Online Class: Photoshop Elements 101

In this course, you will learn your way around Elements to make navigating it a breeze. You'll also learn all the features and how to utilize the options so that editing, organizing, and sharing your photos is quick and fun.

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Course Description

Newly Updated to cover Photoshop Elements versions 15, 2018, and 2019!
Photoshop Elements is the consumer-based version of the popular Photoshop program that allows you to store, sort, and edit images and photographs.  Photography enthusiasts will love Elements ability to organize images and create albums.  Photoshop users will love the wide range of features that allow you to edit and manipulate images just as you would in Photoshop.

Since Elements was designed with the consumer in mind, editing and manipulating photos with Elements is much easier than with Photoshop.  Elements is ideal for any budding photography enthusiast -- or for anyone wishing to do organize and edit images with a feature-rich, yet affordable, photo editing program.

This course is designed to teach you how to Photoshop Elements, even if you've never used Elements before.  This course begins with navigation and the basic features of the program before delving into more advanced techniques.  If you've used past versions of Photoshop Elements, you will get the chance to review features you may have forgotten, improve your skills, and learn the new features Elements offers.   For those new to Elements, you will benefit from the step-by-step instructions given in each lesson that make learning the program a snap.

In this course, you'll learn how to:

  • Navigate the Organizer and Photo Editor
  • Import images into Elements
  • Organize your images into catalogs and albums
  • Sort images in the Organizer
  • Use the three editing modes in Photo Editor
  • Apply quick and guided edits to images
  • Apply fills, strokes, and texts to images
  • Use the tools in the Expert editing mode to edit and manipulate images
  • Create layers, shapes, and apply filters to images
  • Work with lighting, color, contrast and clarity
  • Create albums, calendars, and other projects
  • Print, save, and share images
  • And much more

It doesn't matter if you already use Elements or you're completely new to the software.  By the end of this course, you'll know everything about Elements that you need to know to easily organize, edit, print, and share your photos and images.  

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  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements is perfect for the photography or graphics enthusiast who wants to edit images or graphics, but doesn’t need the overwhelming options and interface of Photoshop, or the price tag. Additional lesson topics: The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers Voices That Matter ; What's new in Photoshop Elements; Photoshop Blog; Adobe Photoshop Elements and 14 Introduction Quick Reference Guide Cheat Sheet of Instructions, Tips and Shortcuts 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Assignment 1
  • Assessment: Quiz 1

Lesson 2: Importing Images into Organizer

The Organizer is the Elements workspace where you will import and organize photos and images from your camera, computer, phone, and other devices. Additional lesson topics: How to Import Photos into Adobe Photoshop Elements; Finding Imported Images in the Organizer; Photoshop Elements workspace basics 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 2
  • Assessment: Quiz 2

Lesson 3: Tagging Images in Organizer

In this lesson, we’re going to start talking about organizing images in the Organizer using tags. Additional lesson topics: Tag your media in Elements Organizer; Photoshop Elements Smart Tags; Marking faces in photos and organizing People view 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 3
  • Assessment: Quiz 3

Lesson 4: Organizing and Searching for Images

In this lesson, we’re going to continue to talk about ways to organize images. We’ll also learn how to search for and locate your images in Organizer. Additional lesson topics: Working with Stacks in Photoshop Elements Organizer; Photoshop Elements 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 4
  • Assessment: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: Creating Catalogs, Albums, and Collections

When you import images into the Organizer, all your images are automatically added to a catalog. Additional lesson topics: ADOBE® Elements Organizer help; Convert Photoshop Elements catalogs for use with 64-bit versions; About moving catalogs; How to Create A New Catalog In Photoshop Elements 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 5
  • Assessment: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: Navigating the Photo Editor

Photoshop Elements has two workspaces: Organizer and Photo Editor. Now that we’ve explored Organizer, it’s time to move on to Photo Editor. Additional lesson topics: Workspace Basics; Opening files in Photoshop Elements; How to move from Photos to Photoshop Elements Using a Mac; Take a Tour of the GUIDED SECTION in Photoshop Elements 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 6
  • Assessment: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: Getting Acquainted with the Editing Modes

Elements offers you three ways to edit and make changes to your images. You have the option of using Quick, Guided, or Expert. Additional lesson topics: Guided mode; A Quick Look at Expert Mode It's Not Just for Experts! ; Using Quick, Guided, and Expert Editing in Photoshop Elements 14; Enhanced Quick Mode 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 7
  • Assessment: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: Using the Guided Edit Mode

The Guided editing mode offers different types of adjustments and effects that you can apply to your images. Additional lesson topics: Using Guided Mode; Special Effects Guided Mode 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 8
  • Assessment: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: Understanding Resolution, File Formats, and Color

