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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Photoshop Elements 9 is actually two applications rolled into one; an organizer in which you can organize your digital photos, videos, and audio files, and an editor in which you can correct and enhance your digital photos. Within the Editor, there are three separate editing workspaces of different levels of complexity; the Full Edit, the Quick Fix, and the Guided Edit workspaces. Let's take a first look at all these different components of Elements and see how to navigate among them. When you start up Elements, the first screen you'll see is this welcome screen.
The welcome screen is the jumping off place from which you can launch either the Organizer or the Editor; the two main components of Elements. You'll often want to go to the Organizer first perhaps to import files or to find files that you want to work within the Editor. So let's start by launching the Organizer by clicking the Organize button here in the welcome screen. If the Organizer isn't already open, it may take a few seconds to launch. The Organizer which you see here is a separate program; it's basically a cataloging program that keeps track of where your photos and other media files are located and offers features to help you organize and find those files.
In the Organizer, there is this media browser on the left side and if you've already imported files into your Organizer catalog as I'll show you how to do shortly, you'll see thumbnails of the imported files here. If you haven't imported any files yet, this area on the left would be blank. Over on the right side of the Organizer is the task pane with four tabs. The names of these tabs indicate the major tasks that you can perform in the Organizer all of which will explore later in this course. Those are organizing your digital files, applying one click corrections to photos without leaving the Organizer, creating photo projects like prints, books, greeting cards, and more, and sharing your photos in your projects with others.
A simple but important use of the Organizer is to find files and open them from here into the editing workspaces. So let's say that I want to edit this photo. I'll click on it once to select it in the media browser in the Organizer and then I'll move over to the task pane in the Organizer and click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab and that brings up this menu, the first three items of which are three separate editing workspaces in the Editor. The Full Edit workspace is the most complex of the three workspaces in the Editor.
It contains a lot of the same features that you'll find in the full-fledged Adobe Photoshop. The Quick Edit workspace and the Guided Edit workspace are little simpler to use and this last item, Edit Videos, really isn't relevant to this course, because it will open video files into a separate program for mere elements which is outside the scope of this particular course. I'm going to choose one of the editing workspaces. I'll start with Full Photo Edit. If the Editor isn't already open, it'll take a moment to launch and when it does, you can see the selected photo open here in the document window.
Over on the right is the Edit pane in which I can switch from this Full Edit workspace to either of the other two edit workspaces; the Quick Edit workspace which offers these intuitive sliders for fixing common photo problems or the Guided Edit workspace which offers recipes for performing some common photo editing tasks. I'm going to cancel out of this particular recipe and now let's say that I want to go back to the Organizer, perhaps to find and open another image.
Here is how to switch from the Editor to the Organizer. I'm going to go up to the top of the Editor and there I find a button labeled Organizer. If I click that, I'll go back to the Organizer and you can see that the file that I have opened in the Editor has a red belt around it and says that the Edit is in Progress on this file. Now what if I want to switch back to the Editor? Again, I can go to the arrow to the right of the Fix tab and from the menu that appears, I can click on one of the Editor workspaces like the Guided Edit workspace and that takes me back to the Editor.
Alternatively, another way to switch between the Editor and the Organizer if both are open is to go down to the taskbar at the bottom of the Windows operating system interface, or to the dock at the bottom of the Mac operating system interface and there, you'll find icons for both of those open applications; the Editor and the Organizer. So now I'm in the Editor and if I click on this icon for the Organizer that will switch me back to the Organizer. Now let's say that I wanted to go back to the welcome screen. I can do that from either the Organizer or the Editor by going to the top-right of either interface and there I'll find this House icon.
Clicking the House icon will relaunch the welcome screen. Here in the welcome screen, in addition to the Organize and Edit buttons, there are some controls for registering for and signing into the online backup and synchronization services that supplement Photoshop Elements 9. I'll tell you more about those services later in the course. For now I want to show you one more thing in the welcome screen and that is that up here on the top-right, there is a small menu icon. If I click that, I get this dialog box where I can choose what to open when I start Photoshop Elements.
You remember at the beginning of this movie when I started the program, I just saw the welcome screen. But if I prefer, I can choose to Always launch the Organizer, or the Editor in addition to the welcome screen. I'm going to leave this at Just show the Welcome Screen, the default behavior, and click OK. So that's an overview of the different workspaces in Elements 9; the Organizer and the Editor with the Full Edit, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces and some information about how to navigate between those workspaces. We'll be exploring each of these components of Elements 9 in lots more depth during this course.
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