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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
The Quick Photo Edit workspace is my favorite place to go when I want to quickly improve the appearance of my photos. It has intuitive buttons and sliders that zero in on common photo corrections, like lighting and color and sharpening. And it offers a good compromise between ease-of-use and control over your results. This movie will take you on a tour of the Quick Photo Edit interface. In the rest of this chapter, we'll take a closer look at how to fix common photo problems in Quick Photo Edit. You can open one or more photos into the Quick Photo Edit workspace from either the Organizer or the Editor.
I'll start in the Organizer, selecting these two photos by clicking on one and Shift+Clicking on the adjacent photo. And then I'll go over to the task pane on the right side of the Organizer and I'll click the small arrow to the right of the Fix tab. From the menu that appears, I'll choose Quick Photo Edit. That will launch your Editor if it's not already open and it will open the photos you've selected directly into the Quick Photo Edit workspace. If you're starting from the Editor rather than the Organizer, go up to the File menu in the Editor, choose Open and navigate to the photos that you want to open.
And then make sure you're in the Quick Photo Edit workspace, by clicking the Quick tab here in the task pane on the right side of the Editor. At the bottom of the Quick Photo Edit workspace is a Project Bin that displays all of your open photos by default. To work on a particular photo up here in the document window, double-click it in the Project Bin. If you want more room for your photo, you can collapse the Project Bin by double-clicking the Project Bin tab. And if you want to bring the Project Bin back, you can double-click that tab again.
Over here on the left side of the Quick Photo Edit workspace is an abbreviated toolbar. It has some tools for making specific photo edits, which we'll look at later in this chapter. The tools you'll use most here are the Zoom tool and Hand tool. When I select a tool like the Zoom tool in the toolbar, the options for that particular tool appear up here in this horizontal Tool options bar. I can use the Zoom tool and its options to change the magnification of a photo on my screen. If I want to see the photo at the largest magnification that will fit on my screen, I'll click the Fit Screen option.
And if I want to see the photo at a 100% view, which is a good choice when you're sharpening, for example, I'll click the 1:1 option, or I can zoom in and out manually, by using the plus and minus symbols here. So with the plus symbol selected, when I click in the image, that zooms me in. If I zoom in so far that I can't see the entire photo in the document window, I'll select another tool, the Hand tool. And when I click and drag with Hand tool, I can move the large photo around in the document window to see another part of it.
The Hand tool also has a Fit Screen option just like the Zoom tool does, and if I want to see the photo at a 100% view, I'll click the Actual Pixels option with the Hand tool, which is the same as the 1:1 option of the Zoom tool. The heart of the Quick Photo Edit workspace is the task pane over here on the right, where you'll find all the controls for fixing common photo problems with lighting, with color, and if I scroll down, with sharpness. Many of these controls can be applied either automatically, using these Auto buttons, or to get more control over the results with these sliders, or with the photo thumbnails that you'll find behind this arrow.
I'll show you how to use those three methods of applying Quick Photo Edit corrections, in the next movie.
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