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.

Click on the link below to access the tutorial.

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.

Click on the figure below to view the 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.

Spark Page PSE 15 Guided Edits 2

Photoshop Elements 15 Guided Edits 1


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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New Look for My Blog


For those of you who have visited my blog in the past, you will see that it looks a lot different. But don’t worry, everything is still here. I just felt it needed a change, and I like the black background. The current site photo was taken from my DJI Phantom drone.

One change I hope you find useful is the Archives column on the right. I have been writing this blog for some time now. This list will mak it easier for you to explore the articles you may have missed.

Also, notice the Like and Share links are more prominently displayed. I hope you will make use of them if you find the content interesting and useful.

And finally, the Comments section is easily seen. Please make use of it, starting with letting me know what you think about the new look.

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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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Revisiting Processing Video using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in Photoshop


Just about two years ago I posted this article on processing a video file using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor in Photoshop CC and how the results compared to the same video processed in Premiere Elements.

My remarks in that post are still valid today. This post is just another example of the comparison. However the videos clips are shown back to back and in slow motion to better focus on the results.

I am not suggesting that the ACR inherently is better at editing video. But for me, it is much easier to get to the final result I am after (video with punch) than is PRE 15 in this latest example. I did not try to duplicate the two results. I was happy with the PRE 15 version until I further processed it in the ACR.

I am sure that not everyone will like the ACR result, but I do. And, since I am far more familiar working with the ACR than PRE 15 in this regards, I find I can get to what I am after much quicker.

Here is the link comparing the two video clips.

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If you have a video and use Photoshop, try it out. My previous article outlines the steps. It is extremely easy to do if you work already with the ACR.

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Until next time, Happy Holidays!