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A Beginner's Guide to Photoshop Elements - Course Outline

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    1. The Welcome Screen
      What is Photoshop Elements?
      What is the Welcome Screen and how does it work?
    2. Importing & Organising Photos
      Create your own Catalogue
      Import Photographs
      Tagging files with keywords
      Building image stacks
      Creating version sets
      Albums Vs Smart albums
      Creating Smart Albums
      Rotating images
      Adjusting preview size of images and files
      Moving & collapsing panels
      Organizing with the date view
      Organizing with the map view
      Exploring metadata
      Adding GPS data to an image
      Viewing larger versions of images
      Using the slide show feature
    3. Touring the Quick Fix and Guided Modes
      Opening the Quick Fix & Guided modes
      Basic navigational skills
      Understanding the workspaces
      Basic explanation of the adjustment tools (such as adjusting color, tones and sharpness)
    4. The Quick Fix Mode in Action
      The zooming & panning tools
      Using the Smart Fix sliders
      Working with the lighting sliders to adjust shadows, midtones & highlights
      Adjusting colours with the hue, saturation, tint & temperature sliders
      Improving the focus with the sharpening sliders
      Comparing the original and improved images side-by-side
      Saving into a version set
    5. Touring the Full Edit Mode
      Overview of the full edit workspace
      Best practices for viewing images
      Understanding the options bar
      How the toolbox works
      Working with the colour picker
      Locating & opening palettes
      Understanding how layers work
      Using the paintbrush
      Undoing (& redoing) mistakes with history
      Photoshop’s unlimited effects
    6. Making Photo’s Look Their Best
      Brightening a dark photo using the shadow/highlights command
      The meaning of contrast
      Using levels to increase contrast and brightness
      Using levels to improve the colours in a photograph
      Saturating the colours of a image
      Creating & using masks to effect sections of an image
      Using a soft paintbrush
      Understanding adjustment layers
    7. Selecting, Extracting, Moving, Transforming & Blending
      Opening multiple images from the Organizer
      Making basic selections
      Adding, subtracting and intersecting an existing selection outline
      Using the Marquee tools for basic selections
      Selecting with the Lasso Tools
      Quickly selecting with the Quick Selection Tool
      Using the Magic Extractor
      Moving selected elements to another image
      Moving with the Move Tool
      Using Free Transform to change size
      Using the blending modes
      Erasing unwanted parts of an image
      Replacing colour with the Colour Replacement Tool
      Changing the opacity of layers
    8. Retouching, Cropping & Adding Text
      Removing image defects using the healing brush
      Retouching to separate layers
      Cropping an image down to size
      The basics of adding text
      Resizing a text layer
    9. Adding Effects & Sharpening
      Duplicating layers
      Contracting, feathering & inversing a selection outline
      Adding a filter to an image
      Adding an effect to text
      Manually adjusting effects
      The basics of sharpening
      What to sharpen (what not to sharpen)
      Merging visible layers to a new layer
      Applying sharpening to the image
    10. Saving, Sending, Printing & Backing Up
      Saving a layer composition as a PSD
      Saving a flattened image as a JPEG
      Using the ‘Save As’ command
      Saving images for the web
      Sending an image via email
      Changing image size and resolution
      The importance of the Image Size dialogue box
      Setting up for printing
      Final checks for printing
      Why colour settings make a difference
      Backing up a catalogue for safe keeping
      Restoring a catalogue
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Original Image (Photoshop Elements Course Outline) Arrow The Final Composition
The original images as taken from a digital camera and downloaded to a computer. In this series we'll look at correcting colours, tones and contrast as well as extracting the Gorilla and placing him into the same image as the Lion.
The final composition with improved colours, a better tonal range and styled text as well as a host of other improvements. Watch the series to see how I did it!