This online course is 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

The actual time commitment involved in completing any given lesson can vary significantly based on a number of factors including reading speed, familiarity with the topic, related experience, the amount of time spent completing optional assignments, and involvement with discussion board. For planning purposes we suggest setting aside 2 hours per lesson as a starting point.

Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer II

Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer II

Bring out the best in your digital images! If you have a basic working knowledge of Adobe's Photoshop Elements, these lessons will help you take your skills to the next level. Gain ability and confidence as you master the advanced features of this award-winning software, specifically designed for photo enthusiasts. Packed with hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, this course will make you an accomplished user in just a few weeks. 

Adobe combines the power of their award-winning technology with the ease of use and quick results you want. You'll be amazed at how effectively you can use artistic filters, layering techniques, and advanced editing tools. Before long, you'll be creating collages, turning images into text, merging images, and restoring old photos like a pro.

Photoshop Elements gives you room to grow while allowing you to create exciting effects right from the beginning. Because it offers you more features and tools than you'll find in simpler programs, it broadens the options available to you as an amateur photographer. With the techniques you'll learn here, you'll be able to edit and enhance your photos with ease, and you'll have the power to transform any shot from "okay" to "wow!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

A Photographer's Workflow
Photoshop Elements is an excellent program for photographers to enhance and edit digital images, and in this class, we'll move into the advanced features for photographers. In the first lesson, we'll dive into a workflow for digital editing. Photographers often wonder where to start when working with an image, so today, you'll get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Portrait Perfection Tools
In this lesson, we'll look at tools you can use to perfect portraits. Although you can use these tools to fine-tune any type of image, you'll find them especially helpful with the detail work associated with portraiture. You'll see how to smooth away wrinkles with the Surface Blur filter, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown! If only it were so easy in real life. . . .

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Distortion for Photographers
Distortion. It's not something you'd think would be desirable in photography, but with the options in Elements, you'll discover how distortion can help you work wonders! In this lesson, you'll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools. You'll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you'll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Elements.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Restoring Old Photos
By this point, you'll be familiar with lots of the options Photoshop Elements provides for editing images. In this lesson, we'll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs. You'll see how to turn back the effects of time as well as how to add hints of color to black-and-white images.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Text Variations and Clip Art
Many computer programs allow you to include clip art in your documents. But did you know that with Photoshop Elements, you can make your own? In today's lesson, you'll see how to extract small portions of a photograph without any surrounding border and how to use them in other images and documents. You'll also find some great ways to merge text and imagery to create outstanding photographic impressions and how to customize the Elements panel display.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Artwork, Effects, and Filters
Editing your images isn't all about painstaking details and procedures. It can be a lot of fun, too! Photoshop Elements offers countless special effects, filters, and styles that you can use to show off your images. In this lesson, we'll explore how to add frames, backgrounds, clip art, and shapes to expand your creativity. You'll see how to sharpen and blur photos as well as how to salvage an image with these miraculous fixes!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Layers and Layer Styles
Working with layers is one of the most powerful aspects of Photoshop Elements. In this lesson and the next, you'll see how layers work from beginning to end. You'll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You'll also put the Smart Brush tools to work with quick edits that leave you with stunning images.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Patterns and More Layers

As we continue our discussion of layers in this lesson, you'll see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Elements' tabbed windowing feature. Photoshop Elements with layers is like supercharging a race car—and you'll be in the driver's seat. You'll also have a chance to work with Photoshop Elements' features, Text on Shape and Text on Custom Path—it just gets better and better!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Moving Pictures
So far, we've done a lot with still photos, but in this lesson, we'll look at moving pictures. You'll see how to create an animated presentation from a sequence of images. And if that isn't enough, you'll also see how to create dazzling slideshows with animation, text, and music to showcase your images.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Bigger Pictures
In this lesson, you'll learn how to achieve beautiful ranges of color and contrast (sometimes referred to as High Definition Range) by combining multiple exposures of the same subject using Photomerge Exposure. We'll also discuss how to enlarge any image, correct vignettes, and create custom, colored borders of many sizes and shapes around your work. Your friends and family will be impressed by the professional-looking enlargements you create!

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Merging Images
Panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots. But did you know that you don't need a special camera or lens to get these shots? Today you'll see how the Photomerge feature in Elements helps you blend several photos to provide seamless panoramic imagery, as well as other Photomerge options. We'll also look at some quick options for watermarking groups of photos all at once, including the Elements Recompose tool—an exciting feature with fast and easy results—as well as the new Content Aware Move tool.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Tools, Tricks, and Raw Images
Our last lesson will fill you in on a few remaining tools, like the Cookie Cutter tool and the Shape tools, and you'll see how to use both to create more variations of clip art. You'll also work with Adobe's Camera Raw tool and discover the benefits of working with these large, uncompressed files. You'll find yourself with lots of knowledge and hours of practice under your belt as you finish up this class about the advanced features of Photoshop Elements.

Adobe Photoshop Elements (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.10.

Note: This course is written using the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome, but will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversions—which are included in the course material. Teaching staff has Mac software and equipment available and can help troubleshoot with Mac students to complete course material if necessary.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be emailed typically 1-2 weeks later.

Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by WatSPEED.

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