Welcome to the first day of class.
In this lesson we will be setting up our Photoshop Elements (PSE) workspace and using a hybrid template to make our first card.
A PSE template is similar in some ways to any other craft template. It shows the outlines of the various pieces needed to create a card, but there are some important differences.
The PSE template is created in layers – where each shape has its own space in the document. Each shape can be altered or duplicated or even temporarily shut off. Also, digital supplies, like digital papers, can be quickly and easily added to each shape independently. Once you add the digital papers to your shapes, you simply print the pieces, cut them out and assemble the card. The next time, you can use completely different digital supplies and create a whole new card with the same template.
When you download your template, you’ll find several documents. We will be using the JPG to get a peek at how pieces are meant to fit together. We will also be using the hybrid version of the .PSD files to make our card. (The other .PSD file can be used to make a purely digital version of the card and includes digital shadowing. )
Remember that these templates are a jumping off point and that we’ll be adding more digital and traditional supplies to our cards to make them more personal and creative. We’ll also be using more complex templates as the course goes on.
For this class, I’ve also created a digital mini kit for your use. Feel free to mix and match any of the papers and other elements to create your projects. Of course you can also use any digital supplies you already own.
Digital kits are large, so you’ll be downloading zipped files. Just click on the links below and download the materials to your hard drive. They are broken down into several files to make downloading easier.
Go ahead and unzip your files. Inside the folders you’ll find digital papers, labels and sentiments. As the class goes forward, you’ll also be downloading some additional digital supplies. In the first class video, we’ll be using some of these supplies to create your first card.
Here are your initial kit downloads:
Please note that I used PSE 6 to create these videos, so if you have a later or earlier version of Photoshop Elements, the interface may look a little different. If you have any questions, just post them in the class thread in the forum and we’ll help you out. For those of you that are totally unfamiliar with Photoshop Elements and downloaded the PSE11 free trial, I have a short video at the end of this post to help you get set up. PSE11 has a fancy new interface that looks a bit different.
Lesson 1, Video 1: Getting Started
In this video, we’ll cover setting up the PE workspace and how to open a template document.
Just click the link below to start the video:
Lesson 1, Video 2: Basic Template Use
In this video, we’ll add different digital supplies to the template – click below.
Lesson 1, Video 3: Printing your Template
In this video, we’ll set up our color management and other print setting and print the document.
Video 3: Printing your Template
If you would like to chat about these lessons, feel free to post in our Hybrid Card Class Thread.
In the next lesson, we will start altering digital supplies to better fit templates and we will have our first hybrid card challenge – so be sure to check back on Thursday.
Set up video for new Photoshop 11 users
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