Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Working in Guided Edit, part of Photoshop Elements 14 Essential Training.
- Let's turn to another of the editing workspaces in Photoshop Elements Editor, the Guided edit workspace. A Guided edit is a recipe that includes tools and instructions that will walk you step by step through applying some common photo corrections, or applying some special fun edits to your photos. I've switched to the Guided edit workspace by clicking the Guided tab at the top of the Editor. In Elements 14 Guided edit has been rewritten from the ground up and the interface looks different too. Now you've got a large preview of each Guided edit and that preview shows both a Before and an After version of that Guided edit.
So it's easier to understand what a particular Guided edit might do for your photos. There are categories of Guided edits up here at the top of the Guided edit workspace. Let's click on another one of those, the Fun Edits. And here I think you can really see why those big previews are so important. Here you can get a real sense of what some of these Guided edits do that you might not know from just the name of the Guided edit. For example, take a look at this Out of Bounds Guided edit. Now you can see a Before view over on the left and an After view on the right. And if I hover over the preview I can drag to the right to see more of the Before view of this example photo, and as I drag to the left I can see more of the After view.
So now I really can understand what the Out of Bounds effect does. The same is true for the Picture effect over here. Now I understand that if I start with a single photo like this this effect will split it up into a college of multiple photos like this. One thing to notice about the new Guided edit is that it has a new category for Photomerge. The Photomerge Guided edits are various techniques for combining multiple photos. Including Photomerge Compose, Photomerge Exposure, Photomerge Faces, and Photomerge Panorama, which I'll show you later in this chapter.
These techniques used to be located in the Expert edit workspace under a menu. So now that they've been moved to the Guided edit workspace I think they're much more discoverable and you're more likely to apply them to your photos. Let's go ahead and try out some Guided edits. I'm going to go back to the Basics category of Guided edit, and I'll scroll down to the Vignette Effect. To see what this effect does I'll hover over and I'll drag to the right. So there's the initial example photo. And now I can see that the Vignette is designed to darken the edges of a photo to bring focus to the subject.
So let's try applying that to this photo of a flower. I'll select the flower in the Photo Bin, and if your Photo Bin isn't open, then click the Photo Bin button down in the toolbar. Then I'll click on the preview of the Vignette Effect photo edit to open that photo into the Vignette Effect Guided edit. Let's take a quick look at the interface here. It's similar to the Quick edit interface. Over on the left is an abbreviated toolbar with a zoom tool and a hand tool that work just like they do in Quick edit.
There's a View menu for viewing a Before and After version of the edited photo. There is a Zoom menu at the top for zooming in close or zooming out further away from the photo. And there's a taskbar at the bottom with an Undo and a Redo button and a few other options. The real heart of the Expert edit workspace is over on the right in the column that provides the instructions and tools for performing that particular Guided edit. And each Guided edit is different, but they're very easy to follow.
All you do is just read down through the instructions, applying the tools that are provided. So the first instruction tells me to select either a Black Vignette or a White Vignette. I'll click Black. And this little paragraph tells me what the Vignette is meant to do. Then there's an Intensity slider. I'll just try this out. If I drag Intensity to the left I can see right away that that lowers the strength of this Vignette Effect. So I'd like a stronger Vignette, I'll drag Intensity to the right. Sometimes there are steps in a Guided edit marked Optional and that means that you can skip them if you like.
I usually like to explore these to see what they do. So I'll do what it says here, I'll click this button to access some further sliders. And that opens this little window where I have access to a Roundness slider and a Feather slider. I'm going to drag Roundness to the left to see what it does. And I see that it is contracting the focus area of this Vignette. Let's see what the Feather slider does. If I drag that to the right that seems to soften the edge of this Vignette. Well, I don't mind an increased Feather, but I do think that the Roundness slider is really contracting this effect too much, so I'm going to drag this a little bit more to the right.
Maybe about right there in this case. And when I'm done I'll click OK. Now one thing you might miss is that there is sometimes more steps than initially appear in the column on the right. And when that's the case there will be a Next button in the taskbar over on the right side of the screen. So I'll click Next here and that brings up some more options in the column on the right. First I'm being reminded that I should save the edited version of the file. I can either click Save, which will save over the last edited version. I usually prefer Save As.
So I'll click Save As and I get the same Save As dialog box that we saw in the Quick edit chapter. And as I did there, I would make sure that Include in Elements Organizer is checked, so that I get the edited version of the photo automatically imported into my Organizer catalog. And I like to Save in a Version Set with the Original, so that I can find both the original and the edited version next to one another in the Organizer. And I would click Save. I'm just going to Cancel out of that for now, so I can show you that there are other options here too.
There's an option to Continue Editing the photo in one of the other two workspaces in Elements Editor. Either the Quick edit workspace or the Expert edit workspace. And clicking either of those buttons will open the photo into that workspace with the changes that I've already made to it here in Guided edit. And finally, some of the Guided edits have options for sharing the edited photo directly to different social media sites. Like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and SmugMug. And all you have to do is click one of these and walk through the instructions for authorizing and signing in to that social media account and directly posting your edited image to that account.
When you're all done walking through the step by step instructions in a Guided edit go down to the bottom right in the taskbar and click Done. And that will take you back to the initial interface of Guided edit. One of the beauties of a Guided edit is that you can use it without further instruction. So to challenge you I've provided another image, this photo of a fellow on a dirt bike and I think this is a perfect one on which to try one of the new Guided edits, the Speed Guided edit. That's found in the Fun Edits category.
If I scroll down you can see the Speed Effect, which adds motion blur to a moving object, like the dirt bike in the photo that I've provided in the Exercise Files for chapter three. So I challenge you to try to apply the Speed Effect on your own by walking through its instructions and tools. So that's an overview of the new improved Guided edit workspace in Elements 14. Stay tuned for the next movies in this chapter where I'll show you how to apply a couple of other useful Guided edits to your photos.
- Importing photos selectively and in bulk
- Cropping photos
- Adjusting lighting and color
- Correcting red-eye and pet-eye quickly
- Resizing photos in Guided Edit
- Merging a panorama
- Building a layered file in Expert Edit
- Making selections in Expert Edit
- Organizing photos by people, places, and events
- Exporting photos
- Sharing photos via email and social media