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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.
There are a couple of different ways to open files into the Full Edit workspace of Elements Editor. I recommend that when you can, you open files from the Organizer into the Editor. The reason for that is that allows you to make use of the powerful search features in the Organizer, which I covered in earlier movies to find just the files that you want. And the Organizer gives you large thumbnail views so that you can visually choose just the image that you want. I am going to open a file from the Organizer in to Full Edit Mode by moving to the file I want, which is this greenhat.
Selecting it, and if I want to I could also select the redhat by holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and clicking on it. But I'm just going to with one file for now. Then I have two choices, I can either right-click on that file and choose Edit with Photoshop Elements. Or, and I think this way is more intuitive, I can go up to the Fix menu in the Task pane, click the arrow there and choose Full Photo Edit as I'm going to do. That launches Elements Editor in to the Full Edit Mode. I can see that it's in Full Edit because this tab says Edit Full.
And it opens the selected file or files into Full Edit Mode ready for me to work on. Now sometimes you may be working in the Editor and you just want to quickly open a file. If you know its name and its location, you can open it from here. By going to the File menu at the top of the Editor, choosing Open, and then navigating to the file in the Open window. So I happen to know that this file that I want is located is on the Desktop and inside the Exercise Files folder, so I'll double-click the Exercise Files folder to open it.
And then I'll double-click the sub folder for chapter06 to open it, and then I'll double-click the 06_01 folder and there is the redhat image that I'm after. So I'll click on it once to select it, and then I'll click Open. And that file opens directly in to the Full Edit workspace where I'm working. I'll show you one more way to open a file from the Editor that sometimes comes in handy. I'm going to go up to the File menu and I'm going to move my mouse over Open Recently Edited File. And here I see a list of all of the files that I've worked on recently.
So if I need one of those files, I can select it here and open it into the Editor.
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