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Elements overview

From: Photoshop Elements 12 Essential Training

Video: Elements overview

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a one stop shop, for That opens the organizer to its default view, media view.

Elements overview

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a one stop shop, for most anything that you'll want to do to your photos. It's not only a useful photo editor, it's also a photo organizer, a creative work space and a jumping off place for sharing photos online and among your mobile devices. You'll use different elements work spaces, depending on which of those tasks you're doing. So, we're going to start off the course with an overview of the work spaces you'll use most. First, when you launch the program, this is the screen that you'll see. This is the welcome screen. And from here you can quickly access the two main parts of elements, which are the organizer, where you'll go to manage and search for and view thumbnails of all your photos, and the photo editor.

Where of course, you'll go to edit your photos. The welcome screen also offers information and links about Elements. Now if you don't want to see welcome screen every time you open the program, you can go to this gear icon at the top of the welcome screen. And from there, you can use to start on launch either at the welcome screen, the organizer or the photo editor. I'll leave this set to welcome screen for now, and I'll click Done. Now you can start working directly in the Photo Editor, but if you choose to use Elements Organizer to keep track of and manage your photos, then you'll most often want to start in the Organizer.

And that's what I'm going to do now by clicking the Organizer button, here in the Welcome screen. That opens the organizer to its default view, media view. You can see that the media tab is selected by default at the top of the organizer. In media view, you'll see thumbnail sized copies of each of the photos that you choose to import into the organizer. I'll show you how to import files into your organizer shortly. You can import not only photos, which we'll be concentrating on in this course, but also audio clips. And you can see some thumbnails for audio clips down here, as well as video clips, PDFs and special Elements project files.

The photos that you see here, are not in the Exercise Files. These are my personal photos that I'm using just for purposes of this movie. We'll be talking a lot about things that you can do to organize and find photos here in the organizer. One of the things that I often do in the organizer, is to browse through my photos to find those that I want to take over to the editor for photo editing. So let's say that I want to edit this photo. I'll click on it to select and this photo. I'll hold the control key, the command key on the Mac and click on this photo to add it to the selection. And, then to bring those two photos into the Editor, I'll go down to the bar at the bottom of the organizer called the Task Pane.

And, in the Task Pane I'll click the Editor icon. That launches Elements editor, which is a separate program. So, it make take a few minutes to launch. I'd like to maximize the editor on my screen. So, I'm going to go to the Maximize button at the top right on windows, or the green button at the top left on a MAC and click there. If I go down to the bottom of the editor, there is a Task pane similar to the Task pane that we saw in the Organizer, but with different icons. I'm going to click on the very first icon, the Photo Bin icon to show you that both of the files that I'd selected in the Organizer are now open here in the editor.

And I can choose to work on a different file by just double clicking its thumbnail here in the Photo Bin. There are three separate editing workspaces in the Editor, that vary in complexity, and in the features that they offer. A good place to start is the Quick Edit workspace. Which offers some ways to quickly apply common photo adjustments to your photos. And we'll be looking at how to do that later in the course too. If you like to follow instructions or recipes when you're correcting photos, then you may prefer the Guided edit workspace. I can quickly take both of these photos into the Guided edit workspace by just clicking the Guided button at the top of the editor.

And if I go down to the bottom of Guided Edit and click Photo Bin, you'll see that both photos are available here as well. And I can choose to edit either one. Over on the right side of the guided edit work space are recipes for common photo corections. And we'll be looking at a few of these later in the course too. And finally, there is the Expert Edit Work space, which I can access by clicking the Expert button at the top of the Editor. And again, there's a photo bin, displaying all the open files. Now honestly, you don't need to be an expert at photo editing, to use the Expert Edit Workspace.

I'll be showing you some of the many ways that you can make your photos look great, in this full featured editing workspace. Which, by the way, looks a lot like Adobe Photoshop and shares many of the same features that Photoshop has. When you're finished editing your photos in the Editor, you want to save any changes you've made and close them. To close a photo from the Expert Edit Workspace, I'll go to the tab for a particular photo at the top of the document window and click the X there. If I'm in either of the other two work spaces, Guided or Quick Edit, then to close a photo, I'll click the X at the top right of the document window.

I'm not going to close this photo for now, because I want to show you what happens if I leave a photo open in the Editor and I switch back to the Organizer. To get back to the Organizer from any of the three editing workspaces, I can go down to the Task pane at the bottom of the Editor, and click the Organizer button. Here in the Organizer, you can see that the photo that is still open in the Editor has a red bar across it and a lock, and that means that I cant work with it here in the Organizer while its still open in the Editor. So if I need to do something with it here in the Organizer, I would have to click on the photo to select only that photo.

And then go down and click on Editor in the Task pane again, to switch back to the Editor. Close the photo there. I'll click the X at the top right of the Quick Edit workspace to do that, and that takes me back to the Organizer, because there are no other photos open in the Editor. And you see that the red bar and lock are gone from that photo. I'll click into a gray area of media view to remove the highlights in that photo. So those are the workspaces that I think you'll use most often, with some information about how to move your photos between them. There are other workspaces too.

