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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
Let's look at one more Guided Edit, this one to add a vignette, or a darkening or lightening at the corners of an image, to direct the viewer's attention toward a subject in the center of an image. I will select this photo of some pastries that I took in Paris, and I'll click the Editor button. That opens the Editor. I will make sure that I'm working in Guided Edit mode, and then I will come over to the column on the right to find the Vignette Guided Edit. I am going to close this Touchups category of Guided Edits by clicking the arrow to the right of Touchups, and I'll click the arrow to the right of Photo Effects, and down here is the Vignette Effect.
I will click that and that brings up the instructions in the column on the right for adding a vignette effect to this photo. Here's an example of what a vignette effect is. You can see that the corners are darkened around the dog's face, forcing your attention to his face. If I roll over that example, you can see the original photo without the vignette. Now, I'll just follow the instructions in the rest of the column. Step number one is to select the color of the vignette, either Black or White. Let's see what a white vignette looks like.
That makes the edges look kind of dreamy. It's not bad. Let me see what a black vignette would look like on this image. I actually like that better. I think that's forcing my attention more toward the center of the image than the white did. Next, I'll come down to the Intensity slider. Dragging the Intensity slider all the way to the right darkens the dark corners; dragging it to the left lightens the vignetted corners. Put it maybe around there. The instructions tell me that step number two is optional, and that is to click the Refine Shape button to open this window.
Here, I can control the shape and the transition of the vignetted corners. And moving my mouse over either of these sliders gives me a little tooltip that tells me what the slider does. So, if I drag the Roundness slider all the way over to the left, you can see that the vignette expands toward the center of the photo. If I go in the other direction, the vignettes pull back toward the corners of the photo. I will go somewhere in between, maybe around there. Then I can also affect the transition, or the edge, of the vignetted corners by dragging the Feather slider over toward the right.
When I am done, I will click OK. Now, as with every Guided Edit, if I don't like the result and I want to revert to the original photo and try again, I could click the Reset Panel icon at the top of the Guided Edit column. But I do like this result, so I'm going to leave that and come down to the bottom of the column, and click Done. That closes the Guided Edit instructions for the vignette effect and shows me the after version of the photo in the document window. I'd like to compare that to the original, so I will go over to the View menu and I'll choose Before & After.
So, you really can see how the vignette effect changes the whole look of the photo, really making the viewer focus on this pastry in the middle. And now, all that's left to do would be to save and close the vignetted copy of the photo the same way I showed you how to save and close at the end of the last chapter.
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