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Photoshops Elements Tutorial 2 by Tsuchan Photoshops Elements Tutorial 2 by Tsuchan
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Elements Tutorial Version 2.
As I always say with my tutorials, I don't profess to be an absolute expert on PS. This is the technique I use for coloring pencil or pen lineart on PS Elements. I didn't show every step of coloring. This tutorial is just basic and it would be HUGE if I added that in.

About Elements:
Elements is limited. Most full PS tutorials are impossible for me to use as I read through them. I'm sure you other Elements users have found that out as well.
Usually by step two or three, I realize I don't have the options in Elements, so I created my own way.
Enjoy.

Questions and Comments welcome as always.
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:iconzrjhiey:
zrjhiey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
simply thank you ...
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:iconbatterymanaaa:
BatterymanAAA Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks for making this!
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:iconkarinamacgill:
KarinaMacGill Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So pretty! Love this style of colouring!
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:iconvanmaniac:
vanmaniac Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Very helpful and broken down in a easy to understand way. Thanks so much!
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:icontsuriadragon:
TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have a question will this tutorial work on photoshop elements 4.0? I have that version.
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
It should. Sometimes tools are moved around a little, but they should all be available.
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:icontsuriadragon:
TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks abunch Im still an beginner :D
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:iconinvaderhaileigh:
InvaderHaileigh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally!! I've been looking for a tutorial for elements. I've looked through ones for regular photoshops and it's so frustrating to not be able to do them. :p
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:iconk-o-r-i-i:
K-O-R-I-I Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sooooo glad I found this! I've recently got Adobe Photoshop Elements [[ version 1 -- I know!! ]] and I don't have a clue how to use it! (;
Thanks
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
No problem! Wow, version 1? I have version 2, so mine is pretty old too. The programs should appear very similar though, so hopeufully this helps.
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K-O-R-I-I Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, at random points, I went onto mine and checked if it was similar lol (:
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:iconmeeshmoose:
meeshmoose Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
MY HERO <3
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:icontoph-zuko:
Toph-Zuko Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Hi, i just had a quick question. I just recently got elements from a friend and I cant seem to get my pen pressure working. I've tried rebooting and checking off the pen pressure box and such but i was wondering if there's anything else i could try.
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
You may not have the most current driver for your tablet model. You could always try downloading the newest driver from the Wacom website if you haven't already (there is a new one every month or so). Every once in a while I lose pen pressure on mine and I have to go and download the latest driver. That nearly always fixes the problem.

A more major problem could be your tablet. Sometimes a tablet can short out or have issues, though hopefully that isn't the case.
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:icontoph-zuko:
Toph-Zuko Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
That's true I'll go check for an update. Thanks so much., i truely never would have thought about the driver :) I hope this works :hug:
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emileyy333 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
thanks for making this (and your first one), cause I think I'm gonna need as much help as I can get when I get my tablet next week...
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:iconbadgers-revenge:
Badgers-Revenge Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
i just got PS elements on a new computer and i've been trying to figure it out, so i'm glad someone makes tutorials for it :D
Is there anyway to animate things like stamps? i found a stamp tutorial and got so far before i noticed i couldn't perform some of the tasks because the things i needed in some steps simply weren't on PS elements.
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
I haven't ever made an animated stamp so I don't know.
I would assume that Elements can't create animations if there are missing steps or options, though there may be some way around it.
Sorry I can't help. :(
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:iconbadgers-revenge:
Badgers-Revenge Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
that's okay :) even if you don't know, your tutorials will help me greatly :)
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:iconmattsykun:
MattsyKun Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The only way I have learned to use Photoshop Elements to make animations is to use "Save to Web", save it as a .png, and import it into Macromedia/Adobe Fireworks.

But that's just me.
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:iconbadgers-revenge:
Badgers-Revenge Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
thanks, i think i actually tried that and it worked :D
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:iconxxmeleexx:
xxMeleexx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
This is really amazing :3

I was wondering if you know how to use the Back Ground Eraser tool for Elements?
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
:nod: You use it just like any other eraser tool except it gives you a clear erased area rather than colored. I could try to explain it, but this might be more helpful:
[link]

The difference is PS Elements doesn't give you some of the extra brush options shown, but still gives you size, limit, and tolerance.
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Lovely-Link Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
You say avoid using dodge and burn? So should I just put in a multitude of colors and blend them? Or use smudge or the um... other one (forgot name ^^;)
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's better to pick out colors and blend them rather than just use dodge and burn. The blend tool is too hard to control sometimes.

