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Elements Level 1
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8 Hours - 7 Modules - 68 Segments - Fee $90
  ELEMENTS LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course


Layers? Masks? Resizing? These are scary terms for beginners to image editing. This course shows you how to use Photoshop Elements® to make your photographs come out looking their best. At the end, your images will be of professional-level quality.

About this course

High-Resolution original source files will be supplied to each student so you can work on the same photos that are in the notes and that the tutor is working on as well. We believe this approach is a significant aid to learning what are very complex programmes.

Instead of the "This tool has this effect - now find ways to use it" school of teaching, we have deliberately taken a Project based approach, geared to match how most people want to work on their shots. What are the various tools for making skin better? What are the tools to lighten the sky? Learn when these and other tools should be used, even learn when they should not be used!


All of the techniques shown on this course apply to Elements 9 through 2018 as well as Photoshop® CS3 through CC.

Full color, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full color, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are given out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards. These will be made available to you for immediate download once the course is purchased.

This course is made up of Modules and Segments

This course is made up of various modules, each of which has a number of video segments that set out to explain individual elements of the main topic.

Understanding Modules

Every module is designed to stand on its own, covering the overall topic that the title of the module suggests, but it may benefit from the modules that come before it. Whether it is possible to watch modules out of sequence depends on your own previous experience with this topic.

Understanding Segments

Each module has a number of video segments, each of which correspond to a particular page in every set of tutorial notes. These segments concentrate on a specific topic relevant to that particular module. They are also great for quick recaps at a later stage. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: What To Do First
Segment 01 Screen & Panels Layout
Segment 02 Change The Preferences To Speed Things Along
Segment 03 Change The Color Settings For Better Color
Segment 04 Use Convert To Profile When Sending Pics To Labs
Segment 05 Make Sure Image Size Is Set To 240ppi
Segment 06 Use Auto Contrast To Try To Brighten The Exposure
Segment 07 Save Your File As Jpeg 12
MODULE 2 Overview: Straighten, Crop And Resize
Segment 01 Straighten Multiple Crooked Scans In One Go
Segment 02 Crop Images To A Specific Size Or To Improve Composition
Segment 03 Use A Reverse Crop To Expand The Canvas
Segment 04 Use The Straighten Tool To Level The Horizon
Segment 05 Correct Perspective With The Lens Correction Filter
Segment 06 Create A Panorama With The Photomerge Tool
Segment 07 Use Image Size To Enlarge Images & Keep Quality
MODULE 3 Overview: Improve Colors And Tone
Segment 01 How To Duplicate The Background Layer
Segment 02 Use Levels To Fine Tune Your Exposure
Segment 03 Lighten An Underexposure Using Blend Modes
Segment 04 Darken Overexposure With Shadow/Highlights
Segment 05 Lighten Shadows With The Shadow/Highlights Tool
Segment 06 Lighten Shadows With Shadow/Highlights
Segment 07 Reduce Noise In Photos With The Reduce Noise Filter
Segment 08 Use Hue/Saturation To Warm Up A Picture
Segment 09 Use Selective Color To Change A Specific Color
Segment 10 Create A Better Sepia Tone With A Gradient Map
Segment 11 Colorize A Black & White Photo
Segment 12 Which Black & White Do You Want?
Segment 13 Use The Clone Stamp Tool To Remove Unwanted Elements
Segment 14 Use Dodge & Burn To Lighten/Darken Parts Of Your Picture
MODULE 4 Overview: Layers And Selections
Segment 01 Controlling Layer Visibility
Segment 02 Make A Selection, Inverse It And Then Feather It
Segment 03 Use Different Selection Tools For Different Jobs
Segment 04 Fix A Faded Photo In Three Easy Steps
Segment 05 Use Adjustment Layers For Non-Destructive Editing
Segment 06 Use A Mask To Blend Photos Together
Segment 07 Enhance A Sky With A Gradient Fill Layer
MODULE 5 Overview: Retouching Portraits
Segment 01 Remove Skin Blemishes With The Spot Healing Brush
Segment 02 Change Eye Color Using The Color Picker
Segment 03 Reduce Wrinkles With The Healing Brush
Segment 04 Whiten Teeth Using Hue/Saturation
Segment 05 Brighten Eyes With A Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
Segment 06 Emphasize Eyelashes Using Brushes On Blank Layers
Segment 07 Make Someone Smile With The Liquefy Tool
MODULE 6 Overview: Adding Special Effects
Segment 01 Use A Photo Filter To Enhance Images
Segment 02 Use Layer Opacity To Create A Soft Focus Effect
Segment 03 Show Movement With The Motion Blur Filter
Segment 04 Create A Short Depth Of Field With A Blurred Layer
Segment 05 Create A Vignette To Focus Attention On The Subject
MODULE 7 Overview: Putting Text In Images
Segment 01 Create A Custom Watermark To Protect Your Images
Segment 02 Put A Drop Shadow On Text
MODULE 8 Overview: Turn Photos Into Paintings
Segment 01 Make Your Photos Look Like A Color Sketch
Segment 02 Create A Pen & Ink Drawing
Segment 03 Give Photos A Woodcut Look
Segment 04 Make Photos Look Like An Oil Painting
Segment 05 Create An Artist’s Sketch From Any Photo
Segment 06 Turn Photos Into Watercolors
MODULE 9 Overview: Give Photos A Professional Look
Segment 01 Raise A Part Of A Photo Above Itself
Segment 02 Put A Border On A Print
Segment 03 Make A Photo Look Like A Gallery Print
MODULE 10 Where to from here?
Course Tutor: Dave McKane
Course Tutor: Dave McKane

The tutor for this course is a fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Over the years, he has owned and used over 30 cameras, covering all of the major brands. He is well versed in almost every camera available on the market today. Dave started teaching photography in 1985, and set up the Institute of Photography in 2005 (now the IOP-Online), since then, he has taught over 20,000 students. He has also been the lead trainer for both Canon and Nikon.

Dave has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium. He has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.

Dave graduated with honors from a 3 Year Photography Course in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985, and has over 35 years of experience in creative photography. He received his first film SLR in 1982 and has owned many darkrooms. Dave was early to adopt the use of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002), and Lightroom (2007).

His favorite saying? "It depends..."

Dave believes that there is only one answer to every question in photography. When he is asked what lens to get, "it depends"; the best flash; best camera; best tripod. He feels he is not being trite with this answer, simply because there is no "best." With flash, for example, a good one might not be available for your camera, so he needs to know the camera first. With lenses, he needs to understand what your budget is.

Dave's work can be seen in the following places: Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
Launching Summer 2020
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Course Code PSE1-O
Modules 10 Modules/68 Segments
Learning Hours 8 Hours
Course Fee $90
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