Chapter 27. Getting Help in Guided Mode

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the Guided panel

  • Making basic photo edits

  • Controlling lighting and exposure

  • Correcting color

  • Using guided activities

  • Merging photos

  • Automating actions

  • Using photographic effects

Wouldn't it be nice if you could have a mentor sitting behind you who could walk you through the necessary steps each time you encountered a new feature in a program?

Photoshop Elements doesn't provide you with a robot mentor to instruct you on the best way to perform an edit, but it does offer you the next best thing in the form of the Guided panel.

The Guided panel provides you easy control over some important editing tasks that you perform routinely when working on images. In this chapter, we show you how to use the Guided panel and all it has to offer you.

Getting Help in Guided Mode

Understanding Guided Mode

You see all the guided actions and activities in the Guided panel in Full Edit mode. Click Guided in the Panel Bin, and the Guided panel opens to display the items shown in Figure 4-1.

As you can see in Figure 4-1, the Guided panel has seven categories. Below each category title, you find some items that relate to the respective category. The categories include

  • Basic Photo Edits: Here you find the kinds of edits frequently used on photos. Cropping images, straightening photos, and sharpening photos are part of this group.

  • Lighting and Exposure: Almost all photos you either ...

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