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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides some powerful tools to help you do everything from managing and organizing your photos, to optimizing your images and making basic adjustments, to sharing your final results and making great prints. In this introduction to Photoshop Elements, Chad Chelius walks you through the new features introduced in Photoshop Elements 10, including tools to improve searching for photos and dealing with duplicates and new effects like Depth of Field and the Orton effect. Along the way, discover how to add special effects to your photos, tag images both by keyword and with the people recognition feature, and correct common problems like underexposure, overexposure, and color casts.
Once you have imported some photos into the Elements 10 Organizer, you'll want to get familiar with the interface. In this video I'll show you around the organizer, introduce you to the different areas, and explain how things work. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my screen, and the main part of the Elements 10 Organizer is this main window that you see here. And this main window is what's referred to as the Media Browser, and it's called that because not only can I import photos into the Elements 10 Organizer but also audio and video as well. Now the Media Browser shows each and every photo and media for that matter that you've imported into the organizer, and it also shows you some pertinent information about each and every asset.
So down here you can see we have the date as well as the time. And we can also see the current star rating that's applied to these images. Now down at the very bottom of our screen you'll see what's called the Status Bar. And the Status Bar shows us some pertinent information about our catalog. So at the very left of the Status Bar you can see that it currently say's, my catalog, which is currently the name of the catalog I have active. It'll show me how many items that are in the catalog. It'll also show me the date range that the media encompasses, and it'll also show me some status notification icons as well.
Now, what's nice about this Status Bar is that if I select an image, it now tells me that I have one item selected out of a total of 139. And if I shift-click to select a range of images, and now tells me that I have four items selected. So it's just a quick way of knowing what I have selected, and how many items I have total inside of my catalog. Now I'm going to Deselect these images by going to the Edit menu and choosing, deselect, you can also use a keyword shortcut Shift+Cmd+A on Mac or Shift+Ctrl+A on Windows. At the very top of our screen we have what's called the menu bar. Now, the menu bar is going to look slightly different between the Mac and Windows platforms.
But essentially we have the same items located here. You will notice that on the Windows platform that these menu options are really located right here within the Elements 10 organizer interface. So in addition to this menu Bar, having the menus up here at the top, I can also sign in using my Adobe ID. And I can also undo and redo the last operations that I've performed. I have quick access to the Welcome screen, so if I click on that House icon, that's going to launch the Welcome screen and display it very quickly and easily. To the left of the Home button is the Display menu. And in the Display menu, I can choose a variety of viewing options that will change how the Media Browser displays my assets.
For example, if I choose Import Batch, it's going to show me the batches in which my images were imported. If I change the display to folder location, it'll show me exactly where these images are located on my hard drive. So this could be incredibly useful when you're trying to find images, or you want to know where they're located. I'm going to go ahead and change my display back to thumbnail view. And you'll notice I also have a date view, that I can choose. That will allow me to see when these images were shot on a calendar. And that can be incredibly useful as well.
You can see when these images were taken. I'm going to go ahead and go back up here. Go back to my Media Browser. And in addition, I can also view, edit and organize in full screen mode. So that'll change over to Full Screen mode. And this really gives me a nice interface that I can use to browse my images. And I can also make corrections and adjustments to my images as well. To exit this mode, I simply hit the Escape button on my keyboard, and I go back to the regular media browser arrangement.
Once again I'll click on the Display button, and I also have a compare photos side-by-side view. And this is a great way that I can view multiple images and compare them side by side. Once again to exit that node I'll just hit Escape. Towards the bottom of the menu Bar, I have my search text field that allows me to search for my images and helps me to locate specific images that I'm looking or. I also have these Rotate Left and Rotate Right buttons. Now this is incredibly useful if you ever have an image that is rotated on its side but truth be told most of the current digital cameras account for this, by embedding that information into the photo.
And then most photo management tools like Elements, can account for that and they're almost always in the proper orientation. But if you ever run into an image that is not rotated correctly, we can simply select an image and click the Rotate Left button to rotate that image accordingly. Or, Rotate Right to rotate it the other way. In additon, I can use the adjust size of thumbnail slider to drag this slider to make my thumbnails smaller or larger, according to my preference.
I'll just go ahead and keep it right about in the middle here. And then I can also click on this button here, to view in full screen. So, if I want to see my image in full screen, I can take a look at what this looks like. And this really brings back memories of when I shot this photo. So, you can see that it's a great way to view your photos and you can use the arrow keys down here to go from one photo to the next. So once again I'll hit Escape to get out of that mode. And then getting down towards the right side, you can see that I can also choose how to sort these images.
Right now they're sorted by newest first. I can choose oldest first. And then, in addition, you'll notice that, towards the top of the media browser, I can also choose a filter. And this is helpful for showing, photos of a certain star rating. We're not going to go over that right now. But it's an easy way for us to show photos that have, say, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars applied to them. So we're going to go ahead and go back to date newest first, and then I'll move over to the right side of my screen, where I have my task pane. And within my task pane I have four tabs that each preform a different operation. So, I have the Organize tab that allows me to organize my images. The Fix tab provides quick access to edits to my images. The Create tab, which allows me to create different products or creations within Photoshop Elements.
And I also have the Share tab, which, once again, provides a lot of options for sharing my files on different services such as Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug and YouTube. I'm going to go ahead and go back to the Organize tab. And then finally way down here at the bottom right corner, I have my keyword, tags panel. And this is a really great way to tag my images, to organize them in different categories. Now, I know that might seem like a lot to take in but I'll tell you getting familiar with the organizers interface will allow you to work more efficiently and help you to explore the features found under the hood of Photoshop Elements 10. Spend some time in the Organizer and get aquanted, the fun is just starting.
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