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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you haven't already launched Photoshop Elements, go ahead and do so now. You can launch Elements from the Windows Start menu at the bottom of your screen, or if you happen to have a shortcut to Elements on your desktop, you can click that to launch the program. The first screen you'll see when you launch Elements is this one. It's called the Welcome Screen and this is how it will look the very first time that you launch the program. Subsequent times the area on the right may be slightly different, offering some information about what you can do in Elements. Right now here on the right side, Adobe is suggesting that you create a username and a password, an Adobe ID, that will allow you not only to register the software, but it will also enable backup and online sharing services at Adobe's online service Photoshop.com, which I'll be explaining in more detail later in the course.
So if you don't have an Adobe ID and you want to extend the capabilities of Elements by using Adobe's online services, you can click Create Adobe ID from here, but you don't have to do that yet. If you prefer to wait, you can create your ID from within the program, as I'll show you how to do later in the course. If you already have an Adobe ID, you can sign in with that ID right down here to access the online services. The most important part of the Welcome Screen is over here, these two buttons, Organize and Edit. These will take you to the two major workspaces in Elements, the Organizer in which you can organize and manage your photos, and the Editor, where you can edit and enhance your photos.
Often I'll start in the Organizer, where I can find just the files that I'm looking for. So if I click the Organize button, that launches Elements Organizer workspace, which you see here and which I'll be showing you in great detail in the movies to come. From here you can organize your photos so they are easier to find later. You can do some simple photo edits on them and you can create photo projects like slideshows or books, and finally you can share your photos with family and friends from right here in the Organizer. If you want to go back to the Welcome Screen from the Organizer, you can do so by clicking this little house icon and I'm going to do that now.
Back here in the Welcome Screen, I can also access the Editor workspace by clicking the Edit button. This is the Editor workspace set to its Full Edit Mode. Here in the Editor you can edit and enhance your images, you can make photo creations, and you can share them with family and friends. If you want to go back to the Organizer you can click this button, or if you want to go back to the Welcome Screen you can click this little house icon at the top right of the Editor as I'm doing now. The last thing I'll show you about the Welcome Screen is that there's a little icon right here that looks like a menu and if you click there you can choose which screens will appear when you launch Elements.
By default, you'll see just the Welcome Screen as I did at the beginning of this movie. But if you want you can choose to always launch the Organizer behind the Welcome Screen and that's not a bad idea, because then the Organizer is immediately available to you, or you can choose to always launch the Editor behind the Welcome Screen. I am going to leave this at its default and click OK. And finally I'll show you how to close the Welcome Screen which is from this X right here, and remember I can always reopen the Welcome Screen at anytime from the house icon, in either the Editor or the Organizer.
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