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Adobe's Creative Cloud bundles Lightroom with Photoshop CC.

At ACE, Photoshop Elements is taught.

Can you learn Photoshop Elements at ACE—and go home and use Photoshop CC?

Yes!

Do the following after your first Photoshop Elements class.

Switch Photoshop

To the Photography Workspace

Photoshop Elements has the features from Photoshop that photographer's need.

Features that photographers don't need are not included.

You can switch Photoshop to display photography-related features only.

Open Photoshop.

The Start screen appears listing recently edited files.

In the upper-right corner, open the workspace menu.

It probably has Start selected as the workspace.

Open the menu and select Photography instead.

Photoshop now displays only photography-related features.

First Steps Handout

The First Steps handout has Photoshop Elements instructions on opening and saving files, with a Levels lesson in between.

Work through that handout while using the table below to "translate" the Photoshop Elements instructions into Photoshop instructions.

Task Photoshop Elements Photoshop CC
Open a file. You have clicked:
• Expert at the top of the screen.
• The Layers icon in the lower-right corner of the screen to open the Layers panel on the right side.
Then:
• Click Open in the upper-left corner or go to File > Open.
• Navigate to a photograph and double click it.
A Background layer appears.
• Go to File > Open.
• Navigate to a photograph and double click it.
• A Background layer appears.
Make a Background copy layer. • Right click on the Background layer and select Duplicate Layer.
• Click OK.
Same
Open a Levels adjustment layer. • Click the "yin-yang" icon at the top of the layers stack and select Levels. Same, or . . .
• On the right side, below the histogram (colorful graph), look for two tabs: Libraries and Adjustments.
• Click the Adjustments tab.
• Click the second icon, which looks like a histogram (vertical white spikes).
Adjust Levels. Refer to the First Steps handout. Same
Save as a PSD file. Refer to the First Steps handout. Same
Save as a JPEG. Refer to the First Steps handout. Same

The next topic is demonstrated in the second Photoshop Elements class, and is explored more thoroughly in the third class.

Burning & Dodging with Overlay Layers

The Levels adjustment layer, employed above, is used to adjust the exposure and contrast.

The entire photograph is adjusted.

To adjust the exposure on certain areas in your photograph, you burn (darken) and dodge (lighten).

The Overlay Layer method is used with Photoshop Elements.

The method is the same in Photoshop—except for two minor differences.

Difference #1 - Brush Tool

Photoshop Elements

In Photoshop Elements, the Brush tool is located in the middle of the Tools panel on the left side of your screen.

In Photoshop Elements, the Brush tool family includes the:

• Brush tool.

• Impressionist Brush tool.

• Color Replacement tool.

Photoshop

The Brush tool, in Photoshop, is located about one-third of the way down in the Tool panel on the left side of your screen.

The Pencil tool is included in this tool family in Photoshop.

The Impressionist Brush tool and the Color Replacement tool are not included in the tool family in Photoshop.

Difference #2 - Change Preferences

In the second section of the Overlay Layer method handout, a change is made in Preferences so you can see whether your brush is feathered or not.

The pathway to the above preference is slightly different in Photoshop.

Windows - Photoshop

1) At the top of your screen, go to the Edit > Preferences > Cursors.

2) Click Full Size Brush Tip and click OK.

Mac - Photoshop

1) At the top of your screen, go to the Photoshop > Preferences > Cursors.

2) Click Full Size Brush Tip and click OK.