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Working in Quick Edit

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Working in Quick Edit

The QuickEdit work space in Elements editor is a great compromise between speed and simplicity on one hand. And control of your photo adjustments on the other hand. I think you're going to like QuickEdit so much that I'm devoting the rest this chapter to this works pace. In this movie, I'll give you an overview of the QuickEdit interface and show you how to work with images in this work space in general. You can open images into the QuickEdit work space by selecting them in the organizer, and then clicking the Editor button at the bottom of the organizer. That launches the editor, and if it doesn't open directly to the QuickEdit work space, you can get to quick edit by clicking the quick tab at the top of the editor.

Working in Quick Edit

The QuickEdit work space in Elements editor is a great compromise between speed and simplicity on one hand. And control of your photo adjustments on the other hand. I think you're going to like QuickEdit so much that I'm devoting the rest this chapter to this works pace. In this movie, I'll give you an overview of the QuickEdit interface and show you how to work with images in this work space in general. You can open images into the QuickEdit work space by selecting them in the organizer, and then clicking the Editor button at the bottom of the organizer. That launches the editor, and if it doesn't open directly to the QuickEdit work space, you can get to quick edit by clicking the quick tab at the top of the editor.

If you don't happen to use the organizer to manage your photos, you can still edit them in QuickEdit, or any of the editor's work spaces. By opening them using the File, Open Cmd at the top of the editor. After you've opened photos into the QuickEdit work space you'll see a thumbnail of all open files in the photo bin at the bottom of the screen. And from here you can switch to a different photo by double clicking its thumbnail. And now this photo is available for editing in the document window in QuickEdit. If you want more room to work on a photo, consider collapsing the photo bin.

Which I'll do by clicking the photo bin icon in the task pane at the bottom of the screen. And then if I want to bring the photo bin back, I'll click that icon again, and now for example I might switch back to the other image by double-clicking it. But I'll just leave this one here for now. On the left side of the QuickEdit work space, you have a toolbar. When I select a tool here for example the Crop Tool notice that the photo bin disappears and is replaced with Options for the Selected tool. In this case for the Crop tool. And if I click on a different tool I'll go back up to the Zoom tool, the tool options change.

I can toggle between the photo bin and the tool options using the photo bin and tool options icons at the bottom of the screen. The heart of QuickEdit work space is over on the right in the adjustments column. You can collapse and expand the adjustments column by clicking on the adjustments icon on the far right of the test paint. So when I click there the adjustments columns disappears and if this image were larger and I wanted more room to work on it, that would buy me some space. I will click the adjustments icon again to bring the adjustments column back.

The adjustments column contains an icon for each of the adjustments that are available, Smart Fix, Exposure, Levels and so on. Each of these adjustments comes with a panel. Let's take a look at the Smart Fix panel by way of example. To open a panel, click its name in the adjustments column. Each panel has some or all of the kinds of controls that we find in Smart Fix. All these adjustments have a slider. As I click on the slider and drag, that applies different amounts of the particular adjustment. In this case, different amounts of smart fix.

And by the way, smart fix is intended to help you fix both the tone and the color of an image all at once. I'll drag that slider back to 0 so I can show you that there is also an auto control in some of the panels. When I click Auto, Elements gives me it's best guess about the amount of that particular adjustment to apply to the image. Now what if I want to undo that particular adjustment? To undo one step at a time, I can use the undo button, in the task pane, at the bottom of the screen. Or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on a Mac.

So when I click that, that undoes that smart fix, if I've applied several different adjustments. For example, I'll go to smart fix. I'll drag the slider there, and then I'll go to Balance, and I'll drag that slider. And I want to go all the way back to where I started with this image before I find any adjustments. Then I would go to the top of the adjustments column and click this reset button. And that takes me back to the original photo. Now lets go back to Smart Fix to see the third kind of control that you'll find in the Adjustment panels.

And that is the preview thumbnails here. If I hover over the preview thumbnail, I see a preview in the document window of how the photo would look with that amount of the adjustment applied to it. And notice that that's changed the slider as well. If I hover over a different thumbnail, I get a different result, and a different number on the slider. So I'll often start with these thumbnails, just hovering over them quickly, to get in the ballpark of where I want to be with the image. And then I'll click on the thumbnail to apply that amount of the adjustment. And then, I'll go up to the slider and I'll drag to fine tune the adjustment.

Keeping my eye on the image until I'm happy with the result. And then I'll close that adjustment. I can apply other adjustments on top of this one. And when I'm happy with the photo, I'll often compare the after view with all of my adjustments to the way the photo originally looked. To do that, I'll go to the View menu. And I'll choose one of the Before and After views. Here you see the original on the left with no adjustments and the adjusted version on the right. If I'm happy with the adjustment version it's time to save it.

I can either go to the File menu and choose Save or I can just click the X on the right side of the document window. That will close the file and elements will ask me if I want to save it before closing. Because elements knows that I've made changes to this image and haven't saved those yet. So I'll click Yes, here and that will open the Save As dialog box. This dialog box may look a little different on a Mac than it does here on a PC but the important fields are there in both platforms. I'm going to leave all of these options checked. I do want to included the adjusted version of the photo in my elements organizer.

That saves me the step of having to import it myself. And, I want to save the changed version in what's called a version set, or a stack with the original. Which will keep those two photos together, so they're easier to find. With Save Inversion Set checked, elements automatically appends the words, edited one to the end of the file name. So I don't have to worry that I'm saving over the original image. Because that one has a different name. I'm going to save this right to the same folder as the original. I'll click save and I'll the JPEG options at their defaults and click OK. That closes the photo of the cheese.

I haven't made any changes to this photo of the bread so I can save it without closing by clicking the X at the top right of the Document window. Because there aren't any photos still open in the editor elements switches me back to the organizer. And here in the grid view of the media browser I can see my version set of the original and the adjusted photo of the cheese. I know this is a version set because it has this arrow to the right of it and clicking that arrow expands the version set. Here I can see the original photo of the cheese on the right and the adjusted photo which I changed in QuickEdit, here on the left.

So that's overview of the QuickEdit work space. In the movies to come, we'll be working in the QuickEdit work space in more detail.

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