Bring out the best in your digital images! If you have a basic working knowledge of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, these lessons will help you take your skills to the next level. Gain ability and confidence as you master the advanced features of this award-winning software, specifically designed for photo enthusiasts. Packed with hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, this course will make you an accomplished user in just a few weeks.
Photoshop Elements gives you room to grow while allowing you to create exciting effects right from the beginning. Because it offers you more features and tools than you’ll find in simpler programs, it broadens the options available to you as an amateur photographer. With the techniques you’ll learn here, you’ll be able to edit and enhance your photos with ease, and you’ll have the power to transform any shot from “okay” to “wow!
In the first lesson, we’ll dive into a workflow for digital editing so you can get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow. Then, we’ll look at tools you can use to perfect portraits. You’ll learn to smooth away wrinkles with the Surface Blur filter, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown!
In this lesson, you’ll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools. You’ll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you’ll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Elements. Then, we’ll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs.
In today’s lesson, you’ll see how to extract small portions of a photograph without any surrounding border and how to use them in other images and documents. Then, explore how to add frames, backgrounds, clip art, and shapes to expand your creativity. You’ll also see how to sharpen and blur photos as well as how to salvage an image with miraculous fixes!
In this lesson, you’ll see how layers work from beginning to end. You’ll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You’ll also see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Elements’ tabbed windowing feature.
In this lesson, we’ll look at moving pictures, and you’ll see how to create an animated presentation from a sequence of images. You’ll also see how to create dazzling slideshows with animation, text, and music to showcase your images. Then, you’ll learn how to achieve beautiful ranges of color and contrast (sometimes referred to as High Definition Range) by combining multiple exposures of the same subject using Photomerge Exposure. We’ll also discuss how to enlarge any image, correct vignettes, and create custom, colored borders of many sizes and shapes around your work.
Learn how the Photomerge feature in Elements helps you blend several photos to provide seamless panoramic imagery, as well as other Photomerge options. We’ll also look at some quick options for watermarking groups of photos all at once. And finally, you’ll learn about a few remaining tools, like the Cookie Cutter tool and the Shape tools, and you’ll see how to use both to create more variations of clip art. You’ll also work with Adobe’s Camera Raw tool and discover the benefits of working with these large, uncompressed files.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- This course is written using the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome, but will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversionswhich are included in the course material. Teaching staff has Mac software and equipment available and can help troubleshoot with Mac students to complete course material if necessary.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Photoshop Elements.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.