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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Quick Fix workspace in Elements Editor gives you some automatic correction features, but also allows you to customize your photo corrections. So in terms of ease of use and learning the Quick Fix workspace is somewhere between the easy Photo Fix options in the Organizer, which I showed you in the last movie, and the more full-featured Full Edit workspace in the Editor, which I'll be covering in detail in chapters to come. In this movie I am going to introduce you to the Quick Fix workspace and then in the next movies I'll show you how to use it to solve specific photo problems.
Here in the Editor I am going to select three images to open into the Quick Fix workspace. I'll click on one of those and then I'll hold down the Shift key and click on another, and then I'm going to go up to the Fix tab in the Organizer and click the white Arrow on the right side of the Fix tab to bring up this menu of editing workspaces. From here I'll choose Quick Photo Edit and that launches Elements Editor if it's not already open and opens the three images I selected into the Quick Fix workspace. Notice that I'm in the Edit tab and that the sub-tab Quick is highlighted.
Let's take a brief tour of the Quick Fix workspace. Down at the bottom of the workspace is the Project Bin. By default, the Project Bin will show all the open files, and the one that's currently showing up here in the Document Window is the one that will be affected by whatever edits I apply. If I want to edit a different open file in the Project Bin I'll double-click that image and that new image appears up here in the Document Window ready to be edited. When I'm editing an image I'll often collapse the Project Bin so that I have more room to work.
To collapse the Project Bin I'll double-click its tab right here, and then if I need to expand it again to access a different open image I can click once on the Project Bin tab. While it's open I'll show you that there are some other view options here. I could switch the Project Bin to show just files that I'd selected in the Organizer or files in a particular album in the Organizer. I'll leave that set to Show Open Files and I'll double-click the Project Bin tab to collapse it. Now let's take a look at the Preview Window.
By default, the Preview Window shows an after view of the image. In other words, a live preview of the image the changes as I am correcting it. So I'm going to go over to the panels on the right and just do a simple correction there by clicking the Auto button at the top of the first panel the Smart Fix panel. And as you can see that updated the after view to show me how the image looks with that correction. I often find it useful while I'm working to switch to a comparative view, a before and after view. And I can do that by going down to the View menu and choosing instead After Only one of these two Before & After views.
So this for example is what the before and after horizontal view looks like. Here on the left is the original image uncorrected, and here on the right is the image with the correction that I just added. Over on the left side of the Quick Fix workspace is a toolbar that includes some navigation tools and some touch up tools. One of the navigation tools is the Hand tool. I can select that by clicking on it here in the toolbar or I can just press-and-hold the Spacebar on my keyboard. What the Hand tool does is lets me move an image around in its window if the image is larger than the window.
And you can see that when I use it on the After view here the Before view is also moving around at the same time. So I can compare the same area of both views of the image. And then there is a Zoom tool here. Notice that when I select the Zoom tool the options up here in the Options Bar change to give me some controls that are specific to the Zoom tool. If I want to zoom in on the image for a closer look I'll make sure that the first icon, the one with the Plus symbol is selected in the Options Bar, and then I'll come into either one of the two previews and click, and each time I click I am zoomed in further.
If I want to zoom back out I'll go up to the Options Bar and click on the Minus symbol. And then I'll click on either one of the previews and they both zoom out together. If I want to see the entire image in each of these windows then I'll go to the Options Bar for the Zoom tool and click Fit Screen. And if I want to see the image at 100 % I'll click on this button, the 1:1 button, and that maps each pixel in the image two pixel on my screen. Now let's talk about saving and closing. Quick Fix unlike the Photo Fix options that I showed you in the last movie does not automatically save a corrected copy of your image.
So you do need to save manually, and you need to close your image when you're done with it, or if you go back to the Organizer this is what you'll see. I'm going to go to the Organizer by clicking the Organizer button at the top right of the Editor. And here in the Organizer I see this red stripe around each of the images that's currently open in the Quick Edit workspace telling me that an edit is in progress and preventing me from performing tasks on those images. So when I'm done with images I want to close them, and to do that I'll go back to the Quick Fix workspace by clicking the white arrow to the right of the Fix tab again and choosing Quick Photo Edit.
So let's say I am done editing this image. I'll go to the File menu and I'll choose Close. I get a message reminding me that I've made changes to the document that aren't saved and asking if I want to save the document before closing. And the answer is Yes. That opens the Save As dialog box. In the first field I'll navigate to the location where I want to save the corrected image. I'm going to go to my Desktop, and from there I'm going to go into my projects folder and then I'm going to go down to the File name field.
Now this is important, if I were saving the corrected file to the same location as the original file that I would want to be sure to change its file name, or I would save over the original. I don't like to do that; I like to keep a good copy of my original at all times. So in that case, I would come in here and click just after the name of the file and before the dot and the file format suffix and type something like a hyphen and edited. I do that even when I save elsewhere, because I like to know which are edited files and which are originals.
I'm going to leave the Format of the file set to JPEG, which is a good format for saving photographs. And then I'm going to make sure to leave a check mark next to Include in the Elements Organizer. In that way I won't have to import the corrected copy of the file into the Organizer. It will be there automatically. I'm not going to bother saving in a Version Set and I'll leave all of the other options at their defaults, and I'll click Save. In the JPEG Options dialog box I'll leave the settings as they are and I'll click OK. And you can see that there is no longer a thumbnail for the image that I closed.
And if I go out to the Organizer you can see that there is no red stripe around this image, because it's now closed. So that's a look at the basics of the Quick Fix workspace. There is no doubt that Quick Fix is easier to learn and easier to use than the Full Edit workspace. So I think you'll like working in Quick Fix particularly, as you're getting to know Elements. The heart of the Quick Fix workspace is its editing controls. I haven't shown you much about the editing controls yet, but that's what I'm going to show you in the next movies in this chapter.
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