[UPDATE – Download the newer free Photoshop Elements 11 book!]
A special gift for our readers: For a limited time, we’re offering a download of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Guide ebook, with 13 chapters and 95 pages of visual tutorials and feature how-to’s, completely free for personal use… And the vast majority of it will apply to the new Photoshop Elements 10 as well.
This e-book is a great overview and introduction to PSE 9, and covers a lot of helpful material for getting started with the product or learning more skills if you’re already familiar. You won’t find this book anywhere else.
The download is 4.7 MB in size, in PDF format (get the free and better Adobe Reader X, if you haven’t already).
If you don’t yet own Photoshop Elements 9, just download the fully-working trial from Adobe to run it for free for 30 days. Much of the training in the book will be relevant for older and newer versions of PSE as well.
If you currently have an older version of the software, you might be interested in a nice chart with the differences between Photoshop Elements 9 vs. 8 vs. 7 vs. 6.
See also the free companion ebook download: Premiere Elements 9 Guide
Here is the table of contents and chapter descriptions for the free book… enjoy it!
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Guide
- Overview of Photoshop Elements workspace
- How to make selections
- How to create shapes
- How to rotate, level, crop, and size images
- How to retouch a photo
- How to quickly enhance a photo
- How to apply filters
- How to use layers
- How to add and modify text
- How to draw
- How to create and share a slide show
- How to create collages and photo books
- How to export to print and web
1. Overview of Photoshop Elements workspace
This guide presents an overview of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 workspace including information on how to get started with Photoshop Elements 9.
Key terms: workspace
2. How to make selections
While in the Editor in Photoshop Elements 9, you can select an entire image or isolated parts of an image for editing. To select the entire image, use the commands in the Select menu. For more precise selections, you can choose from several selection tools in the toolbox.
Key terms: selections, image editing
3. How to create shapes
With the shape tools in Photoshop Elements 9, you can draw perfect geometric shapes, regardless of your artistic ability or illustration experience. The first step to drawing shapes is to select one of the six basic shape tools. You can add shapes to any file you can open in Photoshop Elements.
Key terms: shapes, layers
4. How to rotate, level, crop, and size images
You can make good photos look great with the editing tools in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. You can easily rotate, straighten, crop, resize, and recompose images. Some of the tools for these basic edits are in the toolbox.
Key terms: rotating, cropping, resize, recompose
5. How to retouch a photo
If your photo requires more touch-up than you can achieve by using Quick Fix, you’re ready to use the photo retouching tools in Photoshop Elements 9. These include tools for removing small and large imperfections, eliminating distracting objects, cloning parts of an image, blurring and sharpening parts of an image, adjusting color and contrast, and a lot more. The focus of this guide is five of the photo retouching tools, including Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Clone Stamp, Blur, and Sharpen.
Key terms: retouch, quick fix, color adjustments, healing brush, clone stamp
6. How to quickly enhance a photo
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 has tools that let you automatically adjust the tonal range, color, and sharpness of your photos. You can also remove dust spots or other defects from your photos. You can accomplish these tasks in different modes, depending on your experience and needs.
This guide covers the following topics:
- Using Smart Fix and the auto enhance commands to apply auto adjustments to color, contrast, lighting, and sharpness.
- Fixing Red Eye.
- Using the Quick Selection tool to make changes to image selections.
- Using the Photomerge Style Match to auto-apply an image style to another picture.
Key terms: smart fix, red eye, quick selection tool
7. How to apply filters
You can use filters in Photoshop Elements 9 to change the look of your images. For example, you can apply special effects that turn an image into an artistic rendering of a photograph. You can apply filters to a selected area or to an entire layer.
Not all filters work on all images. You can’t use some filters on images in grayscale mode or use any filters in bitmap mode or index color mode. Many other filters will not work on 16-bit images. Once you have applied a filter, you can continue to reapply it to increase the effect.
Key terms: filters, layers
8. How to use layers
Layers are like stacked transparent sheets on which you can paint or place images, shapes, or text. You can see through the transparent areas to the layers below. You can work on each layer independently, experimenting to create the effect you want. You can adjust a layer’s color and brightness, apply special effects, change its opacity, and change its stacking order.
If you want to experiment with color, filters, or other adjustments, you can place an adjustment or fill layer above the image and see the affects without making any changes to the layer that contains your image. To remove the effects, simply delete the adjustment layer.
Key terms: layers, adjustment layers
9. How to add and modify text
You can add text to images in Photoshop Elements by using the Type tool. Once you add text, you can modify it by using the Type toolbar, by transforming the text box, and by applying layer styles to the text’s layer.
Key terms: text, modifying text, layers
10. How to draw
This guide is a basic introduction to drawing. After learning the basics, you can experiment with brushes to find the settings that work for you. When drawing freehand, you may prefer to use a tablet and pen instead of a mouse.
This guide covers three tools:
- The Pencil tool paints the current foreground color of an image and creates hard-edged lines.
- The Brush tool paints the current foreground color on an image and creates soft strokes of color.
- The Pattern Stamp tool paints whatever you have currently selected in the pattern picker.
Key terms: drawing, digital photography
11. How to create and share a slideshow
Slide shows are a fun way to share your pictures. With Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, you can customize your slide shows with music, clip art, text, and voice narration in the Slide Show Editor.
Key terms: slide show, slideshow
12. How to create collages and photo books
You can use your photos in creative projects, such as slide shows and photo books, and share them with family, friends, and colleagues.
Key terms: collage, photo books, digital photography
13. How to export to print and web
Once you finish editing your images or creating projects from these images, you can export images in formats for print (PDF) and the web (JPEG, GIF, or PNG).
Key terms: exporting images, print, web
Download this e-book for free now: Photoshop Elements 9 Guide
See also the free companion book: Premiere Elements 9 Guide
If you like this post, please consider subscribing to our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter… You can also enter your email and have new articles sent directly to your Inbox. We are reader-supported; when you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Note: This complimentary ebook is for personal use only and not for redistribution. However, please feel free to link to or share this original page with whoever or however you like.