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Photoshop Elements LAYERS

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This course starts with an introduction into what Layers are in Photoshop Elements and how they work. You'll discover that you can actually understand Layers even if they've always been a complete mystery to you.

Master the Use of Layers in Photoshop Elements from the Clear Explanations and Presentations provided in this Course.

  • Simple descriptions of all the ins-and-outs of Layers
  • How to use Layer Styles to achieve special effects
  • What Layer Masks are and how to use them
  • What Adjustment Layers are and how to use them
  • How to Save Layered files

"This is a great course! It is the first time I’ve really been able to understand how to use Layers in Photoshop. Very clear explanations and examples. I would definitely recommend this course to someone wanting to know more about PS Elements." - Karen Gilbert


At Last You Can Have a Complete Understanding of How, When, and Why to Use Layers in PS Elements!

Layers are the heart of Photoshop Elements. A full understanding of Layers is the cornerstone for achieving exceptional results with your digital photos. Layers are used for everything in PS Elements from non-destructive photo editing to making composite photos.

Layers allow your creative ideas to flow freely by giving you the ability to try different ideas. Put each idea on a separate Layer and you can compare or combine items in multiple ways. Knowing how to use Layers will definitely bring your abilities in PS Elements to the next level.


"Outstanding. The instructor was very much to the point and explained everything carefully. I will use this over and over to brush up my skills with Layers" - Neal Kuehl

Content and Overview

I'll give you clear explanations for all the different functions of Layers one-by-one and show you exactly how they work. Once you know how to use Layers, you'll be able to achieve much more in Photoshop Elements.

Each of the short lectures is packed with valuable information that will deepen your understanding of how to use Layers. You'll bring your skills to a whole new level as you eliminate the frustration of not knowing how to work with Layers.

You have the opportunity to gain mastery over Photoshop Elements by breaking through this barrier and becoming proficient at using Layers. You'll know how to use what I believe is the one thing you must grasp to use PS Elements to its potential.

In preparing for this course I asked my audience what they most wanted to know about Layers. I received hundreds of replies. Their questions became the basis for what to include in this course. Many admitted that they didn't know enough about Layers to even ask questions. They just wanted to start at the beginning and have Layers explained in an easy-to-understand, detailed format.

I present the material in a manner that people tell me again and again they find most helpful. That includes not going too fast, giving simple explanations using everyday language, not assuming prior knowledge, and clearly showing what to do.

By the end of this course you'll know how to use Layers with confidence. You won't have to wonder if you're doing it the best way or what to do to get the results you want.

Start now to break through the feelings of doubt and uncertainty that are common when you don't understand how to navigate Photoshop Elements. Layers are the key to using Elements to its full capacity and mastering Layers will help to eliminate much of your confusion and frustration.


"This course gave me the best understanding of layers I have ever seen. The content was comprehensive, and the pace of the instructors delivery made it easy to follow along with. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to understand and work with layers." - Ingrid Gurrin


What are the requirements?

  • A copy of Photoshop Elements software installed on your computer. For this course I use PSE 13. If you have PSE 11 or newer, the interface will look the same. To get the most from this course you should be using PSE 9 or newer.

What will you get from this course?

  • Over 30 lectures and 4 hours of content.

Who is the target audience?

  • Photoshop Elements users who want to understand how to use Layers.
  • Basic enough for beginners but complete enough to fill in any gaps for experienced users


Your Instructor


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

I launched a website dedicated to Photoshop Elements training In 2008 after a friend suggested there was a real need for helping users of Photoshop Elements.

I pride myself on taking my time and making PS Elements easy to understand by giving detailed explanations using everyday language and doing whatever I can to make my tutorials crystal clear.

The response to these efforts has been great! My website gets tens of thousands of visitors each month and my YouTube videos have over a million views.

I began using the full version of Photoshop in the early '90s to edit images as a pre-press operator in the printing industry. Over the years I've had the opportunity to edit images for many popular, high-end magazines and catalogs including National Geographic, GQ, Esquire, LL Bean, Watkins, REI, Target, and many more.

It will be an honor to help you understand how to use Photoshop Elements!


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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.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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