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Touring the Full Edit workspace

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Touring the Full Edit workspace

Elements Full Edit workspace is the full -featured editing workspace that's the heart of Elements and the area in which you'll ultimately do the bulk of your work in Elements 8 for Mac. In this and the following chapters, I'll be covering the Full Edit workspace in detail, but first I would like to familiarize you with the interface of this workspace, which has changed in Elements 8 for Mac. The new user interface in Photoshop Elements takes many of its features from its big brother, Adobe Photoshop CS4. The Full Edit workspace is composed of just a few different kinds of items.

Touring the Full Edit workspace

Elements Full Edit workspace is the full -featured editing workspace that's the heart of Elements and the area in which you'll ultimately do the bulk of your work in Elements 8 for Mac. In this and the following chapters, I'll be covering the Full Edit workspace in detail, but first I would like to familiarize you with the interface of this workspace, which has changed in Elements 8 for Mac. The new user interface in Photoshop Elements takes many of its features from its big brother, Adobe Photoshop CS4. The Full Edit workspace is composed of just a few different kinds of items.

I'll be covering much of the following in more depth in other movies, but for now an overview of that interface. On the left here is the toolbar, which contains the tools that you'll use to edit your images. Above that is the tool Options bar that contains all the options for whatever tool happens to be selected in the toolbar at the moment. One of the new interface Elements is this bar here, the application bar. It contains shortcuts to commonly used controls like the Save command, the Help content, a shortcut for launching Bridge, and for creating a new document from scratch as well as the new Arrange Documents window that you'll use when you want to see multiple open documents at once and I'll cover that in another movie.

At the very top is the traditional menu bar with dropdown menus of commands. On the right of the screen are that panels like the Effects panel here, and the layers panel down here. The panels are full of commands for working with images and I'll be covering those in more detail later in this chapter too. This is the document window, a window that displays an open document. By default document windows are free- floating, but in Elements 8 the document windows can be docked into non-free- floating tabs another thing that I'll cover in another movie in this chapter.

At the top of each document window you'll find information about the opened document. The name of the file, the current zoom level, the color mode, in most cases RGB, and the bit depth, which means the amount of color information in the file, in most cases this will be 8 bit, but in some cases it may be 16 bit. I can stretch the document window out from the bottom-right corner by clicking and dragging, and this gray area that you see is not part of the photo. It's just the background of the document window. When I do that, down here I can find information about the document, and I can switch the information that's showing here.

Right now, my document window is showing the color profile of this document, but if I click this arrow here, I can choose instead to see the document sizes, in other words the amount of space that the file will take up on my hard drive with and without layers, I can click that arrow again, and I could see the document dimensions, in this case, the width and height in inches and the resolution, and I'll be talking about the important topics of resizing and resolution in a separate movie later. Another new interface element is the Application Frame, which makes Elements 8 for Mac behave more like Elements for Windows.

When the Application Frame is enabled, as it is by default, the area here behind the document windows is solid gray and that obscures my desktop or any applications I may have open in addition to Elements and it keeps me from inadvertently clicking out of Elements by clicking in this area, which has been a problem in the past, particularly for beginning users. With the application frame enabled, I can move the entire Elements interface as one unit by clicking and holding on this title bar up here and dragging.

I can also resize the entire interface as a unit by moving my mouse over any one of the borders like the left border over here and dragging, and this would come in handy if I wanted to see another program that I had open behind Elements. To make Elements take up my full screen again, I'm going to go up to the green button at the top left of the interface and click to maximize. Now if you don't like having the Application Frame on because you're an old Mac user and you're not used to it, you can always disable the Application Frame by going to the Window menu and choosing Application Frame.

With the Application Frame disabled, I do run the risk of clicking inadvertently outside of the document window like this and that takes me back to my desktop. If that does happen to you, just click back anywhere in the document window to bring Elements back. So that's one of the reasons that I recommend leaving the Application Frame on, and I'm going to do that for the rest of this course, going up the Window menu and choosing Application Frame. Now before I end this tour of Elements interface I want to address a question that students often ask me. Should I use Photoshop Elements or should I use Photoshop proper? My answer is that if you're a professional photographer, a professional designer, or someone else who makes your living with photography or digital imaging, then, yes, go ahead and invest in Photoshop proper.

But if you're someone who just loves photography or likes to do scrap booking as a hobby or delights in posting images online for friends and family to see, then there is more than enough here in Elements Full Edit Workspace to do the job that you need. So what is the difference between Elements for Mac, and Adobe Photoshop for Mac? Well, Elements offers some more discoverable features like the Quick Fix workspace and the Guided Edit workspace that I showed you earlier, and at least theoretically, Element is easier to learn and use.

On the other hand, the full-fledged Photoshop offers some more advanced features like CMYK color, access to image channels, a direct way to apply layer masks, and more. But in most cases you're not going to need those advanced features, if you are a hobbyist. So in that case, Elements is great. So that's an overview of the Full Edit workspace in a nutshell. The new interface that I have showed you brings Elements into line with the interface of other Adobe applications and I think it makes it more user-friendly.

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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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