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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Using tools


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Using tools

Elements packs lots of tools into its toolbox. I'm not going to explain to you what every tool is. I think the best way to learn about tools is to use them in context, as you do throughout this course. But there are some things you can know about the tools that will help you use them more efficiently. The first thing is that not all the tools are visible in the toolbox at any one time. There are just too many tools. So some of them are tucked away behind related tools. Whenever you see a tool that has a small black triangle in the bottom-right corner of the tool slot, that means that that tool has some other tools hiding behind.
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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
8h 50m Beginner Sep 23, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, tags, and ratings
  • Mapping photos
  • Applying Photomerge Exposure in Guided Edit
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct a photo's tone and color
  • Reducing digital noise in photos
  • Creating a photo slideshow with audio and transitions
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Using tools

Elements packs lots of tools into its toolbox. I'm not going to explain to you what every tool is. I think the best way to learn about tools is to use them in context, as you do throughout this course. But there are some things you can know about the tools that will help you use them more efficiently. The first thing is that not all the tools are visible in the toolbox at any one time. There are just too many tools. So some of them are tucked away behind related tools. Whenever you see a tool that has a small black triangle in the bottom-right corner of the tool slot, that means that that tool has some other tools hiding behind.

So, for example here's a black triangle on the Eraser tool, if I click and hold the Eraser tool for a second, and then I can release my mouse, a flyout menu appears with the Eraser tool, and some other tools hidden behind it, the Background Eraser and the Magic Eraser tool. If I click on one of those then, that tool becomes the active tool. Another thing to know about the tools is that you don't have to memorize all their names and locations. Instead, you can take advantage of tool tips to find a tool. So, if I see a tool icon and I don't remember exactly what it is, like this band-aid here, I can just move my mouse over it, and in a second, a tool tip pops up telling me that this is the Spot Healing Brush tool.

One way to access a tool is to click on it here in the Toolbox. But a quicker way to access a tool is by using its keyboard shortcut. To find out the keyboard shortcut for any tool, I'll move my mouse over that tool. So, if I come up to the Move tool, and keep my mouse there for a second, I learned that V is the shortcut for the Move tool. So, now no matter what tool I'm working with at the moment, if I need to move a layer, I can just press the V key on my keyboard, and that automatically selects the Move tool. In a earlier movie, I explained that the Tool Options bar up here is context-sensitive, which means that as I select different tools the options in the Tool Options bar changed to display only options that are relevant to the selected tool.

If you change some of the settings for tools in the Options Bar, your settings may stick with the tool. So, that the next time you use it you have the same settings. So, I suggest that every time you start a new project in Photoshop or if you sit down at a strange computer, say a computer in a lab, that you reset the tools. And the way that you do that is to go to the arrow that's on the left-side of the Tool Options bar click there, and you can choose to reset only the active tool, or all tools. So I'll choose Reset All Tools, and then I'll click OK.

And now the options for the selected tool as well as all the other tools have been put back to their defaults. One more thing to know about the toolbox is that at the bottom of the toolbox are the foreground and background color boxes right here. Whatever color is showing in the Foreground Color Box at any time is the color that will be used by any of the tools, and features in Elements Editor that make use of color. For example, here is the Brush tool that paints with Foreground Color, under Brush tool, there is a Pencil tool, and that also uses the Foreground Color.

Here is the Gradient tool and this tool is one of the few that uses both whatever color is in the Foreground Color Box, and whatever color is in the Background Color Box here. The Type tool is default to using the Foreground Color as well. So I'd like to show you a couple of ways to change the color in the Foreground Color Box. The easiest way is to select the Eyedropper tool here in the toolbox, and then if an image is open to click in the image on the color that you want to use. So, I'm going to click on this red here in this image, and that samples that red color and sets it as the foreground color.

Now, if I were to select a tool like the Brush tool from here behind the Pencil tool, and paint here in the image, I'm painting with foreground color. Another way to change the foreground color is to click on the Foreground Color Box, and that opens the Color Picker. Here in a Color Picker, I can move the slider to get into another hue, for example, blue and then in his large field on the left, I'll click on the Blue Shade to select just the blue that I want.

The selected color appears here in this square as the new color. I'll click OK in the Color Picker to close it, and notice that the Foreground Color Box is now that particular shade of blue. I'm going to move my cursor over the image, and notice the icon that represents the Brush Tip of the Paintbrush. Many of the tools in the toolbox have Brush Tips like this. Everything from the Eraser tool to the Clone Stamp tool, which is used to hide content in the photo to the Smart Brush tool, to the Healing and Spot Healing Brush tools, all of which we'll explore in later movies have a Brush Tip.

So I'd like to show you how you can change the size of the Brush Tip in an efficient way. To do that, I'm going to select another tool. I'll select the Spot Healing Brush, which is a tool that photographers often used, when they are retouching a photo. What the Spot Healing Brush does is cover up unwanted elements in a photo by copying and pasting pixels from nearby, and blending those pixels into the area you're trying to cover up. So, let's say that I want to cover up some of the black paint on this sign. I want to make my Brush Tip big enough to cover the black paint.

So, I'm going to press the Right Bracket key on my keyboard a couple of times to make that Brush Tip a little bit bigger. I think that's a much better way to change the size of a brush than what most people do, which is to go up to the Options Bar for the selected tool and then find a Size menu like this and drag the slider, because if you do it this way, you have no idea how big to make the brush. I am going to click here in a blank area of the Options bar to close that slider and then I'm going to go back in with this tool, and I'll click on some of this black paint to cover it up.

The same way if I wanted to make my Brush Tip smaller, I would click the Left Bracket key on the keyboard a couple of times. So, those are some productivity enhancing tips for using tools in Photoshop Elements. Knowing how to make the tools work efficiently will save you time and effort, as you work on your photos in the Full Edit Mode of the Editor.

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