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Photoshop Elements tip sheet
August 15th, 2008

Created a tip sheet for Photoshop Elements ~ version 3 admittedly but still useful for later incarnations of the software. I am running a workshop for Year 6 students from a neighbouring primary school on Monday. They have been collaborating on a project with our Year 7 students. They would like to repair and modify some photographs, hence the workshop. You may find the tip sheet useful. It is a pdf file ~ about 1.3mb. I created it using Comic Life and ‘printed it to pdf’.

7 Responses to “Photoshop Elements tip sheet”

  1. Pat Says:

    I love the tips sheet! I use this program to do digital scrapbooking and sometimes try to teach people how to do this so I hope you don’t mind if I use your tip sheet. The only thing I do differently is to save the .psd file in case I want to do some editing later. Then I make a .jpg also. I have learned the hard way to save often because sometimes my computer freezes and if I hadn’t saved, I lose everything. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ken Ronkowitz Says:

    Thanks for sharing this.

    After several attempts to teach faculty Photoshop back about 8 years ago, I finally switched over to Elements which is still more than enough for most people and have found more success teaching it.

    I also point out to newbies that the photo editors provided in Windows or with Mac OS are often fine for simple cropping, brightness etc.

    For ambitious students who don’t have access to Photoshop, I recommend GIMP – an open source alternative to PhotoShop for image editing. Other graphics programs can be found under “image editors” at

  3. John Larkin Says:

    Pat and Ken

    Thank you for the feedback. Much appreciated. Pat, it is indeed a good idea to save that .psd file with its layers and styles. Glad to see the tip sheet is useful.

    Ken, Photoshop Elements is a great tool. I only miss those blue line guides which were so helpful in Photoshop. The fixed styles and layers components on the right are a bit annoying but I can handle that. I just hope Adobe can keep the price down for Elements. I tried Gimp yet I vaguely remember that something about the files it installed or that installation process made me feel uncomfortable. Some time back.

    Cheers, John.

  4. deb Says:

    Hi John,
    wondering if you can help, my daughter has to do an photography assignment – pop art, we have elements 6, she can find her way in doing the pop art thru elements but has only done the first 2 stages, is there any help with tips that you can share, or do you know of any manuels that can help.

    thank you


  5. John Larkin Says:

    Hi Deb
    Thank you for your inquiry. I am sorry that I cannot assist directly. There are tutorials and guides at these sites that may provide some direction and ideas:

    There is a Photoshop Elements worksheet and resources on this page as well…

    Cheers, John.

  6. wendy Says:

    hi john
    woundering if you had any website/workbooks as i have been teaching wet photography at a high school and am changing over to teach digital photography to year 11 & 12 student photoshop and elements need some worksheet if possible for tem 1 2009 or overviews thanks wendy

  7. fantady Says:

    Looks like a combination of Lightroom and iPhoto- . Is this an online or desktop app? I’ve requested in the past Adobe create a light viewer and something to do very basic edits. Hope this is that. i.e. Like Irfanview but Adobeized.