Most Photoshop Elements users should ignore this tutorial.
However, if you like to make Photoshop Elements behave like Photoshop, read on.
Photoshop has curves.
With curves, you can adjust exposure, contrast, and color, at 14 points.
Photoshop Elements has a weak version of curves.
Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves.
By using a gradient map, you can have a more robust version of curves.
Be sure to check off as you go along.
If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.
If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.
Let's make a gradient map to simulate curves.
Once made, you can save the gradient map and reuse it at any time.
If you haven't already, go to Foreground & Background Colors.
Don't create a Gradient adjustment layer.
The Gradient Map window will open.
Your photograph will shift from color to B&W.
The Foreground to Background gradient fades from black to gray to white.
On the top of the gradient, at the ends, are two square icons called opacity stops.
Ignore the opacity stops.
The square icons below the gradient, at the ends, are called color stops.
We'll create more color stops.
B Box Value
Do the following in the Gradient Editor window.
A Save window will open.
Do the following in the Save window.
A window will appear asking you if you want to replace Untitled Gradients
Your gradient is now saved with the default gradients.