Welcome to week one!

PSE10 Week 1 with Kelly Parke

PSE10 presentation for week 1 with Kelly Parke

Resource links:
Adobe Photoshop Toolbar Evolution
Adobe FAQ
Adobe Creative Cloud
PSE10 Classroom In A Book
Thumb Drive 


  • Review chapter 1 and questions on page 25
  • Read Chapters 2 & 3
  • Gather your most favorite 5 – 10 photos and transfer to your thumb drive for next week (must have thumb drive so we can put your own personal files on there)
  • Be thinking of some fun memes you can make with photos from home
  • Get ready for an intense 5 hours on organizing and tagging…
    there will be chocolate 🙂
  • See you all Sept. 28!

Thanks so much for attending our first PSE10 class! You all impressed me with your ability to learn quickly and feel comfortable with the Elements interface. This is a very good step because it gets fairly intense for the next couple of classes. Please utilize resource links listed above and through the Elements application, as well as help resource options on pages 4 & 23 of your textbook. If you have created an Adobe I.D. and have a Photoshop.com account, you can also access help by clicking Products/Photoshop Elements, then at the bottom of the page, click the Get Satisfaction link.

For those problems and questions that weren’t addressed in class, they are posted here:

Q: What are lab hours?


Lab Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-3 and 5-8

Please be aware that I.T. classroom instruction will be taking place (bring your earbuds). Avoid Tuesdays, space is very limited on that day.
For your convenience, you might consider purchasing PSE10 for use at home purchase Photoshop Elements 10 for $99. Please check the Tech Specs tab to make sure your computer can support this application.

Your heaviest homework will be for weeks 2, 3, 6 and 8. All homework will need to be completed by your week 9 class on Nov. 16.

Q: Should I buy PSE10 if I have PS Master at home?

A: *UPDATED INFO* No. We now have the lab open for your convenience!
Lab Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-3 and 5-8
Knowing how to work in the PSE organizer and editor are requirements of this class, so for your convenience, you may consider having the software on your home computer, but it is not required. Personally, I like having both – depending on the project. Both programs offer different things. Check out this handy comparison chart on about.com

Q: Adobe ID and personal url: can this enable you to import photos online into my catalog?

A: Yes. Your Adobe ID allows access to Photoshop.com, where they do indeed let you use it as FTP space, but also BACKUP and the ability to sync across multiple devices. It has been years since I’ve used the beta for this website. No longer a beta – this site is robust and meets industry standards for photo sharing. It looks to be a convenient compliment to your PSE10 class – accessible at the top of the Elements “organize”, “edit” or “home” panels.
Please see screen caps below:

pse photoshop.com adobe i.d. sync screen

PSE/Photoshop.com/Adobe ID sync screen

If at any time you want to change these settings, go into Adobe Elements Organizer 10 preferences and adjust to your needs

pse photoshop.com  sync preference settings

PSE/Photoshop.com sync preference settings

To learn more about the option to sync your photoshop.com account with PSE10 access in class, check out this help link.
If you get stuck, please take a screen shot of your problem and email it to me and we will address it in class.

Q: Why won’t the Cookie Cutter Tool let me make a tattoo?

A: First, you have to fill your layer with the color you want your tattoo to be; I used the paint bucket to fill with this bright blue

Cookie Cutter Tool - color layer

Cookie Cutter Tool – color layer

select your cookie cutter tool and shape, then drag over your blue area (use shift if you want it constrained) then release. If the shape is to your liking, click on the green checkmark – if not – click on the delete icon.

Cookie Cutter Tool - colored shape fill

Cookie Cutter Tool – colored shape fill

Adjust from there with other tools to make it look like it’s on skin. We’ll learn more about layers in week 3, editing in week 5 and masking in week 6.

Q: Why was my file locked in the folder on my hard drive? This is the same photo I imported into PSE, organized, tagged and edited.

A: While I could not duplicate this problem on my home computer – it opened while I tagged it in organizer and had it open in editor. My research turned up the same solution I came up with in class: uncheck the locked status in the info window. Since that didn’t work, it may be because we are not licensed to edit that photo. Next week I will have a chance to check out the file in more detail on the class computer and run it past I.T. to see about permissions.

Q: Path or magic wand? What’s the difference?

A: The path tool is a function of Photoshop, not Photoshop Elements. It is a powerful non-printing vector drawing tool that uses lines, rather than pixels. This is one of my favorite PS tools because you can re-use it over and over for various artistic and editing purposes. This is a standard for isolating product images from their background in order to place into other media for layout design – or to manipulate the image as a whole (IE: making a selection from the path and flipping an isolated section). Once a photo is imported into a layout program (like InDesign) the path can be used whether it’s outlined or not. For true vector control, exclusive to logo creation best practices for professionals, I recommend Adobe Illustrator.

The magic wand selects pixels – more or less depending on the tolerance you set. The Magic Wand is a great option for selection in most images for online use – where the path tool and even AI is overkill for average home use. QuickMasking utilizes the same technology to isolate images and shapes for editing, but it will never have a cut edge like a vector. There are several variations of the wand and other selection tools – and they are all pixel-based for instant selections.

For more information about vector paths in Photoshop, see my article here.

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