For example at the top of the Organizer in which you can organize your photos of people, places and events. And over on the right side of either the Organizer or the Editor, you can access various workspaces for making photo creations like prints, photo books and more. As well as features for sharing your photos, by email and online. So that's an overview of the major workspaces in Elements. I'll be covering lots more about the Organizer and the Editor throughout the course.

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Photoshop Elements 12 Essential Training

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  1. 14m 24s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Elements overview
      6m 18s
    3. Working with catalogs
      4m 17s
    4. Using the exercise files
      2m 55s
  2. 22m 19s
    1. Preparing to import
      3m 34s
    2. Importing photos from a hard drive
      4m 15s
    3. Importing photos from a camera
      6m 21s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 25s
    5. Viewing imported photos
      2m 44s
  3. 35m 58s
    1. Using the Organizer Instant Fix
      4m 59s
    2. Overview of working in the editor Quick Edit workspace
      7m 27s
    3. Fixing lighting and color in Quick Edit
      6m 49s
    4. Fixing red-eye and pet-eye in Quick Edit
      3m 47s
    5. Adding effects, borders, and textures in Quick Edit
      2m 54s
    6. Touching up photos in Guided Edit
      5m 30s
    7. Adding special effects in Guided Edit
      4m 32s
  4. 26m 25s
    1. Overview of the Expert Edit workspace
      2m 40s
    2. Working with the editing tools
      3m 56s
    3. Customizing panels
      3m 43s
    4. Picking colors
      3m 17s
    5. Undoing and using History
      3m 31s
    6. Saving and choosing file formats
      6m 15s
    7. Viewing multiple documents
      3m 3s
  5. 23m 6s
    1. Cropping photos
      4m 53s
    2. Straightening photos with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 42s
    3. Resizing photos for print
      5m 43s
    4. Resizing photos for the web
      2m 31s
    5. Changing photo orientation with the Recompose tool
      3m 41s
    6. Adding canvas size
      1m 36s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. What are layers?
      3m 20s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      6m 33s
    3. Text and shape layers
      5m 17s
    4. Building a layered composite
      5m 18s
    5. Fine-tuning a composite with blend modes
      4m 51s
    6. Fine-tuning a composite with layer masks
      7m 44s
  7. 27m 29s
    1. Why use selections?
      6m 46s
    2. Using the marquee tools
      3m 12s
    3. Using the lasso tools
      3m 3s
    4. Using the Quick Selection and Magic Wand tools
      2m 36s
    5. Refining a selection
      8m 7s
    6. Modifying a selection
      3m 45s
  8. 47m 27s
    1. Auto smart toning
      2m 44s
    2. Why use adjustment layers to correct photos?
      2m 16s
    3. Adding adjustment layers
      3m 45s
    4. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 3s
    5. Limiting adjustment layers with masks
      4m 17s
    6. Controlling adjustment layers
      2m 44s
    7. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 12s
    8. Removing color casts
      1m 51s
    9. Correcting camera distortions
      3m 36s
    10. Converting to black and white
      1m 32s
    11. Reducing digital noise
      4m 40s
    12. Output sharpening
      5m 50s
    13. Retouching with the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      6m 42s
    14. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      2m 15s
  9. 42m 13s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 40s
    2. Opening raw and non-raw image files in Camera Raw
      3m 49s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 15s
    4. Setting white balance
      3m 25s
    5. Adjusting lighting and color with Basic sliders
      6m 28s
    6. Cropping and straightening in Camera Raw
      2m 39s
    7. Reducing noise
      2m 50s
    8. Sharpening
      4m 31s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    10. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      2m 22s
  10. 30m 34s
    1. Overview of the Organizer
      4m 52s
    2. Designating a watched folder for new photos (Windows only)
      2m 27s
    3. Viewing information about your photos
      2m 17s
    4. Adding captions and notes
      1m 18s
    5. Sorting photos in Media view
      3m 24s
    6. Rating photos with star rankings
      6m 41s
    7. Stacking related photos
      2m 34s
    8. Using Full Screen view
      3m 29s
    9. Making a full-screen slideshow
      3m 32s
  11. 8m 4s
    1. Moving files the right way
      1m 52s
    2. Renaming files the right way
      1m 25s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      3m 19s
    4. Removing files from a catalog
      1m 28s
  12. 7m 5s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 10s
    2. Organizing albums
      1m 55s
  13. 25m 59s
    1. Creating keyword tags
      3m 24s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      5m 27s
    3. Applying keywords to photos
      6m 45s
    4. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 2s
    5. Searching by metadata
      3m 33s
    6. Using Saved Searches
      3m 48s
  14. 34m 48s
    1. Automatically identifying people in your photos
      5m 22s
    2. Manually identifying people in your photos
      4m 13s
    3. Viewing photos in People view
      3m 54s
    4. Working with People tags
      4m 28s
    5. Organizing by events
      5m 7s
    6. Organizing by Smart Events
      3m 21s
    7. Viewing photos on a map
      3m 45s
    8. Adding location data to photos for mapping
      4m 38s
  15. 24m 16s
    1. Sharing to mobile devices with Revel
      4m 54s
    2. Sharing photos to Facebook
      3m 0s
    3. Setting up color management
      6m 30s
    4. Printing in Photoshop Elements
      5m 52s
    5. Printing with color management
      4m 0s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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