Great class that showed me how much I still have to learn about Photoshop Elements, even though I've been using some version of it for a number of years. The assignments were extremely helpful in learning new concepts. I will definitely be looking back to these lessons often.
Excellent course! I learned a lot and am looking forward to applying my new knowledge to editing my photos. This was my first online course and I was very happy with the quality of instruction.
I enjoyed this class because I could do it on my time schedule and there was no pressure. I didn't feel that I "should" or that I "had" to do any of it. It was all for fun and I learned something that I can expand upon and put to good use if I want to. I know that I can't do many of the things in the lessons without practice; but that is a choice that I can make. Very good course!
I'm so glad that I had decided to enroll in the course. Since opening Photoshop Elements 12, I found it to be a totally different look and feel. I am very confident now using it, since I know how to use the basic tools. Thank you!
Thank you! This course has been remarkably informative. For example, I would never have thought to use the radial blur to emphasize a foreground figure, and now I can see a number of ways I can use the technique. I've enjoyed the lessons.
I was so overwhelmed when I first got the Elements 12 software. The class was very informative and the step-by-step explanation was very helpful in understanding the software. I feel comfortable venturing out on my own. Looking forward to taking Photoshop Elements 12 II in the spring. Thanks for your help!
I had taken a previous course of Photoshop Elements and this was an update. I found this course helpful with the new items in 12 and appreciated the good Mac commands, since I recently switched to a Mac. I plan to take part 2 of this update in the spring.
I was very impressed with what I learned...I now want to take Photoshop Elements Part II. The exercises were really good and I'm glad that images were provided. I think this added to the value and structure.
At first I was disappointed not to have the classroom experience, but quickly appreciated having the material in printed form. It was better and so easy to follow.
I have attended classroom training in Photoshop Elements and purchased books to learn to use the product, but this online course was by far the best and most effective means of learning to use the Photoshop Elements photo editing tool. Outstanding step-by-step lessons with hands-on practice and assignments throughout makes this possibly the best course in Photoshop Elements 12 available.
Course Code: p21
In your first lesson, you will be introduced to online training, see how to download the images you will use in class, and start with the basics of Photoshop Elements. You will also discover information about what is new in Elements 12. Then you will explore the many file formats digital images can take and how you can use them to your best advantage with Photoshop Elements. You will learn how to save undated originals and copies of your images and how to use Smart Fix to produce fast results. You will discover how to crop with the Rule of Thirds Grid Overlay and rotate images to get just the look you are after. You will practice using the Straighten tool for one-step corrections.
In this lesson, you will explore image resolution, pixels, and recommendations for resizing pictures. You will also learn about the different shapes images can take and how you can be sure your prints will fit the frames you choose. Then you will learn about all of the options for printing your documents. You will find out how to add temporary colorful borders and print images to just the size you want. You will practice saving photos for use on websites using Photoshop Elements’ Save for Web and look at the Organizer to learn how to print multiple photos on a page.
In this lesson, you will learn how to create a new file as a foundation for your images. You will explore how to use Elements’ tabbed windowing for quick access to your open images. You will learn to add color and then move a photo onto your background and discover the Layer’s feature in the process. Then you will work with color adjustments in your images, including hue and saturation. You will create black-and-white images from color images using Elements’ Black and White Conversion feature, and pick individual colors to replace with others. You will also learn how to make quick changes with this tool and look at another tool that can help adjust skin tones.
This lesson will show you ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you have taken an image. You will discover how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images, and examine techniques for adjusting shadows and highlights. You will work with the histogram, Levels, and Color Curves---all excellent tools for correction lighting and color tones. Then you will take a look at how Organizer works to keep track of your images. You will learn how to sort your pictures, add tags, and collect them in albums for use in other projects.
In this lesson, you will explore text tools that add text to your images. You will see how Photoshop Elements uses layer with text, and you will get tips on how to master the Layers panel. You will begin to learn about the powerful selection tools, including the color-based Magic Wand tool and the flexible Lasso tool. With these tools, you will discover the power of Feathering selections and copying selections within an image. Then you will learn how to create a silhouette image using the Quick Selection tool. You will practice using any of the selection tools in a reverse mode for tricky selections. You will discover how the Marquee tools let you select squares and circles for framing and highlighting and how the Text on Selection tool works with any shape. Finally, you will learn how to add color with the Gradient tool.
In this final lesson, you will work with the Selection Brush tool for detailed and exacting work. You will learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together. You will work extensively with the Add to selection option and preview your work with Mask Mode. You will experiment with some of Photoshop Elements’ filters and color options, as well as the settings in the Magnetic Lasso tool. Then you will look at Retouching and Correction tools, and perfect your skills with the Red Eye Removal tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both the powerful Haling Brushes and the Content-Aware Haling option.
Beverly Richards Schulz is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and an award-winning photographer. She has been teaching photography for more than 15 years. Since her first class with ed2go in 2000, she has written more than 30 online classes in digital photography and digital editing, and she's had the privilege of working with more than 70,000 students. She has a BA in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She and Eric Johnson are authors of the book Photoshop Elements 14—What's New? An avid digital film photographer, she was an early adopter of digital technology and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world. For the last 10 years, she has enjoyed being an adjunct faculty member with the University of San Francisco, teaching history and visual arts, as well as displaying and selling her work through galleries, and she has continued to expand her experience in travel photography and cross-cultural studies. In addition to teaching and photographic work, Beverly and her staff provide consulting services for digital photographers and clients.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Windows/Mac (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins)
Windows 7 / 8 / Vista / XP
Mac OS X 10.7 through v 10.8.
Note: This course is written for the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome, but will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversionsmany of which 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.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
Keep in mind that 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.
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.