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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
After you apply one or more of the Photo Fix Options to a photo here in the Organizer, you might change your mind about those adjustments, but there is no undo command that you can use to remove the Photo Fix adjustments from a photo here in the Organizer. So what can you do in that situation? Well, first remember that whenever you apply Photo Fix Options in the Organizer, Elements automatically saves a copy of your photo with all those changes, and it automatically includes in your Organizer that corrected copy of the photo, alongside the original.
So that means that if you don't like your changes, even though you can't undo them, you can always go back to the original, which will be there in your Organizer. To show you that, I'll start with this photo. Take a look at the name of the photo. It's just a numerical name. I am going to select the photo, and then I'm going to apply some Photo Fix Options. Maybe I'll apply Auto Smart Fix by clicking that. I might apply some sharpening by clicking Auto Sharpen, and I might crop the photo. I'll click Crop, and as I showed you in the last movie, I'll set the size and the position of the crop boundary.
And then I'll click this green check mark and I'll click OK. In the Media Browser, in my Organizer, I can see only the adjusted copy of the photo, which Elements automatically saved for me and automatically added to my Organizer. I know this is the corrected version, not only because of the way that it looks, but also because Elements automatically added the words edited-1 at the end of the file name. Now, let's say that I decide I don't like the changes that I made to the photo. If I go up to the Edit menu and I look for the Undo command, watch what happens.
Elements tells me that Undo is not available for this action. So I'll click OK to dismiss that warning. I'm not worried because I know that I can start again with the original uncorrected photo. To do that, I need to locate the original. Where is it? It's here, along with the corrected copy, in a group called a version set. This icon up here and this arrow on the right of the photo indicate that there is a version set here, and if I want to see all the photos in the version set, I'll just click the arrow on the right side of the corrected photo.
Now I can see in my Organizer both the corrected version on the left and the original of my photo over here on the right, without any of the Photo Fix Options applied to it. And now I could start again, applying my corrections to the original. So I'll click on the original, I'll go over to the Photo Fix Options, maybe this time I'll apply Auto Levels, and I'll crop the photo a different way by selecting Crop. And this time I'm going to crop it so it has only a flag in it, and click OK.
I am going to zoom out so you can see that there are now three versions of the photo here in my Organizer. Here's the original, here's the first edited copy, and here is the second edited copy. And as you can see, Elements has automatically appended edited-2 to this latest copy of the photo. Now, you remember I said I didn't like what I'd done to the photo the first time, so I can just eliminate this copy of the photo by selecting it and then right-clicking on a PC or Ctrl+Clicking if I have a one-button mouse on a Mac, and from the contextual menu that appears, choosing Delete from catalog.
I could leave this version of the photo on my hard drive, which would give me the opportunity to reimport it to my Organizer if I want to, in the future. Or I can choose to delete this version altogether from my hard drive, and click OK. And what I'm left with is the original and the second corrected version that I do like. So that's what to do if you apply Photo Fix Options to a photo in the Organizer and you change your mind about those corrections later.
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