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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Guided Edit is the most basic of three editing workspaces that you will find in Elements' Editor. Guided Edit consists of instructions and simplified commands that walk you through performing some photo correction techniques like cropping photos or removing a color cast as well as some of the more clever Elements features like the Group Shot feature and the Scene Cleaner feature. The Guided Edit doesn't address every single editing problem; just a handful of them. But it can be very useful for a new user of Elements as a learning tool because it sets out instructions for performing a number of tasks. Let's see how to use Guided Edit. I'm starting here in the Organizer and I'm working in the subfolder 05_03-guidededit in the Chapter 05, Exercise Files folder. In the Photo Browser I'm going to select this image, leadville.jpg, and then I'll go up to the Editor button, that's top right, click and hold. And this time I'm going to choose Guided Edit. That opens the Editor into the Guided Edit workspace.
This is a pretty simple workspace, over on the left there's a very abbreviated toolbar that has a Zoom tool for zooming in and out of the photo and a Hand tool for moving around in the photo. There is a Project Bin at the bottom of the screen and if I click this arrow, the Project Bin will open and you can see the opened photo there. I can hide that Project Bin to give myself more room to work and over on the right I have a list of the various techniques and features that can be performed from Guided Edit.
There are all kinds of things here from Basic Photo Edits like rotating and sharpening to Lighting and Exposure adjustments, Color Correction and down here Group Shot and Scene Cleaner which are some really interesting features that we are going to be covering in more detail in other movies and a new feature to Guided Edit, the Automated Action Player which allows you to play prerecorded actions on your photos. Finally if I scroll all the way down to the bottom there are some Photographic Effects that are pretty interesting like an effect that turns your photo into an Old Fashioned one and another that gives it a Saturated Slide Film Effect.
Let me show you a typical Guided Edit and that is Brightness and Contrast. You can see that this photo is a little bit dark, it was taken on a stormy day and I might want to brighten it up, so I'm going to click on the Brightness and Contrast control here in Guided Edit and that opens this dialog which is typical of a Guided Edit instruction. There is an Auto button that tries to automatically fix the brightness of this image and it explains that this is useful for fixing underexposed or overexposed images. In other words images that are too dark or too light, if you don't want to use the Auto button you can use these sliders for a little bit of manual control.
There is a Brightness slider and we are told that this makes the image lighter or darker, just what we need to know. So I'll drag that slider to the right a bit to brighten up the image and then there is a Contrast slider and Guided Edit tells you exactly what that does, it affects the difference between the light tones and the dark tones in the image. So if I drag that to the right that difference is accentuated. This Guided Edit also offers me the opportunity to see a before and after of this photo. So I'll click on this green arrow at the bottom. And on the left I can see the original dark photo and on the right, the lightened photo.
If I don't like these changes, I can click this Reset button, if I do like them, I'll click the Done button. There is one more thing to do and that is to save and close the adjusted image. Before I do that let me show you what would happen if I didn't close the image. I'm going back to the top of the screen and I'm going to click on the Organizer button to jump back from the Editor to the Organizer. Here you can see the image I was working on and it's got this red belt around it with a lock and it tells you that an edit is in progress. So whenever you see this in the Organizer, it means that you have to go back to the Editor and close the image.
So I'll go back up to the Editor button, click and I'll choose Guided Edit. I'm going to go to the File menu and I'll choose Close. Elements ask me if I want to save the image and I'll save it but I'm going to show you how to do that in another movie. So I'm just going to cancel for now. As you have seen Guided Edit is simple to use particularly when you are new to Elements and it can really be a learning tool because it sets out instructions for all the techniques that you see in this list.
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