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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.
Knowing how to save a file is a fundamental skill of working in the Editor. I'm going to make a slight change to this file. I'll select the Pencil tool here, and then I'm going to click the default color icon down here, and then click the double pointed arrow, so that white is my foreground color and I'm going to come in and just make a tiny mark that you can't even see here on the white. I did that so that I could show you that when you make a change to a file and you haven't yet saved it, it gets this tiny asterisk up here in the title bar, and that means that I need to save it or I might lose this change, if my computer were to crash before I'd saved it.
So I'm going to go up to the File menu and I can choose either Save or Save As. I generally choose Save As as extra insurance against saving over a file. But either command will open this Save As dialog box, when there is an asterisk in the title bar. The Save As dialog box opens to the folder where the original file flower.jpg is located. The first thing to do here is decide where I want to save the file. So I'm going to save it back to that same folder with the original.
Next, I'll go down to the File name field. If this box is checked, Save In Version Set with Original, then Elements suggests a different name for the file I'm about to save, than the name of the original file. The original is called Flower. The suggested name of this edited version is flower_edited-1. This check-box means that Elements is going to save a copy of the original file with a different name, so that the original file remains pristine and doesn't get saved over, and the two files will be combined together into a Version Set, which is basically just a grouping of the two related files.
I am also going to leave Include in the Elements Organizer checked. The original is already in the Organizer. When I save this edited copy with this box checked, the Organizer will also keep track of the edited copy of the file. There is no real reason to check As a Copy because I'm already saving a version of the photo with the new name flower_edited-1 in a Version Set. So I'll leave As a Copy unchecked. Down here in the Color area, I have a choice of whether to include an ICC Profile.
The ICC Profile is part of the color management system that's designed to help make the image that I see on my screen when I'm editing in Elements, match the colors in the image that I print or output online. It's particularly important to include the color profile when I'm preparing a file for a printer, because the color profile is a little bit of information about the color environment in which I edited the file and it tells the printer, how I intended the colors to look. More and more web browsers can now read color profiles too. So although my advice used to be to uncheck this check box when preparing a file for the Web, I'll now often leave it checked for that purpose too.
I covered more about Color Management in an earlier movie, and you might want to take another look at that movie to learn more about Color Management. Let's take a look at the Format field here. This file originally came out of my camera as a JPEG, which is a typical format for digital photo capture. It's the best format for a photograph that's going to be attached to an email or presented online or on a screen. It's the way to save the photo for the Web. Although that's usually done from another save command, File > Save for Web, which is used to create the smallest best-looking JPEG for the Web.
Now, JPEG is a lossy file format, which means that it actually throws image data away to make the file smaller. So I'm always careful about saving as JPEG more than one time, because each time I save over a file in JPEG format, I throw away a little more file information. But as long as Save in Version Set with Original is checked here, this will be the first copy of this JPEG that I'm saving, and so it's fine to save it as JPEG. I am going to click here to show you some other file formats that are available.
Elements native file format is the Photoshop or .PSD file format. I'll often save a master copy of an image I'm working on in this Photoshop format, because this format will preserve layers, special effects, adjustment layers, and all of the other proprietary Elements features that I may have added to the file. There are lots of other possible formats here, but most of those don't come into play very often. Just to run through the most common of these, CompuServe GIF as well as PNG are used for saving graphic type files for the web.
So if I'm making something like a button for a website or a logo for a website, I might save it in the PNG or GIF formats. But in that case, I'd probably save from the file save for Web command, so I rarely use GIF or PNG from this menu in this dialog box. TIFF is a format that's often used in the professional print world. So if I'm making something that might get printed at a professional printer like a brochure, I might save that as a TIFF. But because this is a photograph, I'm going to save it in the JPEG format. I'm going to click the Save button here, and that brings up this message that explains what a version set is.
If you want to, you can read that on your own time. So I'm just going to click OK here, because this is a JPEG, there are some options that I need to choose, the most important of which is the Quality of the JPEG. The higher the quality, the better the file might look, but also the larger it will be. So in most cases, I'll compromise and set the Quality somewhere between 8 and 10. I can do that by moving this slider or typing into the Quality box. I'm going to leave these other options at their defaults, and I'll click OK, and that has saved the image with the new name flower_edited-1.jpg.
I'm going to close the image now by clicking the X on the document window and then I'm going to go back to the Organizer, by going to the top-right of the Editor and clicking the Organizer button. Back in the Organizer there is now a version set that contains both the original image flower.jpg and the edited version that I just saved, flower_edited-1.jpg. I know there is a version set because the thumbnail that I see here, has this blue icon on it which is the Version Set icon and it has a gray box around it with an arrow right here.
If I click that arrow, I open the Version Set. I'm going to adjust the size of the thumbnails down a little, so you can see both images here in the expanded version set. The edited one on the left and the original one on the right. If I click the arrow again, I'll collapse the version set, and only one of the two images shows as the thumbnail on the top of the version set. In this case, it happens to be the edited version. There are some commands available for working with version sets that I can access by right-clicking on the Version Set thumbnail, and from the menu that pops up, going to Version Set.
Expand items in Version Set does exactly what I just did a few seconds ago by clicking the arrow on the right side of the gray box. It expands the version set, so I can see all of the images inside of it. Convert Version Set to Individual items will take both files out of the Version Set and put them in the Organizer as regular files, and they won't be a version set any longer. The other two commands that are currently available here, Revert to Original and Flatten Version Set are ones to be careful of. What Revert to Original will do is get rid of the edited version of the file, and simply keep the original version in the Organizer.
What Flatten Version Set will do is delete from the Organizer all but the top image that's showing in the version set, deleting the other image. So I usually don't use either of those latter two commands. I'm going to click outside this menu to close it. And I want to give you one final word of advice about saving. Remember to save your images often as you work on them, and take advantage of the built-in version set features to keep your original image safe.
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