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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.
When you're finished correcting a photo in the Quick Photo Edit workspace, it's important to save the corrected version of the photo. If you watched the earlier movie about editing in the Organizer's Photo Fix workspace, you may think that you don't have to save, because there in Photo Fix, the corrected image is saved for you automatically. That is not the case for the Quick Photo Edit workspace or any of the other editing workspaces here in Elements Editor. Here you have to save the corrected version yourself. So I am going to apply a quick correction to this photo by going to the Quick Photo Edit workspace and I'll click on the Auto Smart Fix button.
Now I want to save this corrected version of the file. I could go to the File menu and choose Save or Save As, but to save a step I usually just close the photo by clicking the X here, or the Close button on the Mac, and when I do that, Elements reminds me to save the photo with its changes. It asks if I want to do that and I'll click Yes, and that opens the same Save As dialog box that I could get to from the File > Save commands. In this field, I'll choose the destination where I am going to save the corrected photo.
I am going to save it in the same place as the original. Here I can see the original photo, the contents of that folder, and down here I can type a file name for the photo. In order to avoid saving over the original I could either choose a different location in which to save or I could change the file name. But rather than having to do that myself, I have this little shortcut. Here's what I do instead, and I add a check mark to include in the Elements Organizer if this option isn't already enabled.
What this will do is automatically import the corrected version of the photo into my Organizer so I won't have to do that separately later on, and when I choose Include in the Elements Organizer, I get another option here which is to Save in a Version Set with the Original. That will put the corrected copy of the photo in a group along with the original so that I can access both together in my Organizer. And as a bonus, when I click Save in Version Set with Original, Elements automatically adds the words edited-1 to the end of the file name so that there is no way that this corrected version will be saved over the differently named original.
Now if you're using the editor-only version of Elements 10 for the Mac, you won't have these options, so you'll want to be sure to change the file name or save in a different location. There is one more important choice to make here and that is the format of the saved file. JPEG is a good format for saving a photo so I am going to leave this set to JPEG, so I'll choose JPEG here. There are a lot of other options here and we'll be covering some of these in a later movie on saving in formats in the Full Photo Edit section of the course.
I'll leave all the other options down here at their defaults and I'll click Save. This warning reminds me that I am saving in a version set with the original, so I'll click OK. Because I'm saving in the JPEG format, I'll see one more window which asks me to set the compression quality for the JPEG. I usually leave this at somewhere between 10 and 12, and I'll leave these other options at their defaults and click OK. That switches me out to my Organizer where I can see the version set that contains the edited copy of this photo.
If I click the arrow on the right of the version set, I can see the original over here on the right; I know this is the original from the file name, and the edited version over here on the left. And I know this is the edited copy not only from its appearance, but from the word edited in its file name. Saving is the last step in using the Quick Photo Edit workspace. Once you've gotten Quick Photo Edit under your belt, you will have a good basis for exploring the editing features in the more full-featured Full Photo Edit workspace, which I'll cover in depth starting with the next chapter.
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