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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Another view in which you can compare and review your photos is to switch from Photo Browser View to a side-by-side comparison view, where you can compare photos in detail next to one another. Side by Side view is particularly useful when you're sorting through photos trying to decide which of several similar shots is the best one. I'm working any 04_03 folder where I have three photos that I want to compare. I'm going to select all three by clicking on the path to this folder in the Photo Browser right here, and then I'm going to go up to the Display menu and from there I'm going to choose Compare Photos Side By Side.
This is a variation on Full Screen View. On the right you can see thumbnails of the three selected photos in this filmstrip. I can click on the border on the left of the filmstrip to collapse it like this to give me more room to see the photos, or I can click again to open at filmstrip. The two photos which are being compared on screen right now are the two blue borders around the thumbnails. Thumbnail number 1 is over here on the left, and thumbnail number 2 is here on the right. One of the things that I can do as I compare these two photos is to give them star ratings.
To do that I'm going to open the Quick Edit panel, which I explained in the movie on Full Screen Mode. To expand that panel, I move my mouse over the Quick Edit panel on the left, and at the top of the Quick Edit panel, I'm going to click on a number of stars that I want to assign to the currently selected image, which is image number 1, the one on the left. I know that that's the selected image because it's the one with the blue border around it on the main part of the screen. I'll give this image one star, because it's not my favorite and then I'll move off the Quick Edit panel and I'm going to click on the image on the right to make that the selected image.
Notice that the blue border is now around the image on the right. Again, I'll move my mouse over the Quick Edit panel, and I'll go up to the rating stars and this time I'm going to click on five stars, and then I'll move my mouse away. I can't see the stars here in compare view, but when I move out of this view back to the Photo Browser, I should be able to see the stars that I've assigned each image. So I've decided that I like the image on the right better than the one on the left. So now I'm going to bring the third image into the mix. I'm going to click back on the image on the left, the one that I'm not so fond of, and then in the filmstrip I'll move my mouse over the third image and click there.
That brings up that third image in this position on the left. Now I can compare the third image on the left to the second image on the right. Let's say that I like the image on the left the best of all three. I could give this image stars, but I could also add a keyword to this image indicating that it's my favorite. To do that I'm going to move my mouse over the Quick Organize panel on the left. I'm going to go down to the Apply Keyword Tags area, I'll click in the field Label Tag Media, and I'm going to type Favorite as the new keyword.
And with that image on the left selected, I'll click the plus sign here, to apply that keyword to this particular image. If I look at the image over here in the filmstrip, I can see that it now has a little icon for a keyword tag. Just to cover my bases, I'll also give that image on the left star rating of five. Here in Side by Side View, I can use any of the other features of the Quick Edit or Quick Organize panels. So I could apply some auto fixes if I wanted from this area.
I could mark the selected image for printing, and I can do everything else that I showed you how to do in the movie on Full Screen View. But for now I'm done editing and organizing these images in Side by Side View. I do want to show you some controls that are useful in this scenario, down in the control bar, and when I move my mouse, the control bar pops up. If I can't see the entire control bar, in other words if it looks like this, I'll click of this arrow right here, and that expands the control bar. Notice that there is a Link icon here.
If I activate that link, then if I zoom in or zoom out or pan around in one of these images, the other one will go with it. So for example, with the image on the left selected I'm going to zoom out to 100% view by holding the Ctrl key as I press the minus key on my keyboard. When I do that, the image on the right zooms out the same zoom magnification. There is one more thing to take note of in the control bar. That is that there are two icons here. One invokes the Side by Side View; the other would take me back to Full Screen View of just the selected image.
If I go to this arrow, I see that there's not only a Side By Side comparative view, but alternatively an Above and Below view, which comes in handy for comparing horizontal images. I'll show you what it looks like, although it really doesn't fit the orientation of these two images. When I'm all done comparing my images in these views, I'll return to the Photo Browser view by clicking this X on the control bar. Now back here in Photo Browser View, I can see the stars that I added to each one of these images as I compared them and I also see the tag that I added to this photo to indicate that it's my favorite.
So that's how to use the Side by Side view or the Above and Below view when you're comparing similar photos trying to decide which of several shots is your best one.
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