Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Guided Edit in the editor, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
If you're an Elements novice or you're looking for a particular special creative effect, then you may appreciate the Guided Edit workspace. In this workspace, Elements walks you through step-by-step recipes for fixing common photo problems and applying creative effects. This is one of three major workspaces for editing in Elements editor. I've selected a photo in Elements organizer, and then I click the Editor button at the bottom of the organizer to bring that photo here into the Editor workspace. And then I clicked the Guided Edit tab at the top of the Editor workspace to bring the photo to this particular workspace.
This is a pretty simple workspace. Down at the bottom, there is a photo bin that contains thumbnails of all the photos that you've opened. I only opened this one. If you want to close the photo bin so you have more room to work on the photo, just click the photo bin icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, which collapses and expands that photo bin. I'm going to leave it closed so we have more room to work on this photo. At the top of the screen, there's a Zoom slider that you can use to zoom in on the photo, and there's also a Zoom tool here. If I click with that Zoom tool, I zoom in.
If I hold the Alt key, that's the Option key on the Mac, and click with the Zoom tool, I zoom out. If I zoom in again and then I double-click the Zoom tool, that takes me back to 100% view. And I'm going to zoom in one more time so I can show you that when you are zoomed in, you can use the Hand tool to move the image around on the screen. And then I'll double-click the Zoom tool again to go back to 100% view. The real heart of the Guided Edit workspace is over here in the column on the right, where there are four categories of Guided Edits.
I'll click the first of those categories, Touchups, which provides some step-by-step instructions for fixing problems like brightness and contrast or skin tones for cropping, for enhancing color and so forth. Down here are some more complex effects like perfecting a portrait or restoring an old photo. Just to show you what one of these looks like, I'll click Restore Old Photo and you can see that at the top of almost every guided edit, there's a rollover. And so, when I roll over that, I can see how the photo looked without the guided edit. Move off of it, I can see how the photo looks with the guided edit.
And then it's just a matter of starting with the instructions at the top of the guided edit and reading your way through, applying the buttons, sliders and other tools that you find in any particular guided edit. I'm going to cancel out of this one and show you some other categories of guided edits. Here are the camera effects, which includes everything from a simple vignette to a tilt shift. Down in the Photo Play category, there are some really special effects like an out of bounds effect, a puzzle effect, and more. I want to go back to the Photo Effects category and apply one of the black and white photo effects.
There is a straight black and white conversion, a selective black and white and this black and white color pop effect. Let's see what this one does. I'll select it and that opens the instructions for this guided edit. You can see that what it does is make everything in the image black and white except for a particular color. So there's the after version, and when I roll over, you can see how this sample photo started before applying the black and white color pop guided edit. So, I'll just start at the top and read down through these instructions. It tells me that I can click on any of these color presets or use the Select Custom Color tool.
So I'll try out a preset, like the blue one. And what that does is turns everything black and white except blue. Or the green one, everything's black and white except green. Or I could apply this tool, the Select Custom Color tool. By just clicking that button, all the colors come back into view. And I'll click on a color like magenta, and everything except the magenta now goes black and white. Next, there is a slider that I can use to include more tones of the selected magenta. Good, I'll try that out. I'll drag the Fuzziness slider over to the right and that is bringing back a little more of the magenta in some of the less solid areas.
And there are some more tools as I scroll down and these are both marked optional. A Refine Effect button to add or remove where the effect is applied. Well, let's see what that does. I'll click Refine Effect and I find that I can add effect by moving into the image. I'll make my brush tip bigger either with the Size slider over on the right or by pressing the right bracket key on my keyboard several times. And I'm going to increase the opacity all the way to the right so that we really apply a lot of this effect. And then I'm going to try to paint in some more magenta here.
And that's working. And maybe some more up here as well. And let's scroll down and see what else we have. Here is an optional button that will increase the saturation. Let's give that a try. I'll click Increase Saturation, and I do like that effect. So now I'm at the end of all of these instructions. If I wanted to reset all these adjustments, I could click the Reset Image button up here. But I don't really want to do that. So, I'm going to scroll down to the bottom and instead, I'm going to click Done to retain the changes I made with that guided edit.
If I want to compare how the image looks with the guided edit to the image without the guided edit, I'll go to the View menu and I'll change that from After Only to Before & after, either Horizontal or Vertical. So there's the before version on the left, the after version on the right. Now, let's say I'm done here and I want to close the image, I can either go up to the File menu and choose Close or I can click the Close button here. And if I haven't saved the version with the guided edit, Elements will stop me and ask me if I want to save before closing.
Yes, I do want to save this guided edit version so that I have that in addition to the original back in my organizer. So, I'll click the Yes button and that opens the Save As dialogue box. If you're on a Mac, your Save As dialogue box may look a little different than that, but it includes all the same important features. I'm not going to touch the location to which I'm saving. I want to save the guided edit version to the same place as the original. I also won't touch the file name. When Save in Version Set with Original is checked, as it is here, then Elements automatically keeps the original file name, but adds the words edit 1 to it.
I can choose the format in which I want to save. The original was a JPEG. I think I'll just save this one as a Photoshop document format, but I could save as JPEG if I wanted. And I also want to make sure that Include in the Elements Organizer is checked so that the version with the guided edit applied will automatically appear in my organizer without me having to import it. I'll leave these other options, Layers and Color, checked as they are by default and then I'll click Save. That closed the editor because there weren't any other files open to edit and took me back to the organizer.
Here in the organizer, I can see that I have a version set. I know there's a version set because I see this arrow to the right of the edited version of the image. I'll click that arrow to expand the version set and you can see in that set, there is the original on the right, the edited version on the left. We know it's the edited version not only because of how it looks, but also because of the file name with edited appended to it automatically. So that's just one of many guided edits that you can apply, but the same principles apply to all of those recipes in a Guided Edit workspace.
So, experiment with some other guided edits. I think you'll really enjoy the results.
- 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