Start Right Here!
The stories of your life are precious. More than likely, you love taking photos of the big and small things in your life. You love writing and recording, savoring and saving. And also more than likely you've got that backlog of photos you've been meaning to do something with (that's actually why I got started). After all, photos only take on significance when people look at them. Time to dig them out of whatever drive or CD or phone or random spot they're in, and make something amazing!
(Note : If you already own Up & Running from the archived classes, this content is the same.)
Our Goal: Introduce the Benefits of Digital Scrapbooking
There are lots of reasons to love digital Scrapbooking from the instant sharing to being able to create custom art. we hope you'll love it all too!
You can use your computer and Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to create gorgeous projects that showcase your photos and words, AND share them online instantly with family and friends all over the world.
Print Albums & Keepsakes
You can print your digital scrapbook pages individually, or transform them into photo albums as keepsakes or gifts. I'll share resources to help you get perfect prints and photo books every time.
Grow Your Skills, Spread Your Wings
This is the big one. It should be written in big red letters and then underlined 1,000 times. The best thing about learning how to use Photoshop, is the learning. The skills you'll gain through the class series here will last you a lifetime, and you'll be amazed at all the things you're able to do (posters, flyers, kids' school projects, announcements, home decor, you name it). Those creative wings are just waiting to unfurl, and it all starts right here.
What To Expect In Class
All of the classes here at Jessica Sprague come with gorgeous video instruction, broken down into project-based lessons and individual tasks within each lesson. This bite-sized approach to Photoshop makes it easy to understand, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 30 minutes at a time! During this introductory course, I'll show you how to:
Set up Photoshop (or Elements) for digital scrapbooking
Open and close photos and Photoshop documents
Create a digital scrapbook page using a single-photo "Quickpage"
Create a digital scrapbook page using a two-photo "Quickpage"
Use the Type tool to add single lines and paragraphs of text
Save your file for print
Save your file for sharing online
How To Prepare for Class
The prerequisites for this class are Digital 1 and Digital 2. You'll need a computer with internet access, and have any version of Photoshop Elements 9+ or Photoshop CS5+ installed. Adobe offers a free 30-day trial of these programs in its latest version.
I'll Be Right There With You
The Digital 1: We've Just Begun course is the first installment of the Jessica Sprague Digital courses!. By the end of class, you will have learned new Photoshop techniques including how to set up a digital scrapbooking page! How awesome is that? We love to see your photos and cherished albums, and with every Jessica Sprague course, there are many different ways to get in touch to show off your art, or ask a question! Register now, and I'll see you in class!
Hi there! I'm Jessica Sprague, owner and instructor here at Jessica Sprague. I founded Jessica Sprague in 2007 to share the creative potential of Photoshop for crafting. I've been teaching Photoshop and graphic design, photo editing, digital scrapbooking, e-commerce, and online school development for a decade. It's my goal to help you build the skills and knowledge that will last you a lifetime. Learn more about me. Are you ready to start the journey? Join me!
"It made photoshop so easy to use. going into photoshop "blindly" can be very intimidating. Having someone simplify it is awesome!"
- Digi 1 Student
Photoshop Elements Layout 1: "Picture Perfect"
PSE Your First Digital Layout: Introduction and Downloads (1:25)
PSE 1.1: Photoshop Elements Setup (3:36)
PSE 1.2: Open & Add a Photo (9:09)
PSE 1.3: Type a Date (7:34)
PSE 1.4: Type in a Text Block (3:35)
PSE 1.5: Save Your Layout in .psd and .jpg Formats (6:35)
PSE 1.6: Save Your Layout for the Web (5:43)
PSE: Lesson Summary & Assignment
Photoshop CC Layout 1: "Picture Perfect"
Photoshop CC Your First Digital Layout: Introduction and Downloads (1:23)
Photoshop CC 1.1: Set up Photoshop CC (1:26)
Photoshop CC 1.2: Open & Add a Photo (8:20)
Photoshop CC 1.3: Type a Date (4:56)
Photoshop CC 1.4: Type in a Text Block (4:07)
Photoshop CC: Lesson Summary & Assignment
Photoshop CC 1.5: Save Your Layout in .psd and .jpg Formats (7:36)
Photoshop CC 1.6: Save Your Layout for the Web (5:34)
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I know if Photoshop / this class is right for me?
If you're not sure whether you'll LOVE this class (and Photoshop), head to Adobe and download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CC for this class. If it's not for you, contact us within 30 days of your purchase for a full refund. Nothing better than no-risk, right?
What version of Photoshop do I need?
This class is designed for Photoshop Elements 9+ OR Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC.
What skill level is this class?
This class is designed for beginners - if you've never opened Photoshop before, or you've opened it and gotten frustrated, this class is for you!
What You'll Get
Detailed HD Screencasts, Delivered by a Pro
All of the classes here at Jessica Sprague come with gorgeous video instruction, broken down into project-based lessons and individual tasks within each lesson. This bite-sized approach to Photoshop makes it easy to understand, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 30 minutes at a time! You can see first hand what I'm demonstrating, then try it for yourself right there! The freedom to rewind, relisten, and rewatch makes this course easy to follow, even with the most complex techniques. I'm right beside you the whole way!
Techniques You'll Use Forever
As a scrapbooker, instructional designer, and graphic designer, I teach techniques you'll find most useful, most interesting, and which deliver the best results throughout every layout you make. You'll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create scrapbook pages that make your heart sing! I love watching pages come together, and I LOVE seeing students' work! I can't wait to see yours! Let's unfurl those creative wings together, right here!
Everything But the Photos
All you need for this class are your photographs! I'll provide downloads for everything you'll need to complete each project. In addition to the lesson projects, I'll offer challenges, extra information, links, downloads, and other materials designed to enhance your experience and deepen your understanding of how to use Photoshop. This is about YOU - your investment in yourself, and I can't wait to share what I know!
Permanent Access, at Your Pace
You'll take the class completely at your own pace (you never need to be online at a specific time), and all of the course materials are available to you FOREVER.
Register now! I can't wait to see you in class!
Get started now!