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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
There are several ways to open a file into the Full Edit workspace of the Editor. Let me show you a couple of ways to do it. I'll be working with a file called lobby.jpg inside the 06_02-opening subfolder of the Chapter 06 exercise files. If you use the Organizer to catalog your photos as I suggest you do, then it makes sense to also use the Organizer to open files into your Editor because that allows you to make use of the powerful search features in the Organizer which we discussed in earlier movies to find your files and then you can open them right from there into the Editor.
So, for example, if I had searched for this file lobby.jpg and I wanted to work on it in the Full Edit mode of the Editor, I would simply click on it here in the Organizer and then go up to the Editor menu at the top of the screen and from there, choose Full Edit and that launches the Editor as you see me do in other movies in this course, and it opens that file in Full Edit mode. I'm going to close this file. One way to do that is from this X on the Document window and then I'm going to go back into the Editor by going to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and finding the Minimize Editor there and clicking it because I want to show you that you can open files directly into the Editor, you don't have to go to the Organizer and sometimes that's just more efficient.
First of course, you have to launch the Editor either from the welcome screen or from the Organizer. Make sure you are in Full Edit mode by clicking this tab on the right that says Full and then go to the File menu at the top of the screen and choose Open. You also can choose Open Recently Edited File if you have recently opened the same file that you are after this time. From the File Open command, I'm going to navigate in the Open dialog box to my desktop and from there into my Exercise Files folder, and from there into the Chapter 06 folder, the 06_02-opening subfolder, and finally I can see my lobby.jpg which I'll select and then come down here and choose Open. So that's always an option for you if you don't feel going through the Organizer to open your files into the Editor.
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