Photoshop Elements 101

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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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: What's new in Photoshop Elements; Photoshop Blog
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Assignment 1
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Photoshop Elements workspace basics - Adobe Support; Finding Imported Images in the Organizer
  • Review Video: How to Import Photos into Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Complete: Assignment 2
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Tag your media in Elements Organizer - Adobe Support; Marking faces in photos and organizing People view
  • Review Video: Photoshop Elements Smart Tags
  • Complete: Assignment 3
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Fix a batch of photos at once using Photoshop Elements | Adobe ...; Working with Stacks in Photoshop Elements Organizer
  • Review Video: Photoshop Elements - Smart Tags and Search - Cherri International
  • Complete: Assignment 4
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: ADOBE® Elements Organizer help; How To Create A New Catalog In Photoshop Elements; Convert Photoshop Elements catalogs for use with 64-bit versions; About moving catalogs
  • Complete: Assignment 5
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Workspace Basics; Opening files in Photoshop Elements; How to move from Photos to Photoshop Elements Using a Mac
  • Review Video: Take a Tour of the GUIDED SECTION in Photoshop Elements
  • Complete: Assignment 6
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Guided mode - Basic edits; Enhanced Quick Mode; Using Quick, Guided, and Expert Editing in Photoshop Elements 14
  • Complete: Assignment 7
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Using Guided Mode; Special Effects Guided Mode
  • Complete: Assignment 8
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: About image size and resolution; Set up color management
  • Review Video: Photoshop Elements editing: Image size and resolution explained
  • Complete: Assignment 9
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Use the brush tool; Pencil Tool
  • Review 2 Videos: PEN TOOL in Photoshop Elements!; Using The Eraser Tool-Photoshop Elements Tutorial
  • Complete: Assignment 10
  • Complete Assignment: Project 1
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Making Selections; The Marquee Tools; Lasso selection tools in PSE; Edit and refine selections
  • Complete: Assignment 11
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Use the Paint Bucket tool; About Gradients; Patterns
  • Complete: Assignment 12
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Understanding layers; Editing Layers
  • Review 2 Videos: How To Use Layers In Photoshop Elements; Photoshop Elements 10: Adjustment Layers
  • Complete: Assignment 13
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Add text in Images; About text; How To Use The Text On Selection Tool In Photoshop Elements 11; Editing Text in Photoshop Elements
  • Complete: Assignment 14
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Create shapes; Draw Lines in Elements; About layer styles
  • Review 2 Videos: How to Fit Text Inside Shape in Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 13 12 11 Tutorial; Text Effects and Layer Styles in Photoshop elements
  • Complete: Assignment 15
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: About camera raw image files; Save and export images; Automate image editing with Photoshop Elements updates
  • Review Video: How to Use Photoshop Elements Blur Tool
  • Complete: Assignment 16
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Adjust facial features; With The Spot Healing Brush Zits Disappear Like Magic
  • Review 2 Videos: How to Use Photoshop Elements Clone Stamp Tool; How to Use the Recompose Tool in Photoshop Elements
  • Complete: Assignment 17
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: About filters; Adjustment filters; Liquify filter overview; Adjust color and tonality using the Smart Brush tools
  • Review Video: How to use Photoshop Elements Filters - Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 12 13 14 Tutorial
  • Complete: Assignment 18
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Super-Fast Red Eye Removal; Apply the Brightness/Contrast adjustment
  • Review Video: Using Curves in Photoshop Elements
  • Complete: Assignment 19
  • Complete: 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. 275 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review Article: Printing Photos
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Assignment 20
  • Complete Assignment: Project 2
  • Complete: Quiz 20
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Photoshop Elements 101
Course Number: 9770490
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Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,430 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Computer Skill (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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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