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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
The most full-featured editing workspace in element is called the Expert Edit workspace. Now I think that's a rather unfortunate name because you do not have to be an expert in order to work in that workspace. In this chapter I'll guide you through using the Expert Edit workspace to enhance and correct your photos. You can open one or more images into that workspace either from the Organizer or directly from the Editor. Here in the Organizer I'll select a couple of photos and then I'll click the Editor button in the Task Pane of the Organizer, that opens the Editor.
Mine opened to the Guided Edit workspace because that's where I was last working here. To move these two open photos into the Expert Edit workspace I'll click the Expert button at the top of the Editor. Adobe has packed lots of features into this Expert Edit workspace, but it's trying to simplify the layout and make all the features as discoverable as possible using bright big icons like the ones you see down here and a well-thought-out interface. Let's take a look at that interface. At the bottom there is a Photo Bin just like we saw in the other two editing workspaces.
If your Photo Bin isn't showing then click the Photo Bin icon in the Taskbar. In the Photo Bin as in the other editing workspaces you can see the open files, with one of those available here in the document window for editing. To switch between open files in this workspace double-click a thumbnail in the Photo Bin or you can go up to the document tabs at the top of the document window and click a tab to switch to the corresponding image. On the left side of the Expert Edit workspace is the toolbar which has lots of tools that you will use as you work with your photos.
The tools are arranged into categories depending on your screen resolution you may see labels for each of these Categories, this is the View Category which contains the Hand and Zoom tool, these are the Selection tools, these are called the Enhance tools everything from the Healing Brush tools to the Sponge or Saturation tool. Down here are the Drawing tools like the Brush tool, the Eraser tool and the Type tools, these are called the Modified tools, including the Crop tool and down here the Color tools, the Foreground and Background color boxes. When I select a tool here like the Type tool the Photo Bin is replaced by a tool Options bar in that tool Options bar are options specific to the tool that I've selected.
So if I select a different tool like the Brush tool I get different options. As you work in Expert Edit you'll change a lot of tool Options. If you want to get back to the Default options for a particular tool or for all the tools you can come to the right side of the tool options bar and click this menu icon and choose to Reset this tool or all the tools as I'll do now and click I'll OK. And that sets all the settings for tools back to their defaults. Over on the right is the panel Bin, by default the panel Bin shows the Layers panel which you'll often use.
Down at the bottom of the Panel Bin you'll see icons for some of the available panels. These particular panels are those that Adobe thinks you'll use most and so it's made them sticky. In other words, when you select a panel from the Taskbar here like the Effects panel it'll remain docked in place in the Panel Bin until you select another of these sticky panels like the Graphics panel or the Favorites panel or back to the Layers panel. There are more panels and just these and there are two places you can access other panels. You can do that by clicking the arrow to the right of the More icon here at the bottom of the Panel Bin or you can go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen or you'll see a list of all the available panels alphabetically.
Clicking some of these panels will display a group of panels, so when I chose Actions I got this group that contains the Actions panel, the Color Swatches panel, the Histogram panel and more. And I can cycle through the panels by clicking their tabs in this group. To close the entire group of panels, I'll click the X on the top right of the Panel Group, I'll go back to the Window menu and this time I am going to choose the Adjustments panel, a panel that I often use. This panel opens on its own as a floating panel, when I say floating I mean that I can move it around, it's not docked into the Panel Bin as the Layers panel is.
So if I click on the Title Bar of this Adjustments panel I can move wherever I want on my screen, which often comes in handy if I have a big photo here and I want to see more of it while I am working in the Adjustments panel. I'll close this panel by clicking the X. Finally there are menus at the top of the screen, that contain lots of useful commands when you're working in Expert Edit mode. So when I'm working with layers I'll find layer related commands here. If I'm working with selections here are the selection commands, here I can find filters and there's lots more to explore in these menus.
So that's a quick tour of the Expert Edit workspace. In the movies to come we will use a lot of the features that I have showed you here, and remember the more you practice in this workspace, the easier it'll be it to find just the tool panel or other feature that you're looking for. So don't be afraid to explore and experiment in the Expert Edit workspace.
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