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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Although you can apply tonal and color adjustments to Camera Raw images in the Camera Raw dialog box, you can't work with layers. You can't apply things like border effects or framing effects. Those things can only be done in the Elements' Editing workspace. So what I would like to do now is show you how you can open up an image that's already been edited in Camera Raw into the Elements' Editing workspace and then how you can save that image. What I'm going to do now is select one of these images that's already being displayed here in the Content panel. I have already filtered down what's being displayed in here. We're only viewing Camera Raw images that are inside of this folder and I'm going to go ahead and select this Christmas tree right here.
Double-click that to open it up in Camera Raw. Here is my Christmas tree. I don't need to make any adjustments in here. I've already made them. Instead of clicking Done, I'm going to go ahead and click Open Image. That opens up the image inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. Now notice at the top here in the title bar, it still says .CRW. Okay? And that is a RAW format. But you can't actually save this image as a .CRW file. There is no way to actually save over the original image after you apply some edits here to the image now inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. Basically what's happened is all of the tonal adjustments that you've set up inside of the Camera Raw dialog box have now been applied to the image inside of Elements.
Now, we can go ahead and work with here and then save it in a different file format. So let's take a look at our effects over here. I just want to apply a very simple border type effect. We'll go ahead and double-click on this effect right here and then zoom out some, so we can see what happened. We now have a nice little white border. We have a drop shadow underneath the image. It's actually done this using layers. In case we decided we didn't like this, we can go back to the original. I'm going to go ahead, and just say flatten this guy because that looks good to me. This is what I want to use, and I want to send this out to my family and friends and share this using Elements. So my next step is to go ahead and just save this guy. I'm going to go on to the File menu. I'm going to choose Save As, and I can go ahead and name this something else.
Let's say Christmas tree 02, actually this is fine. We can just keep this Christmas tree_02.jpg because the previous file of course as we know was the .CRW. All right, it's obviously not going to save over it. So that actually works good for me. We're going to save it as a JPEG. We have got other file formats in here. But I think we're going to stick with the standard JPEG. Go ahead and embed the color profile, that is always a good idea to do that, and click Save. All right, when the JPEG Options dialog box comes up, just keep it set to the Maximum setting. That works great for me, click OK, and now we have saved our image.
Okay. So we went from a Camera Raw image that was unedited in the Camera Raw dialog box. Then opened up in the Elements' Editing workspace. All of the adjustments were applied here, and then we added a border effect by clicking on the effect over here in the Effects palette, flattening image, and then saved it in a format that we can save in here in the Elements' Editing workspace. We saved it as a JPEG. Okay, so now we have a format that everyone can view.
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