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FREE Photoshop Class - Photoshop Top 5

June 18-22 I am teaching a brand-new, FREE class at JessicaSprague.com. In honor of our 5th birthday, I’ve chosen 5 indispensible techniques and created projects to teach them - I call it the Photoshop Top 5, and I hope you’ll join me in the free class! I am biased, I’ll freely admit that. But if I had to teach only 5 things to everyone in the world, things I feel like ANYONE can find useful now and forever, these are the 5 things. This class is perfect for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!

Project 1: Edit a Photo

One of Photoshop’s core functions - it says it in the name - is to enable you to edit photos. Then why isn’t it easier to take a photograph from GOOD to GREAT in a few steps? In this project I’ll show you how to go from this photo:

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To this one - awesome! A gorgeous tinted black and white with tons of detail and clarity. It isn’t hard, but it isn’t obvious, either - several different commands and palettes are involved, and I’ll show you how in Project 1!

Project 2: Digital Scrapbook Quick Page

A quick page in digital scrapbooking terms is a page that’s been pre-designed for you - so all you need to do is drop in a photo or two, add some text, and you’re done! So why do I think this is an essential technique? Because of the two key elements you learn WHILE you’r making this page:

  1. How to combine images together into a single document to work with
  2. How to use the Type tool

In Project 2 we’ll take the photo we edited and add it to a digital Quickpage, like so:

I’ll show you how to install and stamp that journaling brush, AND how to add type to the date tag and the journaling lines. Plus, of course, the page itself is a great FREEBIE you can use again and again. (Courtesy of Dani Mogstad, Pink Paislee, and Echo Park) Love!

Project 3: Add Frames & Texture to Photos

In addition to being able to make your photos GREAT, Photoshop also enables you to get creative and artistic with your pictures! You can add type, brushes, frames, and textures to create gorgeous works of art! Here’s the photo we’ll be working with to add a clipping mask, a frame and two textures, to create a gorgeous beach scene:

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So lovely - perfect for adding to the front of a card or for framing and hanging in your home!

And speaking of CARDS - let’s check out Project 4!

Project 4: Create a Card

Let’s face it - some cards are works of art by themselves - better even than the gift. Invariably, those cards are handmade with love. You can use Photoshop for your hand-making and infuse some technology into your card-making process - and even add brushes and type to personalize before printing.

In this project, we’ll use clipping masks and embellishments to create a beautiful double-sided card your recipient will gasp over! Here’s the front:

And when you open the two flaps, there’s plenty of room for your sentiment and a personal note!

The materials here are from Dani Mogstad and Pink Paislee!

Project 5: Blog Header

A Top 5 class wouldn’t be complete without instructions on how to create your very own blog header using Photoshop and the Photoshop Brush tool! I can’t wait to show you how to create a gradient, add in photos and brushes, and save out your own customized header!

Register Now!

So are you IN? Will you join me on Monday the 18th of June for our week-long class? I can’t WAIT! Spread the word!

To register for the class, simply copy this Access Code: PSTOP52012

Then click here to enter it in our Gift Codes page, and you’re done!

I can’t wait to see you in class!

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