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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Right after you bring new photos into the Organizer, you'll often want to see them in a large view and you can do that in Full Screen View, as I showed you in the last movie. While you're in Full Screen View, you can not only review your photos in a Slideshow, but if you want to, you can add some initial edits or organizing features to the photos. That's what I'm going to show you how to do in this movie. So I'm going to open this folder full of images into Full Screen View by going up to the Find Bar and clicking the Full Screen View button right here. Notice those two panels on the left that appeared and then disappeared automatically, those are the panels that I'll be using in this movie.
But before I do, I want to see if I have an image that needs some editing here. So I'll move my mouse, and that brings up the Control panel at the bottom of the screen. Then I'm going to click the Right Arrow there to cycle through the images in the folder, until I see one that I think needs some editing like this. Now, this photo right now is being displayed at more than 100% view. When I'm editing photos, I like to be looking at them at 100% view. To get there, I'll move my mouse onto the photo. Notice that the icon on my cursor is a Minus symbol.
So I'm going to click once and that will zoom me out. If I'm starting with a really large image, I won't have to do that. By the way, if you're wondering why the Control Bar at the bottom of the screen keeps appearing and reappearing, you'll remember from the last movie that whenever I move my mouse, the Control Bar appears and if I leave my mouse still, it goes away. So I hope it's not too distracting to you, but that's the way it behaves. So I'm going to start with this photo by opening the Quick Edit panel on the left side of the screen. I'll just move my mouse over that panel and it will pop out.
If I move my mouse off of the panel, in just a second it disappears. If I want to open it and have it stay onscreen, I'll move my mouse over the panel, and then I'll click this tiny thumbnail icon, which pins the panel to the screen. Let's take a quick look at some of the buttons in the Quick Edit panel. In the Edit section, there are some buttons for automatically trying to correct the photo qualities of your photo. These are the same controls that you'll find in the Quick Edit panel out in the Organizer. So you don't have to apply them here, you can wait and apply these changes out in the Organizer if you need them.
But you do have the option of working here. The first button is the Auto Smart Fix button. This is a kind of one-stop shopping. It's an attempt to improve the colors and the tones in an image all at once. If you click that button, I'm not going to do that right now, you'll see the changes in the preview of the image here in Full Screen View. Then if you don't like those changes, you can try to undo them by clicking this button, the Undo button, also in the Quick Edit panel. But I'm not going to use Auto Smart Fix. Instead, I'm going to go over here and apply Auto Levels.
Auto Levels primarily changes the tonal range of the image, adding more contrast. It also will sometimes do a little bit of a fix to color. So I'll click that button and in just a moment you can see the change that's been made to the image. I think that looks pretty good. Now, there are some other options here. There is Auto Contrast, which does much the same thing as Auto Levels, except that it doesn't cause any kind of color shift. Then if all you want to do is try to correct a color cast in the image, there is the Auto Color button here.
There is also a Red Eye button. If you have a person in your photograph and their eyes are red because of the camera flash, and if you wanted to take this image into the Full Editor in Elements, there is a button to do that here. Of course there are other ways to take an image into the Full Editor, as you've seen elsewhere in the course. Down here, there is not only the Undo button, but if you do undo and then you want to redo, there is a Redo button. You get multiple undo's and redo's from here. There is a Trash Can that will delete the selected image altogether.
Over here, there is a button that you can use if you see an image that you think you might want to print. It just adds an icon to the image, so that later in the Organizer you'll remember which image you thought you wanted to print. From right here in Full Screen View, you can do that by clicking on a number of stars up here. So I'll give this one five stars. You also have the option to hide an image from the Organizer, something you can also do out in the Organizer, as I explained in an earlier movie, so I'm not going to click that icon. Now that I'm done applying some quick edit corrections to this photo, I may want to collapse the Quick Edit panel again to get it out of the way.
