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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.
The Expert Edit workspace comes with an Actions panel that contains some prerecorded actions, each of which is a series of steps that you can play back on a photo to create an effect or perform a technique. Let's open this photo into the Expert Edit workspace to run an action. I'll select the photo and click the Editor button at the bottom of the Organizer, and here in the Editor I'll make sure I am in the Expert Edit workspace. I am going to open the Actions panel which I can access either from the Window menu or by clicking the More icon at the bottom of the Panel Bin.
That opens this group of panels, one of which is the Actions panel. I can bring the Actions panel to the foreground of this group by clicking its tab. Because this is a floating panel I can move it by clicking its title bar and dragging it, so I can see more of the photo. In the Actions panel there are some categories of actions. To expand a category I'll click the arrow to the left of the yellow folder. So here are some actions that add a border at the bottom of a photo that you can use may be to add a caption to. Here are a couple of actions that will make a photo more narrow.
Here are some actions that will resize and crop a photo to particular dimensions. And here's the Special Effects category of actions. I'd like to apply this action, the Sepia Toning action to this photo. So I'll select the Sepia Toning action by clicking on it and then all I have to do is come to the top of the Actions panel and click the Play button, the right facing arrow. In just a moment Elements has applied that action which contains a series of steps to this photo. If you want to see those series of steps you can click the arrow to the left of an action and there you'll see all of the things that were done to this photo.
I am going to close the Actions panel now and let's take a look at the Layers panel. I can tell from looking at the Layers panel that that action created a new layer called layer 1 that contains a copy of the photo and the Background layer and it's converted that new layer to a sepia tone version of the photo. Well that makes me think about what I can do with layers, and how I might be able to customize the look of this sepia tone by may be lowering the Opacity of this new layer or changing its Blend Mode. So for example with that sepia tone layer selected in the Layers panel, I can experiment with coming up to the Opacity control, hovering over it and clicking and dragging to the left.
And when I do that, I'm making the sepia layer more transparent or less opaque, so you can see some of the color on the layer below. So that's a look at Actions in the Expert Edit mode. Now you can't create your own actions in Elements, but you can run on a photo any of the prerecorded actions that you find in the Actions panel.
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