Elements has had the ability to stitch a series of images together to form a panorama for a long time now. However over the years, the Photomerge technology to do this has improved significantly.

More recent versions Elements can automatically fill in the gaps around the edges using Content Aware Fill to make the finished image rectangle. After doing this, little or no further editing is required.

You can begin the panorama either by selecting the photos in the Organizer, or directly from the Photo Editor. In older versions, the Photomerge Panorama was found under the Enhance menu in the Editor. However, beginning with PSE 14, it is found in the Guided Edit View under Photomerge. In fact, all of PSE 15’s Photomerge Edits are in the Guided Edit View. We show how to initiate the Photomerge Panorama process using both approaches in this tutorial.

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Photoshop Elements 15 Guided Edits


My last post introduced PSE 15’s the first three Guided Edits, Basics, Color, and Black & White. In this post, we’ll look at the other three, Fun Edits, Special Edits, and Photomerge.

We will also include a short video, that demonstrates using the Photo Text Fun Edit. As a special note, the content of the tutorial was assembled using the Adobe Spark.

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One of the neat features in more recent versions of Photoshop Elements is the Guided Edit View mode. This mode leads you by the hand through the detailed steps to edit your pictures in a variety of ways, ranging from basic edits to multi-step special effects.

In this video tutorial we overview the Guided Edits view of Photoshop Elements 15, and cover a couple of the simpler edits. In part two (coming next),  we will take a look at  more complex edits that the guides simplify.

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Coming is a tutorial that deals with the more complex Guided Edits that are in PSE 15.

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Understanding the Histogram


As you begin to do more editing of your photos using the Expert mode of Photoshop Elements 15, or other programs, you will want an understanding of the histogram. In fact, you manipulate the histogram for an image when you use the Levels command.

Even with all of the great editing tools that now are a part of PSE 15, I often find myself still using the Levels command as my go to editing tool.

Additionally, as you may have discovered already, many cameras today include a display of the photo’s histogram. Using the information it presents, it will help you decide whether or not to retake the photo. So there are a lot of reasons to get to know the histogram.

Click on the link below to watch a short video about the histograms. As a bonus, there is a figure at the end of the video that briefly summarizes the concept of photo layers. Understanding layers is key to doing non-destructive photo editing as we will  soon see.

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