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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
In addition to using Bridge for organizing, sorting and previewing all of your digital images, you can also use it to select images and open them up in Elements. I'm currently viewing all of our images in the catalog images folder in our exercise files, that's what we're seeing here in the Content panel in Bridge. What I would like to do is select an image and open it up into the Elements' Editing workspace. I'm just going to select any random image. It doesn't really need to be any specific image. I was going to just click on the statue here of the blue iguana. What I'm going to do in order to open this up, the quickest and easiest way to do this is to just double-click the selected image from the Content panel.
That brings it up here in the Elements working space as you can see. I'm going to go back to Bridge now, by clicking the Bridge button in the upper left. I can show you that you can also open up multiple images at a time that are selected from within the Content panel. The reason you might want to do this is because if you ever want to create say something like a photo project like a photo collage or maybe a PDF slideshow, web photo gallery, anything like that that involves working with multiple images, you need to select them all and open them up all at once in Elements in order to do so.
So let's go ahead and see how we can do this. Let's go ahead and select maybe this whole Brooklyn_graffiti series. Clicking on the first image and then Shift-clicking on the last in the series to select everything in between. Now that I have them selected, another way that we can open these up other than double-clicking, is to go under the File menu and choose Open. Okay, you can see what's happening, it opened up all of these images now inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. We can see them down here in our Project bin in addition to the blue_iguana image that we opened earlier. Something else that you can do is when you're inside of the Elements' Editing workspace; you can choose to open images that have recently been edited.
So if I go under the File menu, I can choose Open Recently Edited File and choose something from within this list. Here are the ones that we currently have open. I could choose something from further down, maybe Enzo_headphones_03, and there is an image that we opened previously and we're working with. Okay, so if you ever want to reopen an image that you recently worked with, you can do so from that particular menu, File > Open Recently Edited File. You can also open images using the Open command from within Elements and then navigate to it. But it's much easier to use Bridge, select the images from within the Content panel, then either double-click to open up in Elements or choose the File > Open command.
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