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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
Back in the chapter on using the Photo Fix options in the Organizer you may remember that I told you that you don't have to save an image when you apply a Photo Fix. But when you're working in any of the three Editor workspaces, Quick Edit, Guided Edit, or Expert Edit, you do have to save your changes. So let's apply a change and we'll talk about saving. I have an image open here in Quick Edit. And as I did in an earlier movie I'm going to go to Smart Fix and click the arrow to the right of Smart Fix and I'll click on one of the presets to apply it.
So let's say I like that result and I want to save it. I will go up to the File menu and here I could choose Save or Save As. I recommend you get in the habit of using Save As, in order to avoid saving over your original by mistake. And we'll go ahead choose Save because I've never Save this image before I do get the Save As dialog box. I can set the destination to which I am going to save the corrected image. I'll just leave it at the same folder. Down here I'll choose the Format I'll save this as a JPEG.
And I can decide whether I want to have these saved version of the image included in my Elements Organizer. If I do that then I won't have to bother importing that saved version into the Organizer. So many times it's a good idea to leave that checked. And when I am saving into the Elements Organizer I can also choose to save the corrected version in a version set or a group with the original. I often like to do that too for several reasons. First it make it easy to find the corrected version because it will be stacked with the original, and second watch the filename field when I check Save in Version Set with Original.
That automatically appends "_edited" and the first-time "_edited-1", if I edited this file again it would be "_edited-2" and so forth. So with this checked I am sure that I won't be saving over the original because the file will have a different name. I'll leave everything else in its defaults and I'll click Save. When you save as a JPEG you get this dialog asking what JPEG options you want to use. The only I'll work with here is usually the quality if I reduce the Quality slightly--maybe to around 10--then I usually get a file that looks pretty good but is a little bit smaller in file size, than if I had the Quality set all the way up to 12.
I will click OK to accept those changes and that takes care saving the image. Now I'm not going to close this image because I want you to see what happens if I then go back to the Organizer, by clicking the Organizer button at the bottom of the Editor. Here in the Organizer I see the image with its red stripe and a lock telling me that the image is still open in the Editor. So before I came back to the Organizer I should have closed the image. I will do that now by going back and clicking the Editor icon at the bottom in the Organizer, sometimes you'll see a message like this about the disk copy being changed, I am just going to Cancel.
Now I will close the saved image, I can do that by clicking X on the image or going to the File menu and choosing Close. And if I've multiple images opened I could choose Close All. Now when I go back to the Organizer there is no red stripe on the image. Now you may be wondering where the original is because this is the corrected version. Notice that there's a brush icon here and a right facing arrow over here, those are both indicators that there is a Version Set here. If I click the right facing arrow that expands the Version Set and lets me see both the original and the corrected copy which I'd saved together in a Version Set.
If I want to collapse the Version Set-- perhaps to make more room in this grid--I can do that by clicking the now left facing arrow over here. So that's a little bit about saving and closing in the Editor's workspaces.
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