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Photoshop Elements: Essentials 1

Next Session: Jan 8 – Feb 4, 2018. This class has three weeks of instructions. The fourth week is dedicated to catch-up and practice.
Cost: $60. See “Special Offers” below.


Want to learn the top 10 essential Photoshop tasks for fiber artists and sewing enthusiasts? This is the class for you! This class focuses on those everyday Photoshop tasks you wish you knew how to do because it would make your creative day so much easier. The top 10 Photoshop tasks are listed to the right on this page. Click here for the list with visual aids!



Photoshop Elements: Essentials 2

Next Session: Feb 12 – mar 11, 2018. The fourth week is dedicated to catch-up and practice.
Cost: $60. See “Special Offers” below.


Want to learn Photoshop so that you can use it for your art, sewing, or any other project? Learn the basic tools you need to work with Photoshop and find out what layers are and why they are the secret to Photoshop. You’ll enjoy the learning process ’cause we work with “paper” dolls! This class is the continuation of Photoshop Essentials 1 and is suitable for Photoshop users who want a refresher course. Click here for detailed class information.

Photoshop Elements 3: Digital Designing

Next Session: Apr 16 – May 20, 2018. This class has four weeks of instruction. The fifth week is dedicated to catch-up and practice. Put your name on the notification list via our contact form to be put on a waiting list.
Cost: $125. Former PSE2 students receive a $25 discount on this inaugural class. Do NOT use the registration button to the right, if you are applying for a discount. (Contact us to apply for this discount.)

Explore the elements of design: form, color, line, and texture, and learn how to work with these elements digitally. Create a portfolio that will include your design samples. Course Requirements: Student must know how to use the basic tools of PSE and layers. A drawing tablet with stylus is required for this class. Consider taking our introductory course if you need to refresh your knowledge of PSE. Click here for more information.


Organize Your Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements

Next Session: TBA. Put your name on the notification list via our contact form.
Cost: $75. See “Special Offers” below.


Do you have hundreds (or even thousands) of photos, but you can’t find the one you’re looking for? Learn how to get your photos from camera/phone to computer, find your photos, and organize them in such a way that they’re easy to find. This class is suited for photographers, genealogists, artists, and pretty much anyone else who takes photos. Everyone is welcome in this class, but we specialize in adult learners! Click here for more information.


Special Offers:

  • Offer 1: Sign up for Photoshop Essentials 1 and 2 at the same time and save $20! Use the Combo button when registering.
  • Offer 2: Former students can repeat a class and pay 50% of the individual class rate! (Contact us to apply for this discount.)
  • Offer 3: Students who were enrolled in a previous PSE: Essentials 2 course receive a $25 discount when registering for the inaugural offering of “Photoshop Elements 3: Digital Designing.” (Contact us to apply for this discount.)

General Information:

  • Videos and handbook guide you through the course.
  • Individualized feedback helps you master the course content.
  • Class instructions last four weeks. The classroom opens one week early to allow students to get ready for class. The fourth week of class is designed to allow students to post their work, interact with other students, and receive extra instruction from the teachers.
  • The Pixeladies’ class website allows you to interact with other class participants. Go to after you register and receive your user name and login.
  • All classroom materials remain online for 6 months.
  • Refunds available until the day before class begins.
  • See below to confirm you if your version of Photoshop Elements is current enough to take this class.

What’s the difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (PSE)?

  • Photoshop Elements is the consumer version of Photoshop and is available for purchase online or in stores. Photoshop is the professional photo editing software and is now only subscription based.
    We demonstrate with Photoshop Elements.
  • Adobe tends to release a new version of Photoshop Elements EVERY fall. We will work with you if your version of PSE differs than the one we are currently using for class. However, we do NOT recommend using any version earlier than PSE 13 (and PSE 14 for Organizer).
  • Important: Organizer is only available with Photoshop Elements.
  • Important: Photoshop (CS or CC) can vary quite significantly from PSE. We do not recommend using Photoshop for the Essentials classes.

If you already own some version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements . . .

  • If you are taking the Essentials courses, anything prior to PSE 13 is dramatically different than newer versions of PSE. If you had difficulty using that version, you will have difficulty trying to learn on that earlier version. Buy the most recent version of PSE (currently PSE 15).
  • If you are taking the Organizer course, use PSE 14 or newer as the differences are dramatic between PSE 14 Organizer and earlier versions of PSE 14 Organizer.
  • Photoshop (any version). If you already use Photoshop, you probably don’t need to take the Essentials classes. However, we welcome all students and will try to give you tips on “translating” what we teach in PSE to your version of PS. The concepts are the same; the look and location of things differ.
  • Organizer is included in Adobe Photoshop Elements ONLY. It does not come with Photoshop.

If you do NOT own any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements . . .

  • You can find Adobe Photoshop Elements for sale at good prices at many of the big box stores like Costco. Photoshop Elements INCLUDES Photoshop Elements Organizer. Buy the most recent version of PSE (currently PSE 15).
  • You may see Adobe Photoshop Premiere Elements for sale. Do NOT purchase a stand-alone version of Premiere. We are not using Premiere. Premiere is the video editing software.
  • You can download a trial version of Photoshop Elements, but if you are enrolled in both PSE Essentials 1 and 2, the trial will run out before the class ends. Students have reported numerous (and frustrating) difficulties downloading the trial version.
  • Organizer is included in Adobe Photoshop Elements ONLY. It does not come with Photoshop.