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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Before you start working in Elements Organizer I think it will help you to have a sense of how the Organizer is laid out. So, I would like to show you where the major features are located in the Organizer, and then I'll get back to the detail of each feature in later movies. As you've heard the Organizer is one of the two major workspaces in Photoshop Elements 8. The other is the Editor, which we'll get to later. The Organizer is the place to go to view a visual index of photos and other digital media files that you brought into the current catalog.
It's also the place to go to organize those files and to find specific photos and other files in this catalog. You can access the Organizer from the Welcome Screen or from the Editor, as you saw earlier. You've also seen that the left side of the Organizer is called the Photo Browser, and it displays low-resolution previews of the original high-res photos that might be located in folders on your computer or perhaps on offline media like DVDs or external hard drives. As you've heard the Organizer can keep track of photos and other media files even if the originals are stored outside of this computer.
By the way I have my Photo Browser set to Folder Location view, which is a view that I suggest you use as you work through this course, as I explained in the last movie. Now over on the right side of the Organizer is the task pane and the task pane looks different depending on which tab that you've clicked on at the top of the task pane. The Organize tab, the Fix tab, the Create tab, or the Share tab. Right now I have the Organize tab selected and the Organize tab offers me some panels in which I can create subject matter albums in which to organize my photos, as well as this Keyword Tag panel, where I can add subject matter keywords to photos, which I can use to find particular photos later.
I'll be covering albums and keyword tagging in lots of detail in later movies. Let me show you what's here, if I click the Fix tab in the task pane. The Fix tab offers some Automatic Photo Fix options that you can use to quickly correct color, contrast and other photo characteristics right here in the Organizer, without having to access any of the editing workspaces in the Editor. I'll be covering the Photo Fix options also in more detail in later movies. Things get really interesting when I click the Create tab. From here I can access features for creating photo books, photo prints, slideshows and more.
I'll be showing how to do that in later movies too. If I click the shared tab in the task pane, I see Options for publishing photos Online, for sending photos as E-mail Attachments, and for burning photos to DVDs and CDs from right here in the Elements, all covered later in this course. I am going to click back on the Organize tab, because I want to show you one more panel that isn't showing by default, that I think is really important, and that's the Properties panel. If I move over into the photo browser area and I right-click on any of the image thumbnails and in a contextual menu that appears, go down and choose Show Properties, I get this Properties panel.
The Properties panel has four icons across the top. The first icon displays information that you see here. Any caption that's on the photo, the name of the photo, and general information about the photo like it's size, and when it was taken, and where it's stored. If I click on the second icon, I can see what's called metadata, which is information about a file, and that includes things like the Document Type, the Date the file was created and modified, as well is information about the camera with which this photo was taken, and the camera settings, everything from the ISO Speed Ratings, to the Shutter Speed, and if I scroll down the F-Stop, the Focal Length, and even whether a flash was used.
So, that's really useful information to have as you are evaluating the photo quality of an image. I'll click on the next tab. There's nothing here, but if I had added some subject matter keyword tags to this image, those would appear here in this area of the Properties panel and finally, if I click on that last icon, I see information about actions that I've taken on this file. For example, here I can see that I imported this file into the Elements Organizer from the hard drive of his computer and the date on which I imported it. The Properties panel comes in so handy that I'd like to add it permanently to the Organize task pane.
So as long as I have the Organize tab highlighted up here, I can do that by clicking this double-pointed arrow that will dock the Properties panel to the Organizer task pane. So I click there and the Properties panel is now docked in this column on the right. I can allocate more space to the Properties panel, by moving the mouse over the border between the Properties panel and Keyword Tags panel, and dragging up. Another area of the Organizer with which you should be familiar are the menu bars at the top of the screen. At the very top you'll find menu bars like you'll find with almost any program.
A File menu and Edit menu and so on, each of which contains drop-down menus from which you can choose. And this is where you'll find the help files, if you get stuck on anything as you are using Elements and you need a little bit of assistance. The next menu bar down contains icons for commonly used functions, like rotating a photo that may be on it's side, or zooming in or zooming out on the photo thumbnails in the photo browser. This menu bar also contains a Details checkbox, with which you can control the information that appears underneath each photo thumbnail, as well as a Search box.
We'll be talking more about those features in later movies too. So, that's a quick overview of the layout of the Organizer. There are lots of features here and we'll be revisiting many of these features in the movies to come.
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