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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.
With this movie I would like to show you how you can access multiple opened images using the Project bin. I'm currently in Bridge and I'm viewing the images in our catalog images folder, which is part of our exercise files. So what we're viewing here in the Content panel has all the images inside of that folder and what I'd like to do is I'd like to locate some specific images. Let's say for instance that you'd like to work with multiple images in order to create a PDF slideshow. Let's go ahead and locate specific group of images. I'm going to go ahead using the Find dialog box. We're pressing Command+F to bring up that dialog box. Type in into the Search criteria by Filename the word Tarpon. When I click Find, it's going to bring up all the images that have the word Tarpon in the file name.
And those are images of these boats taken in Tarpon Springs. So what I'd like to do, I select multiple images in here. I'm going to actually select that one and then I'm going to Command-click to select various images here within the series and these are the images that I like to open up into Elements and possibly include in my slideshow. So now that I have clicked on these Command-clicked on all of these images here in the Content panel, what I want to do is open these up.
So I'm going to do this time is use the keyboard shortcut of Command+O. That opens up all of the images at once here in Photoshop Elements as you can see. Now what I want to refer to down here is this area and that's the Project bin. You can see thumbnails of all of the opened images from within the Project bin. That gives you quick and easy access to these images inside of Elements. So if I want to, I can select a different image. I currently have the forefront image, the one that's being shown up here up above, select it over here on the right or at least it's being highlighted to let us know that, that is the forefront image.
To select that, I have to actually click on it. I'm going to select a different image there. Let's say this one over here. I can tell it's selected by the much thicker blue highlight as opposed to the thin one over here showing the image that's currently visible on the front. If I double-click on the image, it's going to bring that image to the front. So now it has the thin blue stroke and the thick blue stroke. So the quick and easy way to bring the image that you want to work with to the front when you're in this maximized mode here is to just double-click the image.
You can also do some other things inside of the Project bin and I'd like to show you how to do that now. A lot of them rely on actually right clicking with the mouse over a selected image or if you're working with a single button mouse, you can hold down the Control key and then click in order to access the contextual menu. So you can see in here we have various commands. We can actually close an image, we can minimize it, we can access its metadata info using the File Info command if we needed to ever do that, and locate some metadata info, something about the image that's embedded in its file.
We can duplicate it, we can rotate it, we can add a blank page to something you might want to do later when you're creating a photo project that contains multiple pages something like a scrapbook or photo book something like that, maybe a collage, and this goes along with that Add Page Using Current Layout, same sort of thing, one is blank, one uses an existing layout. And then we also have some visibility options down here. Currently, we're just viewing the thumbnail and it's the large thumbnail. We can change it to small thumbnails. We can also show file names if we like so we can see the actual names of the files. Something else you might want to try doing is repositioning the Project bin. You can change the size of it. You can make it smaller or larger, if you ever need to do that, if you fill this up into such a situation where you have multiple rows of images, you can actually scroll over here and change the size of the Project bin.
Just so I can show you the rotate feature. You can rotate these images from within here and when you do, it's going to rotate the image that you're working with up above as well. It's rotating the document window, okay. So it's -- not just rotating the thumbnail from within here. It's rotating the actual image as well. Let's go ahead and duplicate one. You can choose to add in any convention. If it has layers, you can flatten it, this one does not, but that option does exist if you do. I wouldn't recommend doing this. We'll talk about that more in the Layers movie actually. I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and that makes a duplicate and adds it at the end of the list here.
Something else you can do is close an image, I'm going to move ahead and just select a different image in here, but I'm not actually going to bring it to the forefront, just going to select it. This is the forefront image, the one that we're viewing, but this one is selected. If I right click now, I can choose Close and now it has been removed from the Project bin. So we're no longer working with it here inside of Elements. All right, something else you can do is you can hide the Project bin by clicking this button down here. When you do that, you have more room to focus on the image that you're working with here. That's something that I actually do quite often.
If I maybe applying the multiple adjustments to my images before I start gathering them into a project, I sometimes like to hide the Project bin so I can have more room to focus on the image itself and not these thumbnails down here. Screen Real Estate is everything. Sometimes you just really need to focus on the image and not all of the tools surrounding it. All right, one last thing I want to show you about the Project bin is you can actually access the Create tab and the Share tab from right within here. The Create tab is up here and the Share tab. You can click on these to access different commands, rather than moving the mouse all the way at there, if you're working with the Project bin down here and you have an image or images selected, let's say maybe it's all of these guys selected, I just held down the Shift key and clicked on the first one and then the last one to select all of these at once, just like I would in Bridge.
With all of them selected now, I can choose Create from this menu and that's going to open up the Create tab. So now with all of them selected, I could click on one of these buttons over here and maybe start a new project like a photo book, photo collage, photo gallery or like I mentioned before, a slideshow. Something else you can do is choose Share. That takes you to the Share tab and you can also chose Slide Show from here. All right, so different ways to do things. Sometimes, they place commands like that and places that are easier for you to grab, something a little quicker over here.
So what we learned in this movie is how we can use the Project bin in order to work with multiple files that we have open in order to duplicate them, rotate them, select the one that we want to bring at the forefront and focus on as we're editing. We also learned that we don't always have to have the Project bin open. We can close it when we want to focus on just the image that we're applying adjustments to. 5.41]
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