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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
Another thing you can do in Full Screen view is review photos one by one, and as you're doing that, you can apply some instant photo fixes to your photos. I've selected a folder of photos here in Media view. I'll take those in Full Screen view by going to the View menu and choosing Full Screen. Here in Full Screen view, you see a couple of panels at the left, which will automatically collapse in a moment. Down at the bottom of the screen is a Filmstrip that shows Thumbnail versions of all the photos that are now open in Full Screen view.
And if I move my mouse in Full Screen view, this Control bar comes up, offering some options that I can use here. When I stop moving my mouse, the Control bar disappears, so you'll see it coming back on and off the screen during this movie. To move between images in Full Screen view, I'll use the Filmstrip, clicking on a different thumbnail there to view it in Full Screen view. So I can use this view to evaluate my photos and really get a good, clean, large view of each photo. As I'm doing that, sometimes I just can't resist making an edit.
I usually do most of my edits in Elements Editor rather than in the Organizer. But if I need to, there are some common photo fixes available right here in full Screen view. There are a couple ways to access those. If I move my mouse to bring up the Control bar, I can click this Fix icon. And that will expand the Edit panel up here at the top-left of the screen. Another way to access the Edit panel is to move my cursor over that panel, and it expands. But if I were to move off of it, it would collapse again. So to keep it on screen, I'll come up here and I'll click this pin icon.
We already saw in the last movie that you can apply star ratings to a photo from here in the Edit panel. So if I wanted to give this photo five stars, I could just click on the fifth star here. You can't see the stars here in Full Screen view, but let me go back to Media view, you'll see this photo marked with five stars. In the Edit section of this panel, you'll see the same instant photo fixes that I covered in an earlier movie about using the Instant Fixes in Media view. And when I move my mouse over each of these icons, you'll see the name of that Photo Fix as well as a tool tip that describes what it does.
So here for example, is Contrast, which improves contrast in a photo without affecting colors. Here, you can make a Levels adjustment to improve the tonal range. Sometimes, Levels does affect the color in an image. And here, if you need to improve the Color Balance and the Contrast, you can try the Color Adjustment. Smart Fix tries to improve everything at once: colors and the exposure and amount of detail in Shadows and Highlights. In the next row, there's a Sharpen option.
Here's an option for correcting Red Eyes in a photograph of a person. And from here, you can take the photo into either Elements Editor or into another program, Premiere Elements, which is used for video editing. So for example, let's say that I want to improve the tonal value in this image. I'll try applying a Levels adjustment by clicking this icon and I can see the Progress bar as Elements applies an Auto Levels Adjustment and there's the result. If I don't like that result, I can undo it by coming down to the action section and clicking this Undo button.
If I want to apply a different adjustment instead, maybe Auto-contrast, I'll click this Contrast icon. There are a couple of other options here. If I click the Print option, I'll mark this image for printing and I'll get a message that it is a photo that I want to print when I go back to Media view. And here, if I want to delete the photo altogether from the Organizer, I can do that. But I'm usually careful about not doing that here. I'll do it back in Media view, where I have more control over the process. If I'm done with these Edit options and I want to see the photo unobstructed, I'll come back to the Edit panel and I'll click the pin icon to disable it.
And then I'll move off of the Edit panel and in just a moment, it will collapse. When I'm all done working in Full Screen view, I can go back into Media view by moving my cursor so the Control bar comes back into view and then I'll click the Exit button here on the right side of the Control bar. I'll click that Exit button and that takes me back to Media view. Notice that there are five stars under this image and we can see the adjusted version of that image here in the Grid in Media view. This arrow and this symbol on the thumbnail indicates that there is a Version Set.
I covered Version Sets in the earlier movie on applying an Instant Photo Fix here in Media view. When you make a Photo Fix in Full Screen view, it also automatically makes a Version Set for you. In other words, when I made that fix in Full Screen view, Elements made a copy of the original photo for me and added the adjustment to the copy, and it kept not only the adjusted version, but also the original and grouped them together into this Version Set, which is a kind of a stack. And if I want to see both this adjusted version and the original, I can expand this Version Set by clicking this arrow to the right of the set.
So here's the original and here's the adjusted version, automatically saved for me with the suffix edited-1. I can leave the Version Set expanded like that so that I can see both versions in my Organizer or to save space in the Organizer. I can always collapse the Version Set by clicking this arrow but both versions of this photo are now included in my Organizer, and I didn't have to manually save anything when I made that edit in Full Screen view. So do take advantage of Full Screen view to review your photos and to apply some instant photo fixes to cure some common photo problems.
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