Guided Edit basics
Guided Edit basics
Many people say that the Guided Photo Edit workspace is the easiest to use of all three of the editing workspaces in Elements Editor. That's because Guided Photo Edit walks you step-by-step through a number of techniques, from basic editing to special effects. This movie introduces the fundamentals of working in Guided Photo Edit. In the next movie, I'll show you one of the new guided edit techniques: the Depth of Field guided edit. I'll start here in the Organizer by selecting this photo, and I'll bring it into Guided Photo Edit by clicking the arrow to the right of the Fix tab in the Organizer, and choosing Guided Photo Edit.
You may notice that this Guided Photo Edit workspace looks a lot like the Quick Photo Edit workspace I covered in the last chapter. There is a Project Bin at the bottom that shows all the open files; in this case just one. There is a Document window here, which I can set to show a preview of the image with the effects I choose on the right, or which I can set to show a Before & After view. I'll leave it at After Only for now. And on the left there is an abbreviated toolbar. All of that is similar to Quick Photo Edit.
What's different here in Guided Photo Edit is the column on the right, which lists all the available Guided Photo Edit techniques organized into sections. Up at the top of the list are some basic edits, like Cropping a photo, Rotating and Straightening a photo, and Sharpening a photo, as well as some special techniques down here at the bottom. I am going to scroll back up so that I can access the section of Color and Lighting Techniques that I'd like to apply to this photo. I think there is kind of a bluish cast to this photo, so I'd like an easy way to try to remove that color cast.
I'll click on the Remove a Color Cast guided edit, and that opens the guided edit here in the column on the right. This is a typical guided edit in that it explains what it does, it includes some instructions that walk me through exactly what I need to do, and it provides a tool to perform the guided edit technique. It is a result of photographing in a particular light source, and it instructs me that to correct the color cast in an image, I need to click with this tool on a part of the image that should be neutral; either gray, white, or black. So I'll do that.
With the tool selected, I'll move into the image, and I'll try clicking on a gray part of the wall. I think that actually increased the blue color cast in this case, so I'll come back over to the guided edit, and I'll click the Reset button that you will find in many of the guided edit techniques. And I'll try again, clicking on a different part of the photo; maybe the light part of this flower. That's made the photo a lot more gold. If I like that result, I'll come down to the bottom of this guided edit and click Done. So that's how to apply a simple guided edit.
You can apply more than one guided edit to the same photo. In this case, for example, I'd like to increase the brightness, and maybe the contrast of the photo too. So I'll come up and click on the Brightness and Contrast guided edit, and then I'll just read through these instructions, and do what it says. I can try applying this Auto button, which is a good way to fix under or overexposed images. This image is a little dark; let's see what Auto does. It does lighten the image, and I do like that result. If I want to try to fine-tune that, I can follow this instruction to drag the Brightness slider to make the image a little lighter, or a little darker.
In this case, I think I want it lighter. And here, the guided edit explains what contrast is: the difference between light and dark, and it gives me a slider that I can use to either increase contrast, or decrease contrast. I am going to increase contrast just a bit, and when I am done, I'll click the Done button. When I am finished applying all the guided edits that I want to to this image, I do need to save a copy of the image with these changes. So I'll come up to the File menu, I'll choose Save As, and in this dialog box I can choose the destination, and the File name, and the Format in which I want to save the image.
I'll leave everything at its defaults, except that I want to click right after the File name and before the suffix, and I want to type in edited, so that I know that this is the edited version of this photo, and so that I don't save over the original version. I also want to check Include in the Elements Organizer so that the Organizer keeps track of my edited copy of this file, as well as the original. I'll leave all these other things at their defaults, and I'll click Save. I'll also click OK in the JPEG Options dialog box, and that's all there is to it.
You can imagine that Guided Edit is a particular favorite of users who are new to Elements, because as you've seen, it explains and walks you through a number of useful techniques for enhancing and manipulating your photos.
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