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This course introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Photoshop Elements. Author Jan Kabili begins with a look at the Organizer, whose features make it easier to manage and find photos. She describes how to work with keywords and albums and how to use Elements 10's visual search features to find visually similar photos and duplicate images.
Next, Jan addresses Elements’ Quick Photo Edit and Guided Photo Edit workspaces, which streamline and simplify many common photo-editing tasks. She then introduces the basics of editing in the Full Photo Edit workspace, which provides tools for selecting portions of images, retouching, compositing images, adding text, and more.
The course wraps up with an overview of Elements 10's sharing features, including creating greeting cards, printing and emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
When you're ready to edit a photo, you have a choice of four editing workspaces. You can quickly apply Automatic Photo Fix options in the Organizer, which I covered in the last movie, by clicking the Fix tab. Or, if you click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, you have access to three different editing workspaces in the second component of Elements, which is the Editor. Those are the Full Photo Edit workspace, Quick Photo Edit, and Guided Photo Edit. In this chapter I'm going to cover Quick Photo Edit. In this movie, I'll show you the basics of working with the Quick Photo Edit interface.
First, I'm going to select some photos to work on here in the Organizer. I will click on one of these thumbnails, I'll hold down the Control key on Windows, or the Command key on a Mac, and click on the other, and then I will come back over to the arrow on the right of the Fix tab, and from there I'll choose Quick Photo Edit. It may take a moment for your editor to launch, and it opens here to the Quick Photo Edit workspace. Down at the bottom of this workspace is a project bin that shows thumbnails of all the photos that are currently open. Up here is the document window that shows a preview of the image you're working on, with whatever changes you make over here in the column on the right.
If I want to work on a different photo, I'll just double-click its thumbnail down here in the Project Bin. Up here is an abbreviated toolbar that offers a Zoom tool for zooming in, a Hand tool for moving an image around in the document window, a Selection tool that allows you to make changes to just part of an image, a Crop tool for cropping the image, and a few prebuilt effects that you can experiment with. Over on the right are all the Full Photo Edit controls. The Smart Fix control is sometimes all you need. Smart Fix tries to correct common lighting and color problems all at once.
There are two ways to apply Smart Fix; either automatically with one click on this button, or by dragging the Fix slider to the right, which allows you not only to apply Smart Fix, but also control how much Smart Fix to apply. I can use these alone or together. So I might apply Auto Smart Fix by clicking the Auto button like this, and I see the results here in the document window. Then I will click the Fix slider, and drag over to the right to increase the amount of Smart Fix. When I am done with the Fix slider, I have to decide whether to commit that change, or to cancel it.
I am going to click the check mark to commit it. It's often useful to compare the results of an edit both before and after the edit. To do that, I'll go down to the View menu underneath the document window, and I'll change that from After Only, to Before & After; either a horizontal or a vertical view. So there is the original image on the left, and here's how the image looks with the changes that I just made. If I want to back up on some of those changes, I can come up and click the Undo button at the top of the screen, and that takes me back one step: just before I dragged that Fix slider over to the right, but after I'd applied the Auto Fix.
I can continue to click the Undo button multiple times to back up one step each time, or if I want to go all the way back to the beginning, before I had applied any changes to this photo, I'd go down to the bottom of the Edit column and click Reset. I am going to go back and apply Auto Smart Fix again, and now let's say that I'm all done editing the photo. It's important at this point that I save my changes. That's different than the Photo Fix options in the Organizer where changes are saved automatically for you. So I'll go to the File menu at the top of the screen, and I'll choose Save As.
And here, I'm going to choose a destination to which I am going to save a copy of this photo. I'll choose the Format; I will leave it set to JPEG which is a good choice for saving a photo, and I'll choose a file name. I want to make sure not to save over the original of this photo. So I'm going to click inside the file name, just before the dot, and I'm going to type underscore, and edited, and that way I'll know that this is an edited copy of the original. In the Save options, I want to include this edited copy in the Elements Organizer, so the Organizer keeps track of the copy, as well as the original.
I'm not interested in saving in a version set, I will leave all the other options at their defaults, and I'll click Save. I'll click OK in the JPEG options, and now that I'm done with this image, I'll click the X to close it. Now, I'm going to go back to the Organizer. Here you can see my original, you can see the copy that I just saved with edited in its name, and over here you can see that other photo that I had opened from the Organizer into the Quick Photo Edit workspace. This red belt across the thumbnail means that this image is still open in the Editor.
If I want to remove this belt so that I can work on this image here in the Organizer, I have to go back into the editor and close it there. So again, I'll click the arrow to the right of the Fix Tab, I'll choose Quick Photo Edit, and I'll click the X here to close this file too. So those are the basics of working with an image in the Quick Photo Edit workspace. We'll take a closer look at how to correct lighting and color in this workspace in the very next movies.
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