Bring out the best in your photos! In this course, you’ll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to do everything from quick fixes to detailed enhancements that will greatly improve the look of your digital images. Even if you have don’t have any video-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished user.
As you explore this program’s many easy-to-use features and tools, you’ll gain control of Photoshop Elements’ award-winning technology. Elements is so well designed that even from the start, you’ll be able to get results that you never imagined possible. You’ll master techniques for editing images, fixing flaws, enhancing the final product, creating simple art projects, preparing images for email and the Web, and organizing your images.
Photoshop Elements is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images. In our first lesson, we’ll introduce online training, show you how to download the images you’ll use in class, and start with the very basics of Photoshop Elements. We’ll take things a step at a time so that even new users can get comfortable editing and enhancing their digital photos.
QUICK FIXES AND FORMATS
Today we’ll discuss the many file formats digital images can take and how you can use them to your best advantage with Photoshop Elements. You’ll learn how to save updated originals and copies of your images, as well as how to use Smart Fix to produce fast results. You’ll see how to crop with the Rule of Thirds Grid Overlay and rotate images to get just the look you’re after, and you’ll practice using the Straighten tool for one-step corrections.
Digital images come in all sizes! In this lesson, we’ll discuss image resolution, pixels, and recommendations for resizing pictures with excellent results. When you want high-quality prints, you’ll see just how to resize them and maintain quality with Photoshop Elements’ sizing options. We’ll also discuss the different shapes images can take and how you can be sure your prints will fit the frames you choose.
Photoshop Elements gives you lots of options for printing your documents, and you’ll learn about all of them in this lesson. You’ll find out how to add temporary colorful borders and print images to just the size you want. You’ll also practice saving photos for use on websites using Photoshop Elements’ Save for Web. In addition, we’ll take a look at the Organizer and see how to print multiple photos on a page.
CREATING FILES AND LAYERS
Most of the time, photographers have plenty of images to work with, but in some instances you’ll want to create a new file as a foundation for your images. You’ll learn how to do that in this lesson. You’ll also see how to use Elements’ tabbed windowing for quick access to your open images. From there, you’ll add color and then move a photo onto your background. You’ll discover how to use the Layers feature in the process.
Ever wondered how professional photographers can make the colors in some images look out of this world? Today you’ll find out how they do it! You’ll work with color adjustments in your images, including hue and saturation. You’ll also create black-and-white images from color images using Elements’ Black and White Conversion feature, and you’ll pick individual colors to replace with others. You’ll learn how to make quick changes with this! You’ll also look at a tool that can help adjust skin tones quickly.
ADJUSTING LIGHT AND COLOR
Light is the essence of photography, but it’s not always cooperative. In this lesson, we’ll discuss ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you’ve taken an image. You’ll see how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images, and we’ll cover techniques for adjusting shadows and highlights. You’ll also have a chance to work with the histogram, Levels, and Color Curves—all excellent tools for correcting lighting and color tones. Through all this, you’ll see how Elements keeps track of your changes and lets you go back through them if you want to undo something.
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at how Organizer works to keep track of your images. You’ll see how to sort your pictures, add tags, and collect them in albums for use in projects like scrapbook pages and greeting cards.
CREATING TEXT AND SELECTIONS
In your creative projects, you’ll often want to pair photos with text. Photoshop Elements gives you plenty of text tools, and in this lesson, you’ll explore those and add text to your images. You’ll see how Photoshop Elements uses layers with text, and you’ll get tips on how to master the Layers panel. You’ll also begin your study of the powerful selection tools, including the color-based Magic Wand tool and the flexible Lasso tool. With these, you’ll discover the power of Feathering selections and copying selections within an image.
MAKING INTERMEDIATE SELECTIONS
As you continue your study of selection tools, you’ll learn how to create a silhouette image using the Quick Selection tool. You’ll also practice using any of the selection tools in a reverse mode for tricky selections. We’ll see how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images and how the new Text on Selection tool works with any shape! You’ll also work more with Feathering and see the difference it makes, especially when you want to create a soft, blended background in your image. Finally, we’ll go over how to add colors with the Gradient tool.
In our last lesson on the selection tools, you’ll work with the Selection Brush tool for detailed and exacting work when you need it most. You’ll also learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together. We’ll work extensively with the Add to selection option, and we’ll preview our work with Mask Mode. You’ll have a chance to experiment with some of Photoshop Elements’ filters and color options, as well as the settings in the Magnetic Lasso tool. As a final addition to your knowledge in this area, you’ll have a chance to explore and work with the Select menu.
As we bring this class to a close, you’ll find many new tools to put to work and still more to learn. We’ll discuss Retouching and Correcting tools, and you’ll perfect your skills with the Red Eye Removal tool (including the new Pet Eye option), the Clone Stamp tool, and both the powerful Healing Brushes and the Content-Aware Healing option. You’ll learn when to use each tool for the best results. The power of Photoshop Elements will come to life as you use these tools in your final assignments.
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 for the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome and Mac keystroke conversions 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 7 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 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.