Thursday, July 01, 2010

Photoshop Elements 8 - LVS Online Class


Hi Everyone!
I had the most wonderful time in my Photoshop Elements 8 - Part 1 class.
It is a 6 week online class taught by Sara Froehlich at LVS Online Academy.
I first met Sara about 4.5 years ago when I signed up for her classes to learn Photoshop Elements 4.
I just upgraded to version 8 and found a whole bunch of new tools that I could not wait to learn.
I immediately looked to see if Sara has new classes available and she does! Hooray!
What is even more fun this time around is that my husband Fred is taking the classes with me. He is excited to learn the program now that he is learning more about photography and the things he can create with his beautiful photos.
Here are some of my favorite things I created in class for the last 6 weeks...
As you can see above, Photoshop Elements 8 allows you to easily extract parts of your photos out to use in alone or in collages.
I grabbed my crocheted owls out of the photo above and my felted mushroom below and did some fun things them.


I love this composite I made of Emmitt investigating the poppies by selecting him out of one photo and adding him to the second.

Fred took both of these wonderful photos for me. :)


Here is one of Emmitt that I altered by taking the color out of everything except his sweater vest.


One of the many things that I love about Photoshop Elements is that there are about 20 different ways to do the same thing so you can find the ways that you like best and get really great results.
Here are two examples of a quick edit where I saturated the colors in both photos to make them pop a bit more than the originals.

before

after
before

after
I just love working with photos of the things that bring me so much joy in my life and adding new pizazz to them!
How fun!
I am so happy that in only a few more weeks Part 2 of the class will begin!
I cannot wait!
I promise to show you what I create!
xoxoxoxo
Melissa

14 comments:

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Hello's everyones!!!

So happy's to see the beautiful things going on over in yous neck of 'da woods!!
Melissa..
We's just loves yous little mushy rooms!! So cutes!!! Are 'dere little blue whistle peoples in 'deres called smurfs - SNORTS!!

Emmitts..
Yous looks cute as always in yous Mommys lovely sweaters and...
Note to Fred Man..
Great job on the photos..
Isn't it funs to play 'rounds wit 'da pictures!! Yous and Melissa do great jobs togethers wit da photo editings and colors!!
can yous photo edits Izzy outs of some of our pictures??????

SNORTS!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxo,
Josie, Anakin Man and IzZY

Sequoia & Petunia said...

We wil be checking in from the road to see part two!!!

Diane said...

Hi Melissa,
I love the poppy pic with EMmitt. So cute! How fun to have Fred take the class with you. I'm anxious to see what he creates too! xoxo Diane

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You are doing so very well with your photoshopping. Great job.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Hi M & E! An online Photoshop class??? Momma has been wondering if there's something like that. And where do you find all the time to knit, paint, create and now photoshop?? OY!

Love,
Stella, Gunther and Betty

Puglette said...

so much fun! photoshop is very confusing, a class sounds great! i love what you did with your examples.
hugs,
puglete
:o)

Laura said...

I love playing around on Photoshop too. There are so many things I don't use but would love to know how to use! Great job on what you've learned, Melissa!

Pearl said...

Melissa, what a fun class! I had no idea that you could take online classes for that.

Your pictures are always lovely. I think it's because your subjects are lovely, with or without the editing. :)

xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Melissa & Emmitt! Do you think you can edit the gimpyness out of my photos? I mean I'm cute and all but I don't want to look ill.

I love what you've done with the photos, especially the one with Emmitt and the flower. He is the best photo subject ever!

Stubby xoxo

Abby Creek Art said...

Hi Missy! Love the one of b&w Emmitt in his green sweater. Isn't Photoshop the best?!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Melissa
I am so happy for you and Fred that you can enjoy this class together. I have seen photos that you both have taken and they were already like magic.
What you two are going to be doing would be like a dream come true for mom- maybe someday, when she is not working - if that ever happens. dream, dream,,,
Go play and have a good time.
I love the before and after photos and cannot stop looking at what you and Fred have done.
love
tweedles

Arlo The Pug said...

Arlo and I love stopping by your blog to see what new projects you are working on! (And Arlo likes to see what Emmitt is up to.) All of the talented things you can do are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing them with us! Love, Penni and Arlo.

Diana Evans said...

oh what fun Melissa!!! sounds great and so nice that Fred is taking the classes too!!!

Have a wonderful long weekend!!!

Happy 4th!!!

Hugs
Diana

Peng Peng said...

wow... you're becoming a technical wizard!! photoshop is an amazing tool and it's a great thing to learn :)good 4 u!