Photoshop Elements 11 All-in-One For Dummies
In Photoshop Elements 11, you find tools for editing, organizing, and sharing your images as prints or digital projects. When you edit images, you need an understanding for using the Photo Editor tools and Tools Options panel. Sharing photos is commonly handled with social networks and Elements 11 makes it easy to upload photos to various social networks. Photoshop Elements 11 brings back the ability to place photos on maps, using Google Maps.
Selecting Tools and Using Tool Options in Photoshop Elements 11
Photoshop Elements 11 Photo Editor tools (see the following figure) appear differently than earlier versions of Elements. Tools within tool groups are now available in the Tool Options panel at the bottom of the Photo Editor Window. Likewise, the Options Bar has disappeared in Elements 11. You find all the tool options now neatly arranged at the bottom of the Photo Editor window.
Click a tool in the Tools panel.
At the bottom of the Photo Editor window, you see a new Tool Options panel. When you click a tool, the Photo Bin changes to the Tool Options panel.
Click a tool from among the tool set selected in the Tools panel.
For example, if you click the Lasso tool, you can choose the Magnetic Lasso or Polygon Lasso in the Tool Options panel.
Choose options for a tool.
The former Options bar in earlier versions of Elements has been replaced by options appearing in the Tool Options panel. Make choices for options in the panel.
To return to the Photo Bin, click the Photo Bin button in the lower left corner of the Photo Editor window.
Sending a Photo to Your Facebook Account Using Photoshop Elements 11
Photoshop Elements 11 makes it easy to share photos with social networks. Built right into Photoshop Elements are Share Panel links to services such as Facebook, YouTube, SmugMug Gallery, and more.
To send a photo to your Facebook account:
Select one or more photos in the Organizer.
Click Share (top-right corner) to open the Share panel.
Click Facebook in the Share panel.
The Facebook wizard opens.
You must first authorize your account in Elements by supplying your log on and password. The Facebook Login web page opens.
Type your Login and Password.
Click Log In
Complete the Authorization.
After logging into your Facebook account, close the web page, and you return to Elements. Click Complete Authorization. The next page in the Facebook wizard opens (see figure). Here, you make decisions for uploading your photo(s).
Choose an Album.
You have options for uploading photos to an existing Facebook album or to create a new album. Make a choice in the Facebook wizard. If you choose to upload to a new album, supply an album name, location, and description by typing in the fields in the wizard.
Choose who can see your photos.
From the drop-down menu, make a choice for who can see your photos.
Choose a photo quality and click Upload to complete the task.
Placing Photos on a Map in Photoshop Elements 11
In earlier versions of Elements, you used Yahoo! Maps to place photos on a map. In Photoshop Elements 10, maps weren’t available. In Photoshop Elements 11, mapping photos on both Windows and Macintosh are supported with Google Maps.
Here’s how to place photos on a map in Photoshop Elements 11:
Click the photos in the Organizer that you want to place on a Google Map (see the following figure).
Click the Add Places button at the bottom of the Organizer window.
The Add Places wizard opens.
Search for a location.
Type the name of the location you want to use for mapping the photos in the Search Map text box.
Assign a location.
Click Assign Location in the Add Places wizard to assign the selected photos to your chosen location.
Photo Editing Images in Photoshop Elements 11
If you’re not happy with your photos, you’re in luck: You can easily correct and repair your images in Photoshop Elements 11. The following steps offer a logical workflow to fix any image issues:
Crop, straighten, and resize your images, if necessary.
You can use the Crop tool, Straighten tool, and the Image→Resize commands.
When you have the images in their proper physical state, correct the lighting and establish good tonal range for your shadows, highlights, and midtones in order to display the greatest detail possible.
The Levels command under the Enhance→Adjust Lighting submenu is a good place to start. Correcting your tonal range will often correct minor color problems. If not, move on to adjusting the color balance.
Adjust color by eliminating any colorcasts and adjusting the saturation, if necessary, by using the commands under the Enhance→Adjust Color submenu.
Retouch any flaws using the retouching tools, such as Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools.
Apply any desired enhancements or special effects, such as Photo Effects, Layer Styles, and Filters.
Finally, use the Unsharp Mask or Adjust Sharpness commands, under the Enhance menu, to sharpen your image if you feel that it could use a boost in clarity and sharpness, as shown in the following figure.