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Grasping the Gradient Tool

By Diana Day  ·  June 1st, 2011

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Take an inside look at one of Elements’ most versatile tools, which is used for everything from creating backgrounds to darkening skies.


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Using the Refine Edge Command

By Elizabeth LePage  ·  May 13th, 2011

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This video walks you through the options found in the Refine Edge command.


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Links to Gradient Tool Tutorials

By Diana Day  ·  April 24th, 2011

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This is a companion to Diana Day’s “Grasp the Gradient Tool” article from the May/June 2011 issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques.


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Gradient Tool Sample Exercises

By Diana Day  ·  April 24th, 2011

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Here are a few exercises you can follow to learn more about the Gradient tool and some of the things you can do with it.



Tool Tips: Nested Tools

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  April 19th, 2011

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This short video shows how to access the nested tools in the Elements Toolbox. (Includes a Toolbox Shortcuts PDF.)


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The Smart Brush Tool

By Jeff Carlson  ·  April 14th, 2011

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Part Quick Selection tool, part adjustment layer magic, the Smart Brush makes dramatic changes to your photos without requiring you to be a pro.


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Save the Day

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  April 9th, 2011

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An inside look at the options and formats in Elements’ Save As and Save For Web dialog boxes.


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The Brush Tool

By Diana Day  ·  July 20th, 2010

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Learn to master one of Elements’ most useful tools–and unleash your inner artist–with Diana Day’s excellent overview on using brushes in Elements.


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Tool Tips: Image Size

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  June 29th, 2010

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Elements gives you several tools for resizing images, but for maximum control over the process and your final image, the best place to start is the Image Size dialog box.


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The Magic Wand and Quick Selection Tools

By Jeff Carlson  ·  March 5th, 2010

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Making selective edits is easy when you use Elements’ intelligent selection tools; our guide shows you all you need to know to master them today.


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Tool Tips: The Shape Tools

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  November 2nd, 2009

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The Shape tools create vector graphics that can be scaled without distortion, and you can use them for all sorts of things: collages, embellishments, frames and non-standard selections.


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Tool Tips: Crop, Cookie Cutter & Straighten Tools

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  July 5th, 2009

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Let’s take a look at this straightforward–but very useful–tool, along with its close cousins, the Cookie Cutter and Straighten tools.


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Tool Tips: Healing Powers

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  January 2nd, 2009

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Even when we do everything right, the occasional rogue pixel pops up and needs to be dealt with, or perhaps there’s something in the image that just doesn’t belong and needs to be removed. It’s time to call upon the Healing and Clone tools.


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Round Up Those Pixels With The Lasso Tools

By Jeff Carlson  ·  November 5th, 2008

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While there are many ways to select pixels, let’s start with the original selection tool: the Lasso.

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