Editing in Elements or Photoshop

Here are the steps for launching either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop:

1. Select a photo in the Photo Well.

2. Choose one of these methods to launch the editor:

• Choose EditOEdit with (your designated image editor). The name that appears in the menu depends on whether you chose Elements or Photoshop as your editor in the Preferences dialog box (as described in "Specifying an External Image Editor in Album" earlier in this chapter).

• Click the Fix Photo button in the Options bar. Then click the Edit With button at the bottom of the Fix Photo dialog box, as shown in Figure 12-3.

A warning message appears telling you that you're editing a copy of the image and not the original.

3. Click OK to get rid of this warning.

Album launches the editor, and your image is opened and ready to be improved. Meanwhile, in Album, a red lock icon with a label that says, "Edit in Progress" appears on the image thumbnail (shown in Figure 12-4) while you're editing the photo in your external editor. This lock remains on the image until you close it in your editor.

4. Edit the photo in either Elements or Photoshop.

If you got here accidentally or you've changed your mind and want to cancel your external editing session, return to Album and choose EditOCancel External Edit.

Figure 12-3:

You can easily jump to an external image editor from the Fix Photo dialog box.

Figure 12-3:

You can easily jump to an external image editor from the Fix Photo dialog box.

Figure 12-4:

Album locks your image while you edit it in an external image editor.

Figure 12-4:

Album locks your image while you edit it in an external image editor.

Although you can jump to Image Ready from Photoshop, you can't use Image Ready on an image you opened from Album.

5. Choose FileOSave and close the photo in your image editor.

In either Elements or Photoshop, you also can choose the FileO Save As command and rename the edited photo (for example "filename_ edited.jpg"). If you use this option, when you return to Album you have the choice of saving the edited photo as (see Figure 12-5)

• An edited copy of the original

If you rename the file in Photoshop, rather than Elements, when you return to Album you have the additional choice of saving the edited photo as (see Figure 12-6):

• A copy of the original in its original file format

• A copy of the original as a Photoshop (PSD) file

6. Return to Album.

The red lock icon goes away, and the fixed photo is automatically updated in Album.

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If you don't want to keep the edits you made, choose EditOUndo External Edit.

Figure 12-5:

Album gives you the choice of saving your edited photo in various configurations.

New Edited File

You have created a new file while editing the original file 'D5CN0925 JPG' in Photoshop or Elements. This is a result oh saving the file with a new format.

What would you like to do^'

New File Options

® Save the edited file using the format of the original file, The new file name will be 'kylie.jpg'. Save this file as the edited copy of the original file, The edited file name will be 'kylie.jpg1. Import this file as a new file in your catalog. The new file name will be 'kylie.ipg1.

Always use this choice, and don't show this dialog again.

Cancel

Figure 12-6:

When using Photoshop as an external editor, you can save the edited image as a copy, a new file, or not at all.

Edited File from Photoshop

You have finished editing the original file 'snowgiH.jpg' in Photoshop. What would you like to do?

Edited File Options riave the edited file using the format of the original file. The new file name will be 'snowgirl_edited.jpg'. Save the edited file as a Photoshop file. The new file name will be 'snowgirl_edited.psd'. O Import the edited file as a new Photoshop file in your catalog. The new file name will be 'snowgiri.psd'. Do not save the edited file, just close the editing session in Photoshop.

Always use this choice, and don't show this dialog again,

Cancel

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