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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Photoshop Elements 6 contains a new Guided Edit mode that can assist you in completing various editing and project building tasks. I would like to show you how to utilize this feature now. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folder here in the Content panel, and what I would like to do is go ahead and double-click on the catalog images folder in order to display all of our images inside of the catalog images folder here in the Content panel. And what I want to do is access a specific image to open up in Guided Edit mode. I'm going to use the Find feature to do that. I'm going to choose Edit > Find, and I'm going to stick to the Catalog Images folder, that's what I'm going to search in, and for the criteria I'm going to choose Filename, Contains, and I'm going to type in Sunset.
I'm going to check Find and here are my sunset images. The image that I want to work with is this one right here sunset_04.jpg. I'm going to double-click that to open it up inside of the Elements' Editing workspace here. Now over in the Edit tab, we're currently in the Full Edit mode. We know that Quick mode is the button next to it, and the third button is Guided Edit mode. So let's go ahead and click on the Guided button. That opens up our image here inside of Guided Edit mode. Now, notice the first thing you see inside of the panel now are all these various tasks and all you need to do is highlight over the task and click on it in order to select it and retrieve the guided information, in order to help you complete the task.
So let's go ahead and choose this one. Touch Up Scratches, Blemishes or Tear Marks. Because if you may have noticed here, there are some marks in the sunset here, in the sky. I would like to remove those, and in order to get a little bit of help to do that, I'm going to choose, the Touch Up Scratches, Blemishes or Tear Marks option here in Guided Edit mode. Notice up at the top where it says Touch Up Photo. This is to fix small flaws in a photo, which is what we have here. 'Click here to activate the Spot Healing Brush' and by default it is already activated, as you can see here. It's already depressed. And for step two, use this slider to adjust the brush size and use a brush size that's a bit larger than the flaw you're fixing.
Okay. We can use the slider here. Well, before we do that, I think we should probably zoom in on our image. Okay, so we can use any of our navigation techniques. I'm going to use the Command +Plus keyboard shortcut. Notice I zoom in a little closer on the flaws that I want to fix. I can place the cursor right over the flaw or the blemish. Notice that the brush is not quite large enough. So I'm going to go ahead and increase this slider just a little bit. You can see the value in the tool tip above, that's the pixel amount of the brush.
Okay. That looks pretty good. It's centering just around it. Let me go ahead and use step 3, which is click the Brush on the flaw to remove it. All right, so that worked pretty good. Now what we can do is, do the same thing over these other blemishes and keep using the steps that were helpful in getting it started here with touching up this photo. Okay. Now there we have a little bit of an artifact afterwards and that's because the brush was a little too large. All right, that's why it says in this step here that it should be just a bit larger than the flaw you're fixing. So I'm actually going to undo that by clicking the Undo button up here and I'm going to drag this slider down just a little bit. Right around there, I think that would help. Let's try it again, and that's not too bad. That looks pretty good. We can continue to do the same sort of thing. I have got another artifact there, so we'll undo that by pressing Command+Z, maybe lower the brush size a little bit.
That's really small, that's not going to work. We can highlight in here and actually type in a number as opposed to using the slider, that's something they don't tell you. So I'm going to go ahead and enter that in here, maybe a little larger. Let's try something like maybe a 9 pixel brush. It's not bad, maybe a little larger. Let's try 12 pixels and then hovering over. That's looking better, and I will go ahead and click, much better, okay. All right, so we can continue doing this, you can see that as long as we size our brush, and zoom in as far as we need to, click in these various areas to get the results we want, we can touch up the entire photograph. The thing to know is that the Guided Edit mode actually gave us some steps at least in this particular task, to go about this, the proper way, okay.
I think it left out a little bit of extra information, things like zooming in, in order to size your brush, maybe letting you know that you can also type a value into the field here as opposed to just using the slider. So somewhat limited but also helpful. It does give you some very, very useful steps. Once you're done, you can click the Done button. One another thing I want to mention is that if you want to compare the before and after with these adjustments, you can click on this Arrow and then you can see the before and the after. Let's go ahead and I'm going to hold down the Space Bar to temporarily access the Hand tool which is over here, and scroll over, you can see there where our former blemishes and here in the after, we're not seeing them anymore. So that's a good thing. It's nice to have the before and the after option available in Guided Edit mode as well as in the Quick Fix mode.
Okay. You can scroll through the various options here before and after vertical, just keeping that button in order to access those different preview options in Guided Edit mode, okay. I'm going to go ahead and click Done and that returns us to our menu. I just want to show you a couple of other things in here. I just want to show you one other thing. Let's take a look at Brightness and Contrast, and here we don't have numbered steps, okay. So unlike the Touch Up Photo section that I showed you previously, we don't have the same sort of treatment here. So different tasks have different methods as far as Guided Edit mode is concerned. So don't expect to see steps in every one of these because you're not always going to see them. Let's go back into Cancel and take a look over here at our list just real quick, take a look at something different. Over here we have different types of descriptions. Again, these ones aren't numbered per se, and not everyone needs to be. So just don't expect to see the same treatment with every task that's here in Guided Edit mode.
What I would do is approach Guided Edit mode just as a helpful way to get some extra descriptions about the tasks that you're trying to complete.
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