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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Another way to review your photos is to switch from Photo Browser view to Side by Side view where you can compare photos is detail next to one another. Side by Side view is particularly useful when you are sorting through photos, trying to decide which of several similar shots is the best one. I'm here in 04_02-comparing subfolder in the Chapter 04, Exercise Files folder and I want to compare these three photos of old clothes on a wall. I'll select the first and I hold the Shift key and select the last of the three and with all three photos selected, I'm going up to the Display menu and I'm going to choose Compare Photos Side by Side. That opens the three photos; you can see their thumbnails here on the right in the filmstrip. The two photos with the blue borders around them are now displayed on the screen and the photo on the left is currently selected.
When I move my mouse, this Compare bar appears and this is the bar from which I can manage my review of these photos. The bar will disappear if I move my mouse away and I'm still for a moment. One of the things that I can do in this bar is to give star ratings to the two photos. So with the photo on the left currently selected, I'm going to go over to the Compare bar and give it a rating. I'll give it one star, and then I can click the photo on the right and give it five stars, if I like this one better.
Now what I might do is bring in the third image and compare it to the second one. So I'm going to go and click on the window on the left and then I'm going to the filmstrip and I'm going to click on that third image, the one at the bottom of the thumbnails here. And that places the third image into the window on the left so that I can compare it to the second image, which is still in the window on the right. Now I might decide that the photo that's currently in the window on the left is the best of the three and so I'm going go to go up to the Compare bar again and this time I'm going to go to the Action menu here and I'll click, and I'm going to attach a keyword to this photo. Previously I made a keyword in the Places sub-folder, that's called la selects. I'm going to use that keyword to indicate which of the photos I took in Los Angeles, are my favorites. So I'll just choose la selects and that applies that keyword to the third photo, the one that is currently showing in the window on the left.
Then if I wanted to find this photo along with all of my other la selects back in the Photo Browser, I could just search on the keyword la selects. Let's go back and look at that Action menu again to see what else is there. From this menu, I can apply a couple of auto fixes to any of the photos that I'm looking at in this view. There is Auto Smart Fix and Auto Red Eye Fix, both of which are covered in other movies in this course. I could mark a photo for printing, so I'll do that now and then if you look at the thumbnail for that photo, you will see a little icon of a printer on it.
When I move back to Photo Browser view, this photo will be all ready for printing. There are other options in the Action menu that are very useful, I could put a photo into an album, another subject that's covered in other movies in this course. I could choose to show the properties of photos as I have also talked about it in other movies. Another useful feature in the Control bar is the Zoom control, let's say, I want to zoom in on the selected photo to get a closer look at a detail. I click on the Zoom Level slider and I'll move to the right and that zooms in on the photo on the left. If I want to compare the photo on the right at the same zoom level, I just click this link icon in the Compare bar and the photo on the right zooms in too.
Now when I click and drag in the photo on the left, the photo on the right moves with it. So I can coordinate the zooming and panning of both photos using these features. When I'm done comparing and working with my photos in this view, I'll just click on the X in the Compare bar and that will take me out of Side by Side view and back to Photo Browser view and here is the message I told you about regarding the printing of the marked file. I can either Order Prints online or I can click this button to invoke my Printer dialog box. I'm going to cancel that for now. So as you can see, the Side by Side view really comes in handy when you are comparing photos, trying to decide which of several similar shots is the best one.
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