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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
In this chapter we'll look at another of the Editor workspaces, the Guided Edit workspace. Guided Edit offers a list of specific techniques with step-by-step instructions in tools for performing those techniques, everything from brightening an image, to adding a vignette effect. Let's take a look at how Guided Edit works. Here in the Organizer I am going to select a couple of images I 'll click on one and Ctrl+Click--Command+Click on the Mac-- on another and then I will click the Editor Button in the task pane at the bottom of the Organizer. My Editor open to Quick Edit mode because that's the last place where I was working.
I can switch these open images over to Guided Edit mode by simply clicking the Guided Tab at the top of the Editor. Guided Edit mode has a Photo Bin just like Quick Edit mode and in the Photo Bin I can see my two open images. If I want to work on this other image, I'll double-click it in the Photo Bin as in Quick Edit mode, if you're Photo Bin isn't open you can just click the Phone Bin icon in the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. In Guided Edit Mode the toolbar only has a Zoom tool and a Hand tool so if you can Zoom tool, you can then zoom in on the image a bit and if you zoom in so far that you can't see the whole thing in the document window.
The Hand tool will allow you to move the image around in the document window. And there are options in the tool Options bar for the Hand tool here so I can click 1:1 to go back to 100% view of the image. The heart of Guided Edit is over here in the column on the right; here you'll see categories like Touchups with a list of Guided Edit techniques in that category. If I scroll down here is another category of Photo Effects everything from Depth Of Field, to Line Drawing, to Old Fashioned Photo and more. And if I scroll down even further there is a category called Photo Play which has some fun effects like an Out Of Bounds effect, a Pop Art effect and so forth.
I am going to scroll back up to the top and in this case I just want to apply real simple Guided Edit to show you how it works in general. So this image is a little dark, I'll click the Brightness Contrast Guided Edit, that changes the column on the right to give me instructions and tools for brightening an image and increasing its contrast. The beauty of Guided Edit is that all you have to do is read through the instructions. So these instructions tell me to click this Auto Fix button to apply a General Fix to under or over exposed images, great this is an underexposed image.
So I'll do that, click Auto Fix and the image looks better already and down here's another instruction to fine- tune the result by dragging the sliders. So I could try increasing the Brightness slider and maybe increasing the Contrast or decreasing the Contrast which is something that I often do with a portrait to soften the look. Now if I don't like the result I can come up to the top of this Guided Edit panel and click the Reset Panel button, but I'm actually going to leave it because I like it, and I'll come down and click Done. And that's basically all there is to applying a Guided Edit just follow the instructions and use the tools that are offered in the column on the right.
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