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Course Syllabus: Photoshop Elements 101


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Course Description

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 was designed to teach you how to Photoshop Elements 15, 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 15 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

·    Use the tools in the Expert editing mode to edit and manipulate images

·    Create layers, shapes, and apply filters to images

·    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.  

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Photoshop Elements 15

Lesson 2: Importing Images into Organizer

Lesson 3: Tagging Images in Organizer

Lesson 4: Organizing and Searching for Images

Lesson 5: Creating Catalogs, Albums, and Collections

Lesson 6: Navigating the Photo Editor

Lesson 7: Getting Acquainted with the Editing Modes

Lesson 8: Using the Guided Edit Mode

Lesson 9: Understanding Resolution, File Formats, and Color

Lesson 10: Using the Painting Tools

Lesson 11: Making Selections Using the Selection Tools

Lesson 12: Applying Fills and Strokes

Lesson 13: Layers

Lesson 14: Adding Text to Images

Lesson 15: Working with Shapes

Lesson 16: Working with Images

Lesson 17: Additional Image Tools

Lesson 18: Applying Filters

Lesson 19: Lighting, Color, Contrast and Clarity

Lesson 20: Saving, Printing, Sharing, and Creating

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know 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.
  • Know 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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Assessment Guide

Assignment 10
Quiz 150
Assignment 20
Quiz 250
Assignment 30
Quiz 350
Assignment 40
Quiz 450
Assignment 50
Quiz 550
Assignment 60
Quiz 650
Assignment 70
Quiz 750
Assignment 80
Quiz 850
Assignment 90
Quiz 950
Assignment 100
Project 10
Quiz 1050
Assignment 110
Quiz 1150
Assignment 120
Quiz 1250
Assignment 130
Quiz 1350
Assignment 140
Quiz 1450
Assignment 150
Quiz 1550
Assignment 160
Quiz 1650
Assignment 170
Quiz 1750
Assignment 180
Quiz 1850
Assignment 190
Quiz 1950
Assignment 200
Project 20
Quiz 2050
The Final Exam225
Total Points:1225
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