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- 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
Skill Level Beginner
The Expert Edit Workspace in Elements Editor offers the most features for editing your photos. I think it's unfortunate that this is called the Expert Edit Workspace because you really don't have to be an expert to work here. In this chapter I'll introduce you to the major features in the Expert Edit Workspace so that you can get started editing your photos here. You can open photos into the Expert Edit Workspace, as we did for the Quick Edit Workspace, either by selecting them in the Organizer and then clicking the Editor button, and then clicking the Expert tab here at the top of the editor.
Or, going right into the Expert Edit tab and then going up to the File menu and choosing Open and navigating to photos by their name. I've opened three photos from the Organizer into my Expert Edit Workspace, and you can see them down in the Photo Bin, which is at the bottom of the workspace. The Photo Bin collapses to give you more room to work by clicking the Photo Bin icon in the task pane at the bottom of the editor. And then if I want to see the Photo Bin again, maybe to switch to another photo, I'll click that Photo Bin button again.
If I do want to switch to another of the open photos, I'll just double-click its thumbnail here in the Photo Bin. Or I can go up to the top of the document editing window and there you'll see a tab for each one of the open documents and you can switch between those documents by clicking on their tabs. Over on the left side of the Expert Edit Workspace is the Tool bar. There are a lot more tools here than we saw in the Quick Edit Workspace which has an abbreviated tool bar. The tools in Expert Edit are divided into sections and depending on your screen resolution you may see labels for each of these categories of tools.
The first category is the View category, which contains the Zoom tool and the Hand tool for navigating your images. Next come the Selection tools, for making selections so that you can work with just a particular part of a photo here in Expert Edit. This section also contains the important Move tool. And down in the next section we have tools for enhancing your photos, everything from the Red Eye Removal tool to the Spot Healing Brush tool and more. The next section contains the Drawing tools, like the Brush tool, the Type tools and more.
And the next section contains some tools for modifying your images, like the important Crop tool and the Content Aware Move tool, which helps you move items in your photos and automatically replace them with background content. Beneath that are the Foreground and Background Color boxes. Whatever color is in the Foreground Color box is used by the Type tool, the Brush tool and any of the other tools that apply color. If you want to change the color in the Foreground Color box you'll click in that color box and that opens the Color picker. And you can click on a color here in the large field on the left.
If you want to get to a different hue you can move the slider in the center of the Color picker. And click on the color you want. You'll see that color here in the new box, and then click OK. Now when I select a tool in the toolbar, you'll see that the Photo Bin disappears, and is replaced with options for the selected tool. Each tool has different options. So if I click on the Horizontal Type tool, you'll see these options in the tool options bar. And if I click on the Brush tool, I'll get different options again. As you work with various tools, you'll change their options.
If you ever want to get back to the Default options for a tool, go the List menu on the far right of the Photo Bin, click there and choose to reset that tool or to reset all the tools to their Default options and click OK. At the bottom of the Quick Edit Workspace is the Task pane. We've already seen that you can switch between the Photo Bin here and the Tool options. There's also a Rotate button here that you can use if you've open an image that's in the wrong orientation on your screen. There's also an Undo button. Every time I click the Undo button, that takes me back one more step in the actions that I've performed on this photo, and there's a Redo button that will take me back the other way.
I'm going to Undo a couple of times to get that photo sitting upright. The next button, the Layout button is useful when you're trying to composite images, bringing one image into another. Here I can choose to see all the open images at once by choosing any of these options like Columns and Rows. And then I could drag one image into another, as I'll show you how to do when we're talking about layers. If I want to go back to see just one photo at a time, I'll go back to the Layout menu and I'll choose Default. And then there's a button that will take me back to the Organizer if I need to go there.
Over on the right side of the Task pane are some buttons that switch out the panels in this column on the right, which is called the Panel Bin. By Default this is set to show the Layers panel. If I click Effects, then the Panel Bin switches to show me the Filters, the Styles, and the Layer Effects that I can apply to a photo in the Expert Edit Workspace. I also have access to various graphics that I can apply to photos. And there's a Favorites panel, into which I can add my favorite effects and graphics. I'll usually leave this panel set to Layers.
And if I need more room to work on an image, perhaps a large horizontal photo, then I'll click the Layers button again. And that dismisses the Panel Bin, making the document window larger. I'll click the Layers panel again to bring that back into view. And I want to show you that there are even more panels here, under the More menu in the Task pane. If I click the arrow to the right of the More menu, you can see a list of those panels. And if I select one of those, say the Histogram, which shows me a bar chart of the tonal values in the active image. That opens a Floating panel which contains lots of different panels and I can select a different panel here to see it in the Floating panels.
If I want to close the Floating panels, I'll click the X at the top right of this Floating window. And don't forget that, as in all the Editor Workspaces, there is a Menu bar up at the top of the screen with lots of commands. So if you're working on Layers and you're looking for a particular command, then check the Layer menu here. Or if you're working with selections, there's a Select menu, a Filter menu and so forth. So that's a quick overview of the Expert Edit Workspace. There are lots of features and tools here and we'll be taking a look at some of them in the movies to come