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Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Join 's Course: Adobe Photoshop ElementsLearn all about this impressive, professional and surprisingly affordable photo-editing software program. Adobe Photoshop Elements is an informative and helpful 8-week online course taught by instructor and master photographer-author Robin Nichols. Although you might already be happily using software that came with your camera, you’ll quickly find that Photoshop Elements outperforms everything else on the market - in its performance, capabilities and massive range of features. Photoshop Elements, now in its sixth version, is a real winner because the tools it contains are incredibly sophisticated yet remain relatively accessible for beginners. In this class you’ll learn how to really develop your photos for maximum visual impact.
Key Features

  1. Setting up Photoshop Elements
  2. Working in the Full Edit Workspace for Mac and PC
  3. Manual Tone Adjustments
  4. Adjusting and Controlling Color + making Slideshows
  5. Retouching Techniques
  6. Emailing, Resolution and Understanding Photo Size
  7. Layer Basics and making Panoramas
  8. Creative Projects

  • How to get the best from the techniques described, regardless of the version or platform used. This course covers Mac and PC, Windows XP and Vista, OSX and Elements versions 4.0 to 6.0.
  • Basic Navigation - how to download, set up and keep track of your photos on the Mac and PC.
  • Highlighting the most important photo-fixing tools for beginners.
  • More advanced photo-fixing tools, and how to use them to make your pictures jump off the page.
  • We guide you through the process of emailing photos, as Web pages, or as attachments.
  • Learn the basics about layers and stitch your own eye-popping panoramas.
  • Learn how to make, and complete, your own creative projects like slideshows and greeting cards.

What You Get

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  Benefits:
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
 
 
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!

Instructor

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Photography Instructor: Robin  Nichols Robin Nichols
Like many other instructors at BetterPhoto.com, I’m in the envious position of combining one of my life’s passions, photography, with my job, photography and publishing. And, although I’m normally in front of the computer way too much for my liking these days, it remains one of the best jobs in the world.

Originally from the UK, I’ve spent the past 20 years living in Sydney, Australia, working initially as a rostrum cameraman in the audio-visual business, then as freelance photographer. More recently, I’ve worked (struggled) as a freelance writer, then as a full-time magazine editor for eight years. For the past six years, I have run my own small publishing business, Better Digital, producing Australia’s largest-selling specialist digital photo publication. (As an interesting side note, Better Digital is not affiliated with BetterPhoto.com - we simply have similar good tastes when it comes to names!)

With the launch of Better Digital, I have passionately pursued the goal of producing clear, well-illustrated publications written in "plain English". I have continued to develop this plain-speaking style in another specialist magazine devoted almost exclusively to Photoshop, called Better Photoshop Techniques. Recently I added Digital Photo ART to the list of publications. This deals more with project-based techniques for the digital enthusiast whose interests, those with a crafty bent wanting to do something more with their shots.

I have also written several books, including www.imaging, efficient photo preparation for the world wide web (Watson Guptill, ISBN: 0-8230-5855-7), co-written with Philip Andrews, Paint Shop Pro 8: a guide to creating professional images (Focal Press/Elsevier Press, ISBN: 0-240-51698-2), and recently, Paint Shop Pro 9 for Photographers, co-written with Ken McMahon, (Focal Press/Elsevier Press, ISBN: 0-240-51981-7).

When I’m not out shooting, travelling, or writing for one of my publications, I teach digital photography! In fact, there’s nothing I like better than showing newcomers how to fine-tune their shooting skills and how to get the best from their gear. The beauty of digital photography, of course, is that students can appreciate their efforts almost immediately, a fact that fuels greater exploration of the craft.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor


© Robin Nichols 

© Robin Nichols 

A Couple of Student Photos

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View photos by previous students. You can make pictures like this too!

Dan Nash
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Dan Nash
© Dan Nash

Course Outline

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Lesson 1: Setting up Photoshop Elements
Exploring the difference between versions 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 for PC and 4.0 for Mac. Techniques for downloading images, file organization, basic navigation, how to find your pictures, setting up and using the Organizer, using different picture modes (i.e. Date View and map view), full screen mode, side-by-side comparisons and more. For Mac users who don’t get the Organizer in the Apple version of Elements, we look at how to incorporate iPhoto into the creative editing process. All about the Tagging and using Collections. Working with Catalogs. Adding to the catalog; from the camera, card reader, mobile phone or folder.  Plus all about the Quick Fix regimes and reading Metadata.
Assignment: Using your own images, learn how to fix them up using the program’s ‘QuickFix’ tools.

Lesson 2: Working in the Full Edit Workspace for Mac and PC
Moving into Elements’ Full Edit workspace. Getting to know its main features, tools, palettes and other windows. Reading Metadata using only the Windows OS and the Mac Finder). Learn about automated actions such as renaming photos, adding copyright stamps to your work, plus Batch processing photos. Saving pictures in different file formats, and why. Understanding the tools; what they do, and when you’d use them.
Assignment: Picture presentation – cropping, rotating, adding borders

Lesson 3: Manual Tone Adjustments
All about the powerful manual tools: Levels and the essential Shadows/Highlights tool. Controlling the ‘master’ contrast and making subtle color changes using only single ‘R’, ‘G‘ or ‘B’ color channels. How to resurrect under-exposed (dark) shots.
Assignment:  Open the supplied test images and 'save' the shot to reveal all the missing or 'hidden' details using the Shadows/Highlights tool, or your own examples.

