Learn the basics of Photoshop Elements in this Seattle Photoshop class. Our focus will be on using Photoshop Elements to edit and improve pictures and other images. Sign up now  using the link below

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Photoshop Elements for Beginners
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  • NOTE: The class is held in a regular classroom (with a large high resolution monitor), not in a computer lab.
  • Students who would like to work along with the presentations should bring a laptop computer with Photoshop Elements installed.
  • You can download a trial version for free before the class from Adobe at this link. Just download and install it a few days before the first class meeting.

Looking for a beginning-level Photoshop class in Seattle that covers all of the basics but won’t break the bank?  In this step-by-step class, you’ll learn how to use the low-priced, user-friendly consumer version of Adobe Photoshop (Photoshop Elements) to:

    • fix color problems in photos
    • fix exposure problems
    • remove dust and scratches
    • make flyers, posters and business cards
    • copy and paste (take an element from one photo, and paste it into another)
    • add text to photos
    • use layers and channels
    • crop and rotate photos
    • change photos with artistic filters
    • and more.

The class includes several hours of group instruction, a set of before and after photos you can work from, and a set of handouts that recap the steps we’ll be going over in class to fix the photos so that you can refer to them later.

Whether you’re a home user or graphics professional using Photoshop Elements on the job, this Seattle Photoshop class will help you to quickly learn the basics.  Instructor: Nils Osmar


  • Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s.
  • He has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, Antioch University Heritage Institute, Wonder School, and Rekindle School.
  • Nils has been using Photoshop since 1992, and has taught Photoshop classes in Seattle since 1996.
  • He is the creator of a line of Photoshop-generated comic books which were published in the United States and Italy.


Hi Nils! I don’t have Photoshop yet. Is there a way to download a free version of Photoshop Elements to use in the class?

  • Yes. You can download a free trial copy to use during the class by going to this link

Is this a class for beginners or for advanced students?

  • It’s a class for beginners.
  • I’ll be assuming students don’t know anything about the program, and guiding them through its major features step by step.

What version of Photoshop will we be using in the class?

  • We’ll use the latest version of Photoshop Elements (whatever it may be at the time of the class).  

What if I have the professional (Creative Cloud) version of Photoshop ? 

  • You’re still welcome to attend the class. Many of the features are similar.  But you may have to search around a bit to find where the filters are located in the CC version. And there are some high-end features in the pro version we won’t be covering.

How is the class set up?

  • The group sessions consist of LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS projected on a screen for the whole group, using a laptop hooked up to a large high resolution monitor.
  • These demonstrations cover all elements of the program, from scanning to layers, channels, and filters, to the final output (print or web pages).
  • The instructor will show you photos “before and after” they were fixed or changed using Photoshop, and show you exactly how the changes and corrections were made, step by step. 

Is the class held in a computer lab?

  • No. It’s held in a regular classroom on the UW campus (using the projector as described above).

Why not hold it in a computer lab?

  • Our main reason is wanting to keep the class affordable. The cost of the leasing space in the lab, leasing the computers, and paying usage rights on multiple copies of the software would more than double the cost of the class. 

What if I have questions, or need a recap of what was covered in class?

  • As a student you’ll receive a free set of handouts that recaps, step by step, everything covered in the class, along with an CD that has before and after photos for all of the topics presented, to make it easy to recreate what the instructor is demonstrating.
  • If you need additional help, the instructor is also available for hire for private instruction.  But most people find the class answers all of their questions.

I have a laptop computer with Photoshop Elements installed. Can I bring it to class?

  • By all means, if you have a laptop or other device with Photoshop on it, feel free to bring it.
  • If you don’t have a laptop, you are welcome to attend, watch the demonstrations, get your questions answered, and take notes, then go home and play around with the exercises on your desk computer.


  • Thanks again for the class. It was really helpful.- Sean C. (Seattle)
  • (My wife and I) liked the format. We learned more than we had in a similar class at __________. – John R. (Seattle)
  • The format worked well for me. It was nice having assignments, and knowing we could call you during the week if we got stuck.- Shelley G. (Seattle)
  • I was the guy who had had Photoshop on his computer and never figured out how to use it. To tell the truth I was afraid of it. You cut through that and showed us the basic things it’s used for, and how to learn about the rest. I was totally happy with the class. – Bill D. (Bellevue)
  • I liked the relaxed atmosphere, and the fact that you made yourself available outside of class.- Sharon G. (Tacoma