[B2-L2] Photoshop Basics: The PSE Interface

Welcome to Photoshop Basics. This is a hands-on examination of Photoshop Elements, the consumer version of Photoshop.

PSE vs. Creative Cloud? The Difference is Elementary

The primary difference between Elements and the normal business versions is the pricetag. Despite aggressively pursuing a subscription-based sales model in recent years, the stand-alone Photoshop Elements can be still be purchased online for under $100. The current “Creative Cloud” version of Photoshop typically costs $600 per year but students can obtain it and nearly all of Adobe’s other apps for approximately $20 per month (whereas non-students would pay $50 per month).

An Alternative For Those With An Affinity For Saving Money

Because of Adobe’s new-ish subscription model, a growing number of content creators are leaving in droves, opting instead for rival Serif’s Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer which offer 100% compatibility, are easier to use, faster to learn, and only cost a one-time fee of $50 per app. A version for Apple’s iOS costs $20. This all said, Photoshop is still currently the standard for many industries and will be for some time to come.

Getting Started

Open up your browser to Unsplash.com or the Creative Commons, find an image to work with, download it, and launch Photoshop Elements from your desktop.

There are 5 major sections of the Photoshop interface: The Options Bar, The Tools Bar, The Panels Bar, the Canvas Workspace, and the Project Bin.

Photoshop Interface

Follow along with your instructor to learn the interface and how to use the available tools.

Common Image Formats