Photoshop Design Concepts: Tips & Tricks in Photoshop

  • Instructors:
    Jen Hillenga

    PPA Members:


    Photoshop provides so many product options, but only if you know how to use them. In this class, PPA instructor and Photoshop guru Jen Hillenga zeros in on a popular design that is sure to be a crowd favorite—the Senior 5 x 7 Graduation Card.

    Even if you’re new to senior products, Jen gives you the knowledge and confidence to look like a pro. You’ll learn all the steps you need to know, all the way from templates to text. Some of the areas you’ll cover include:

    1. The Collage: Learn how to create an awesome collage – Jen discusses the drag and drop, autoselect and how to move images around. Discover what your smart guide does, why you need Control E and what the marquee tool does.
    2. Color blocking: Jen shows you how to make a color block, and even how to make a design within your color block. You’ll be managing color, alignment, and patterns with a few easy strokes.
    3. Graphic design: Taking it up a notch, learn how to add brush designs, lines and other style effects to your card.
    4. Text: Use text to help your photo tell the perfect story. Jen shows you how to incorporate what you want to say and in the style you want to say it.

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  • Duration: 0:21:04 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Jen Hillenga

        Jen Hillenga


        After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and working for several studios, Jen Hillenga started her own studio in 2004 with business partner, Kate Cosentino, in Savage, Minnesota. In 2008, they established an online superstore for Professional Photography products called The store has quickly become the leader in online professional products for photographers around the world.

        In the years since opening Momento Images, Jen has been able to master her skills as a photographer as well as a digital artist, allowing her to turn her images into artworks and gaining her international recognition and awards among her peers. Jen focuses on the story behind each image and the internal as well as external beauty of each subject by relating to her clients with sensitivity and humor.

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