46. Open an Image for Editing
Before You Begin
43 About the Editor
47 About Saving Images
33 About Finding Items in the Catalog
109 Apply a Quick Fix
Although you can perform an automated fix on an image in the catalog using the Organizer's Edit, Auto Smart Fix command, or make selected, automatic adjustments with the Organizer's Edit, Auto Fix Photo command, you will probably never do so because the results are often disappointing. In all likelihood, when an image needs some touchups, you'll use the Editor to fix it. If the image is already in the catalog, you can send it from the Organizer to the Editor with one click. Not only is this method convenient because you can use the Organizer to help you quickly locate the image you want to edit, but it also ensures that the catalog thumbnail reflects any changes you make. If the image is not in the catalog, you can open it from the Editor and then add it to the catalog when you're through (assuming that you want to add it to the catalog, that is).
If you double-click a file of an associated file type in My Computer, the Editor starts and opens the file for you automatically. To change the file types currently associated with the Editor, choose Edit, File Association from the Editor menu.
You can start the Editor in Standard Edit mode from the Welcome Window by clicking the Edit and Enhance Photos button.
To open a recently used file, in the Editor, choose File, Open Recently Edited File and select the file from the submenu that appears.
The Editor enables you to make changes to an image using either its Quick Fix or Standard Edit windows. With the Quick Fix window, you can make simple changes to an image's brightness, color, and sharpness. (See 109 Apply a Quick Fix.) With the Standard Edit window featured in this task, you can use all the Editor's tools and commands to edit an image.
Click Standard Edit
If the image you want to edit is located in the catalog, click the image thumbnail in the Organizer to select it. Click the Edit button on the Shortcuts bar and select Go to Standard Edit to send the image to the Editor for editing. The Editor starts and the image appears in the Standard Edit window.
Or Click Open When you open some file types such as Kodak Photo CD and RAW, you might have to supply additional information such as width, height, resolution, color mode, and ICC color profile. See 44 Create a New Image and 105 Ensure That What You See Is What You Get for more information.
If the image you want to edit is not in the catalog, click the Open button on the Shortcuts bar in the Editor. The Open dialog box appears; select the image file and click Open. The image appears in the Editor. If necessary, click the Standard Edit button on the Shortcuts bar to display the image in the Standard Edit window.
Save in PSD Format
Before you make any changes to the image, save it in Photoshop (*.psd) format. PSD format allows you to use all the Editor's tools as you work, such as layers, filters, effects, and so on. Click the Save button on the Shortcuts bar. The Save As dialog box appears.
Although you can preserve image layers using TIFF format, the resulting file is often larger than a PSD image file. Also TIFF layer format might not be compatible with all programs that read image files. So PSD is the best format to choose for an image while you work on it.
Set Options and Click Save
Change to the folder in which you want to save the file by selecting it from the Save in list. Select Photoshop (*.PSD) from the Format list.
To make sure your edited image appears in the catalog, enable the Include in the Organizer check box. To group this edited image with the original image in a version set that uses a single thumbnail in the Organizer catalog, enable the Save in Version Set with Original check box. The text _edited-1 is added to the end of the original filename, creating a different filename for the edited copy.
For a description of the rest of the options in the Save As dialog box, see 47 About Saving Images. Click Save to save the image. A note might appear describing version sets; click OK to continue. You might be asked if you want to preserve Maximum Compatibility with earlier versions of Photoshop Elements; unless you go back and forth between versions, disable this option when asked and click OK to save your file in a smaller file size.
Make Changes and Close Image
Make changes to the image using the techniques you'll learn in upcoming tasks. While you're editing a cataloged image in the Editor, that same image is marked in the Organizer with a flag that reads, Edit in Progress. This flag prevents you from using the image in the Organizer while it's being edited.
When you're done making changes, choose File, Save as from the Editor menu and save the final result in an image format you can sharesuch as JPEG or non-layered TIFF formatleaving your PSD image with its layers (if any) intact so that you can return at a later time and make different adjustments if you want (see 47 About Saving Images for more help). Click the image window's Close button to close the file and remove the Edit in Progress flag from the image thumbnail in the Organizer catalog. The thumbnail in the catalog is updated to match your final changes; if you chose to create a version set, the original image is stacked beneath the thumbnail of the edited image. You can expand the version set to view both images by choosing Edit, Version Set, Reveal Photos in Version Set.