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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.
Do you want to know a secret for getting a great photo? Don't shoot just one of the same scene. Often I'll shoot the same scene with different exposures or at slightly different angles to make sure I've gotten a good capture. When you do have multiple shots of the same subject, rather than have them all take up precious viewing space in your Organizer, you can stack them like a deck of cards. To create a stack, I'll select some similar photos here in my Media Browser, clicking on one, holding the Shift key and clicking on this one to select all in between.
Then I'll right click--that's Ctrl+Click if you're on a Mac with a one-button mouse--and from the menu that appears, I'll go down and choose Stack. The Stack menu has a number of commands that I'll use throughout this movie to manage stacks. To make a stack from the selected photos, I'll choose Stack Selected Photos. Now in the Media Browser, only one of the photos with the yellow flower is showing. All the other photos are still here; they're just underneath this top photo.
If you look closely, you'll see this Stack symbol here at the top-right of this photo. This is a symbol that identifies a stack in the Media Browser. Another way that I know this is a stack is that there's this arrow on the right side of the frame around this photo. If I want to see all the other photos in the stack, I'll click that arrow and that expands the stack to show me the four photos included in it. The gray frames around these four photos are a little bit darker than the rest of the frames. And there's an arrow to the right of the last photo in the stack.
With the stack expanded, I can select any one of these photos to work on it here in the Organizer or out in the Editor. When I want to collapse the stack to reduce the visual clutter, I'll click the arrow to the right of the last photo in the stack and that collapses them all down into one again. You can choose the photo in a stack that will appear on the top of the stack here in the Media Browser. I often like to choose my best of the stacked photos. To change this top photo, I'll expand the stack again by clicking the arrow to the right of this photo, and I'll choose the one that I like best, which is this one. And then I'll right click or Ctrl+Click that photo, go to the Stack menu, and I'll choose Set as Top Photo.
Now when I collapse that stack by clicking the arrow to the right of the last photo in the stack, you can see that the photo I just selected, this horizontal, is now the photo that's on the top, representing the stack. I can remove or add a photo from this stack at anytime. To remove a photo, I have to expand the stack again by clicking this arrow. I'll select the photo that I want to remove from the stack-perhaps this one where I tilted the camera--and then I'll right-click or Ctrl+click on that photo, go down to the Stack menu, and choose Remove Photo from Stack.
I'm not deleting this photo from my Media Browser; I'm just taking it out of the stack. So here's the photo in the Media Browser. If I collapse the stack by clicking this arrow, I can see the photo with the diagonal horizon outside of the stack right next to it. If I change my mind and I want to put this photo back into the stack or add any other photo that's in the Media Browser to the stack, I'll select the stack and I'll select the photo as well, by holding the Shift key, and then I'll right-click on either one, go to the Stack menu, and as before, I'll choose Stack Selected Photos.
I'll click OK and now when I expand this stack, all four photos are back in the stack. And I'm going to collapse the stack again to save space in my Media Browser. So I think you can see that stacking is a good way to reduce visual clutter in your Organizer and to keep similar shots together. It comes in handy if you have bracketed exposures in multiple shots of the same scene or if you have shot a series of photos for a special project, like a side-by-side panorama or an HDR photo.
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