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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the program's Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.
Let's take an introductory look at the interface of the Expert edit workspace, which has seen some significant changes in Elements 11. Familiarizing yourself with the major interface elements will help you to get more proficient using this workspace. I've launched my editor from Elements welcome screen and I clicked the Expert button at the top of the editor to enter Expert edit mode. Then I used the File > Open command from the menu bar at the top of the screen to open several photos. This menu bar is typical of the menu bar that you've seen in lots of computer programs.
Each menu contains lots of commands that you'll use as you work on images of your own and during this course. Some commands have shortcuts that come in handy to speed things up as you become more proficient in the program. To remind yourself of the shortcut for a particular command, take a look to the right at the commands in one of these menus and you'll see that many of that commands do have shortcuts. Like Ctrl+O (PC)--that's Command+O on a Mac--to open a document; or Ctrl+S (PC), or Command+S on a Mac, to Save. Let's look at another interface rlement-- the Photo Bin--which is down here at the bottom of the Expert edit workspace.
If your Photo Bin isn't showing then go down to the bar at the very bottom of the workspaceit's called the Taskbar-- and click the first button, Photo Bin. By default, the Photo Bin displays thumbnails of all of the photos that are currently open. With one of these thumbnails selected, highlighted in blue--and that's the photo that's displayed up in the Document Window. To switch between open images, you can double-click any of these thumbnails and the corresponding photo will appear in the document window. Another way to switch between open images is to click the document tabs at the top of the document window.
If you're working on a large image and you want more space to display it in the document window, you can collapse the Photo Bin by going over to the far right of the Photo Bin and then clicking the down facing arrow there. Then to bring the Photo Bin back, go back to the Taskbar, and click the Photo Bin Button. The Photo Bin shares a space with the Tool Options. So let me show you how those two features interact in this space. To get to the Tool options, select any of the tools in the toolbar, which is this vertical bar over on the far left. I'll explain a lot more about the tools and tool options in the next movie.
But for now, notice that when you click on any tool in the toolbar, the space that used to be the Photo Bin now contains options for the selected tool. And if I click on a different tool, I get different tool options in the same space. So what if I need to get back and see the Photo Bin? Well, in that case I would go down to the Taskbar and click the Photo Bin button there. That replaces the Tool Options with the Photo Bin again. Then if I want to get back to the Tool Options, I can either click the Tool Options button in the Taskbar, or I can just click on another tool in the toolbar.
Now if you don't like the sharing behavior between the Tool Options and the Photo Bin, you can change that behavior by going to the Tool Options bar for any of the Tools and clicking the List menu at the far right of the Tool Options and unchecking Auto Show Tool Options. But I found that leaving this checked, which is the default behavior, works for me. So I'm going to leave it like that. I've already mentioned the next interface element that I want to show you, and that's the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. It contains buttons for functions that you will perform often. In addition to the Photo Bin and the Tool Options button, there's an Undo button and a Redo button and a Rotate button.
There's also a button with a Layout menu, which you can use if you have multiple photos open and you want to change the way the photos are displayed in the document window. By default, we've seen that multiple photos are docked into tabs in a single document window. In a later movie in this chapter, I'll show you how to use the Layout menu in the taskbar to view multiple photos in different layouts. The next button in the taskbar takes you back to the organizer, if you're using the organizer to manage your photos. On the far right of the Taskbar are buttons to open some of the commonly used panels into the Panel Bin, which his column on the right.
If your Panel Bin isn't showing, then click one of the buttons on the far right of the taskbar to open the Panel Bin with the corresponding panel. I'll cover much more about opening and arranging panels in a separate movie in this chapter. So that's an overview of the major interface elements in the Expert edit workspace. In the next movies we'll dig a little deeper into parts of this interface and how to use its features.
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