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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Full Edit workspace is the most full-featured of the three workspaces in Element's editor which are the Full Edit workspace, the Quick Fix workspace, and the Guided Edit workspace. The Full Edit workspace is where you will go to your serious photo editing. It's actually a lot like the full-fledged Photoshop CS5. In this movie I am going to introduce the Full Edit workspace and then in the following movies, we will do a deeper dive into some of the features of this interface. Let's take a tour of the interface. Up at the top there is menu bar as in most programs.
The menu bar contains most of the commands that you will use when you are editing your images. If you can't find a command elsewhere, this is the place to look. One of the basic things you will do from the menu bar is to open files, and that's done from the File dropdown menu here. I am going to choose the Open command from the File menu, and then I will navigate to the file that I want to open which is this file inside the 07_01 Exercise Files folder. I will select it and I will choose Open. Now that method works fine if you know exactly where a file is located.
If you don't, I think it's a lot better to start in the Organizer where you can take advantage of search features like tags, and albums, and text search, and thumbnails to find the particular file that you are looking for. So if you have been managing your files in the Organizer, then I suggest that when you want to work on a file in the editor, you start in the Organizer. I am going to switch over to Organizer by clicking the Organizer button at the top-right of the editor. Here I am in Folder Location view which is he view that we are using during this course, because it will make it easier for you who are using the exercise files to find them in the folders in which they are located.
In Folder Location view, I am going to navigate to my 07_01 folder and there I have two files; one of these is already opened in the editor as you can see here. I am going to select the other thumbnail and then I have a couple of choices to enter the Full Edit workspace. One thing I can do is go up to the Edit menu and from there, choose Edit with Photoshop Elements. I can also access that command by right-clicking on the thumbnail or Ctrl+Clicking if I have a one-button mouse.
The other choice is with that thumbnail selected, to go over to the Task Pane and click on the white arrow on the right side of the Fix tab, and from there, choosing Full Photo Edit. I will do it that way this time. If the editor isn't already opened, that will launch the editor and it will open the Full Edit workspace in the editor and it will open the selected files into the Full Edit workspace. So I think that's the preferred way to open files into the Full Edit workspace and the way that I suggest that you work through this course.
The two documents that I opened are displayed here in the document window. Each one has a tab at the top. This tab contains information about the file like its name, its copyright status, its color mode, and bit depth and how far I am zoomed in at the moment. There is more information about the active file down here at the bottom of the document window. From here I can see the dimensions of the photo or if I click this arrow, I could choose to see the file size on the disk, the color profile, or other information.
If I have more than one document open, as I do now, each one of those will have a tab in the document window. One way to switch between open documents is to click on their individual tabs like this. Another way to switch between documents is to go down to the Project Bin which by default shows all the opened files in a Thumbnail view. To switch documents in the document window, I can double-click on a different thumbnail like this. I could change what's showing in the Project Bin from all the opened files to particular files that I have previously selected in the Organizer or to one of my albums.
So this would be a quick way to open and work on files in an album. I am going to set that back to Show Open Files. If I have a big document, sometimes I need more space to work in so I can collapse the Project Bin by double- clicking its tab and then if I want to open it again, I will click once on its tab and it expands. Over here on the right side of the Project Bin, there is a tiny icon that represents a panel menu. If I click that, I have some more features related to the Project Bin.
Something I think is really useful is to able to save the thumbnails that are displayed in the Project Bin as an album in the Organizer so that I can quickly access those same files at any time from back in the Organizer. Let's look at another element of the interface, the toolbar. The toolbar is this double-columned item over here on the left that contains the tools that you will use to edit your photos. To select a tool, you will click on it here in the toolbar, and every time that you do click on different tool, the options up here in the options bar change to display just options relevant to the selected tool.
So keep your eye on that options bar as I select a different tool and you will see that they change. Above the option bar at the top of the screen, is the application bar. This bar contains icons for features that you will use frequently like an Undo button, and a Redo button, the shortcut to the Organizer, an icon for getting back to Element's welcome screen, and a button that resets all of the panels on the right to their original locations. The panels on the right are another element of the Full Edit workspace interface.
You can see that the panels are arranged in groups. So here I have two panels; the Effects panel and if I click on this tab, the Content panel. These panel groups are docked or snapped together in this column on the right. There are lots more panels available than those that are displayed here by default. If I want to open another panel I will go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen, and I will choose one of the panels listed alphabetically here. So you I might open the Adjustments panel for example. That panel then appears here in the column on the right.
To close a panel or a panel group, I will go to the tiny icon that represents the panel menu. I will click there and I will go down and choose to close which will close just a single panel or to close the tab group, which will close all the panels in a group. Now if I want to set my panels back to their initial arrangement, I will go up to the Application bar and I will click the Reset panels button. So that's an overview of the basics of the Full Edit workspace. In other movies, I will go into more detail about some of the interface features that I introduced here.
My hope is that by the end of this course, as a result of practicing in this workspace you will get so familiar with this interface that you won't have to consciously think about how it works or where things are in it.
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