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Overview of the editing workspaces

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

Video: Overview of the editing workspaces

In this course, we'll be focusing on the Expert edit workspace here in Elements' Editor, but there are other places where you can go to edit your files, and I just wanted to introduce you to those before we get started with the Expert edit workspace. Here in the Editor, there are actually three different editing workspaces. In addition to Expert edit, there is a Guided edit workspace that walks you through step-by-step techniques and the Quick edit workspace for applying quick and easy edits to your photos. Here I have a photo opened in the Expert edit workspace; to switch to the Guided edit workspace with the same open image, I'll click the Guided tab at the top of Elements Editor.

Overview of the editing workspaces

In this course, we'll be focusing on the Expert edit workspace here in Elements' Editor, but there are other places where you can go to edit your files, and I just wanted to introduce you to those before we get started with the Expert edit workspace. Here in the Editor, there are actually three different editing workspaces. In addition to Expert edit, there is a Guided edit workspace that walks you through step-by-step techniques and the Quick edit workspace for applying quick and easy edits to your photos. Here I have a photo opened in the Expert edit workspace; to switch to the Guided edit workspace with the same open image, I'll click the Guided tab at the top of Elements Editor.

Here in the Guided edit workspace, there is a column on the right that lists specific techniques that I can choose from. If I click on a technique here, that opens instructions for how to perform that technique in the column on the right. And I can just walk through these instructions and use the tools provided in the column. So that's the second editing workspace in the Editor. The third editing workspace here is the Quick edit workspace. I'll click the Quick tab at the top of the Editor, and that jumps me over to the Quick edit workspace with the same open image.

This workspace is well-named because it does offer just some quick editing options. For example, if I wanted to change the exposure of this image, I could click the arrow to the right of the Exposure option and that would reveal a slider that I can drag to the right to increase exposure or to the left to decrease exposure, along with some preset buttons. Clicking one of these buttons automatically applies the corresponding level of exposure to the photo. So those are the three editing workspaces in Elements' Editor. Elements actually is two programs in one; in addition to the Editor, there's also an Organizer.

To move from the Editor into the Organizer, I'll go down to the Taskbar at the bottom of the Editor and I'll click the Organizer button, and that switches me over to the Organizer. Now this course doesn't cover importing media into the Organizer. If you're interested in doing that, you may want to listen to my introductory course about Elements 11, Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11. There I'll explain how and why to import photos into the Organizer part of Elements. We won't be using the Organizer for the rest of this course, but I do want to show you one thing in the Organizer, and that is that you can actually edit your photos right here in the Organizer. And that's done using the Photo Fix Options.

To access those, I'll go down to the Taskbar and I'll click Instant Fix. That opens these few Photo Fix Options. Now these really are automatic fixes. There are no options or controls or choices to be made. All I have to do is select an image in the Organizer, and then click on one of the Photo Fix Options. For example, I'll click on Contrast; keep your eye on that photo, and you will see a change. What's actually happened is that the Organizer has made a copy of the original photo and it's renamed the copy, adding the word edited at the end of the filename.

It applied the Contrast Fix to this copy, and then it saved the copy for me automatically and put it in a group with the original. If I click this arrow, I can see the original here and the instantly edited copy right next to it. So this isn't a place to do very complex editing, but when you're in a hurry, it's a great place to instantly apply some common photo fixes. From the Organizer, I can go back to the Editor by going down to the Taskbar and clicking the Editor button. And that takes me back to the Editor, where I'll take this image back over into Expert Edit mode by clicking the Expert tab at the top of the Editor.

And here I have access to the full- featured Expert Edit interface, with all the tools, options and techniques that I'll be showing you in the rest of this course.

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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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