Photoshop Elements Class

Denver Flower Mashup
Denver Flower Mashup

This Pièce de résistance for the Photoshop Elements class I took yesterday. It is not that useful for quiltmaking, but I am pleased that it came out well and is pleasing to the eye. I also learned a lot in that class and this piece shows a lot of what I learned.

I am so glad that people came out and took the class. I was nervous up until earlier this week when Lynn sent me a note saying 12 people had signed up. I wasn’t sure the class would go forward, but it did. I think everyone learned a lot. I think that Lynn put in the right amount of information.

Lynn Koolish teaches a variety of different classes, but they all seem to relate to printing on fabric, fabric dying and other fabric manipulation techniques. Lynn works at C&T Publishing as an editor. She contributes to the C&T Blog and teaches as well.

One of the things I wanted to learn was how to put multiple images into one space. I don’t always want to load 37 images that you, my dear reader, would also have to load, especially if I really want you to get the flavor of what I am discussing. I learned how to do that and the example above has that technique. In that case, I used the same image and put it into one file multiple times.

I also learned how to deal with layers, which was very confusing to me until yesterday. In the photo above, I was able to flip each image, because they were in different layers.

Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions

The reason the above is called Breakfaast of Champions is because the image started out as a picture of my breakfast. First we talked about various things you could do with color such as replacing color. I changed the colors using saturation and hue, etc so that my breakfast turned lovely shades of purple and blue. We also talked about different filters and effects, which is how I ended up with the spiky kind of image above. It is tempting to think of making it into a quilt, but I don’t know if I have it in me to do the colorwork required. Nice thought, though.

I also learned about adding text to an image. I don’t know why it seemed so scary before, but it isn’t scary.

Denver Flower Mashup 2
Denver Flower Mashup 2

By the end of the class, I felt pretty confident. I am not expert, of course, but I have some confidence, so I changed the frame (from above photo) to see what the difference in look would be.


Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

7 thoughts on “Photoshop Elements Class”

  1. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the class and got a lot out of it. Do you think they’ll do another one? I would have loved to take it, but I had just gotten back from Yosemite and was recovering from the big Half Dome hike. I love Elements, though, and want to learn more about it.

    1. They were pretty excited about the response and said they would like to do another one. I bet you could call or email and express interest or have them notify you when they start a new one. You might also check Lynn Koolish’s site. She said she has a newsletter that announces classes she is teaching.

  2. Thanks for arranging the photoshop class. I learned a lot too. Lynn is a good teacher. I like the signature you are now embedding in the images you post on your blog. It should make it more difficult for others to steal your hard work.

  3. Thanks for the info on SeamedUp… it sounds like the quilter’s version of Ravelry, which I love (I’m also a knitter/crocheter).
    Jane Brocket’s The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking was one of the first quilty books I purchased. It’s very inspirational and made me look at the world as a design board.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      I love the image of looking at the world as a design board! Wonderful. SeamedUp was inspired by Ravelry. I hope you join and link up with me there. Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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