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Touring Elements

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Touring Elements

If you are a Mac user, and you shoot photos as a hobby, or if you're into scrap booking, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac is made for you. Before we get started looking at the ins and outs of using Elements 8, here's an overview of its various workspaces, what each offers and how to navigate from one workspace to another. Elements 8 for Mac is primarily a consumer-level photo editor. You'd use it to enhance the quality and the composition of your photographs to make your ordinary photos look extraordinary. Elements will also help you to share your photos in creative ways like photo books, slideshows, and online galleries.

Touring Elements

If you are a Mac user, and you shoot photos as a hobby, or if you're into scrap booking, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac is made for you. Before we get started looking at the ins and outs of using Elements 8, here's an overview of its various workspaces, what each offers and how to navigate from one workspace to another. Elements 8 for Mac is primarily a consumer-level photo editor. You'd use it to enhance the quality and the composition of your photographs to make your ordinary photos look extraordinary. Elements will also help you to share your photos in creative ways like photo books, slideshows, and online galleries.

You can use Adobe Bridge CS4, which comes with your copy of Elements 8 to organize and find photos in your growing digital collection. If you haven't already launched Elements, go ahead and do so now, and you'll see these two screens. The Welcome screen here offers shortcuts to places that you'll go to do certain tasks, like start from scratch, or import photos from a camera. I'll take you through the Welcome screen in another movie in this chapter, but for now I'm going to close the Welcome screen by going up to this tiny X at the top-right corner of that screen and clicking.

Now you have a better view of the Elements Full Edit workspace, the default workspace, which offers a wide range of photo editing tools and commands. This is where you'll go when you want full control over photo editing. Using layers or selection tools, adding text, adding filters, and working with lots of other editing features that I'll be covering in detail in later chapters in this course. For now, I want to concentrate on how you can move between this Full Edit workspace and other workspaces that Elements and Bridge offer.

The first thing you're usually going to want to do it from any of Elements workspaces is to open an image. The easiest way to find and open a file is visually, using Adobe Bridge CS4, which comes with Elements 8 for Mac. To get to Adobe Bridge from Elements, I'm going to go up to the Application bar here at the top of the screen, and I'm going to click this orange icon, the launch Bridge icon. That launches Adobe Bridge CS4, as you can see up here at the top-left of the screen. I'm going to use the Favorites panel here to navigate to a photo inside my Exercise Files folder on my desktop.

Because I can't really read the items that are listed here in the Favorites panel, I'm going to move my mouse over the border to the right of the Favorites panel, click-and-hold and drag over to the right, until I can see the items in that panel. If the Favorites panel isn't showing, I'll click on the Favorites tab here on the left. Now I'm going to navigate to my desktop from the Favorites panel. I'll go down to the folder labeled Desktop. I'll click once, and then in the Content panel here on the right, I can see everything on my desktop. I have only my Exercise Files folder there, and if you haven't already put your Exercise Files folder there, I suggest that you go back to the Finder and do so now.

Then you'll see it here in Bridge. Now I want to look inside the Exercise Files folder, so I'll double-click this folder in the Content panel, and that shows me all of the chapter subfolders inside of the Exercise Files folder. I want to look inside the Chapter 1 folder, so I'll double-click the chapter01 folder in the Content panel of Bridge. Here I see a subfolder for each movie in this chapter. I want to see a file that's inside the first of these folders, so I'm going to double-click the 01_01 subfolder here.

Finally, I can see a thumbnail image of a photograph. So this way, I can choose the photograph visually. If this is the one that I want open into the editor, and it is, I'm going to hold down the Ctrl key, as I click on this thumbnail, or if I have a two-button mouse, I can right-click on the thumbnail. Choose Open With, and then go down to Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. Later in the course, I'll show you a way you can set up Bridge, so that you can double-click on a thumbnail and have it open in Elements, but for now, this method works fine.

That opens the photograph in Elements Full Edit workspace, ready to be worked on, and at the same time, it hides Bridge. Now there will be some times when you really don't want to make use of all of the commands and tools and controls here in the Full Edit workspace. You just want to do some quick, automatic edits to an image. So that's best done in one of the other editing workspaces here in Elements, which I can access from the orange tab over here on the right side of the screen. I'll click the arrow on the right side of the orange tab and this shows me the three different editing workspaces: the Full Edit workspace, which I'm now in, the Quick Edit workspace, and the Guided Edit workspace.

I'm going to click on the Quick Edit workspace to open this photograph there. Here in the Quick Fix panel, in the Quick Edit workspace, you'll find some automatic buttons, as well as some easy-to-use sliders for controlling lighting, color, and other photo qualities. I'll cover the Quick Edit workspace in depth in a later chapter too. Now, if you want even more guidance as you edit a photo, you can open an image into the Guided Edit workspace. To do that, I'm going to go back up to that orange tab and click the arrow to the right of that tab and choose Edit Guided.

In this workspace, you'll find a list of techniques in the Guided Edit panel on the right, and clicking any one of these, like maybe a correct skin tone, displays a set of instructions and simplified controls that you can use to perform that particular technique. I'll be covering some of the techniques in the Guided Edit workspace in more depth in a later chapter too. Now say that you've edited one or more photos, and now you want to include them in a creative project, like a photo book or a greeting card. To do that, I'll go up to the top- right, and I'm going to click the magenta tab, labeled Create.

Here, I see a list of items that I can make, like a photo book, a greeting card, photo prints, a photo collage for scrap booking and more. Finally, if I'm ready to share my photos, or my photo creations with family and friends, I'll go up and click the green Share tab. This gives me some options for the method in which I'm going to share: in an online web photo gallery, by email attachments, on a CD or DVD and more. And we'll be looking at some of these options as well in later movies.

So you can go back and forth between the various workspaces that I've shown you here, any of the three editing workspaces, the Create workspace, the Share workspace, or back to Bridge for organizing and finding photos. If you want to close an open image from any of the workspaces in Elements, you'll go to the File menu and choose Close or use the keyboard shortcut Command+W. If you want to quit Elements altogether, go to Photoshop Elements at the top of the screen, and choose Quit Photoshop Elements, or Command+Q. But I'm not going to do that right now, I'm just going to move off of that menu, because I want to show you one more thing, and that is how to get back to the Welcome screen that I showed you at the beginning of this movie, and that I'm going to be explaining in more detail in another movie in this chapter.

So to get to the Welcome screen, I'm going to go up to the Window menu, and I'm going to choose Welcome. So that's an overview of what Elements 8 for Mac offers, and how to navigate between Elements various Editing, Create, and Share workspaces as well as Adobe Bridge CS4.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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