Adobe Photoshop Elements


Adobe Photoshop Elements is digital imaging software that allows students in grades 7-12 to edit, enhance, and design photographs. Educators can use the software to integrate technology and visual media into the classroom and provide students with the opportunity to develop their technical and critical thinking skills.

 What functions does Adobe Photoshop Elements provide?

  • Allow students to crop, add, or remove certain areas of an image
  • By using multiple imaging layers, students can create animations
  • Resize images without distorting them
  • Touch-up on blemishes
  • Experiment with different brushes and templates provided to enhance images
  • Ability to edit, save, and share photos or documents in various file formats

 How can students use Adobe Photoshop Elements?

Adobe Photoshop Elements encourages students to develop and apply 21st century learning skills by empowering them to express their creativity while simultaneously improving their digital literacy. The hands-on application of the software gives students the opportunity to improve their technical abilities and promote skills such as collaboration, entrepreneurship, and digital communication.

The software’s ability to allow for personalization enhances engagement levels since students are able to pursue their own interests when completing classroom assignments. They can also improve their critical thinking skills as they seek alternate options and tools when turning an idea into an image.

 How is Adobe Photoshop Elements helpful to teachers in the classroom?

With Photoshop Elements, teachers have the ability to incorporate visual aesthetics into their lesson plans and can create different graphical representations of ideas and concepts.

Educators can facilitate the learning environment and allow students to self-direct their learning. This provides students with the opportunity to monitor and assess each student’s progress and development for future instructions.

 How does Adobe Photoshop Elements connect with Differentiated Instruction?

Teachers will differentiate instruction to address learning needs of students.

  • Student Readiness: Photoshop Elements can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the readiness and technical level of each student based on the detail and difficulty of each completed assignment. Through self-directed learning, students are able to develop an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Student Interest: The software’s wide-range of tools enables students to take reign of their creative freedom and design projects that promote self-expression. Photoshop Elements can be applied to any classroom project that encourages the use of visuals.
  • Learning Preferences: Students can choose to learn the tools through written instructions, watching video tutorials, or explore through trial and error. The flexibility of the software helps students discover and understand their learning preferences when learning new concepts.

 How does Adobe Photoshop Elements connect with the Ontario curriculum?

Although Photoshop Elements is used primarily for Visual Arts, Technology, and Media classes, this software can be used cross-subject in areas that involve the use of imagery and editing. Students can create posters, info-graphs, or pictorials to determine their learnings within the classroom and apply them to the subject.

 How can educators integrate Adobe Photoshop Elements into their teaching practice: the SAMR approach?

  • SUBSTITUTION: Students can use Photoshop Elements to create art projects using graphics and image-editing instead of the traditional gluing, colouring and pasting
  • AUGMENTATION: Teachers can have students incorporate images into a traditional essay in order to showcase their ideas and arguments
  • MODIFICATION: Common classroom assignments can be modified through the use of computer-aided visual designs. Students can use Photoshop to create info-graphs or posters to outline themes and motifs explored in a novel instead of writing an essay
  • REDEFINITION: Photoshop Element’s versatility will empower educators to employ new and innovative ways for students to learn. It can be used to explore and develop on-going learning experiences for students.


What is Adobe Photoshop Elements?

Photoshop Elements 8 Video – Adobe K12 Education Solutions


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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop CS# (PSCS) and Photoshop Elements (PSE)?

A: PSCS is used as the standard professional tool through many industries. It has more features and complex functions, and options. However, PSE is created for consumers who do not need as many features. It has a simpler interface, as well as tutorials, and organizers to help manage files.

Q: What Operating Systems (OS) does Adobe Photoshop Elements run on, and will it run on my computer?

A: Photoshop Elements supports many operating systems, supporting various versions of Windows and Macintosh. Click here to find out which OS, Photoshop Elements supports.

Q: How Do I Access Adobe Photoshop Elements for my classroom?

A: Access to Adobe Photoshop Elements is provided through your Operational Contact. Click here and enter your board name.

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