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The Elements Organizer provides some great tools for helping you manage your photographic images. And so it makes sense that you would want to utilize the organizer for that purpose, for keeping everything organized. But the Elements Editor contains some very powerful tools for optimizing your images. And so when you want to work on an image, you'll typically want to send it over to the Editor so that you can apply more sophisticated adjustments. That means you're going to be working with the Organizer and Editor together, which fortunately is very, very easy to do.
I've selected a photo here that I'd like to touch up just a little bit for example, and so I want to send this image from the Organizer directly into the Editor. In the process, the Organizer will create a copy for me so that any changes will not alter the original. In other words the workflow is completely nondestructive to my original pixels. There are several ways that I could open this image in the Editor. The first step is simply click on the image so that it is selected, and then I can choose for example Edit and then Edit With Photoshop Elements Editor from the menu.
I can also press Cmd + I on Mackintosh or Ctrl + I on Windows. In addition I could right-click on the image and then choose Edit With Photoshop Elements Editor from the pop up menu, and I can also go to the Fix tab. If I click on the pop up arrow on the right of the Fix tab, I can actually choose whether I want to work in theUNKNOWN Edit mode, the Quick Edit mode or the Guided Edit mode. But all three of these modes are easily accessible from within elements, and so it's not really critical that I make the right choice here. Generally speaking, I'll simply choose the Full Photo Edit option. So I'll go ahead choose that option.
As you can see the image opens up in the Elements Editor. If the Editor had not already been running, it would also launch for you automatically and the image will be open. Let's assume that I wanted to adjust the color here, for example, I'll go to the Enhance menu. And then go to Adjust Color, followed by Adjust Hue and Saturation. And then, perhaps, I'll increase saturation. I'm going to exaggerate the adjustment a bit, just so that it'll be more obvious the difference between the before version and the after version.
So we can see exactly what's going on here. I'll go ahead and click OK. And we have this version created. I'll go ahead and choose File > Save from the menu. And Elements will ask me what I'd like to call this document. The default folder will be the same folder as the original. And the default name will be edited and then a number. For the first time I've edited the image, that will be one, of course. Notice that I also have an option for whether or not I want to include this image in the Elements Organizer. In conjunction with that I strongly encourage you to use the Save Inversion Set with Original option.
This will cause this copy of your image to be saved in a set, as you'll see in just a moment. With both of those options turned on. I'll go ahead and click the Save button. Since this image is a JPEG, I'm asked about the quality setting. I'll keep that at its maximum of 12 and click OK. And then I can simply close this image. Clicking the X on the tab for example, in order to close the image and go back into the Elements Organizer. Notice that I have a version set now. I have two copies of the image. There's the original, with the lower saturation and the copy of the image, with the higher saturation.
And they're grouped together so I won't get confused about which images belong together. I can expand that version set at any time and see the diffeerence between them. And of course, most of the time I would tend to keep the version set collapsed. So I'll just click that button one more time, and now I only see the most recent image at the top of the stack. As you can see, it's quite easy to work with the Elements Organizer and Editor together so that you can both manage and optimize your images with ease.
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