I usually put down one color, then put down a shadow in a darker color. I blend by using opacity on the brush set to arouond 20%. Then I use the "Eyedropper tool" to pick a color inbetween the two I put down to blend them.
It's kind of hard to explain, but this guy shows it really well in his tutorial:[link]
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Lovely-Link Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Okay, thanks a bunch!
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Lycanthropic-Manx Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thank you so much! This is brilliant! :la:
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:iconghostcub:
Ghostcub Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Can you like do a:
"Photoshop Elements tutorial for Dummies" becuz now i'm confused and when I TRY 2 color my line art with it on "multiply", it gets darker when I color over any color! :'(
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hmm.. is your brush set on "multiply" too? If it's set on that, the colors you use will keep getting darker and darker. If the brush is set to "normal" it shouldn't be doing that.
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Ghostcub Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Oh so the layer should be on "multiply" not the brush? OK thanks! ^.^
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Obradyroxmysox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist
i have a question... i wanted to buy the full photoshop, but it was waaaaay too expensive... but elements is waay cheaper... do you think i should get elements or not?
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think Elements would be fine, especially if you're a beginner with digital art. Elements lacks some of the features full PS has, but I don't think full PS is worth the $600+ MORE (unless you are a professional graphic designer).
Getting the cheaper version can help you decide if you like doing digital art without having to drop $700 on the program.
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Obradyroxmysox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist
ok, then i'll get it!! :D

thank you very much for the advice!!
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:iconyuki-mekishiko:
yuki-mekishiko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Student General Artist
GOD!!!
I love you!!!
This is the best elements tutorial I've found ever... and... really thank you very much for doing it!!!! I was finally able to color... I really love coloring... but almost never do lineart because it was really dificult for me so I used to color my characters without it... but thanks to you my characters will have lines!!! ;w;
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Tsuchan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad!
Have you tried out the tutorial in PS Elements yet on one of your pieces? How did it work? Was it easy to understand?
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:iconyuki-mekishiko:
yuki-mekishiko Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Student General Artist
it was really easy to understand, and I did... with my latest drawing, you can see it on my gallery nwn
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:iconradicalsam:
RadicalSam Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
thanks for the elements tutorial. i have elements as well, and i have noticed it doesn't go well with all the PS tutorials out there. I will try to color with your tutorial
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D-V-Ent-R-Tuh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Dawwwwww.
iluuuuuuuu<3
i've been looking everywhere for a photoshop element tutorial
:'D
tytytytytytyty :'I
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:iconwavehunter01:
wavehunter01 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Thank you. I have tried so many different PS tutorials only to have them blow up in my face, and this is the best Elements tutorial I have found to date. :D
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Heheh, that happened to me too with the normal PS Tutorials! Almost every normal PS tutorial is impossible to use on Elements! :lol:
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:iconwavehunter01:
wavehunter01 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Been there, done that. Join the club. =D
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:iconbaka-wallaby:
baka-wallaby Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Awesome. This is the first photoshop elements tutorial I've found, and I'm thankful. It's pretty good.
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I'm really surprised at the lack of Elements tutorials out there.
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:iconbaka-wallaby:
baka-wallaby Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I know, eh?
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:iconlupine-radiance:
Lupine-Radiance Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Thank you so much for making this! I'm a digital coloring newbie, plus I have Elements so it's been a real pain figuring out a good efficient way to color. Elements lacks a lot of the stuff I would like, but at least it doesn't cost as much as PS D:
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:iconmemory--of--flight:
memory--of--flight Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Thank you SO MUCH! Seriously, this is probably the most practical tutorial I've ever seen! n_n
Yeah, I always get confused with other PS tutorials as well. XD
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:iconanalea56797:
analea56797 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
did you use a tablet?just a tiny question.
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:icontsuchan:
Tsuchan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yep. I always use a tablet to color digitally. :)
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analea56797 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
this is really gonna help me a lot when i can read it.:D
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:iconstarvingfartist:
StarvingFartist Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial. :D
I thought I wouldnt fine a PSE tutorial(a helpful one atleast). But then I found yours. 8D
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