Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing an editing workspace, part of Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training.
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Let's start exploring the photo editing capabilities of Elements, which many people consider to be the heart of the program. There are four different workspaces, or areas in which you can edit photos in Elements: one here in the Organizer and three in Elements' Editor. We'll be looking at each of these editing workspaces in detail through the rest of this course. First, here's an overview that may help you choose which editing workspace to use when. The simplest place to correct common photo problems is here in the Organizer, in the Fix tab.
Here you'll find Photo Fix Options that work automatically with just one click. In my opinion the automatic nature of these Photo Fix Options is both the upside and the downside of this editing workspace. The upside is that these options are quick and easy to apply. The downside is that you have no real control over the results. So I don't use this workspace to edit photos that are important to me, but sometimes the Photo Fix Options can come in handy to spruce up snapshots to which I don't want to devote a lot of time and effort.
Of course these Photo Fix Options in the Organizer are only available to you if you're using the Standard version of Elements 10 on Windows or on a Mac, rather than the Editor-only version of Elements for Mac from the Mac App Store. The three core editing workspaces are found in Elements' Editor, which as you know, is a separate application from the Organizer. You'll remember that you can launch the Editor either from the Welcome screen or directly from your Programs or Applications folder in your operating system, or you can launch it from the Organizer.
Launching the Editor from the Organizer has the advantage of doing two things at once: launching the Editor and opening the photos that you're going to work on in the Editor at the same time. I am going to do that now by selecting a couple of photos here in my Organizer, clicking on one, and Shift+ Clicking on an adjacent photo. And then I'll go to the arrow on the right side of the Fix tab in my Organizer and click to see a menu whose first three choices are the three editing workspace in Elements' Editor: the Full Photo Edit workspace, the Quick Photo Edit workspace, and the Guided Photo Edit workspace.
I am going to click on the Guided Photo Edit workspace. It will take a moment for the Editor to launch, if it's not already open, and when it does open, you can see the selected photos are down here in my project bin, with one of the photos highlighted, which appears up here ready for editing. Over here in the column on the right, under the Edit tab, there's a subtab for the Quick Photo Edit workspace, and the current edit workspace, the one that's highlighted, the Guided Photo Edit workspace. Guided Photo Edit is a good place to start if you're brand-new to photo processing, because it walks you step by step through the various editing techniques that you see listed here.
It explains exactly what to do and it puts the tools that you need for each technique at your fingertips. Here's just one example. If I click on the Sharpen Photo Guided edit, the column changes to walk me through some simple steps for sharpening a photo, and it offers a button and a slider that I can use to do that sharpening work. I am going to cancel out of this Guided Photo Edit by clicking the Cancel button at the bottom of the column on the right. Now let's look at another editing workspace in the Editor, the Quick Photo Edit workspace.
To open these photos into that workspace, I'll just click the Quick subtab here at the top of the column on the right. This workspace offers automatic corrections for common photo problems, and at the same time it gives you some control over the results, with all these user-friendly sliders, which I'll show you how to use in upcoming movies. For ease of use and a modicum of control, I'd say that this is the go-to workspace for many of you for many of the photos you'll be working on. The most full-featured editing workspace is this third one in the Editor called the Full Photo Edit workspace.
I'll click on the Full tab to switch over to that workspace with the open photos. This is the workspace you'll use when you want to do some serious photo editing. There are lots of features and options here, so we'll be spending several chapters exploring how to work in the Full Edit workspace. By the way, if you open a RAW file into this workspace, it will open first into the Camera RAW interface, where you can perform basic photo edits. You then have the option of enhancing the photo further here in the regular Full Photo Edit workspace. As you've seen in this overview, Elements offers a full range of editing workspaces that vary in complexity and ease of use.
By the end of this course, you'll have a good sense of what you can accomplish in each workspace, so that you'll always be sure to choose the one that meets your needs when you're working on a particular photo.
- Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
- Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
- Automatically tagging people
- Organizing photos into albums
- Renaming and moving photos
- Correcting common photo problems automatically
- Retouching photos of friends and family
- Adjusting lighting and color
- Working with layers and layer masks
- Converting photos to black-and-white
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Adding text to photos
- Working with raw photos
- Making a slideshow
- Ordering prints