Before you dive into the course it would probably be a good idea to have a quick read of ‘Intro to Computers’ on the ‘Elements – General Resources’ page. It’s a general description of the parts of a computer and explanations of some common terms. If you have been using a computer for a while you can probably just skim this but it could be useful if you are comparatively new to IT. Also in the General Resources are useful documents on things like Copyright and file formats.
Health & safety
I know it has a bad reputation but I’d also recommend that you have a look at the document on health and safety. While IT obviously isn’t dangerous in the same way that being a firefighter is, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of having problems with repetitive strain injury in your wrist and problems with your neck.
Then on to the goodies! Click on either ‘Photoshop Elements Part 1 – tutorials’ or ‘Photoshop Elements Part 2 – tutorials’. You will have to type in the password to access either of these pages.
On each page you’ll find the resources for each topic. Each one is typically made up of two parts:
Firstly there’s a downloadable pdf document which accompanies the video tutorial. You simply click on the link to open to open the document. You can then save it to your own computer, or print it out.
The second part of the lesson is a video tutorial. Just click on the arrow in the centre of the image and the video will start. I would recommend that you watch it in full-screen – the way to bring it up in full-screen will vary depending on the browser you are using so I can’t tell you exactly how to do this. Hover your mouse over likely looking icons until you find the right one. Just be aware that the video may look a little fuzzy initially until the download catches up with itself. To exit from full screen back to the video window you usually press the ESC key on your keyboard.
Don’t forget you can pause the video at any point by clicking on the two vertical lines on the bottom left of the video screen.
NB Anti-virus software
It is very important that you have a current copy of anti-virus software on your computer and that it is updated every time you log on so it’s always up to date.