Photoshop Elements

Sharron Mountain
Innovation, collaboration and excellence in the teaching of Visual Arts and Media Arts
Photoshop Elements is an essential program to edit and create basic graphics in your classroom. Learn to harness basic skills in image editing.
Target Audience
All ICT teachers especially Visual Arts and Technology teachers that wish to gain experience with this software.
36 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Photoshop Elements is an essential program to edit and create basic graphics in your classroom. Learn to harness basic skills in image editing, create gif images for websites, colour correction, and utilise the tools in Elements. Participants will become familiar with Photoshop Elements interface and tools.Photoshop Elements software is included on all laptops issued by the State Government and is a different program to the full version of Photoshop CS. On completion of this course participants will go away with a variety of tutorials, resources and ideas, which they can use in the classroom.This workshop is part of the ‘Laptop in the Classroom’ Series so bring your own laptop.


All ICT teachers especially Visual Arts and Technology teachers that wish to gain experience with this software.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (VIC) at this time.


Topic 1 - Introduction

No duration specified

- Standard Introduction Material (same for all courses)
- Brief Introduction to the Purpose of the Course
- Zip folder of all images required for the tutorials
- Introduction Forum

Topic 2 - Getting to Know Photoshop Elements

No duration specified

- Toolbox / GUI
PDF of Tools
- Basic Commands
Elements Editor mode – Full/ Quick/ Guided
Edit/ Create/Share
Opening in Full Edit mode
Creating a new blank file
Understanding Resolution and Print Output
Saving Images for the Web and Beyond
Windows, Panels and Layers
Making Selections & the Options bar
• Activity – Selection tools – Marquee, Lasso, Magnetic, Polygonal, Magic Wand, Quick Selections
• Screencast Highlighting Key Features of the Toolbox / GUI
• Cheat Sheet
• Check you Knowledge Quiz

Topic 3 – EDIT – Guided/ Quick/Full

No duration specified

Label Introducing Guided Edits three panels
PDF Tutorial
Screencast tutorial
- Activity - Guided Edits - Basic/ Advanced, Colour and Lighting, Camera Effects, Photo Play – Picture stack, Style Match, Automated Actions – using stock or participant image. Upload to forum to share and discuss.

Topic 4 – EDIT - Quick QUICK EDITS - Colour Corrections

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- Correct Colour in Quick Fix
Label Introducing Quick Fix
PDF Tutorial
Screencast Tutorial
- Red Eye Fix
Label Introducing Red Eye Fix
PDF Tutorial
• Layer Blending Modes
Label Introducing Layer Blending Modes
PDF Tutorial
Screencast Tutorial
• Activity – Layer Blending on Photo’s of Participant Choice – Upload to forum to share and discuss
• Activity – Design instructions / activity of how this might be used in the classroom.

Topic 5 – EDIT FULL - Image, Enhance, Adjustments and Cont

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- Full Edits – IMAGE (Dropdown Window)
Label Introducing Image (Dropdown Window)
PDF Tutorial
Screencast Tutorial
- Activity – on Photo’s of Participant Choice – Rotate, Transform, Resize, Mode
- Full Edits – ENHANCE (Dropdown Window)
Label Introducing Enhance (Dropdown Window) – Adjust Lighting, Adjust Colour – Upload to forum to share and discuss
PDF Tutorial
Screencast Tutorial
- Full Edits – FILTER (Dropdown Window & PANEL)
- Activity – on Photo’s of Participant Choice – Filter Adjustments (Panel & Dropdown Window) for Gradient Map, Invert, Threshold, Posterize and Photo Filter settings. - Upload to forum to share and discuss
• Contact Sheet II
Label Introducing Contact Sheet II
PDF Tutorial
Screencast Tutorial
• Activity – Participants make Contact Sheet from Image/ Enhance/ Adjustments examples and Upload to forum to share and discuss

Topic 6 - The Cookie Cutter and Simple Montages

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- Cookie Cutter
Label Introducing Cookie Cutter
PDF Instructions
Screencast Tutorial
- Montage
Label Introducing Montages (with Photo examples)
PDF Instructions
Screencast Tutorial

Activity – Discussion Forum (suggestion – where would participants use Montages in the classroom? Create a montage and upload. Develop Montage instructions for students to use, Develop a Youtube Video for students etc)

Topic 7 - Sharing your Images

No duration specified

• Web Photo Gallery
Label Introducing the Web Photo Gallery and its uses
PDF Tutorial

- Activity – sharing participant Web Photo Gallery through a forum.
- Additional resources
Moodle Webpage
- Using Software in Creative Arts
- PDF Upload/Moodle Webpage

Other areas to consider

No duration specified

Working in Digital Media (is this a check list for teachers? Could they complete this evaluation at the start and end of the course?)

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Photoshop Elements

The information was well structured. It did provide a good introduction to the features. The difficulty for me was being enrolled in this course, yet the product that I had to use with students was Photoshop version 9, 10 or 11 not elements. Giving instructions to students became confusing as the processes were not compatible.

Dorothy Kaye
by Dorothy Kaye on 14/05/2013

covered the basics plus a couple of nice effects to produce something impressive

About the team

Sharron Mountain


Sharron is a Visual Arts Educator and digital artist. Sharron holds a Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts and a Diploma in Education – Secondary studies. As an Art Educator, since 1993, Sharron has continued to develop her artistic skills, specializing in alternative digital and photographic mediums. Sharron has been teaching Photoshop, Animation and Photography courses to teachers and students, for over 10 years and has developed vocational Fine Art & iPad Art courses for K to 12 students at Art Club Kids.