I’m Linda Sattgast, Adobe’s scrapbooking expert, and I’m here to tell you that you can learn digital scrapbooking using Photoshop Elements and learn it fast! (A full version of the class is also included for Photoshop CS4-CC)
Many scrapbookers are self-taught and never know about the holes in their knowledge. They’re amazed at the easier ways to do things and the shortcuts that save them time.
If you’ve had enough of random information gleaned here and there, or if you’ve never had the courage to create a page of your own, then you’re in the right place!
I’ve carefully constructed this class to give you a solid foundation in digital scrapbooking that will grow in a logical progression from the very first lesson—all the important information you’ll need is covered.
It’s a proven fact that people learn better when they practice what they’re learning, so after just a few short videos, you’ll start creating your own scrapbook pages. I promise I’ll make it drop-dead simple. (You’re going to love how beautiful your pages look!)
You’ll feel right at home after I introduce you to the Photoshop Elements program and desktop. I don’t assume you know anything, so relax and enjoy the tour! Find out what Preferences should be changed so you don’t run into confusion later on, and get acquainted with the key parts of Photoshop Elements—I’ll even show you how I customize the desktop to make working with it easier.
Once you’re feeling comfortable and ready to get started, we’ll cover four ways to open photos, including helpful keyboard shortcuts for opening more than one photo at a time. I’ll walk you through several ways to display your photos on the Photoshop Elements desktop so you can work with them better, and I’ll share my 3 most used and must-know keyboard shortcuts that will make viewing and working with your photos a piece of cake!
And finally, I’ll introduce you to the three main file formats we use in digital scrapbooking, and clear up the mystery of layers. (This is one of the most confusing concepts for newbies, but it’s really quite simple.)
I believe in learning by doing, so in this series of lessons, I’ll teach you some concepts and then give you a chance to try them out yourself—by making your first scrapbook page! Here’s what we’ll cover:
Next I’ll walk you step by step through creating your first scrapbook page, including adding some fun word art. By now, you’ve already learned the skills you need to do this, but I’ll review and demonstrate all the steps again so you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything as you work. (It’s a rockin’ page, and you’re going to have fun with it!)
The last lesson in this section will show you how to save your brand new page as a layered document that you can open and adjust at any time.
Once you start creating pages, you’ll want to post them in our online gallery and enjoy the encouraging comments from your fellow scrappers. You’ll learn:
Almost every scrapbook page has a title and journaling or quote. Let your page or card stand out from the pack with well crafted type that follows best practices. You’ll learn how to:
You’ll also get to put your new skills to use as you create your 2nd scrapbook page.
P.S. From now on, you’ll be building a brand new scrapbook page with each of these units. This will give you confidence as you move forward and make sure that everything you learn will be cemented in your mind for the future.
In this section, I’ll introduce you to the versatile Marquee and Lasso selection tools. You’ll learn the answer to one of the top questions newbies ask, which is how to crop a single layer within your document. (Hint: Don’t use the Crop tool.)
You’ll practice using selections by creating a whimsical star and a cute notched ribbon.
We’ll also cover drop shadows and layer styles in this section. You’ll learn how to install the drop shadow layer style I created for you, which lets you add a drop shadow to any layer by just double clicking on a style. (These are drop shadows that actually look good as opposed to the default shadows that come with Photoshop Elements.)
In this lesson you’ll graduate from using the simplest of scrapbook templates (PNG templates) to creating your pages with Grayscale templates, which put YOU in the driver’s seat, giving you the artistic freedom to change the design, if you wish. You’ll also:
In other words, you’ll be taking more and more control of your scrapbook page and feeling totally confident doing it!
Do you know the difference between vector and pixel images? In this section we’ll explore the amazing Shape tools, including the Custom Shape tool. You’ll practice combining and manipulating shapes to create an elegant journaling mat that you’ll use on the scrapbook page for this section.
You’ll also learn how to create stroke outlines that are attached to a layer as a layer style or that stand alone on separate layers. A stroke outline can often be the finishing touch for a scrapbook page, so you’ll be glad to have this design element in your bag of scrapbooking tricks.
By now you’re already creating awesome scrapbook pages, but there’s more fun to come in this section on color and duplicating!
You’ll learn how to choose a color and fill part or all of a layer with color using some handy dandy shortcuts. (Avoid the Paint Bucket tool for this. These shortcuts are so much easier and more effective.) And you’ll learn how to use Hue/Saturation to change color and preserve texture at the same time, giving you many more options.
Then learn the six (count them!) methods to duplicate something in Photoshop Elements. I use different methods at different times, and so will you, which is why it’s good to know your options! Knowing and exercising your choices is what sets you apart as a confident scrapbooker.
Our last section will focus on the Brush tool. I’ve included 5 brush sets for you to practice with. You’ll learn how to:
And now, at last, you’ll be creating your final page from scratch! No template, just you and the kit. (I’ll give you some guidance, of course.) This will be page #7 in this lesson series, so by now you’ll be ready and raring to go!
By this time you’ll hardly remember what it felt like to blunder around in Photoshop Elements! You’ll be confident and capable and ready to jump out of the nest and fly on your own. If you never learned another thing, you’d still be able to move ahead on your own, creating wonderful scrapbook pages!
Right now, your investment in becoming a confident and competent scrapbooker is only $57 with Forever Access to the classroom.
I know I could charge a lot more for the 60 videos, step-by-step written manuals, and generous kit, templates, graphics, and other goodies, but I want it to be affordable for anyone who is ready to learn. I can’t guarantee that this terrific price will last forever, so don’t delay—sign up now!
I believe so strongly that you’ll love this class and become a better scrapbooker that I’m offering a 30 day, no-questions-asked, money-back-guarantee.
If you’re not completely satisfied, just ask, and we’ll refund you. That’s how easy it is.
Don’t hesitate—give yourself the gift of learning with my Learn Digital Scrapbooking class!
Love and scrapbooking success,