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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
This movie is for Mac users who are making the switch from using Apple's iPhoto to using Adobe's Elements. If you've already brought photos into iPhoto, here's how to import those photos into Elements. I'm using the current version of iPhoto which is iPhoto 11. If you're using the older iPhoto 9, the process may be slightly different than what you see here. In Apple's iPhoto, I've clicked on photos in the column on the left, so that you can see the photos that I have in my iPhoto library; a couple from Paris and some from Crested Butte, Colorado.
You may have lots more; this is just a small library. I'm going to switch over to Elements Organizer to import these photos to Elements. In Elements Organizer, I'll click the Import button, and I'll choose From iPhoto. If you don't see this command, it's probably because you don't have photos in an iPhoto library on your computer. Elements quickly finds the photos that I had imported to iPhoto and brings them into the Elements Organizer. It may take a little longer if you've got a larger library than mine. All these photos are now available in Elements for me to manage in the Organizer or take into Elements Editor to edit.
By the way, if you're using iPhoto 11 as I am, only the photos will be imported to elements, not the albums and other organizing features you may have added in iPhoto. So, that's what to do if you plan to switch over wholesale from iPhoto to Elements. In other words, you want to use Elements Editor and manager with your photos. But, there is another option, you may want to keep using iPhoto as your management tool so that you have access to any albums you created there, and be able to take the photos from iPhoto into Elements because Elements has such great editing workspaces, offering features that you may not get in iPhoto.
So, let's go back to iPhoto one more time to see how to do that. In iPhoto, I'm going to go up to the iPhoto menu and choose Preferences. In Preferences, I'll go to the Advanced tab, and then I'll go down to the Edit Photos field, and I'm going to click this menu, and I'll switch Edit Photos from In iPhoto to In Application. And then, I'm just going to navigate to my Photoshop Elements Editor application. Now, let's put that change to work. Here's a photo in my iPhoto library which I'll select, and then I'll go down to the bottom of iPhoto, and I'll click the Edit icon.
And that immediately switches me out of iPhoto, and into the Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. And here's the photo ready for editing. The Editor opened to the Quick Fix workspace, but I can change that by clicking on another workspace like the Expert workspace. And here, I have access to the largest range of editing features that Elements offers. So, here for example I could go to the Enhance menu, and I could choose Convert to Black and White, and click OK. Now, I want to save the edited version of the photo. So, I'll go to the File menu, and I'll choose Save.
And in the Save As dialog box that opens, I want to be sure not to change anything about the edited version. I want to save it with the same name, in the same location, in the same format as the original that I opened from iPhoto. So, I'll leave all of that, but I will come down to the Organize field, I'm going to uncheck Include in the Elements Organizer because in this scenario, I want to use iPhoto to manage my photos, not Elements. I just want to use Elements for its editing capabilities, and I'll click Save. At this prompt, I'll click Replace because I do want to overwrite the contents of the original file.
And in the JPEG options, I'll just click OK, leaving those at their defaults for now. Now, I can close this file by going to the File menu and I'll choose Close. Now, let's go back to iPhoto to see the results of editing an iPhoto managed photograph here in Elements Editor. You can see that the photo of the horse has now been converted to black-and-white. And the resulting photo is still here in iPhoto so that I can still use iPhoto to manage this photograph. So now you have the tools and information you need to either switch completely from iPhoto to Elements or to continue to use iPhoto as your photo manager while taking advantage of the sophisticated editing features in Elements to edit those photos.
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