Course Outline

Introduction to Photoshop Element 11
Series: Web Programming, Photography
Weeks: 8
Cost: $200
CEU Credits: 3.0


Photoshop Elements is now in its eleventh version. The product has matured as a tool for both professional and amateur photographers who want to edit, improve, manage, manipulate, and organize photos and other media. If you're a digital photographer, Elements has the tools for you to open, edit, and massage your pictures into pr0ofessional images. If you're interested in displaying photos on online services, or hand-held devices, you're in the right spot. If you're a beginner or an intermediate user, you'll find that some of the Photoshop Elements quick-fix operations are a breeze to use for enhancing your images. If you like to print homemade greeting cards and photo albums=---whether you're a beginner, an intermediate user, or a professional user---Elements provides you with easy-to-follow steps to package creations. In addition, the wonderful sharing services are your gateway to keeping family, friends, and clients connected to your photos.


  • To learn how to open, edit, and massage your pictures into professional images
  • To learn how to use Photoshop Elements to create final images for color printing and commercial printing
  • To learn how to display photos for online services or hand-held devices
  • To learn how to use Photoshop Elements quick-fix operations to enhance your images
  • To learn how to print homemade greeting cards and photo albums
  • To learn how to use sharing services to keep family, friends and clients connected to your photos


  • None



  • Photoshop Elements 11 for Dummies by Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padovva (ISBN: 978-1-118-40821-6). Also available as an e-book. Here's the Amazon link...


  • Photoshop Elements 11. Adobe allows you to download the full version on a 60 day free trial. You can also purchase it for around $70 from Amazon using this link...

Table of Contents

Week 1:  Introduction
Getting Your Images
  • Organizing Photos and Media on a Hard Drive
  • Launching Photoshop Elements
  • Adding Images to the Organizer
  • Understanding the Media Browser
  • Using a Scanner
  • Phoning In Your Images
Week 2:  Getting to Know the Editing Work Areas
Getting Ready to Edit
  • Launching the Photo Editor
  • Examining the Photo Editor
  • Using the Quick Mode
  • Using Guides Mode
  • Retracing Your Steps
  • Getting a Helping Hand
  • Controlling the Editing Environment
  • Controlling the Organizer Environment
  • Customizing Presets
  • Getting Familiar with Color
  • Getting Color Right
Week 3:  Working with Resolutions, Color Modes, and File Formats
Tagging Photos and Creating Albums
  • Grappling with the Ubiquitous Pixels
  • The Art of Resampling
  • Choosing a Resolution for Print or Onscreen
  • Go Ahead---Make My mode!
  • Saving Files with Purpose
  • Organizing Groups of Images with Keyword Tags
  • Creating Albums
  • Creating a Smart Album
Week 4:  Viewing and Finding Your Images
Making and Modifying Selections
  • Cataloging Files
  • The Many Faces of the Organizer
  • Placing Pictures on Maps
  • Working with Events
  • Using Search Options
  • Grouping Files That Get in the Way
  • Defining Selections
  • Creating Rectangular and Elliptical Selections
  • Making Freeform Selections with the Lasso Tools
  • Working Wizardry with the Magic Wand
  • Painting with the Selection Brush
  • Painting with the Quick Selection Tool
  • Resizing Smartly with the Recompose Tool
  • Working with the Cookie Cutter Tool
  • Eliminating with the Eraser Tools
  • Using the Magic Extractor Command
  • Using the Select Menu
Week 5:  Working with Layers
Simple Image Makeovers
  • Getting to Know Layers
  • Working with Different Layer Types
  • Tackling Layer Basics
  • Moving a Layer's Content
  • Transforming Layers
  • Adding Layer Masks
  • Flattening and Merging Layers
  • Cropping and Straightening Images
  • Recomposing Images
  • Employing One-Step Auto Fixes
  • Editing in Quick Mode
  • Fixing Small Imperfections with Tools
Week 6:  Correcting Contrast, Color, and Clarity
Playing with Filters, Effects, Styles, and More
  • Editing Your Photos Using a Logical Workflow
  • Adjusting Lighting
  • Adjusting Color
  • Adjusting Clarity
  • Working Intelligently with the Smart Brush Tools
  • Having Fun with Filters
  • Correcting Camera Distortion
  • Exploring New Filters
  • Dressing Up with Photo and Text Effects
  • Adding Shadows, Glows, and More
  • Mixing It Up with Blend Modes
  • Using Photomerge
Week 7:  Drawing and Painting
Working with Type
  • Choosing Color
  • Getting Artsy with the Pencil and Brush Tools
  • Filling and Outlining Selections
  • Splashing On Color with the Paint Bucket Tool
  • Working with Multicolored Gradients
  • Working with Patterns
  • Creating Shapes of All Sorts
  • Understanding Type Basics
  • Creating Point Type
  • Creating Paragraph Type
  • Creating Path Type
  • Specifying Type Options
  • Editing Text
  • Simplifying Type
  • Masking with Type
  • Stylizing and Warping Type
Week 8:  Getting It on Paper
Sharing Your Work
Making Creations
Ten Tips for Composing Better Photos
Ten More Project Ideas
  • Getting Pictures Ready for Printing
  • Working with Color Printer Profiles
  • Getting Familiar with the Print Dialog Box
  • Exploring Other Print Options
  • Getting Familiar with the Elements Sharing Options
  • Creating an Online Photo Album
  • E-Mailing Photos
  • Working with Adobe Premiere Elements
  • Sharing Your Photos on Social Networks
  • Getting a Grip on Creations
  • Grasping Creation-Assembly Basics
  • Creating a slide Show
  • Making additional Creations
  • Ten Tips for Composing Better Photos
  • Ten More Project Ideas

  John Smiley  



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