When you look at an image in Elements, you see the subject of the image, the noticeable colors, and the background. What you don’t notice are the little aspects that come together to form the image, as well as to determine the quality of it. Additional lesson topics: About image size and resolution; Set up color management; Photoshop Elements editing: Image size and resolution explained 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 9
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: Using the Painting Tools

Elements provides several tools to apply and add color. The Paint tools are just an example of these. Additional lesson topics: Use the brush tool; PEN TOOL in Photoshop Elements!; Using The Eraser Tool-Photoshop Elements Tutorial; Pencil Tool 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 10
  • Complete Assignment: Project 1
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: Making Selections Using the Selection Tools

In this lesson, we are going to learn to use the various selection tools available in Elements. Additional lesson topics: Making Selections; Lasso selection tools in PSE; Edit and refine selections; The Marquee Tools 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 11
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Applying Fills and Strokes

When you apply a fill to a selection in Elements, you apply a color, pattern, or gradient to part or all of the selection. Additional lesson topics: Use the Paint Bucket tool; Patterns; About Gradients 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 12
  • Assessment: Quiz 12

Lesson 13: Layers

When working with layers, you can stack images that you’ve created or photos. You can set the transparency and size of one photo when you stack it on another to create customized images. Additional lesson topics: Understanding layers; How to Use Layers In Photoshop Elements; Photoshop Elements 10: Adjustment Layers; Editing Layers 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 13
  • Assessment: Quiz 13

Lesson 14: Adding Text to Images

In this lesson, we’re going to spend time learning how to add text to your images, as well as the different options that you have when you add text. Additional lesson topics: Add text in Images; How to Use The Text On Selection Tool In Photoshop Elements 11; Editing Text in Photoshop Elements; About text 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 14
  • Assessment: Quiz 14

Lesson 15: Working with Shapes

In Photoshop Elements, you create shapes in layers. You can have more than one shape in a layer depending on the area you’ve selected to add shapes. Additional lesson topics: Create shapes; Draw Lines in Elements; About layer styles; How to Fit Text Inside Shape in Adobe Photoshop Elements Several Several Several Several Tutorial; Text Effects and Layer Styles in Photoshop elements 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 15
  • Assessment: Quiz 15

Lesson 16: Working with Images

In this lesson, we’re going to return to working with images using the tools and features that Elements provides. Additional lesson topics: Save and export images; How to Use Photoshop Elements Blur Tool; Automate image editing with Photoshop Elements updates; About camera raw image files 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 16
  • Assessment: Quiz 16

Lesson 17: Additional Image Tools

In this lesson, we are going to cover more of those tools that are located in the Tools panel. Additional lesson topics: Adjust facial features; How to Use the Recompose Tool in Photoshop Elements; With The Spot Healing Brush Zits Disappear Like Magic; How to Use Photoshop Elements Clone Stamp Tool 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 17
  • Assessment: Quiz 17

Lesson 18: Applying Filters

Filters change the look of your image. They can correct images that have flaws, or they can add fun effects to your image that make your image appear painted, tiled, etc. Additional lesson topics: Adjustment filters; Liquify filter overview; About filters; Adjust color and tonality using the Smart Brush tools; How to use Photoshop Elements Filters 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 18
  • Assessment: Quiz 18

Lesson 19: Lighting, Color, Contrast and Clarity

This lesson is going to focus on adjusting the lighting, color, contrast, and clarity in your photos. Additional lesson topics: Super-Fast Red Eye Removal; Using Curves in Photoshop Elements; Apply the Brightness/Contrast adjustment 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 19
  • Assessment: Quiz 19

Lesson 20: Saving, Printing, Sharing, and Creating

Once you make changes to an image, you will want to save the file to preserve all your hard work. Additional lesson topics: Printing Photos 285 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Assignment 20
  • Complete Assignment: Project 2
  • Assessment: Quiz 20
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize what Photoshop Elements is and how you can use it to enhance your pictures.
  • Demonstrate using the Organizer Workspace, working with images, and creating albums and catalogs.
  • Demonstrate using different editing modes and using colors.
  • Demonstrate using painting tools, making selections, filling and stroking
  • Demonstrate using and managing layers, text, shapes.
  • Summarize other editing tools you can use.
  • Demonstrate manipulation of lighting, color, contrast and clarity.
  • Demonstrate printing, sharing, and creating your Photoshop Elements work.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Photoshop Elements 101
Course Number: 9770490
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,458 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 2.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "As a beginner, this course was a big help to me. I had purchased the software, but was needing step-by-step assistance. This course definitely provided that and much more. I definitely have a better understanding of what this software can do." -- Maria H.
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