(1) Selections, Masking, and Photo Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking (Photoshop Elements)

(11 customer reviews)


A LIVE 2-session workshop conducted in Photoshop Elements designed to introduce you to the foundations of selections, masking, and extractions for your digital scrapbook and photo artistry pages.


Selections, Masking, and Photo Extractions Part 1 (Photoshop Elements)

The first part of a multiple-class workshop in mastering photo extractions in your digital scrapbooking, photo artistry, and collage pages.

Part 1 is a REPLAY of the LIVE 2-session class to introduce you to the foundations of selections, masking, and extractions.

Conducted in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2023.




  • Introduction to Photo Extractions the Mindset for creating them.
  • Understanding selections: What they are and how they work.
  • Create and move Selections, plus convert them to Masks.
  • Different approaches for Adding, Subtracting, and Intersecting selections.
  • Guidance for using the Refine Edge panel.
  • Multiple ways to Test your selections.
  • Master the Selection options from the Tools Panel to create extractions.
  • How and when to use the Marquee (Rectangular and Elliptical), Lasso (Lasso, Polygonal and Magnetic), and Magic Wand for better selections.
  • Add and remove Segments, plus Closing a selection.
  • Clever Shortcuts to speed up and make your process more efficient.


  • Guidance for using the Smart Brush Tools,
  • Save, Load, Modify, and Copy selections.
  • Use the underrated Grow and Similar for more efficient selections.
  • Make selections using the Perfect Landscape and Change Background guided edits.
  • Tips and tricks for better extractions with Select Subject.
  • Use Guided Edits to create artsy Backgrounds for your digital scrapbook pages.
  • Incorporate Transform (Skew, Distort, and Warp) tools, Blending Modes, Adjustment Layers, and Masking with your extractions.
  • More clever Shortcuts to speed up and make your process more efficient.

Photo Selections, Masking and Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking, Collage and Photo Artistry Class by Anna Aspnes Designs for Adobe Photoshop


  • 2 X  1- 1/2 HR Class Sessions REPLAYS in MP4 format.
  • Step-by-step demonstration of techniques and processes in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Lots of digital scrapbook and photo artistry Examples to support the guided approaches.
  • 13-page comprehensive Written Course Content in .pdf format.
  • Direct Support via email and/or dedicated Community Facebook Group.

Photo Selections, Masking and Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking, Collage and Photo Artistry Class by Anna Aspnes Designs for Adobe Photoshop and Elements

LIVE Class Sessions

  • Classes have been recorded via Zoom.
  • Recorded sessions are available for IMMEIDATE download in .MP4 format shortly after each LIVE event.
  • Watch .mp4 files on your computer using a Media Player or load into iTunes for viewing on Smart Devices.
  • Demonstrations for this class are conducted in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2023.

Photo Selections, Masking and Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking, Collage and Photo Artistry Class in Photoshop Elements by Anna Aspnes Designs

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11 reviews for (1) Selections, Masking, and Photo Extractions for Digital Scrapbooking (Photoshop Elements)

  1. Joann Dietrich

    that was a lot to take in but one thing I wish is that you would have supplied the photos that you used to extract so that we could practice with.

    • Anna Aspnes

      These are now part of the class materials. A mix of my photos and links to resources to avoid any copyright infringement. Thanks for the feedback. It matters 🙂

  2. Maggie Tyler (verified owner)

    I completed Part One and am watching Part Two now. When you showed how to use the Smart Brush, I realized I had never used that tool. Thanks for all the suggestions on what to do with that tool. It was very helpful and I have used it several times and am having a lot of fun with it. Great information!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Love to hear this Maggie. There is nothing better than being able to use what you learn to improve your pages 🙂

  3. nicklen (verified owner)

    I agree with Maggie, I also had never used the smart tool before and I had fun playing with it. I felt that you described all of the tools very well and some new interesting ways to use them to create masks. I have did a lot of extractions over the years and have found my favorite way but it is good to see other options. I learned a few new tips as well, I wish that you would have gone into the refine brush for extracting hair a bit more but you said that you would cover that more in the next class. Overall a very good class

    • Anna Aspnes

      Always looking for new ways to wield the tools in Photoshop and Elements to the artistry. And yes! I will be doing a deep dive into the different options for dealing with fur and hair in Part 1 of this series.

  4. Lori Smith (verified owner)

    Like many people with various software, I used PSE and extractions in a way that suited my scrapping. Anna covered the basics and also filled gaps in my knowledge so now I have a broader understanding of how and when to use the tools. Great class!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Always love to get a thumbs up from my resident PSE guru. Excited now to share the next part in the series 🙂

  5. Janet Niles (verified owner)

    Another great class, Anna. I have been doing digital scrapbooking for quite some time but was always a little insecure when it came to extracting. I did it but not with all the knowledge you have given us. I was amazed with all the various ways in which we can extract. Thanks again, for a great resource.

    • Anna Aspnes

      And there is still MORE to come if you can believe it. We start with the basics and move on from there 🙂

  6. Melissa Thompson (verified owner)

    Very helpful. Found out the main reason I found extractions problematic was I wasn’t using all the tools correctly. Case in point was the elliptical marquee. A lot harder to manage when you’re not using the shift key. Going through both classes again to now to find out what other gems I may have bee missing. Looking forward to the next series

    • Anna Aspnes

      The details matter. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

  7. Teresa Schwartz (verified owner)

    Haven’t yet had a chance to view the videos, but I see you’ve made some additions. I’m hoping to get to it this weekend and I know it will be great. Thanks for all you do.

    • Anna Aspnes

      I hope you enjoy the class. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

  8. Priscilla Stewart (verified owner)

    I saw this class live but plan to rewatch it. I’ve scrapbooked for many years but never knew about the smart brush. I can’t wait to try it out. Love all the new (to me) info. Can’t wait for the next class

    • Anna Aspnes

      Repetition deepens the impression 🙂

  9. jessie.trotter (verified owner)

    I’ve kind of been out of touch with my scrapbooking lately and was having to re-learn some techniques. This was a great review of things I used to know, but there was so much more that I didn’t realize was available. Thanks for the detailed coverage of those tools. Looking forward to see what happens in the the next class!

    • Anna Aspnes

      There is nothing quite like a class to kickstart that spark. So glad the class has inspired you.

  10. Maggie Tyler (verified owner)

    I watched both sessions and followed along with everything you did. It takes me a lot longer to go through the videos, but by practicing while you are teaching helps me learn the skill sets and try out new things. I have made several pages using many of the techniques you taught. Just like you do not like the Refine Edge, I have never liked the Lasso Tool. I always felt I did not have enough control using it. I have decided to practice using it and have gotten a little better, but I still don’t like it. Thanks so much for all the good information that I have put to good use!

    • Anna Aspnes

      There are so many tools in Photoshop and I love that you are trying them all with an open mind to find what works best for you.

  11. Nancy Peralta (verified owner)

    Extractions class was fantastic. Now to try out and practice the techniques. You certainly put an exorbitant amount of time
    Into this class. Thank you so Much. I learned a lot especially how to use the Lasso Tool for extractions. I loved how you summed it all up in Class 3 today. I really enjoyed learning how to use the hair brushes on my dogs and make whiskers for my cat. I am enjoying trying those out!
    Loved your layouts. Overall the class was fantastic and I learned so much. I am practicing the techniques and they are working. I had no idea how much the selection tools did.

    • Anna Aspnes (verified owner)

      Happy you enjoyed Nancy and I can’t wait to see what you create 🙂

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