I’ve had thousands of people read and share my post series “Growing Your Blog with Pinterest: The Ultimate Guide” – and most of what I’ve written has been about content: how to write posts that are helpful to readers, so they’ll want to share them with others.
But these posts have overlooked one critical thing: Pinterest is about the images.
I’m fully aware that not everyone is a designer, but everyone can use professional tools to “step up their game” and make their blog posts sparkle. That’s why I’m starting a post series on Photoshop Elements for Bloggers. This series will take you from Zero to Proficient in Photoshop Elements, with a focus on integrating words and images.
Everyone knows about Photoshop, the professional grade tool for manipulating images. I use it for my blog and web design work every day. But not everyone has $480 to shell out for a copy of Photoshop.
Enter…Elements. It’s a step down from Photoshop in terms of functionality, but it does everything a regular blogger would ever dream of – and more. The price tag is the best part. At around $80, it’s definitely an investment, but it won’t break the bank.
A Project Based Approach
While it may be nice to have an encyclopedic reference at your disposal, like “How to do everything you ever dreamed with Photoshop Elements,” most of us simply don’t have the time to dedicate to reading a 200 page owner’s manual…and then figuring out how to apply it to what we really want to do.
I’m here to give you the basics. To go step-by-step through creating images that will make your posts sparkle, so you can be proud of everything you’re publishing on your blog.
Lessons in this Series (so far!)
- Introduction: Welcome to Photoshop Elements for Bloggers!
- Lesson 1: Introduction to the Elements Organizer
- Lesson 2: Organizer Tips for Bloggers
- Lesson 3: Getting to Know the Elements Editor
- Lesson 4: How to Crop + Resize Photos for Your Blog
- Lesson 5: How to Resize Multiple Photos (at one time!)
- Lesson 6: All About Layers
- Lesson 7: Basic Photo Edits: Removing Color Cast
- Lesson 8: Basic Photo Edits: Adjusting Levels
- Lesson 9: Basic Photo Edits: Touch-Ups (whitening teeth, fixing under-eye circles)
- Lesson 10: Sharpening Your Photos
- Lesson 11: Adding Text to Photos
- Lesson 12: Watermarking Your Images
- Lesson 13: Workflow Overview
- Lesson 14: Creating a Photo Collage
- Lesson 15: Using Actions as Shortcuts
- Lesson 16+: TBA
How do I sign up?
I want to make this series accessible to everyone who wants to join in. If you’ll do these three things, you’ll stay in the loop with every new post as they’re published, plus you’ll know about everything else that’s going on here:
- Pin this post (via the image above) to let other bloggers know about this workshop.
- Subscribe to my mailing list and get lots of fun (and FREE) tips for growing your blog while staying true to your personal style. Don’t worry, I hate spam too.
- “Like” my Facebook Page and write a quick note to let me know you’re on board.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. It’s free.
What do I need to participate?
Just a copy of Photoshop Elements installed on your computer. If you already have it, then great! Just join in. If not, you’ll need a copy of the program and I’d appreciate you using my affiliate link to purchase it. It’s the cheapest price you’ll find, and it helps me out as well.
(BTW – I’ll be using Elements 10, though if you have a copy that’s a few years old, it should work fine as well. A few people have asked about Elements 11, which just came out in October. I’m sure that for the features I’ll be teaching, there won’t be a noticeable difference between 10 and 11.)
Drop me a note in the comments below or leave a note on my Facebook page. Definitely let me know if there’s a specific skill you’d like to learn. I can’t wait to work with you!