Friday, 27 March 2015

Photoshop Elements Course

I have finished the on-line Photoshop Elements course with Pixeladies and I would highly recommend it if you have Photoshop Elements and want to learn how to use it properly. Photoshop Elements is a photo editing program and you can download a trial copy of Photoshop Elements to use for the course, if you want to try it out before spending the money on the program.

I did the beginners class 1 and 2 and as well as notes there were videos to watch as many times as we liked. The instructions were very easy to follow and we had to post our homework onto the website platform and Kris and Deb, the teachers would give advice and answer all of our questions. I think that they mustn't get much sleep because they answered very quickly!

I spent over an hour every day of the 6 weeks of the course practicing and doing the exercises.

Here are some of the things that I learnt to do.

Changing the colour of a block or I could have selected just the background and tried a different colour.

Here is a holiday photo I took and the person in the left hand foreground was staying there for ages and didn't move, but I was able to take her out of the photo afterwards.

We also learnt how to fix old photos. I had a faded wedding photo of my parents in law that needed some attention.

We learnt how to draw on our photos to audition quilting lines and to label photos and so many handy things.

Our last assignment was to make a postcard using some the skills we had learnt. I did a Welcome to Victoria postcard.

It may not be obvious at first glance but I used a lot of techniques to make the postcard.

Gradient background
Coloured the clothes on the paper doll
Cropped the photo
Intensified the colour
Added two photos to the one background
Outlined the landscape photo
Added text with a transparent background
Placed the text in a layer behind the paper doll
Added a drop shadow.
Outlined the entire postcard.

We learnt many more techniques and when the Intermediate course is offered later on this year, I am definitely going to sign up.

All the videos and information are going to stay available for us to use for 6 months. So I intend to go through the lessons again because I am sure that it will be a great refresher.

There will be another beginner's session this year as well so go to their site, Pixeladies and register your interest.

Bye for now,


jude's page said...

Looks like a great course, well done.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude, I am really glad that I took the time to do the course.