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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.
The standard version of Elements on either Windows or Mac is composed of two applications rolled into one. There's an Organizer for managing your photos and an Editor for correcting and enhancing your photos. There's also this Welcome screen, from which you can access either the Organizer or the Editor. Let's talk about how to navigate among the Organizer, the Editor, and the Welcome screen in the standard version of Elements. By the way, I say the standard version of Elements to distinguish the standard version on Windows and on Mac that you'll see in most of this course from a second alternative version for Macs only that includes just the Editor.
I'll address the Editor-only version of Elements 10 for Mac in the next movie. The standard version of Elements 10 is virtually the same on Windows and on Mac, with just a few exceptions that I will mention as we go through the course. One of those is the way that you'll launch the program. To launch the program to the welcome screen on Windows, I clicked the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 shortcut that the installer put on my desktop. To do the same thing on a Mac, go into your main Applications folder, into your Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 subfolder, and click the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 icon there.
You may want to add that icon to your Mac's Dock for quicker access in the future. The first screen you'll see when you launch Elements this way is the Welcome screen. The main purpose of the Welcome screen is to give you a quick way to launch either the Organizer or the Editor. The Welcome screen also offers options for setting up an Adobe ID, which you would use to extend Elements to online services, like online backup. We're going to skip over the online subjects for now and come back to them later in the course. You certainly can use Elements on your desktop without signing in with your Adobe ID.
From the Welcome screen, the first place you'll often want to go is the Organizer, because you want to find photos there that you can open into the Editor to work on. To get to the Organizer from the Welcome screen, just click the big Organize button. That launches the Organizer, which may take a moment because it is a separate program. If this is the first time you're launching the Organizer, you'll see a prompt, asking if you want to get photos. We're going to do that together, get photos into the Organizer, in the next chapter, ao go ahead and close that prompt for now.
This large area of the Organizer on the left is known as the Media Browser. If you haven't brought any photos into your Organizer yet, your Media Browser will be blank. In my Organizer, you can see photo thumbnails of some of my personal photos in the Media Browser. We'll spend a lot of time looking at the management features in the Organizer, but for now, I want to show you how you can get from the Organizer over into the other main part of Elements, the Editor. You can do that without any photos selected here. But usually, the reason you want to go from the Organizer to the Editor is so that you can select some photos visually here in the Organizer and open them from here into the Editor.
The first step in that process is to select photos in the Organizer. To select a photo here, I can click on it, and it gets this white border around it, indicating that it's selected. If I want to select some other photos that are next to this one, I can hold the Shift key and click on another photo and that will select all in between. If I want to select some additional photos that are not next to these, I'll hold the Ctrl key on a PC, the Command key on a Mac, and click on another photo, and that becomes selected too.
Now, I want to bring all the selected photos into the Editor, so I can work on them there. To do that, I'll go over to the column on the right, and I'll go up to the Fix tab and click the arrow just to the right of the Fix tab. That brings up a menu which displays the three editing workspaces in the Editor: the Full Photo Edit workspace, Quick Photo Edit workspace, and Guided Photo Edit workspace. We'll be looking at each of these in detail later in the course. For now, I'm just going to click on any one of these. I'll choose Full Photo Edit workspace and that will launch the Editor.
The Editor may take a moment to launch because it's a separate program. Notice that the Editor has opened into a separate window here on my screen. You can still see the Organizer over here behind it. If I want the Editor to fill my entire screen, I'll click the Maximize button on a PC, which is over on the right, or the green button over on the left on a Mac. We'll be looking at the Full Edit workspace and the other edit workspaces in great detail later in the course. For now, I want to concentrate on how you can move from this workspace back to the Organizer.
So let's say that I decide I want to open another photo from the Organizer into the Editor. To get back to the Organizer, I'll just click the big Organizer button at the top of the Editor, and that switches me back to the Organizer. Here you can see that each of the photos that I have opened in the Editor has a lock symbol on it. If I need to get rid of that lock symbol, I would have to go back to the Editor the same way I showed you, and close those photos. So that's how to navigate back and forth between the Editor and the Organizer. Since you can navigate that way, there's seldom a need to return to the original Welcome screen.
But if you ever do want to get to the Welcome screen, here's how you can do it from either the Organizer, where we are now, or from the Editor. At the top of both the Organizer and the Editor, there is a little house icon, and if I click that, the welcome screen launches again. As you get more familiar with Elements, you may decide that you want to bypass the Welcome screen altogether, even when you first launch the program. You can do that by going to the Settings label here at the top-right of the welcome screen, clicking, and choosing which of the three main components of Elements you want to see when you launch Elements: either the Welcome screen, the Organizer, or the Editor.
I'm going to choose to always launch Elements' Organizer only, because that's usually where I start working in the program, and I'll click OK. Now, the next time that I launch Elements, I won't see the Welcome screen. So that's a tour of how to get around the main components in Elements. In the rest of the course, we'll dive in for a closer look at the Organizer and the Editor.
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