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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also 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.
Another place from which you can apply special effects and other multi-step techniques in Elements Editor is in the Guided Edit Mode using the Action Player. To get there from the Organizer, I'm going to select this image and then I'll go up to the arrow to the right of the Fix menu and I'm going to choose Guided Photo Edit to open that image into Guided Edit. In Guided Edit, I'll go down to the bottom of the column on the right and I'm going to click on Action Player to bring up instructions and controls for playing in action in this column on the right.
It tells you exactly what to do. First, I'll select the action that I want to use. From this menu, I'm going to choose Special Effects and then from the next menu, I'll choose the effect that I want to use. I'm going to choose Faded Ink with Vignette and finally, I'll click Play Action. In just a second, Elements has applied this pretty complex effect to the photo. If I don't like this action, I can come down to this button and click Reset, but I'm not going to do that right now. As this tip suggests the actions that are available here in the Action Player aren't the only ones that you can play from the Action Player, but unfortunately, you can't record or create actions here in Photoshop Elements.
If you or someone you know has a copy of the full-fledged Adobe Photoshop, then you can go there to create Actions. Bring them into Elements and play them from the Guided Edit Action Player. To finish you, I'm going to go down to the Done button at the bottom of Guided Edit to apply this effect, and then I would save the edited copy of the image with this effect, and click the Close button. So, why are actions important? Because they save you time. Rather than have to repeat all the steps of creating this particular complex action on different photos, all I have to do is come to the Action Player and use these few simple commands to get a result like this one on other photographs.
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