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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.
So far in this course, the Organizer has been set to display files as thumbnail previews in the Photo Browser, either in Folder Location View as you see here, or in Thumbnail View. There is another useful way to view your photos in the Organizer and that is Full Screen View in which a single photo fills your monitor for the largest view available. Full Screen View is a great way to review your photos just after you import them to the Organizer. It's also useful for showing off your photos at your computer in the form of a simple slideshow that I'll show you how to make in the next movie.
Now let's say that I've just brought into my Organizer these 6 files in the 04_01 folder. I want to run through them, pick out the winners in the duds, do some basic organization, and do some simple editing as well as mark my favorites for printing. All of that can be done from the Organizer's Full Screen View. That may be all that I'll ever do to some of these photos, maybe the less important images. In other cases I might go on to apply more complex editing and organization techniques to some of the images.
But it's really amazing that I can accomplish everything that I just mentioned from Full Screen View. In Photoshop Elements 8, Adobe has made Full Screen View even better by adding a quick edit and a quick organize panel, and by relocating and making the Control Bar easier to see. Before I take you into Full Screen View, I'm going to make a new empty album in the Album panel that I'll be applying in Full Screen View. I have already showed you how to make a new album. I'm going to go to the Albums panel, I'll click the arrow to the right of the screen plus, I'll choose New Album and I'll give the album a name.
I'm going to call this one Leadville, which is the name of the town in these photos. And then I'm going to uncheck Backup Synchronize. I'm not going to put any photos in this album now. I'll leave it empty and I'll click Done. There's my new album waiting in the Albums panel. I can bring one or multiple images into Full Screen View. In this case, I want to bring all six of the images in the 04_01 folder. So I'm going to select them all by clicking on the first one and holding down the Shift key as I click on the last one of the six.
Then I'm going to go up to the top of the Organizer, and I'm going to click this icon that looks like a monitor. There is another way to get to the same place from the Display menu here at the top of the Organizer. Here I can choose View, Edit or Organize in Full Screen, either way it works fine, and that opens the first of the images in Full Screen View. You may have noticed that there were a couple of panels opened just a moment ago. Those are the new quick edit and quick organize panels. When they're not being used, they collapse over to the side, as they are now.
To expand either panel, I'll move my mouse over that panel, and it pops out. When I'm not using the panel, and I move my mouse off of it, if I wait just a moment, the panel collapses again. The Quick Organize panel does the same thing, pops out, and collapses back when I'm not using it. You may also notice that the control bar at the bottom of the screen keeps popping up and going away. That's because whenever I move my mouse, the Control Bar reappears, but when I leave my mouse still, the Control Bar collapses again.
I move my mouse over that Quick Edit panel, and I would like it to stay open for a moment, so I can show you its features. So I'm going to click this little thumbnail icon to pan it open. This new Quick Edit panel offers so many more automatic editing commands than were available in Full Screen View in the last version of Elements. The commands in this panel are almost the same as those in the Fix tab of the Organizer's taskbar, which I'll show you in another movie. Because these are all auto commands, all you have to do is choose the one you want, and click on it to affect the image.
Auto Smart Fix is a general attempt to correct the color and tone in the image. If an image has an unwanted colorcast, sometimes I'll try the Auto Color command. Auto Levels and Auto Contrast are two commands that will try to improve the tonal range or contrast in an image. Auto Contrast does that without affecting color. Auto Levels can sometimes have an affect on color. So I think that this image could use a boost in the tonal range making the whites whiter and the darks darker. And I also think it could use a bit of color shift.
So I'm going to try Auto Levels, as just an example of the corrections available in the Quick Edit panel. I'll just click once on that icon and right away the image looks a lot better, with the brights brighter, the darks darker, and what I think is a slight pleasing Shift in color. There are some other commands here too. The Auto Sharpen command will make the details in any image looks sharper. I'll click there, so you can see the effect on this image. If you're working with an image in which a person's eyes look red as a result of camera flash, you can choose Auto Redeye Fix to have Elements fix that problem automatically.
This is very much like the Redeye tools that you find elsewhere in Elements. Next, there's a link to Elements full editor. So if you wanted to do more editing to this image, you can click this link to open this image in the Editor. And then there's a link to Premiere Elements the video editing program. Here there's an Undo button. So if you apply one of the commands, and you don't like it, you can click this Undo button right after you apply it, to basically move back one step in time. Then there is a Redo button to go one step ahead in the other direction.
