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Using the Guided Edit mode

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Using the Guided Edit mode

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.

Using the Guided Edit mode

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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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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