Last Chance to Register for Fall eClass

Week 1 has just started in the Pixeladies’ Fall Introduction to Photoshop Elements eClass, and I will be closing registration on Friday, September 21, 2012. 

We have a wonderful group of  artists, quilters, and art quilters taking the current class, which runs for 3 weeks, along with an extra 6 months of course access to finish this self paced class at your leisure.  For more info, please click on “eClasses” in my menu bar above.

Expedition Update:  I have been accepted for the leg of the sailing expedition I wanted, which travels to both The Societies and the Cook Islands in the South Pacific in June, 2013.  This will be a 3 week trip.  Can’t wait to snorkel, see other cultures, and shop for fabric, too!

Works-In-Progress- I will be the guest lecturer/instructor at the January, 2013 Folsom Quilt Guild, so I am busy finishing a workshop project.  It is already quilted, and now I am painting it with pigment colors.  Tomorrow, I plan to quilt a second one to also color.  Keep watching for photos. 

I would love to know what YOU are working on.  Please share!  Carla

Tablet Design Class Starts Monday!!

Wondering why I have been so quiet lately?  I have been busy shooting and editing videos for the new Tablet Design for Quilters Class- which starts on Monday, April 16th, 2012!

This class is turning out to be very cool, if I do say so myself!  Lots of new material, photos, Creative Exercises, and Video Lessons, too!  Plus, each Creative Exercise has a “Fast Draw” video where you can watch me draw and design in Photoshop Elements 10 in fast time, meaning I have sped up the video.  These were fun to make, and I hope to insert an example video here on the blog just for fun.

What will students learn in this eClass?

How to use their tablet and PSE to create and design quilting motifs, pantographs, E2E designs, seamless repeats, plus how to design quilt tops (aka Quilt Whispering), zen doodle,  wholecloth quilts, pictorial quilts and quilts to piece or applique.  I love to jam pack information into my classes, no skimpy lessons here.

Former students will tell you that my classes provide a wonderful value for the price- and include Weekly Video Lessons, Creative Exercises, Interactive Forum, Live Webinar Meetings each week, plus my undivided attention for the 3 weeks that the class runs.  Students have access to the class and course material for an extra 6 months, too, after the 3 weeks are up.

Other News:  Joe, grandson Ethan, and I are leaving to attend Strictly Sail, a sailing convention in the San Francisco Bay area this weekend.  Ethan is almost 1 year old now, and he loves to travel and see new sites.  My favorite part about the trip is that we are staying in the same hotel we stayed in 30 years ago when we honeymooned in the area.  Of course, this time, we have a sweet little baby along.

Last night, my other grandchildren Jack and Kate came for a visit.  Jack is now 4 and Kate is 2.  Watching all 3 grandkids play together just melts my heart!  They are so dear!


2 Classes Announced!

I am pleased to share date information on the next two StepOnPins eclasses– including my long awaited Tablet Class, held just after Beginning Photoshop Elements Class by the Pixeladies!

Introduction Photoshop Elements March 2012– Registration begins on February 16, 2012 for the March 5-25, 2012 Beginning Photoshop Elements Classby the amazing Pixeladies!  Here is a mini-description for this introductory class:

Through online lessons, videos, and webinars (real-time online meetings), you will learn the tools that allow you to perform magic with Photoshop. We will focus on selection tools, their function, and how to use them. We will introduce you to the wonderful world of layers. Working with layers is much easier than getting out the seam ripper!

This is a true beginning class using PSE, no experience with this program is required.  This class fulfills the prerequisite for my Tablet Design Class.

Tablet Design Class for Quilters–  Carla Barrett’s Tablet Design Class is scheduled for April 16-May 5, 2012.  This class teaches students how to use their tablet, combined with Photoshop Elements program, to design quilts, quilting lines, pantograph designs, wholecloth quilts and more!    Registration will begin on March 26, 2012.  *Please be aware that this class does have a prerequisite- Beginning Photoshop Elements Class or equivalent proficiency with using PSE.  Please note that is offering a March Beginning Photoshop Elements Class by the Pixeladies.  If you are new to PSE and/or need a refreshment class, please sign up for the March Class.

Tablet Types Used in this class:  Students will need any of the following type of tablets for this class, along with Photoshop Elements, version 8-10, loaded onto your computer:

  1. Wacom Brand Tablet- any Bamboo, Intuos or Cintiq models. Plug-in Peripheral Tablet.
  2. Wacom Competitor Tablet Plug-in peripheral.
  3. PC Tablet Slate- Window 7 and needs to run Photoshop Element.  Many brands are available.
  4. PC Tablet Convertible- Laptop or Notebook with Tablet feature.

Ipad and Android Tablets will not be used in this class as they are not able to run Photoshop Elements program.  For more information about tablets, please see this blog post HERE.

Here are a few class examples showing you what you will be learning.  The class will cover using your tablet to design on quilts like my designs shown below:

Quilt top by Joyce Abbott

Quilt top by Cindy Bartosewcz, shown above.  Please not that I have used a Sherry Rogers-Harrison digital design in both quilts for my design inspiration.

You will also learn how to create other designs, including a wholecloth quilt.  Here is a wholecloth quilt design I drew on my tablet:

More Creative Exercise projects are also completed in the class.  A full class description is coming soon, along with price, how to register and more information.