Good morning! Back in early December I had the special privilege of attending a creative workshop at the Adobe Headquarters in San Francisco. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a small group of creative people to partake in a workshop all about Photoshop Elements.

When I first got the invitation and saw that there was a DIY aspect I initially thought that I should skip this one because quite frankly, I don't like DIY stuff. The event organizer Amanda assured me that it was an easy DIY and that it was worth it to try it. And, I am SO glad that I did!

I was able to connect with wonderful creative bloggers and mom bloggers (they are not mutually exclusive, it's more just how they identify themselves) and get a private tutorial from Autumn, author of the popular blog, It's Always Autumn. Autumn was accompanied by Elements Project Manager Bob Gager who is well known for his accessibility with users via the Ask Bob series on the Adobe blog and YouTube Channel.

So here is what we did: Autumn walked us through the process of using Adobe Elements to create a wood coaster photo transfer. You can see her tutorial here! I, of course, did a photo transfer of Lillian from one of the photos from this photo series. And, I of course, put the photo on the wrong way on my first try but eventually figured it out!

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to learn about Photoshop Elements. I've said it before but I always wish that I was a graphic designer. My goal this year is to improve my design skills by using Elements. It is perfect for everyone because of its three modes: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. 

I often watching Jesse (who is an expert at everything) zip around Photoshop and wish so badly I could do that. We designed our wedding invitations with me sitting over his shoulder as he was working in Photoshop and I would say, "okay, move this year and move that here with this line". He is so creative and we make a great team but I can't wait to learn Elements and work on some great projects with him over my shoulder!!

If you are looking for a new hobby or skill to add to your resume then I highly suggest you check out Photoshop Elements-- you will not be disappointed!


Professionalcaroline curran