Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos .
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Working along with me is a great way to get hands-on practice with the techniques I'll show you in this course. You can use your own photos to work along with me, or if you have a Premium Membership to lynda.com, you can download the exercise files that I prepare for this course. I suggest you put the Exercise Files on your Desktop, so they're easy to access. Inside the Exercise Files folder you'll find chapter folders. Inside each chapter folder are subfolders for all the movies in that chapter that use exercise files; and inside each movie folder are the photos you will see me use in the corresponding movie.
To open an exercise file so you can follow along with me, launch Elements' Editor as I'm doing here from the Elements Welcome screen. And in the Editor, go to the Menu Bar and in the File menu choose Open, and then navigate to your Exercise Files and down to the subfolder for the movie that you're watching. Select an exercise file by clicking on it. If there's more than one file there, you can select them all by clicking on the first, holding down the Shift key, and clicking on the last. Then click the Open button to open all the files into the editor.
Make sure that the Expert button is highlighted at the top of the Editor which puts you in the Expert Edit Workspace. In the Expert edit workspace, you'll see tabs at the top of the document window, one for each of the open exercise files. To work along with me on one of these files, just click its tab and that photo will be displayed here in the Document window, ready for editing or retouching.
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw