Photoshop for Newbies

Welcome to Photoshop for Newbies.  I am SO excited that you’ve allowed me to be the lucky lady that introduces you to Photoshop.

Prepare to have your MIND BLOWN!  Hee Hee.  I have been using different versions of Photoshop for close to 10 years.  I am in no way an expert – but I get around ;0)  It has changed my life.  I use it to create family memory books, place cards for parties, editing photos for my blog, and a whole slew of other things.

This is my first time teaching an online class (thus the SUPER cheap price of the class!!) So if you notice any issues or annoyances PLEASE let me know so that I can fix it!  I’m available to you ANYTIME to answer questions.  I would rather walk you through an issue than have you walk away frustrated!  But – both fingers crossed – everything SHOULD run smoothly and, by the end,  you will be en empowered photoshop fanatic – like me. :0)

Here is the class itinerary:

Week 1: Basic Photo Editing

Week 2: Masking, Layering & Text Boxes

Week 3: Brushes

Week 4: Textures

I know that all of the terms I used are probably greek to you – but I will keep this first class VERY simple and VERY doable.


Before you Begin

A few things to keep in mind.

**When I’ve taken online classes in the past – I like to watch a bit – then pause the video and try it myself. That works for me. You could also open 2 windows side by side – one with the video and one with your elements dashboard and follow right along with me. If you’re super lucky – you can have the video playing on another device (ipad, another computer, etc.)

**Push pause as much as you need to!!  I will be going through the steps fairly slowly – but if you feel like you missed something or fell behind somewhere – just grab the slider bar at the bottom of the video and slide it left to back up a bit – or hit pause in the bottom left corner if you want a minute to just play with what you learned.

**Which leads me to my next point: EXPERIMENT!!  Play with the buttons that I’m showing you.  Practice, Practice Practice what I’m teaching you.  The more you play – the more you will retain!!

**I highly recommend using an external hard drive to store and organize your photos and all of the goodies that you will be getting with this class.  JPEG files (pictures and patterned papers) are very large files – and add to that the fact that Photoshop is a very large program.  Your computer can start to run slow if you have to much stored on it.  So – just a suggestion. :0)

 Let’s start at the very beginning

{A very good place to start} 

Video 1 is “The Grand Tour”  

It will guide you through the different pallets and tools that you will see when you open up your Photoshop program.  {Just push the play button in the middle of the image below:}

Now that you are a little more familiar with the layout of the program – let’s get started!

Click HERE to begin lesson 1: Photo Editing.



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