Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements.
6 weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

Starting with simple projects, you'll quickly learn how to build pages, use artistic journaling, and produce sophisticated illusions. Photoshop Elements lets you build your own clip art, create frames, and develop multi-layer pages with an endless array of layouts and designs. You'll see how to draw and create your own art, build collages and scrapbooks to share, and work with both color and black and white. If you need to restore or age images—the tools are all available to you. Come take your scrapbooking to a new level!

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: dsc
Start Dates*Nov 13 | Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12
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$105.00

Syllabus

Digital editing gives scrapbooking a new level of creativity! In the first lesson, you'll have an opportunity to become familiar with the online classroom, Photoshop Elements 11 (the digital editing software you'll be using in this course), and a number of ways to integrate digital options with traditional scrapbooking. You'll see how to keep your personal style intact while taking advantage of fun and easy techniques to enhance your scrapbooks.

In this lesson, you'll have an opportunity to experiment with and explore the many options for enhancing text. You'll see how to add color, shape, and styles, along with more advanced techniques like warping text to fit on objects, making circles with words, and transforming images into text. Journaling is an important part of the storytelling process, so it's time to put the words to work!

Whether you're working with scissors and glue or digital images, one of the ways to embellish scrapbook pages is to layer artistic elements. In this, you'll explore Adobe's layers so you can master the ability to build pages with many different pieces to create the look that tells your story best! The lesson will discuss sizing, background images, frames, and piecing together pages with multiple images, text, and clip art.

Now that you're comfortable with backgrounds, cropping, text, and layers, it's time to add some pizzazz to your pages! In this lesson, you'll see how to create and use clip art to add personal touches and dimension to your scrapbook. You may be surprised at how many important details you have in your pictures, and with Photoshop Elements, you'll be able to pick those out and use them just where you want them. Creating clip art is fun and easy with the tools in Elements. You'll be a pro by the time you finish this lesson!

Continuity and strong story lines captivate readers—even in scrapbooks! Today's lesson focuses on defining themes, using repetitive elements, and sizing enlargements for excellent quality. You'll see how to build two-page layouts, create panoramic images, and use two different techniques for adding frames to your pages.

Bold and beautiful, black-and-white photography leads to a lesson on how to take a classic look and make it modern, timeless, or even old-fashioned. You'll see how to turn color photos into stunning black-and-white images, or how to keep just a portion in color. You'll also explore using gradients to create black-and-white backgrounds to set off color images.

In this lesson, you'll work a little magic as you learn to create special effects to enhance your backgrounds and pages. You'll even be able to create some of these from nothing! The illusion of texture and dimension is important when building a sophisticated scrapbook, and you'll look at ways to build pages that might just make you wonder if they're real. With the Effects panel, the Filter menu, and some new tricks with layers and layer styles, you'll be amazed at what you can do.

You're going to have fun today. Much like finger painting lets you release your artistic side, Photoshop Elements brushes are full of possibilities for detailed strokes, colors, and patterns—some even paint pictures! You'll see how to use the standard brushes, create and customize your own, and build pages and backgrounds with a variety of styles and patterns.

In today's lesson, you'll see how to turn back the hands of time to create pages using restored images and nostalgic pages. You'll also learn how to age a modern photo to match the look of older ones. With the pattern tools in Photoshop Elements, you'll create fabric-like backgrounds and even see how to add a bit of stitching. Digital editing merges the old and the new in surprising ways!

Digital scrapbooking gives you lots of options for creating three-dimensional looks, and today you'll see how to use new shortcuts to make this quick and easy. With Photoshop Elements Guided Edit and special filters, you'll be able to create reflections, spheres, and many more effects.

It's time to draw! You'll be suprised by how creative you can be with Photoshop Elements drawing tools, even if you don't think of yourself as artistic. With the Pencil tool, the Undo option, and the Eraser tool, changes and corrections are easy. You can even remove something and put it back. You'll see how to add line graphics with Wingdings and turn color images into coloring pages, as well as some other drawing techniques you can use to build backgrounds and art for your scrapbook pages.

In the last lesson, you'll explore a couple of automatic options in Photoshop Elements to help you finish your scrapbooks quickly. You'll see how to build an automatic collage page from your images and how to upload them to book formats you can print at home or send out to have professionally printed. You'll finish this course with lots of great ideas to finish your scrapbooks and share them with your family and friends!

Requirements

  • 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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device. This course is written with the Windows version of the software. You're welcome to use a Mac, but will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversions, many of which are included in the course material.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 or higher (not included in enrollment). Upgrades from earlier versions should be made before starting this course. Instructions, screenshots, and examples all rely heavily on specific instructions for these versions.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14 — What's New?"

Reviews

I have taken many classes from this instructor. This was by far the most interesting and inspirational. Please plan a "Part II" to this course!

Beverly Schulz is never disappointing! The lessons are written in an extremely easy to read style. The assignments and quizzes are an excellent review of the material covered. I've recommended this course and other Photoshop courses to anyone wishing to learn it! I do not attend classes on campus simply because I am hearing impaired so this is perfect.

Beverly and her teaching assistant, Eric, are excellent instructors. I especially like the fact that they repeat basic information in subsequent chapters so we don't have to constantly go back and look it up…The lessons in this class are easy to follow and therefore it is easy to learn the techniques.

Excellent course -- and lots of fun!! The instructor and her assistant put together enjoyable projects that introduced me to the many great features of Photoshop Elements 10. The lessons were well organized and presented clearly, the material was engaging and there was lots of help if needed. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in digital scrapbooking or working with Photoshop Elements.

This was a fun and informative course. The lessons were just the right length and the instructions were very easy to follow. Highly recommended.

This is an excellent course. The Instructor's knowledge of the subject matter and the professional, easy-to-understand presentation of the material were excellent. Not only did I learn a lot from taking the course, I was given many ways to continue learning about the software and its capabilities on my own. It was a very enjoyable learning experience. I am hoping that there will be a part two added in the future.

I have taken many classes from this instructor. This was by far the most interesting and inspirational. Please plan a "Part II" to this course!

Beverly Schulz is never disappointing! The lessons are written in an extremely easy to read style. The assignments and quizzes are excellent review of material covered. I've recommended this course and other Photoshop courses to anyone wishing to learn it! I do not attend classes on campus simply because I am hearing impaired so this is perfect.