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Guided Edit basics

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Video: Guided Edit basics

Guided Edit is one of the three editing workspaces in Elements Editor. It offers explicit instructions and tools for performing individual tasks from basic editing to specialty effects. Now Guided Edit applies only to particular techniques, so you can't use it across the board, but if you're working on one of those tasks, particularly if you're new to the technique or to Elements in general, you'll appreciate this step-by-step guide that you get in Guided Edit. In this movie, I'll introduce you to the Guided Edit interface and in the rest of the chapter, I'll cover the new Guided Edit techniques that have been added in Elements 9.

Guided Edit basics

Guided Edit is one of the three editing workspaces in Elements Editor. It offers explicit instructions and tools for performing individual tasks from basic editing to specialty effects. Now Guided Edit applies only to particular techniques, so you can't use it across the board, but if you're working on one of those tasks, particularly if you're new to the technique or to Elements in general, you'll appreciate this step-by-step guide that you get in Guided Edit. In this movie, I'll introduce you to the Guided Edit interface and in the rest of the chapter, I'll cover the new Guided Edit techniques that have been added in Elements 9.

When I want to apply a Guided Edit to a photo, I can start either in the Organizer or in the Editor. In the Organizer, I'll select the image by clicking on it and then I'll go up to the arrow to the right of the Fix tab and I'll choose Guided Photo Edit. That will launch the Editor if it's not already open. And it will open the file into the Guided Edit workspace. Now if you don't use the Organizer to manage your photos, you can still use Guided Edit. Just open a file using the File> Open menu in any of the Editor workspaces and then go over to the column on the right and click the Guided tab.

Let's take a look at the Guided Edit workspace. It looks similar to the Quick Fix workspace that I covered earlier, but it has fewer tools and controls. There is a Project Bin down at the bottom of the Guided Edit workspace that shows the open files by default. If I want to collapse the Project Bin, I'll double-click its tab and then I have a larger view of the document that I am working on. I can reopen the Project Bin by clicking once on its tab. Over on the left is an abbreviated toolbox with a foreground and background color wall and with just a Hand tool and a Zoom tool.

When I select one of these two tools, the options change up here to give me options specific to that tool. Among the most useful options are those that fit the image to the screen like this and that zoom in to 100% like this. And then there's a Hand tool that I can use to move an image around in the window if I'm zoomed in so far that the image is bigger than the window. I'll click Fit Screen, so that I can see the entire image in this window. The heart of Guided Edit is in this column over on the right.

This column lists all of the techniques that you can perform here in Guided Edit and they are divided into categories. There are some basic photo edits like cropping a photo or sharpening a photo, some corrections to lighting and exposure, some corrections to color and then some special guided activities like touching up scratches and blemishes or an entire photo workflow guide. If I scroll down, there are some specialty techniques here in Photomerge, like the Style Match technique that I'll cover later.

There is an Action Player that plays some specific actions on an image and then there are some Photographic Effects like Line Drawing or an Old Fashioned Photo Effect and down here is a brand new category of Fun Edits, although, some of these are very practical like the Perfect Portrait technique which I'll show you in a later movie along with all the others in the Fun Edit category. I'm going to scroll back up to the top of this list to show you how to apply a Guided Edit. This image has a bit of a blue colorcast to it. So I'll look at the Color Correction category and there I see that I can remove a color cast.

I'll click Remove a Color Cast and that brings up instructions for doing exactly that here in the Guided Edit column. As with many Guided Edits, there is an explanation that helps you learn about the problem and the solution. This Guided Edit, like some others, has its own tools right here in the instructions. I'm going to select this tool, a ColorCast Eyedropper and then as it tells me here, I'll move into the image and I am going to click on a grey area, a neutral area and that removes the colorcast from that area and also resets all of the other tones to remove the cast.

So now, I think the image looks a lot more like the scene that I remember photographing. You can apply more than one Guided Edit technique to the same photo. When I'm done here, I'll click the Done button and that takes me back to the list of Guided Edits. I'd like to fine-tune the lighting in this image. So I'll go up to the Lighting and Exposure category and I'll click the Lighten or Darken Guided Edit. The way that I usually approach a Guided Edit that I haven't used before is just to start reading from the top and follow the instructions. So the first instruction is pretty straightforward, Press the Auto button to automatically fix the photo's exposure.

I'll try that and right away I see a change in the photo. Now, if I don't like that result, I can always go down to the Reset button that's at the bottom of the Guided Edit column and click to go back to ground zero and then I can apply the sliders or the tools in the Guided Edit again. In some of the Guided Edits, you will find sliders like this that let you customize a technique. So as the Guided Edit tells me, this first slider affects only the dark areas and it will lighten the shadows. So as I drag this slider over to the right, the dark areas become lighter and I can see more detail in them which is what I want.

The intensity of this effect will increase as I drag further to the right. So I'll put that where I wanted, just about there. And then I'll go on to the next slider, the Darken Highlights slider. This slider will affect only the brightest areas of the photo and it will darken them down, so I get more detail in the clouds. I'll drag that to the right until I like the effect. And then there's a third slider here that will affect only the midtones, the medium-bright areas. I can decrease the contrast in those areas for a kind of a glowing effect or I can increase the contrast to bring more detail to the midtones.

Many of the Guided Edits allow you to compare an after and before view of the photo. In this case, I'll go to View menu and from there, I can choose to see the After version only, the version with the edits applied, the Before version which is the original or both, either in a Horizontal or a Vertical view. I'll choose Before & After - Horizontal and you can see what a difference, those few quick Guided Edits made to this photo. Over on the right, if I don't like the results, I can always click Reset and that will take me back to the beginning to the original photo and I can start again with this or another Guided Edit.

If I don't like the results of the Lighten or Darken Guided Edit, I can click the Reset button and that will take me back to the way the photo looked when I started this particular Guided Edit, but I do like the results, so I'll click Done. Down here in the Project Bin, I see an icon that looks like a paintbrush on the top right corner of the thumbnail that represents this image and that means that I have made changes to the image that I haven't yet saved. So it's time to save and I can do that at the same time that I close the image by going up to the X on the right side of the document window and clicking there.

Elements asks if I want to save the changes that I've made to the photo. Yes I do, so I'll click Yes. I don't have to worry about saving over the photo because I get a chance to save elsewhere or with a different name or in a different format here in the Save As dialog box. I'm going to save in a different place by clicking on my Desktop and then opening up my projects folder and I'll save it there. I can keep the name the same because I am saving in a different location and I can keep the format the same as well. This is going to save an entirely new version of the image and if I want to include that new version in the Organizer, I can leave Include in the Elements Organizer checked and I think that's generally a good idea.

I am not going to bother saving in a version set with the original and when I'm saving in the JPEG format, I don't have the opportunity to save with layers, so layers has grayed out. I'll leave the other options at their defaults and I'll click the Save button. In the JPEG Options dialog box, I'll set the Quality to a medium amount, like 10 and I'll click OK and that closes Guided Edit and brings me back to the Organizer. So the Guided Edit workspace offers step-by-step instructions for particular techniques. Its easy-to-follow explanations make it popular with users who are new to Elements and if you're more experienced user, it can be a great learning tool when you're tackling a new technique for the first time, like the new Guided Edits in Elements 9 that I'll be covering in the rest of this chapter.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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