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Image Editing Background and Basics

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 Classroom in a Book, author Jeff Carlson begins with an overview of the core concepts behind image correction, and then introduces a range of approachable techniques to help you get more from your photos in just a few clicks.

Working in Guided Edit mode

If you’re a newcomer to digital image editing and you’re not sure exactly what adjustments an image needs, the Guided Edit mode is a great place to start. You’ll find a range of procedures for correcting lighting and exposure, each with easy-to-follow prompts and instructions that make it simple for even a novice to get great results. You can improve your photos quickly, at the same time as learning image correction concepts and techniques that you can apply even in Expert mode.

  1. If necessary, switch to the Editor. Click Guided in the mode picker at the top of the workspace, and then select the Basics category.

The Basics category offers solutions for many of the most common image problems, from guided Brightness And Contrast, Levels, and Lighten And Darken adjustments to fix lighting and exposure issues, to procedures for sharpening, cropping, straightening, or resizing your photos. You’ll use two of these later in this lesson.

  1. The guided procedure previews are interactive; hover the pointer over each preview in turn and move slowly back and forth to see before and after views for the respective adjustment.

  2. Explore each of the other categories. You’ll use a procedure from the Color category later in this section, and another in Lesson 6. The Black & White category includes not only straight color-to-grayscale conversions, but also a number of mixed effects that let you preserve the color in part of your image while applying a black and white treatment elsewhere. You’ll try several of the Fun Edits effects in Lesson 7, and four of the Photomerge projects in Lesson 8. Several categories offer guided versions of procedures you’ll perform in other Editor modes.

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