So I'll have to unpin it by clicking the thumbtack icon again, and then I'll move my mouse off the panel, and in just a moment it will collapse to the side of the screen. Let's take a look at the Quick Organize panel, which expands and collapses the same way. I'll move my mouse over that panel to expand it. If I wanted to stay here, I'll click its thumbtack icon. In this panel, I can add the photo that I'm looking at to an existing album if I want to. Now, I don't have a relevant album here, and unfortunately, you can't make a new album here in Full Screen View.
So there is nothing for me to do in the Add to Albums section of the Quick Organize panel. But I can apply some Keyword Tags to this photo by going down to this area of the Quick Organize panel, where I see a Keyword Tag cloud, in which my most frequently used keywords are in a larger font than my less frequently applied keyword fonts. What I'm looking at here are all of the Keyword Tags that I've already made out in the Organizer. If there is one that I want to apply to a photo, like this one, California, I'll just click that tag. If I want to remove the tag, I can click it again.
I can also create a brand new Keyword Tag and apply it all at once from right here in Full Screen View. By going down to the Tag Media area here, clicking, and typing a keyword. So I'll type Big Sur, which is where this photo was taken. Then I'll click the Plus symbol to apply that new tag to this image. Here you can see my new tag in the Keyword Tags cloud. Now that I'm done with the Quick Organize panel, I'll unpin it by clicking its thumbtack icon and move my mouse off of it and in just a moment it will collapse to the side of the screen.
Let's take another look at the Control Bar, which reappears as I move my mouse. Here in the Control Bar there are the Right and Left arrows to cycle through photos. There are some controls for a Slideshow, which I showed you in the last movie. There are the Toggle icons for the Organize panel and the Quick Edit panel. There is a toggle here for a Film Strip. When I click that, the film strip appears here on the right, and I can click on any thumbnail in the film strip to navigate to another photo here in Full Screen View.
I'll move my mouse again to bring the Control Bar back up, because I want to show you that there is an arrow to the right of the Control Bar. If I click that, I get some controls that I can use to compare images 2 x 2. You can also access Compare View from out in the Organizer, so I'll show you that there. Now when I'm all done working here in Full Screen View, to return to the Organizer, I'll click this X here on the Control Bar. Back in the Organizer, if you look at the bottom right of this photo, you can see that there is now a Keyword Tag there, the Keyword Tag for Big Sur that I applied in Full Screen View.
This photo also has the five-star rating that I gave it in Full Screen View. Notice that there is also an indication that this photo is now part of the Version Set. When I made the quick edits to this photo back in Full Screen View and then used the X to close Full Screen View, that automatically created a copy of this image with my edits and put the copy in this group and then called it a Version Set. A Version Set is somewhat like a stack. There are actually two photos here now: the original and the edited photo. If I want to see them both, I'll click this arrow on the right of the Version Set, that expands the Version Set, and now here you can see the original photo, which was kind of dark.
Here you can see the corrected photo. I can collapse this Version Set, so that only the corrected version is showing by clicking the arrow on the right of this expanded Version Set. Now, what if I don't like having a Version Set, I just want to see both thumbnails here in the Organizer? I can get rid of the Version Set by right-clicking, that's Ctrl+clicking with a one-button mouse on the top image in the Version Set and choosing Version Set>Convert Version Set to Individual Items. Now I can see both the original thumbnail and the edited version right out here in the Organizer.
There no longer is a Version Set. You can use the same technique for deleting an image from the Organizer that I showed you in an earlier movie, which is to right-click or Ctrl+click with a one-button mouse on the thumbnail for the one that you want to get rid of, and then choose Delete from Catalog. Here, I can choose to also delete the selected item altogether from my hard drive. So if I don't want it at all, I'll check that. Then I'll click OK. If I were to go out to my hard drive, I would only see my original photo, the edited version is now gone.
So that's how to use Full Screen View to perform some initial edits and organizing on your photos. Remember that you don't have to do any of that in Full Screen View, because all the controls that I showed you there are also available in the Organizer and Editor, as you've seen elsewhere in the course. But Full Screen View is a convenient place to start editing and organizing photos at the same time that you get to see them in a large version.
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