The Four Workspaces


How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Lesson Info

The Four Workspaces

We could come up here and adjust the color, so if I click on that it's going to do an auto color correction, so that did a little bit better job? Not so it didn't adjust the exposure there, but you'll notice we couldn't adjust it. We couldn't tweak it, we couldn't influence it. It was just an automated adjustment that we don't really have any say over and that's the limitation of editing within the organizer does that make sense? So of course we can get a little more nuanced than that, so I'm gonna undo that by clicking right over here and let's actually take this image from the organizer and let's kick it over to the editor where we can have a little more fun with it, so to do that, I'm just going to come down here and click the editor button and it's going to launch over into photoshopped elements editor came now I want to point out that we have three different work spaces in the editor we have something called quick, something called guided and then we have expert mode, so let me ju...

st show you we'll talk through these quickly, but I'll just tell you right now expert moments where you want to be because that's where all the fun is, but we'll just start over and quick mode you can see what the difference is so in quick edit mode, it's basically a little step up from where we were in elements are in the organizer when we were just using instant fix their sort of graduated like instant thinks this super just instant you don't get to really do much then we have the next step up, which is this quick mode so while we're over here for example, if I click this color button, you'll see that oh, I get some ways to interact here so instead of just clicking and having an automated adjustment that happens now I can actually influence the adjustment so I could take, for example, the slider and drag it all the way to the left and make the image appear black and white or I can adjust the hue and the vibrant so I have a few more options there's also a button down here for auto so you'll see two lighting exposure and same smart fix stuff the difference is you can interact a little bit I'm gonna undo that again there we are and let's pop over to the guided mode I guess before we do that you also see there's some tools over here so we do have some including a little toothbrush look at that e think that sony there's a tooth whitening tool in elements so let's pop over to guide it and in guided mode you have these little drop down where you you know if you're looking to touch up the photo, you can click here and then it shows you different options that you have so for example, if I want tio enhance the colors, I can click on this and I have the same type of flight hours again where I can adjust the saturation or I could skew the colors with the huge slighter um going toe cancel that right now so you have sort of a helping hand that's gonna walk you through this so if you're like, I want to touch on my image and you click here and you're like, well, I don't know I've got some color problems, so I'm gonna try removing a color cast it's going to tell you what to do so it's basically holding your hands and giving you a guided step through whatever it is that you're trying to dio so that's how that operates my favorite thing about the guided section are these fun photo effects, so in here we can click for example, black and white and we have four choices we can do a light black and white or a lighter they're not looking dramatically different, but we do have some options we can add it to diffuse glow or we can increase contrast when it canceled that for the moment on dwi have camera effects as well including a low mo camera effect so when I click on that it's going to tell me there's two steps, click here tio theall omo effect and I can click here to apply a vignette to my image and I can either click done or in this case I'm gonna hit cancel their is a till shift effect so if we click that it's going to show you step one ad t till shift so click there and now you can see it's blurred some of the image and it's going to tell me step two is to modify the focus area so I click on that and it says after clicking the button right here click and drag to manually specify the area of focus so now you can click and drag and I'm defining a focal area within the image which is pretty cool and if I don't like what I did I can just click and drag to redo it so you you know you can just really experiment so that's kind of fun when you're happy with that you would just go ahead and click done and then you'll see it gets affected over there so that is some of the stuff that you can dio in the guided workspace I'm going to undo that one more time and let's pop over to expert mode this is where you probably will spend most of your time if you were working with elements because this is where all the magic really happens, so we have a lot more tools over here we have a whole bunch of panels that are available to us, including a layers panel, which we'll talk about shortly we've got filters and effects and all kinds of things, so for example, if I want to make this black and white in the expert workspace, I have a whole menu option for that if I come up to enhance I can choose convert to black and white I get a whole window with sliders and options and some preset and it's going to show me a before and after, which makes it really easy to compare so I can select a style for my black and white on then I can actually tweak the different channels so we've got red, green and blue channels when we're working with the rgb images so I can tweet them to get a very custom black and white over here and when I'm happy with it, I could click ok and we'll see it applied right there. So that's a little preview of the different the ways that the same effect? If we're just trying to make something black and white, you can see how it's different if we're in the organizer or for in the quick workspace or the guided work space or in expert moan you have a lot more option so let's close this out and it's going to ask me if I want to save it let's go ahead and do that so you can see what how it works with the organizer so when you go ahead and hit save and it's going to pop up this box, the save dialog box and it's going to add underscore, edited dash one to the filing so it's not going to replace the original because it knows to protect your original you always want to protect your original right so it's going to automatically do that and you'll notice down here there's a check mark check box that says include in the elements organizer so we opened this image originally from the organizer, right? We played with it over there and then we kicked it out into the editor now that we have edited it, we can choose to include the edited version in the organizer as well or if we don't want that weaken uncheck it so let's go ahead and say that will include it then there's an option to save it in what's called a version set with the original so like in light room you can stack things and all that is the same here with elements, so we'll save it in a version set bail but that will then be included and we'll hit save we get r j peg option, I'll hit ok and now we are back in the organizer. So it actually closed it from the editor, moved us back to the organizer, and if we go back to our grid view, we can see that it appears black and white. Now it is stacked in a version set with the original so that's why we still have the original file, but we don't see it just to consolidate viewing space. They're stacked on top of each other. But if I wanted teo, I can right click on that. And I think of the doubleclick first if I want to separate the original from the edited version. For any reason, I can double click and then right click and shoes version set. Um, let's, go ahead and expand the items, and then when we go back to grid no, maybe I didn't do it. Convert version set to individual items. There we go, and there we see the color version and the black and white. So, however you like to operate, but that's a little bit about how the organizer works and how you can move into the editor and back.

Class Description

Everyone has heard of Adobe® Photoshop®, but have you met its easy-to-use counterpart, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements?

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is the perfect tool for hobbyists and beginners who are looking for a simplified introduction to image editing and organization.

In this class, Khara Plicanic will get you started in this easy-to-use program. You’ll learn about everything from organizing your image collection to retouching to adding graphics. Khara will help you discover the function and features that make Adobe® Photoshop® Elements an awesome solution for folks who don’t need all the bells and whistles.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015