If you want to throw the image away, you can click this Delete icon, but I'd be careful of that one. Here's an icon to mark the file for printing, if it's a file that you really like. I'll go ahead and click that just so you can see what it does. If you look over on the filmstrip on the right, notice that there is a small Print icon on the thumbnail of this photo. While I'm here in the filmstrip, I'll mention that you can use the filmstrip to navigate from open image to open image in Full Screen View. So if I wanted to see this image for example, I could click on its thumbnail here and it appears Full Screen.
There are a couple of other features in the Quick Edit panel. If you need to rotate your image 90 degrees to the right or the left to change its orientation, you can do that from these icons just like the ones that I showed you at the top of the Organizer's Photo Browser. Then up here is another place from which you can apply the Organizer's Star Rating system. So if I really like an image, I'll click on the fifth star here to give it five stars, and then I might go over to the filmstrip, and click on another image, and maybe I don't like this one.
So I'll go to the Star Rating field here, and I'll click on the far left star to give this image one star. I'll be able to search on these stars back in the Photo Browser, as I showed you how to do in an earlier movie. I'm done using the Quick Fix panel now so I'm going to unpin it by clicking the Auto hide icon right here, and now if I move my mouse off that panel, in just a moment it will collapse back over to the side of the screen. I am going to move my mouse back over the Quick Edit panel to show you one more feature and that is the X here at the top right, which will close the panel completely.
So watch what happens when I do that. The Quick Edit panel disappears completely. Now, if I wanted to reopen it, I could come down to the Control Bar, and move my mouse over this icon to toggle open the Quick Edit panel like this. Now it will just collapse to the side of the screen in a moment. Now let's take a look at the Quick Organize panel here. It collapses and expands and opens and closes just like the Quick Edit panel, and there is a separate button in the Control Bar for toggling this panel as well.
So I'll move my mouse over the panel to expand it. From here, I can do some simple editing tasks. First of all, I can include the open image in any existing album that I've already created back in the Photo Browser View. So here, I can see the Leadville album that I made at the beginning of this movie. If I want to include this particular image in that album, all I have to do is click on the Leadville album. I can also apply keyword tags from the keyword cloud that appears here in the Quick Organize panel.
So I might apply the Colorado tag by just clicking on that tag here in the cloud. Now, if you take a look over at the filmstrip, and you have good eyes, you'll see that there is a keyword tag on the thumbnail for this image. I will move back over the Quick Organize panel to open it again, and say I want to make a new keyword tag. I can do that from this panel too, and I can apply the new keyword tag to the opened image. So I'll click here where it says Tag Media, and I'll type the West, and then I'll click the plus sign there to apply that new tag to this particular image, and to include that new tag here in the Keyword Tag Cloud.
Then I'll move my mouse off of the Quick Organize panel to close it. Before I exit out of Full Screen Mode, I want to show you a little bit more about the Control Bar. Here there is a left arrow and a right arrow, and I can use those arrows to scroll between the opened images as an alternative to using the filmstrip. This is actually a little faster Here are the toggles for the Quick Organize panel and the Quick Edit panel, and here is a toggle for the filmstrip. So if I click this, the filmstrip goes away and I have more room to display an image.
Now if I move to a landscape image, it's not obscured by that filmstrip on the side. There are some other controls here. These relate to a slide show that you can make here in Full Screen Mode, as I'll show you in the next movie. And if I click this arrow, I find a couple of other controls for moving between Full Screen View and comparative views of the image, which I'll talk about in another movie in this chapter. When I'm ready to exit Full Screen View, I'll do that from the Control Bar by pressing this X right here. That takes me back to the Photo Browser View of the Organizer.
Here is a message about the Photo that I marked for printing in Full Screen view. I could choose to order prints of that photo, or to print the photo on my own desktop printer from here. But I'm just going to cancel for now. You can also see that the Saloon image has a few icons representing the album in to which I added this image from Full Screen view, and the two tags that I applied to this image in Full Screen view. And then you'll also see the stars with which I rated these images in the Full Screen View. So as you have seen Full Screen View offers lots of useful features for reviewing and doing simple editing and organizing of your photos.
It's much more user friendly in this version of Elements with the new Quick Edit and Quick Organize panels, and the new Control Bar. Try using Full Screen View right after you import a batch of photos to perform the basic tasks on your newly imported photos. One caveat. If you are working on a photo that is not physically on your hard-drive, but rather is on external media like a CD, a DVD, or an external drive, if you try to open that file in Full Screen view, you'll get a message that you can't do so unless you attach your external drive to your computer.
That's because the only version of that image that's on your computer is a low resolution thumbnail that's too small a file to open successfully in Full Screen view.
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