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Use Guided Photo Edit Mode in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Guided Photo Edit mode, as the name implies, is a guided process for performing various editing tasks. Guided Photo Edit mode is accessed by clicking the Guided tab adjacent to the Quick Tab. When you open the Guided Photo Edit panel, you find a list of items for producing various edits.


Not all editing tasks are contained in the Guided panel, but what you have available is an impressive list of many tasks you’ll perform often.

If you are familiar with Photoshop Elements 9, you’ll notice that the panel is reorganized and some of the category names are changed in Elements 10. For example, there is no Fun category, but you still have the same tasks nested in other panels.

As you peruse the panel, notice that some of the basic photo editing items you have available are similar to what you find in Quick Photo Edit mode, like Brightness and Contrast, Lighten and Darken, and other brightness control adjustments. As you scroll down the panel to reveal items such as Photography Effects, Photo Play, and Photomerge, you find some interesting, fun edits you can make with photos.

The process is the same for all the items you use in the Guided Photo Edit panel. You open a file in Full Photo Edit mode and click Guided, or you select one or more photos in the Organizer and choose Guided Photo Edit from the Fix drop-down menu.

Once in Guided Photo Edit mode, you click one of the items listed under a category head. For example, suppose you want to create a pop-art style image. You click Pop Art in the Photo Play category and the panel changes to offer you a step-by-step set of procedures to create the artwork.


To create a Pop Art style image similar to this one, do the following:

  1. With an image open in Full Photo Edit mode, click Guided and then click Pop Art in the Guided Photo Edit panel.

  2. Click Convert Image Mode.

  3. Click Duplicate Image.

  4. Click Done.

This example is quite simple since you have only a few steps to follow. However, even the more complicated items in Guided Photo Edit mode offer you step-by-step instructions to easily follow a sequence to create a final result.

The best way to learn what results you can achieve is to open photos and apply various edits using the Guided Photo Edit panel. Some of the more complicated items, such as creating Out of Bounds effects, offer you a link to online video tutorials to help you further simplify the process.

Some items, such as Photomerge and Photo Stack, require using multiple images. Load up the Project Bin with photos and apply the effects to multiple images.

You have effects that can help improve images that might otherwise be uninteresting photos. Experiment with the Lomo effect (which is similar to cross-processing film), Old Fashioned Photo effect, Saturated Slide Film effect, and Soft Focus effect.

For portraiture, you’ll find the Perfect Portrait item in the Advanced Edits group to be an easy way to improve portrait type images.


The best way to learn more about Guided Photo Edit mode is to open images, apply effects, and have a lot of fun!