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Course Syllabus: Photoshop Elements 12 (And Earlier Versions)

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Course Description

Adobe Elements 11 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 lovers 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. Users get three editing modes to choose from based on their ability and the task they wish to complete. Where the Quick editing mode is more for beginners, the Guided and Expert editing modes give you the power of Photoshop behind you so that you can edit and manipulate images like a pro.

Elements is ideal for any budding photography enthusiast, home user with photos they want to organize or edit, or for anyone wishing to do basic photo manipulation or graphic arts.

In this course, you'll learn your way around Elements 11 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.

You'll learn how to:


Ø Navigate and use the new Elements 11

Ø Upload your photos into Elements.

Ø Organize your photos in albums and catalogs.

Ø Adjust the colors in your photos to make them crisp and clear.

Ø Change the mood of your photos.

Ø Crop and resize photos and images.

Ø Add layers.

Ø Print images.

Ø Create albums, calendars, and other projects.

Ø Use Element 11's many tools to edit and manipulate images, add special effects, and more.

Ø Turn one image into an entirely different image using the Recompose tool.

Ø Share your photo projects with others. This includes online albums, slideshows, photo emails, and more!

It doesn't matter if you already use Elements or you're completely new to the software. All lessons are comprehensive and easy-to-understand. Using step-by-step directions, you'll master even the most complex tasks. By the end of this course, you'll know everything about Elements that you need to know to easily organize, edit, print, and share.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

- Photoshop Elements
- a high school reading level.

No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Introduction to Photoshop Elements

Lesson 2: The Organizer Workspace

Lesson 3: Working with Images in Organizer

Lesson 4: Creating Albums and Catalogs

Lesson 5: Edit Modes

Lesson 6: The Basics of Color

Lesson 7: Painting Tools

Lesson 8: Making Selections

Lesson 9: Filling and Stroking

Lesson 10: Layers

Lesson 11: Text

Lesson 12: Create Shapes

Lesson 13: Other Editing Tools

Lesson 14: Lighting, Color, Contrast and Clarity

Lesson 15: Printing, Sharing, and Creating

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Photoshop Elements.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review exam along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what graphics editing software is and what PS Elements capabilities are.
  • Define the organizer workspace.
  • Describe working with images in organizer.
  • Describe creating albums and catalogs.
  • Describe edit modes.
  • Describe the basics of color.
  • Describe painting tools.
  • Describe making selections.
  • Describe filling and stroking.
  • Describe layers.
  • Describe text.
  • Create Shapes
  • Describe other editing tools.
  • Describe lighting, color, contrast and clarity.
  • Demonstrate printing, sharing, and creating, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment1
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Lesson 9 Exam9
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment1
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment1
Lesson 13 Exam10
Lesson 14 Assignment1
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Assignment1
Lesson 15 Exam10
The Final Exam50
Total Points:212
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