Lesson 4: Adjusting and Controlling Color + making Slideshows
In this comprehensive lesson, learn how to use the Hue and Saturation and Color Variations tools. Change the color a bit, a lot, or to get surreal color effects. Converting images to black-and-white, and sepia.
Assignment: Upload a mini gallery of four shots that have been converted to black-and-white or sepia or both.

Lesson 5: Retouching Techniques
Something that most photographers love to learn – removing irrelevant ‘stuff’ from the photo to give it greater impact… All about using the Spot Healing retouching tool, the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp. Learn how to remove spots, blemishes, scratches, or an entire person from your shot! Techniques for beauty retouching as well as for removing entire objects from the document. Tips for "fixing up" scans of old family heirlooms.
Assignment: Using the Clone and Healing tools, repair the family heirloom examples supplied, or send in some of your own.

Lesson 6: Emailing, Resolution and Understanding Photo Size
Work out how to change the resolution of photos so they can be emailed without any problem. Understanding the differences between dots per inch (dpi), image resolution and document sizes. Learn about simple Resampling techniques used for making the given picture bigger or smaller.
Assignment: Using the examples provided, resize the files or supply us with your own examples.

Lesson 7: Layer Basics and making Panoramas
Learn about the often confusing topic of image layers, how they work plus where, when and why you’d use them. The lesson describes in detail how you can then stitch a series of sections into an eye-popping panorama and use your new-found knowledge to fine  tune the results by adjusting individual layers.
Assignment: Shoot the sections for a panorama, assemble using Photomerge, add special layer effects as described in the lesson, and upload the finished result.

Lesson 8: Creative Projects
Learning how to assemble images, text, backgrounds and other features to make a greeting card using the automated "wizards" available to PC users and a manual method for both Mac and PC users. Although the "wizards" are obviously an easier route, you’ll learn more if the projects are manually assembled. The choice is yours. We also look at creating some great arty filter effects.
Assignment: Make your own greeting card, assemble it, print it and then photograph at home before uploading to the Campus Square for assessment.


© Robin Nichols 

© Robin Nichols 

Requirements

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  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, 5.0 or 6.0 for PC, and version 4.0 for Mac.
  • A PC or Mac with plenty of RAM (at least 1Gb RAM is essential), and a fast processor (Pentium 4, 2Ghz+ CPU or Dual Core) is recommended.
  • We cater to users of Windows XP, Vista. and Mac OSX.

 


FAQ

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Is this course intended for beginning, intermediate, or advanced photoshoppers?
This course is perfect for anyone who is new to digital photography but wants to get the most from their gear using one of the best software programs around.  

Do I need to own a digital camera?
It's not mandatory but, to get the best from this course you'll need to have access to digital photos - either from a camera of from scanned prints – and the best ones to use are your own! 

What version of Photoshop Elements do I need?
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, 5.0 or 6.0 for PC or version 4.0 for Mac.

Note that although the Mac version is almost the same as the PC version in its Full Edit mode, the Organizer and many of the project-based creative features are not available for the Mac user. But don’t let this put you off! We now cater to all Mac users, describing how Apple iPhoto integrates with your Elements workflow, and explain in words and illustrations, how to make the creative projects come to life using specific Mac-centric instructions. 

Will this course lead on to other more challenging courses?
Absolutely! Although this is an introductory course, you should see an immediate improvement in your photo-making results. Elements is a very sophisticated editing tool - which still leaves plenty of room for improvement in other, more advanced courses.  

Do I need to take this course if I already have Adobe Photoshop?
Depends. If you find Adobe Photoshop too complex, Elements is the software (and the course) for you! Elements is a lot more fun and user-friendly. You can always use the software that comes with the camera but nothing is as good or as professional as Adobe Photoshop Elements in this price bracket.  

Is Elements a good program?
Adobe Photoshop Elements is one of the best photo-editing programs on the market. It's designed to make the job of editing your images easy - in fact, it can do everything you'd care to think of!  


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© Robin Nichols 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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"I think I could ask you questions all day about photography. You are a wonderful teacher and I have learn a lot from your class. Thank you! Thanks again for all of your wonderful help ..." -Jennifer A . Smith, previous student 

"Robin, Thanks, this has been a really positive experience for me and given me confidence to move on and try out new things." -Fiona M. Randle, previous student  

"This course is awesome. I went in only knowing how to press the shutter button and I came out with a solid foundation on not only how to use every function on my digital camera but also on the craft of making excellent pictures. Robin is an outstanding instructor. He has tremendous knowledge coupled with a way for simplicity wich makes for a pretty smooth learning experience. He's a pretty funny guy too and you got to love his comments and insightful critiques." -Daniel M. Bendjy, previous student  

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