The Four Workspaces
We could come up here and adjust the color. So if I clicked on that, it's gonna 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 gonna come down here and click the editor button, and it's gonna launch over into Photoshop Elements Editor. Okay, now, I wanna point out that we have three different workspaces 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 mode's where you wanna be, 'cause that's where all the fun is. But we'll just start over in quick mode so you can see what the difference is. So in quick edit mode, it's basically a little step up from where we were in the organizer when we were just using instant fix. They're sort of graduated, instant fix is super 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 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 vibrance. So I have a few more options, there's also a button down here for auto. So you'll see too, the 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'll also see there's some tools over here, so we do have some, including a little toothbrush, look at that. (laughs) I think that's so neat, there's a tooth whitening tool in Elements. So let's pop over to guided, and in guided mode, you have these little drop downs where 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 to enhance the colors, I can click on this, and I have these same types of sliders again where I can adjust the saturation, or I can skew the colors with the hue slider. I'm gonna 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 wanna touch up 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 gonna tell you what to do. So it's basically holding your hand, and giving you a guided step through whatever it is that you're trying to do. 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 a diffuse glow, or we can increase contrast, let me cancel that for the moment. And we have camera effects as well, including a lomo camera effect. So when I click on that, it's gonna tell me there's two steps, click here to add the lomo 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. There is a tilt-shift effect, so if we click that, it's gonna show you step one, add tilt-shift, so I'll click there. And now you can see it's blurred some of the image, and it's gonna tell me step two is to modify the focus area. So I click on that and it says, after clicking this button right here, click and drag to manually specify the area of focus. So now I 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 can just really experiment. So that's kinda fun. And when you're happy with it, 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 do in the guided workspace. I'm gonna 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're 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 wanna 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, and I get a whole window with sliders, and options, and some presets, and it's gonna show me a before and after, which makes it really easy to compare. So I can select a style for my black and white, and then I can actually tweak the different channels. So we've got red, green, and blue channels when we're working with RGB images. So I can tweak them to get a very custom black and white over here. And when I'm happy with it, I can click OK, and we'll see it applied right there. So that's a little preview of 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 if we're in the quick workspace, or the guided workspace, or in expert mode, you have a lot more options, okay? So let's close this out, and it's gonna ask me if I want to save it. Let's go ahead and do that so you can see how it works with the organizer. So I'm gonna go ahead and hit save, and it's gonna pop up this box, the save dialogue box, and it's going to add _edited-1 to the file name, so it's not going to replace the original, because it knows to protect your original. You always wanna protect your original right? So it's gonna automatically do that, and you'll notice down here there's a 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've edited it, we can choose to include the edited version in the organizer as well, or if we don't want that, we can uncheck it. So let's go ahead and say that we'll include it. Then there's an option to save it in what's called a version set with the original. So like in Lightroom, you can stack things and all that, it's the same here with Elements. So we'll save it in a version set, that will then be included, and we'll hit save. We get our JPEG options, 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 to, I can right click on that, and I think I have to double click first. If I wanna separate the original from the edited version for any reason, I can double click, and then right click and choose version set, let's go ahead and expand the items, and then when we go back to grid, nope, 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.