Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring Elements, part of Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
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Elements is packed with features to help amateur photographers at every stage of digital photo processing, from photo organizing to editing to output. If you're someone who loves to take snapshots of family, friends, scenery or if photography is your hobby but you don't make your living from it, then Elements is made for you. In this movie I'll give you a quick tour of Elements, suggesting some of the things that you can do in the program and where to go to do them. If you haven't launched Elements go ahead and do so, and as you learned in the last movie, the first screen you'll see is this Welcome Screen.
I'm going to click on the Organize button, which will take me to the Organizer, which is often the first place to go in a photographer's workflow. On the left side of the Organizer is a list of the folders or directories on your computer that you can use to navigate to particular photos and files. Here in the center of the Organizer you see thumbnail versions of photos that you've brought into the Organizer, and over on the right is this column called the Task Pane, which has four tabs at the top. The Organize tab is where you'll often start.
It's the place to organize your photos, so that they're easier to find later. The Fix tab gives you access to some automatic photo fixes right here in the Organizer and if you click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, you have access to three different editing workspaces in the other major part of Elements called the Editor. There is the Full Edit workspace, the Quick Photo Edit workspace, and the Guided Photo Edit workspace, all of which I'll be covering in detail in this course. The next tab is where you'll go after you've fixed your photos and you're ready to use them in a photo creation, like a Photo Book that you can print on your own computer or which you can have professionally printed, Photo Calendar, Greeting Card, Photo Prints, Collages, Slide Show and there are even more options here, for making stamps and CDs and DVD jackets and more.
The Share tab in the Organizer is where you'll go to share your photos and the photo projects that you created, either online, by e-mail, on a CD or DVD, as a PDF slideshow, or online on these various third-party galleries. Now let's take a quick tour of the other major part of Elements, the Editor. To get there I'm going to click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab and I'm going to select the Full Photo Edit to open the Full Edit workspace. This workspace gives you complete control over all aspects of editing your photos.
It's very similar to the full-fledged Adobe Photoshop and that brings up a question I often hear. Should I be using Photoshop or should I be using Elements? My short answer is that if you are a professional photographer, or a professional designer, or perhaps a fine artist who needs to make high-end prints, then yes, you should be using Photoshop. Otherwise I think you are really going to like Photoshop Elements and you'll be amazed at how similar the feature sets of the two programs are. Now that's not to say they're exactly the same. There are a number of features in Photoshop for more advanced users that you won't find in Elements, and those include things like advanced color management, the Channels panel, the Pen tool, the Paths panel, CMYK and LAB color, direct layer masking, layer comps, vanishing point, text on paths, webpage slicing, and more.
But most nonprofessional features are right here in Elements, particularly here in the Full Edit workspace. Elements is much less expensive than Photoshop and Elements is designed to be simpler to learn and to use. For example there are two other editing workspaces that are made to be simpler and those are accessed from this arrow here next to the Edit Full tab. I am going to select Edit Quick, where there are a number of easy-to-use controls for editing your photos, and there is also the Guided Edit workspace, where you'll find explicit instructions about how to perform particular techniques like cropping.
Now from here in the Editor, I can either go back to the Welcome Screen here or if I need to go back to the Organizer to find other photos to work on, I'll click the Organizer button and that takes me right back to Elements Organizer. So that's a quick tour of the Organizer and the Editor, both of which I'll be covering in much more detail in other movies.
- Finding photos by keywords, tags, and ratings
- Mapping photos
- Applying Photomerge Exposure in Guided Edit
- Adding adjustment layers to correct a photo's tone and color
- Reducing digital noise in photos
- Creating a photo slideshow with audio and transitions
- Preparing photos for the web