45. About Editing Images
Before You Begin
1 About the Organizer
43 About the Editor
46 Open an Image for Editing
After you create a new image and save it, as explained in 44 Create a New Image, you can open that image later on and make further changes. You can also make changes to images you captured with a digital camera, or printed images you've scanned in. For the most part, images you like, and therefore will want to edit and improve, are probably already in the Organizer catalog. You can attempt to fix the image using the Auto Fix command in the Organizer, but you'll have no control over the result. For more options and therefore more control over the editing process, you'll want to send the cataloged image over to the Editor. This can be done in one of two ways:
The Organizer knows when an image is being changed, so in the catalog, it flags the image with a marker that reads, Edit in Progress. The flag prevents you from attempting to share, print, or include the image in a creation while it's still being changed. The flag is automatically removed from the image thumbnail when you're done editing.
If you have a more sophisticated graphics editor that you prefer to use (such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop CS), you can send a selected image from the catalog directly to that program. First, you may have to tell the Organizer what other graphics editor you want to usesee the note for instructions. When that's done, just select an image in the catalog and choose Edit, Edit with XXX (where XXX is the name of the graphics editor you choose). The image automatically appears in the chosen graphics editor; there you can make your changes and save them. When you return to the Organizer, the Edit in Progress flag should be automatically removed, but if for some reason it's not, click the thumbnail and choose Edit, Finish External Edit to remove the flag.
You can edit an image using either the Editor's Quick Fix or Standard Edit windows.
You should keep a few things in mind when you decide to edit an image. First, you will probably not want to make changes to an original file. If you make changes to a copy instead, you can always delete the copy and go back to the original if you feel that your edits took you in the wrong direction. When you edit an image and you save your changes, you can either make a copy file, or make a copy and link the new file with the original, in a version set. The process of opening an image and saving it is discussed in detail in 46 Open an Image for Editing, but what happens basically is this: You send an image from the Organizer to the Editor. You make changes. When you save your changes, a dialog box appears that provides many options. One option creates a copy of the original file by adding copy to the filename. Another option adds _edited-1 to the filename, and creates a version set. If you send an image to an alternative graphics editor such as Photoshop and then save your changes, the version set is created for you automatically, without you doing a thing.
Keeping your original images safe whenever you make changes is one important aspect of editing; another is managing the additional files you create during the editing process. If you create a copy of an image when saving your changes to it, both the original and the copy will appear as thumbnails in the catalog. This can quickly lead to a fat catalog full of similar images. Luckily, the folks at Adobe have thought about this as well and have provided you with an easy way to keep your originals and your edited copies close at hand, without cluttering the catalog. The process is simple: While saving edits to an image, you indicate that this image is a version of another image. The Organizer will then stack the edited image with the original automatically, leaving a single thumbnail in the catalog to represent the similar versions. The edited image is assigned the same file date as the original image, so the version set thumbnail appears where it belongs, amongst other images taken that same day. You can expand the version set when needed to compare the original with its edited copies. Just select the version set thumbnail and choose Edit, Version Set, Reveal Photos in Version Set. The Organizer displays thumbnails for the images in the set, with the newly edited version appearing first, on the far left. If you've rearranged the thumbnails in the set (as explained in the next paragraph), you can view the date on which a particular image was modified by looking on the History page of the Properties pane. See 53 About Image Information.
You can display the images in a version set.
When the images in a version set are revealed, you can select a different image for use as the set thumbnail by clicking it and choosing Edit, Version Set, Set as Top Photo. The image you select to act as the new version set thumbnail (the top photo) will display first when you expand the stack, rather than the most recently edited version. You can remove all edited versions of an image (from the hard disk and from the catalog) and return to using the original image by selecting the original and choosing Edit, Version Set, Revert to Original. To close the version set and return to the catalog, click the Back to All Photos button on the Find bar. You can then remove the original image from the set (and from the hard disk if you want) by clicking the version set thumbnail choosing Edit, Version Set, Flatten Set.
Notice that when you edit and image and create a version set, the original file date is retained. This enabled the version stack to appear in the catalog where it did before. If you edit an image and make a copy instead of a version set, today's date is assigned to the resulting file.