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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.
In the preceding movie, I showed you the Fix panel in the Organizer, which offers some automatic controls for correcting photo problems. If you'd like a little more control over those corrections, you may prefer Quick Fix, which is one of the three levels of editing that's available not in the Organizer, but rather in Elements Editor workspace. Quick Fix has some semi-automatic features, but it also gives you some control over the results. On the other hand, it's not as complex as the Full Edit workspace in the Editor, which I'll be covering in later movies.
Quick Fix offers simple tools for correcting common photo problems. To show you how it works, I'm going to start here in the Organizer because this is where you'll select one or more images to open in Quick Fix. I'm going to select this image by clicking on it and then I'll go over to the Task panel and I'm going to click the arrow on the Fix tab to bring up this menu from which I'm going to choose Quick Photo Edit. That will launch Elements Editor if that's not already opened and it will open the selected image or images in the Quick Fix workspace, in this tab labeled Edit Quick.
Down in the Project Bin at the bottom of this workspace, you see a thumbnail for every image that's opened in the Editor. Right now, I only happen to have one image open there. If you do have more than one image here, you can switch between them here in the document window by double clicking the appropriate image thumbnail in the Project Bin. I often work with the Project Bin collapsed if I don't need to switch between images. To do that, I'm going to double click the tab, Project Bin, and that gives me more room to work up in the document window.
Down at the bottom of the interface, there are a few more controls. There are a couple of rotate buttons that allow you to rotate the orientation of the image either 90 degrees counterclockwise or 90 degrees clockwise. You might use these buttons if your image comes in from your camera rotated and you haven't changed that in the Organizer. There is also a View menu, which by default is set to After Only. In After Only view, if I make a change over here in one of these panels, for example, I'm just going to click-and- drag the slider in the Smart Fix panel, I'll see those results immediately in the document window.
So I usually work in this After Only view. Then when I'm done with my editing, I'll change the View to one of the choices labeled Before & After. And that will show me my original image, as compared to the image with the changes that I've made. I'm going to go back to After view for now. If I make a change to the image that I don't want to retain, like the change that I just made in the Smart Fix panel, I can undo that action by going up here to the Undo menu at the top of the screen and pressing Undo.
And now I'm back where I started. There is also a Redo button here. Over here on the left is a toolbar that contains some tools you'll use to navigate in the image, and to touch up the image. I'll talk about the Touchup tools in a later movie. But I do want to make sure you know how to use the Navigation tools here. I have the Zoom tool selected, and when I select that tool, I get options specific to that tool up here in the Options bar. The first option is a Plus symbol. With that symbol selected, if I move into the image and click, I get a closer view of the image.
This changes the magnification of the image, but it doesn't actually change the image size. If I want to zoom out to see more of the image, I'll go up to the Options bar for the Zoom tool, and I select the Minus button, and then if I click in the image, I'll zoom out. And I can do that several times, each time zooming out to a set percentage. That percentage is reported right here in this zoom menu. There are some other options here that I often use. One is Fit Screen. If I click the Fit Screen option for the Zoom tool, I'm able to see the image as large as it can go, and still fit in the document window.
Another useful option is one-to-one. If I click this button, I see the image at 100% view, and that means that every pixel in the image is mapped to a single pixel on my screen. Now, let's say that I zoom in on this image by clicking the Plus button and then clicking in the image with the Zoom tool. And then I decide that I want to see a different portion of the image. I can move the image around in this document window, by using the Hand tool right here. With the Hand tool selected, I can click-and-drag in the document window in order to see a different portion of this zoomed-in image.
Selecting the Hand tool changed the options that are available in the Tool Options bar up here. The Hand tool also has a Fit Screen button, which I can click to see the entire image in the document window. It also has an Actual Pixels button, which is like the one-to-one button in the Zoom tool. It shows me the image at 100% view. I've saved the best for last. The heart of Quick Fix is here in the column on the right, these panels with which you can adjust photo problems like Lighting, Color, Balance, and more.
I'll be showing you how to use those sliders in the next movie. But before I do, I want to show you two more buttons here in the Quick Fix interface, and those are the Reset button and the Close button. So I'm going to make a quick adjustment to this image, by clicking the Auto button here on the Smart Fix panel, something I actually don't do very often, but I just want to make a quick change to the image. After I've made a change or multiple changes, I can always reset the image back to its original by clicking this Reset button right here, and there's also a Close button here.
So when I'm all done editing and saving my image, I can close the image, so that it's not open in the Editor workspace by clicking this Close button. This warning is asking if I want to save any changes I've made to this image. In this case I'm just going to click No. Now I've closed the image, so when I go back to the Organizer I don't get a warning that the image is in use in the Editor. So that's an overview of the Quick Fix editing workspace. In the next movie, I'll show you how to use the controls in the Quick Fix workspace to improve the photo quality of your images.
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