Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Elements overview, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
Photoshop Elements is not just a photo editor. It also has features for organizing your photos, for making photo creations, and for sharing your photos. So, there are a number of different work spaces to get acquainted with. In this movie, I'll give you an overview of the major work spaces in Elements and show you how to navigate between them. When you first launch Elements, you're greeted by this welcome screen. From here, you can access either the Organizer part of Elements, or the Photo Editor. You'll often go first to the Organizer, either because you want to import new photos into your Organizer catalog, or because you want to work with some photos that are already in the catalog.
To access the Organizer, I'll click the Organizer button here. The first time you launch the Organizer, this is the work space that you'll see, the eLive work space. eLive offers links to online resources for learning more about using Elements. Each of the cards that you see here in the work space is a link to an online resource. And if you click on of these cards, that resource will open it in your default web browser. Of course you do have to be online for that. These cards will change over time, and depending on whether you access eLive from here in the Organizer or from the editor, where there's also an eLive tab like this one.
You can filter these cards so that you're seeing all the cards, or just those related to learning, to inspiration, or to news. And over here on the right side of eLive, there's a help button that you can use to access Adobe's support website with lots of Adobe generated information. By the way, eLive won't necessarily open first every time you open the Organizer. The tabs at the top of the Organizer are sticky, so if I click on a different tab, like the Media tab, to take me to the media browser in the organizer, then the next time that I launch the Organizer, it will default to the Media tab.
By the way, there are two views of the media browser. You can either view thumbnails in a regular grid pattern with space in between the thumbnails like this, or if you press Ctrl+D, that's Cmd+D on a Mac that switches you to this adaptive view of the Media Browser, where more space is devoted to the photographs and less to the space in between the photographs. This view can come in handy to display more photos in the same space. I'm going to switch back to the regular view of the Media Browser by pressing Ctrl+D, or Cmd+D. And we'll be using this view of the Media Browser throughout the course, but just so you know, there are some other tabs here that take you to other Organizer work spaces, the People tab, the Places tab, and the Events tab.
And then over on the right there are a couple of menus, the Create menu from which you can make photo based creations like a Facebook cover banner, a slide show, and lots more. There's also a Share menu that you can use to share your photos and your photo creations to various venues like Facebook or email or other locations. I'm going to go back to the Media tab so that I can show you how you can move photos here in the Organizer over to the Editor, so that you can edit them there. In the Media Browser, just click on a photo once to select it.
You can select multiple photos if you wish, by holding down the Shift key to select adjacent photos, or the Ctrl key- that's the Cmd key on a Mac- to select non adjacent photos. I'll just select this single photo for now. Then I'll go down to the task bar, which is at the bottom of the Organizer and there I'll click on the Editor button. That launches the Adobe Photoshop Elements editor, which is actually a separate application, so it may take a moment to launch. At the top of the Editor you'll find other tabs. There's an eLive tab that takes you to a workspace similar to the one that we saw in the Organizer, and then there are three different editors.
The Quick editor, which is a good place to start if you're new to Elements because it offers simple controls for making common photo adjustments. There's also a tab for the Guided edit workspace, where you'll find step by step recipes for correcting common photo problems and for enhancing your photos. And there's the Expert edit work space. You don't have to be an expert to work here, it's just a full featured photo editor with lots of options and controls. It's similar to Adobe Photoshop. Notice that I can move between the different editing work spaces with the same photo by just clicking on these tabs.
Now, let's say that you're done working on a photo here in the Editor, and you want to go back to the Organizer. You want to be sure to close the photos that you're working on. Let me show you what happens if you don't. So I still have this photo open in the Editor. And I'm going to go back to the Organizer by going down to the bottom of the Editor and clicking the Organizer button there. Notice that here in the Organizer, the photo that is open in the Editor has a red stripe across it and a lock symbol. And this means that I can't work on this photo here in the Organizer. So if I want to be able to work on this photo, I have to go back to the Editor.
And I'll do that by again going to the task bar at the bottom of the Organizer, and clicking the Editor button, and then closing this image that's currently open in the Editor. To do that, I can either go to the File menu and choose Close. Use the shortcut, Ctrl+W, that's Cmd+W on a Mac, or I can click this little x, and that will close the photo. That switched me back to the Organizer automatically, because there are no more photos open in the Editor right now. And you can see, that the photo I was working on in the Editor, no longer has that red stripe across it.
And so I can work with it here, in the Organizer again. So those are the major parts of Elements and its work spaces. Now that you know what those work spaces are and how to move from one to the other, you're ready to dive deeper with me into the features you'll use most in Elements.
- Importing photos from a camera or drive
- Adjusting lighting and color quickly
- Adding effects, textures, and frames
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Compositing with layer masks
- Adding text to photos
- Content-aware retouching
- Working with raw photos
- Finding photos by keyword
- Making local albums
- Sharing photos