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The Editor

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: The Editor

When it comes time to make any significant edits to your photos, the Photoshop Elements Editors is where the work will be done. The second of the two workspaces available in Photoshop Elements, the Editor allows you to modify your photos in both technical and creative ways. Before you dive in though, you should really get acquainted with the Editor workspace. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And to help you find the images that I'm going to be working with, what we're going to do is come up here to the View menu and choose Show File Names.

The Editor

When it comes time to make any significant edits to your photos, the Photoshop Elements Editors is where the work will be done. The second of the two workspaces available in Photoshop Elements, the Editor allows you to modify your photos in both technical and creative ways. Before you dive in though, you should really get acquainted with the Editor workspace. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And to help you find the images that I'm going to be working with, what we're going to do is come up here to the View menu and choose Show File Names.

And that will display the actual file name directly below each Thumbnail within the Media Browser. So, I'm going to scroll down a little bit, and I'm going to find the image that is called MG_0990.jpg. And by the way, there's an underscore in front of it as well. And most people think that they can double-click on this to open it in the Editor. But if I do that, you'll see that it really just opens it in Full Screen mode, or as a larger view inside the Organizer. So, I'm going to go ahead and come up here and click right in the middle of the Thumbnail slider to take it down to a smaller size. And to open this in the Editor, I'm going to select the image. I'm going to come over here to my Task Pane and click on the Fix tab. And I'm going to come down here and click on the Edit Photos button. And this is going to open that image inside of the Photoshop Elements Editor. Now, in order to show you a few things, as I'm going through here, we're going to open up another image as well.

So, to do that, I'm going to come up here and click on the Organizer button to jump back to my Organizer. You'll notice that the image that's open has a red line with a block icon, indicating that it's being edited in the Editor. I'm now going to click on the photo to the right of it, the one that's called _MG_1019.jpg. And this time, I can open this image by right-clicking, or if you do not have a two button mouse, you can Ctrl+Click on that image.

And I'm simply going to choose Edit with Photoshop Elements Editor. And that's going to open that image inside of the Editor workspace as well. Now, the main area that you see your image in is what's referred to as the Active Image Area. And this allows me to see the image and I can zoom in on it. I can change how I'm looking at this image. But the reason I opened more than one image is because, you'll notice that I have an active tab up here, for the image I'm viewing.

And I have an inactive tab, for an image that's open but not currently being viewed. And if I click on that tab, it's going to now show me the other image. I can also change between the currently viewed image by coming down here to my Project Bin. The Project Bin is another way that I can see the images that I have open in the Editor workspace. And if I double-click on one of the images, it also will make that photo active. And if I double-click on another image, it'll then in turn make that image active.

Now, the workspace is divided up into a couple different areas aside from the Active Image Area and the Project Bin over here. At the very, very top of my screen, we'll have the menu Bar. Now, there is a slight difference between the Mac and Windows verison of Photoshop Elements Editor. And you'll notice that on the Windows platform, the menus that you see across the top of your screen here is really built into the menu Bar right up here. But within this menu Bar, I can come over here and click on the New button to create a new image.

I can easily save, and I have quick access to the Help Contents. In addition, I can choose how I want my documents arranged. So if I click on that button, I can choose, for example, the Two-up Vertical option. And that will show me my open images right next to one another. If I click on that Arrange Documents button again, I can also choose Two-up in a horizontal orientation. So, I'm going to click on that Arrange Documents button one more time, and click the first button which is Consolidate All.

In addition, right below the menu Bar, I have what's called my Options Bar. Now, this directly correlates to another area of Photoshop Elements called the toolbox. And the toolbox is way over here on the left side of my screen, and it's where all of the different tools that you'll find inside of the Elements Editor can be found. Now, there are way too many tools in here to go over one by one. But as you click on a different tool, you'll notice that in the Options Bar up here at the top, the options change to reflect the current tool that's selected.

If I select a different tool, you'll see that I get a totally different set of options. So, that's an important thing to keep in mind as you're working in the Editor. That if you're looking for certain options up here and they're not available, it's probably because you have the wrong tools selected. Way over here to the right of the Photoshop Elements Editor interface is what's referred to as the panel Bin. And this is where all the different panels can be found. You'll see that I have a Layers panel, I have a Content panel, and I have an Effects panel.

Although those aren't the only panels that are available inside of the Elements Editor, if I click on the Window menu, you'll see that there are many other panels that are available. For example, if I choose the Histogram panel, you'll now see that the histogram is also displayed inside of the panel Bin. I'm going to go ahead and choose Window > Histogram to hide that panel. And now you'll see that I'm only seeing the effects and content area up here at the top. These two panels down here are currently collapsed.

If you click on one of the panels, it'll expand that panel to display its contents. If you want to remove a panel, for example, the Histogram panel is still here, you can click on the panel and drag out into the main area of Photoshop Elements. You can click on this Double Arrow to expand it to a button. You can click on it again to change it back to the Extended View. You can also click on the Options sections here and choose Close.

In addition, the Elements Editor has several different options that are available in the upper right-hand corner here. And when it comes to editing your images within the Edit tab, you'll notice we have a Full Edit. We have a Quick Edit, which takes me into a section that allows me to do some quick adjustments to my image. And I also have Guided Edit, which attempts to guide me through the process of making common correction. I'm going to go ahead and click on Fold to go back to the Default View. And I'm going to go over here to the Create tab, which allows me to create different projects within this section.

And within the Share tab, I can also share my images to multiple different services, such as Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug. And I can also click on the More Options section, which provides additional options as well. As you can see, there's a lot to cover inside the Elements 10 Editor. Understanding the different areas of the Editor workspace will help you to work faster, and to allow you to gain a better understanding of the program as a whole. The more you work with the Editor workspace, the more comfortable and efficient you'll become at editing your photos.

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