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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.
With this movie, I would like to show you how to save your images nondestructively using the Save As command. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our exercise files folder here in the Content panel. I'd like to double-click on the catalog images folder in order to reveal all the images inside of that folder here in the Content panel in Bridge. What I'd like to do is access a specific file and make a change to it in the Elements' Editing workspace. To access that file, I'm going to click on the Enzo year 1 keyword tag that's available here in the Filter panel. This is a keyword tag that I have created earlier. I'm going to click on that in order to display only the images that have that tag applied.
Now, that they are here in the Content panel, I'd actually like to select this particular Enzo_Halloween image from 2007. I will double-click that to open it up inside of the Editing workspace in Elements. So what I want to do here is actually remove a color cast. It has a bit of a yellow color cast that's a predominant color throughout the image and that is not desirable at least not in this instance. So we want to remove that and we want to do it quickly and easily and I'm going to do that under the Enhance menu. Go under Adjust Color. I'm going to choose Remove Color Cast and I'm going to remove this dialog box, which actually is explaining what we need to do. Just click on a part of the image that should be either gray, white or black in order to correct it. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to click on this Tile here and remove the color cast, I actually did a really, really good job. All right, I will click OK.
I have made my change. So now, I'm through adjusting this image and I want to go ahead and save it. If I go under the File menu, you'll see we have Save, Save As and Save for Web. Well, Save for Web is going to actually allow us to change the resolution and the size of the image specifically for a web display and that's not exactly what we're doing right now. Right now we're just saving our edits to the image. If we choose Save, it's going to right over the original on our computer. So we would no longer have the original image and that's something that I think you should try to avoid because when you're making edits to your images, although they may look right to you on screen now, you may decide later that maybe you overdid it with a particular adjustment and want to go back to the original image and if you save over it, you won't be able to do that. So rather than choosing Save, I recommend that you always, always, always choose Save As.
When you do that, you have this dialog box that appears, Save As dialog box. You can change the name. You can maybe add something like a v1 something like that at the end of it. So it's not named the same as the original image, v1 could stand for the Version 1 or something like that and then if you were to make additional adjustments, you can name it v2, v3, etcetera, etcetera. In essence, what you're doing is creating a different version of this image, one that's been edited. If you really need for it to say edited, you could put _edited or something like that at the end. edited1 even if you need to. That's kind of a long name but at least it's an indication to you that this is the first edited version of this image.
Well, you can choose a place to save it. I'm just going to go ahead and I save it in my catalog images, but if you wanted to change the location, you could click on this particular dropdown list and choose say something like Desktop or anywhere else on your system where you'd like to save your edited image. I'm going to keep it in the same folder as the original image so that I can look at them side by side in Bridge when I'm done. I'm going to keep the file format the same. I don't need to save it as a copy because I'm already in a sense doing that here. I'm going to keep the Embed Color Profile option turned on that has to do with Camera Profiles and color management and that's something that I will actually be explaining in the later movie. But for now it's just a good idea to keep this turned on.
Let's click Save, add it to our catalog images. If it's a JPEG, you're going to get this type of dialog box that shows up later. This is only in the instance if JPEG is asking you the quality of the JPEG. I'm going to leave it at its natural settings here, which is 10. These are the default settings for this particular image. Of course if you wanted lower quality in smaller file size or a larger file size, higher quality settings, you could move the slider or choose from the menu in here. I'm going to keep it set to Maximum and keep the slider where it is and I'm not going to worry about these options for right now. We're just going to click OK, save the file and now we have a different version of the file. If I go back to Bridge now, I can see here, here is my original image and then here is the one that I just edited because we can see that in the filename.
So this is good practice, saving a different version of your images and never saving over the original because you never know when you might want to return to the original and maybe make a different type of adjustment that you wouldn't be able to do afterwards if you saved over it. So always, always, always use Save As when you're saving your adjustments to your images made in the Elements' Editing workspace.
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