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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Action Player is a unique feature in Guided Edit. The action player will playback a series of recorded actions on an open image, saving you the time and effort of repeating the steps every time that you want to apply the same technique. Although you can't record an action in Elements, you can make your own action in Photoshop proper, and than apply it to images here in Elements, or you can apply one of the several interesting actions that come with Elements 8.0. Let me show you how simple it is to run an action on an image. With this photograph open in the Guided Edit Workspace, I'm going to go over to the Guided Edit panel on the right, and go down to the Automated Actions Category.
There I'm going to click on Action Player, and that brings up instructions for how to use the action player along with several menus. The first venue is actually a menu of Action Sets or Categories. There are several different caption configurations that you can automatically add to photos. There are some fun features in the lose weight set. There are a number of different resizing and cropping options, and there are some special effects, which is the category I'm going to select. And next sets the second menu to show the various special effects that come with the Action Player in Elements 8.0.
I am going to choose the second one, Faded Ink with Vignette. To run the action on this photo, all I have to do is click the Play Action button, and in just a few seconds, Elements has applied this complex effect to the photo. I think it looks pretty interesting. but if I didn't like the result, I could come down to the reset button and click it, although I am not going to do that. Take a look at this tip, what it's saying is that I could add more actions to this action player, but unfortunately I can't record or create those here in Elements.
If I want to make an action, I would have to have access to Photoshop proper. Now before I accept the results of running this action, I may want to compare to the original photo. The Before and After button is down here at the bottom of the Guided Edit panel. I am going to click this arrow icon. And that shows me a Before and an After version of the image. And if I like the result, I'll click Done, and then I'll go up to the Close button where I'll Close and Save an additional copy of the image with this special effect. So why are Actions important? Because they save you time, rather than repeat all the steps of performing this complex action on different photos, all I would have to do is open various images in the Action Player, and use the few simple commands in the Guided Edit panel to get a result like this one.
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