Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting acquainted with Elements, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 12.
Photoshop Elements is actually two programs rolled into one. Elements has an organizer program that you can use to organize and find and view your photos. And it also has a powerful Photo Editor that has several different workspaces in which you can work to edit your photos. In this overview movie, I'll introduce you to the organizer and the editor and show you how to move between their workspaces. When you first launch elements this is the screen that you'll see. its called the welcome screen. This is just a quick way to get to either the organizer or the editor.
Now you dont have to use the organizer. You could just click the Photo Editor and that would open the editor. And you can start editing your photos there. But I like to start in the Organizer because the Organizer not only lets me manage my photos and find them but it also gives me a visual view of all the photos that I've imported to the Organizer. So that I can find the ones that I want and open those into the Photo Editor for editing. So I'm going to click Organizer here. And that opens the organizer to its Media browser view, in the Media browser you can see thumbnails of all the photos that you brought into the organizer.
And here you can see some of my personal photos, these aren't part of the exercise files. One of the main functions of the organizer is to help you choose the photos that you want to edit, so lets say that I want to edit a couple of these photos of yummy macaroons that I shot in the South of France. I will select those photos by clicking on one and then I will hold the Ctrl key that's the Cmd key on the Mac and I will click on a couple of others. With those three selected, I will bring them into the editor portion of elements by going down to the Task pain which is the bar at the bottom of the organizer and there I will find an editor button I'll click right on that button.
And that will launch the editor on top of the organizer. I like to maximize the editor so it fills my screen. I'll do that by going up to the top right on Windows or the top left on a Mac and clicking the maximize button. When the editor opens by default it opens to the quick Edit workspace which is a workspace in which you can make as the title suggests quick adjustments to your photos. And we'll be looking at quick edit in more detail later in the course. If you prefer to have step by step instructions, then you might like to edit in the guided Edit workspace instead.
To switch these photos over to the guided workspace, I'll just click guided here. This is the guided Edit workspace which we'll be looking at in more detail later in the course. And from here, I could apply any of these guided edits to this photo. Now, if you're already experienced with Elements, you may want to try the expert Edit workspace. I'll be introducing that space later in the course too. To open these photos into the Expert Edit work space, I'll just click Expert at the top of the editor. And you can see the three photos that I'd selected in the organizer open down here in what's called the photo bin in the Expert Edit work space and I can work on any one of them here.
Now, let's say that I'm done editing in any of these work spaces and I want to go back to the organizer. You can always get to the organizer from the editor by going to the task pane at the bottom of the editor. And clicking the Organizer button there. Notice that when I come back to the Organizer work space, the three photos that are still open in the Editor have a red bar with a lock on them, that tells me that the photos are being worked on in the editor. So if I wanted to do something with them here in the organizer I would have to close them in the editor first.
Lets go back to the editor and do that, as I did before I will just go to the bottom of the organizer. I'll click the Editor button in the task paint that takes me back to the Editor and from any of the three workspaces in the Editor I can go up to the File menu and choose Close All. If I had changes elements would ask if I want to save the files at this point, but I haven't made any changes. So when I choose Close All that will just close all three of those photos from the Editor and switch me back to the Organizer. And you can see the three photos still selected but I don't have that lock on them now.
I'll click off of those photos to deselect them So those are the main parts of Elements. And a bit about how to move from one to the other. We'll be looking at each of these work spaces more closely throughout the rest of this course.
- Importing photos from a hard drive or camera
- One-click editing with Instant Fix
- Making Quick Edits to color and lighting
- Adding effects in Quick Edit
- Straightening with content-aware fill
- Working with folders and files in the Organizer
- Keyword tagging
- Making albums
- Sharing photos via email or social media