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Stepping through a guided edit

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Stepping through a guided edit

In this part of the course we're going to start talking about the various work spaces in Elements editor. One of those work spaces is the guided edit work space, which I'll show you in this movie. The guided edit work space offers step by step solutions to common photo problems. And instructions that you can follow to apply some fun photo effects. To apply a guided edit to this photo starting in the organizer, I select the photo and then I go down to the task pane and I'll click the Editor button. That will open the editor to the quick edit workspace by default.

Stepping through a guided edit

In this part of the course we're going to start talking about the various work spaces in Elements editor. One of those work spaces is the guided edit work space, which I'll show you in this movie. The guided edit work space offers step by step solutions to common photo problems. And instructions that you can follow to apply some fun photo effects. To apply a guided edit to this photo starting in the organizer, I select the photo and then I go down to the task pane and I'll click the Editor button. That will open the editor to the quick edit workspace by default.

I'd like to work in the guided edit workspace. So I'll just click the guided tab at the top of the editor. And that brings this photo into the guided edit workspace. There are just a few controls in this work space. There is a zoom slider here to zoom in and out of the image. There are a couple of tools, a zoom tool that you can apply, a hand tool for panning a large image around in the document window, and down at the bottom there's a task pane with some tools, including a photo bin. So, if I click the photo bin, that opens this area of the guided edit work space were I'll see a thumbnail of all the images that I've opened into the editor.

I have only one image open now. I'm going to close the photo bin by clicking the photo bin icon again. So I have more room to work. The heart of the guided edit work space is in the column on the right, where you'll see a list of different guided edits that you can apply. Those in the touch up section Address common photo problems like correcting skin tones or removing a color cast. I'm going to scroll down to see the Photo Effects Guided Edits and the Photo Play Guided Edits, which are all special effects.

Let's take a look at the Puzzle Effect Guided Edit. Ill click puzzle effect here. And in the column on the right I now see instructions and tools for applying a puzzle effect to this photo. If I want to see what the puzzle effect does I can roll over the sample image at the top of the column on the right. Like this. So there's the original of the sample image. And here's what the sample image looked like after applying the puzzle effect. I like that so I want to try to apply it to this photo of the globe. All I have to do is read through the instructions and do what it says.

The first instruction tells me to click on one of these buttons below. So I click on the large puzzle effect button. And right away I can see my photo divided into puzzle pieces. Now I want to extract one or two puzzle pieces, just like in the sample image here. So as the instructions tell me, I'll click this select puzzle piece button. And then I'll move into the image, and I'll click on a puzzle piece. That selects that puzzle piece. I'll scroll down to the next part of the instructions, which tell me to click on this extract piece button.

I'll do that. And that extracts the puzzle piece, leaving a realistic looking hole behind. The next instruction tells me that I can use this Move tool to arrange the extracted piece. What that means, is that I can click inside the extracted puzzle piece and drag it elsewhere in the photo. And I can move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points or this handle at the bottom of the puzzle piece and drag to rotate the puzzle piece and then I'll click the green check mark to accept that change. The fourth step in the instructions is optional.

Let me show you what that's used for. If I go back up to step two and I click select puzzle piece again I can come into the image again, and I can click on another puzzle piece. I'm going to click on a puzzle piece right next to the first one because that's when the Eraser tool comes into play. I'll continue through the instructions again, clicking extract piece and then using the Move tool to move that second puzzle piece elsewhere on the image. Now I'll select the Eraser tool, and what I'm going to use that for is to erase this little line between the two puzzle pieces where I've extracted them from the image.

So I'll just click and drag over that line. And it's gone. Now I've finished applying the puzzle effect to the image, so I'll click the done button. Which will close my guided edit instructions. Now at this point, I may want to compare the way the image looks with this effect with the original, to see if I really want to keep a version of the photo with this effect. So I go up to the View menu, and I'll choose one of the before and after options from the menu. Here you can see the original on the left and the changed version with the puzzle effect on the right.

I like them both, so I am going to save the after version, which I'll find in my organizer, in addition to the before version. To do that, I can just click the close button here at the top-right of the document window, and Elements asks if I want to save the changes I've made to the document. I'll click Yes, and that opens the Save As dialog box. Now, I don't have to worry that I'm saving over my original because you can see in the file name field that Elements has automatically added, edited one to the end of the file name. I'm going to leave all of the options here at their defaults.

I'll use the default format which happens to be the Photoshop format, in this case, but I have all these other formats I could choose from. I'm going to choose to include the changed version in my organizer catalog, and to save it in a version set right next to the original. And I'll leave these other options at their defaults too and then I'll click Save. By the way if you're on a Mac your Save as dialog box will look a little different than this one but it will have all the important fields in it too. I'll click the Save button here. And that closes the editor and takes me back to the organizer, here you can see the changed version of the image with a puzzle piece effect on it, that changed version has been saved into a version set with the original, I know there is a version set because I see this arrow here at the right side of the changed version and if I click that arrow you can see the original here and the changed version of the puzzle effect over here.

So as you can see, guided edits are a quick and easy way of getting some fun special effects and of solving common photo problems.

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