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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.
In Full Screen view, you can apply some quick automatic edits and organizing features to your photos. This workflow sometimes comes in handy if you're in a hurry or if you're working with casual snapshots that you just want to get through quickly, or if you've just finished looking through an instant slideshow, as I showed you in the last movie, and you want to quickly apply some editing or organizing features to those photos. I am going to open these photos into Full Screen view by clicking the Full Screen view icon at the top of the Media Browser. Those panels on the left side of the screen appear for a moment, and then they automatically collapse.
I'll show you how to reopen them in a moment. When I move my cursor in Full Screen view, that brings up the control bar at the bottom of the screen. Here, I can use the arrows to scroll through my photos to find one that I might want to edit or apply some organizing features to, or I can click the filmstrip toggle here in the control bar to bring up this filmstrip on the right side of the screen. In the filmstrip, I can click right on the photo I want to work on. When I'm editing photos, I don't want them enlarged past to 100% of their actual size in pixels.
This photo is enlarged, so I am going to click once on it to take it back to 100% view. Now, I'm going to open the Quick Edit panel on the left side of the screen. It pops in and out of view as I move my cursor over it and away from it. To keep the panel onscreen, I'll move my cursor over it to bring it out and then I'm going to click on this Thumbtack icon to pin it to the screen while I work on this photo. All of the controls in this panel are available elsewhere in the Organizer and will be covered elsewhere in this course.
You don't have to apply these controls from here in Full Screen view. So let's just take a quick look at what's here. If I want to add a star rating to this selected photo, I can do that by clicking on one of the stars up at the top of the Quick Edit panel. And if I want to undo that star rating, I'll click again on that star. If the photo comes in at the wrong orientation--say, this is really a vertical photo and it comes in horizontal--I can rotate it using these two icons in the Quick Edit panel. Down here in the Actions area of the Quick Edit panel, there is an important Undo button and Redo button that I can use to change my mind about fixes that I apply in the Quick Edit panel.
You want to be careful about using the next icon, the trashcan, because what that will do is delete a photo either from the current catalog or if this box is checked, from your hard disk altogether. I'm going to cancel out of that. The next icon doesn't actually print your photo; instead, it just marks it for printing later, from the Organizer. The most important buttons in the Quick Edit panel are those in the Edit section. The buttons in the first row can be used to tweak the contrast and color in the selected photo.
Remember that these are auto buttons, so you don't get as much control over your changes as you would in other areas of Elements. But to quickly see what the Auto buttons do, the first button is called the Auto Smart Fix button. This button will try to fix everything at once, the overall color, as well as the tones in the photo. So, if I click it, let's see what it does to this photo. There's not much of a change. I'm going to undo that change because all the buttons work cumulatively, so I'll click Undo. And I'll give the next button a try.
That's the Auto Color button. This button sometimes comes in handy to fix an overall color cast in an image. Again, I'm not thrilled with the effect on this photo, so I am going to Undo. Auto Levels focuses on improving the tonal range, but it can also have an effect on color, as it does in this photo. I like that effect, so I'm going to stick with it, but I do want to mention that if you want to improve the tonal range without affecting color, you can give the next button a try, which is Auto Contrast.
I usually like to apply a little sharpening to my photos before I'm done with them, so I'll click the Auto Sharpen button here in the Quick Edit panel too, and that will enhance the details in the photo. The next button is an automatic red- eye fix button, and you can use the next button to bring this photo from here in the Organizer into Photoshop Elements' Editor where you can do further and more detailed editing. Notice that there is no save button in the Quick Edit panel. That's because Elements automatically save the changes that you make here to a copy of the image, as we'll see in just a moment.
When I am done in the Quick Edit panel, I'll collapse the panel by going back up to the Thumbtack icon and clicking there and then moving my cursor off this panel. Now, let's take a look at the Quick Organize panel. I'll move my cursor over that panel and I'll pin it to the screen by clicking its Thumbtack icon. I'm going to skip over the top portion of this panel. Here, if I'd already created some virtual albums elsewhere in the Organizer, I could add this photo to one or more of those albums, but I don't have any albums yet. We'll learn more about albums later in the course.
Down here is one place that I can apply keyword tags to this photo. As we'll learn later in the course, a keyword tag is a subject matter tag that you can apply to a photo and then later you can search on that keyword tag to find the particular photo. Here is a list of all the keyword tags that I already have in my Keyword Tags panel. These are the default tags. If I wanted to apply one of these tags to this photo, I can just click it here. Or down here, I could type in a brand-new tag and have it applied to this photo automatically.
When I'm done in the Quick Organize panel, I'll collapse it by clicking the Thumbtack icon and moving my cursor off the panel. And when I'm ready to exit the Full Screen mode altogether, I'll move my cursor to bring up the control bar and I'm going to click the X on the right side of the control bar. That will take me back where I originally started in the Organizer. Here, I can see the edited version of my photo. I know it's the edited version because Elements has automatically appended the word "edited" to the file name.
You may be wondering where the original photo is. The original photo is combined with this edited version in a virtual group called a version set. To see the original photo, I'll click this dark arrow to the right of the edited copy of the photo and that opens the version set. Here is the original over here and here's the edited copy on the left. If I want to collapse the two photos back into the version set, I click this arrow to the right of the original. And if I don't like having these in a version set--I just want to see them both in my Organizer--I can eliminate the version set by right-clicking on the photo and choosing Version Set and then choosing Convert Version Set to Individual Items like that, and now both the original and the edited copy of the photo appear in my Media Browser.
Let me emphasize that you don't have to take your photos into Full Screen view or use any of the Quick Edit or Quick Organize features that you saw in this movie. All of those tasks can be done out here in the Organizer proper, but Full Screen view does give you an alternative workflow that you might use if you're in a hurry or you just want to do some quick editing and organizing.
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