Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photoshop Skinny Mini eCourse from Kim Klassen

While I have been using Photoshop Elements 7 for about a year and a half now, I still consider myself a beginner. I am using the PSE Organizer to rate and tag my photos and have used the PSE Editor to edit photos and create digital layouts. However, I know there is much I have to learn and was delighted to learn about Kim Klassen's free 10-day course which started last week.

The first lesson involved cropping photos and adding text. I had fun playing with a couple of photos and choosing a color from the photo for my text.

Then we learned about blend modes, opacity, and adjustment layers. I've played around a little with the levels adjustment, but I was thrilled to learn more about it and how to make my photos better. Here are two photos that I edited - first, the original photo, then my edited version.




I am especially pleased with this last photo because my first impression of the Bow River in the summer time was how green it was. I'd only ever seen the river frozen until last summer and the color was a pleasant shock to me. This photo truly brings out my first glimpse of the river.

8 comments:

Alison said...

WOW! What differences in the 'altered' photos...I have to look into this -one of my goals for this year was to learn how to use Photoshop, but so far that has not come to fruition. Thanks for stopping by!
Alison xx

Karen said...

I was amazed when I first learned what a difference a bit of adjustment in Levels could do for a photo! Yours are proof!

Tammy said...

I love PSE. While I don't edit every single photo, I do think that most digital images can benefit from levels adjustments! I have often thought about using PSE to tag and sort my photos but the time involved...I've just never gotten over that hurdle. One of these days, I will need to do it though. Enjoy the rest of the class!

Sian said...

I am in awe of the capabilities of PSE! It's the most amazing tool.

That last photo looks fantastic after you edited it. Really nice job!

Ellyn said...

wow, very cool. someday I am going to find time to learn all of this

furrypig said...

the effects on your photos is great, that last shot is simply breathtaking!

MonicaB said...

These effects look great. I really need to make time to learn more about PSE.

Rebekah said...

Neat pictures!! I'm hoping to dig into my Photoshop Elelments. I think I have version 5. I want to use it to tag my photos too!