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Photoshop® Elements 8 All-in-One For Dummies® by Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

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Chapter 4. Getting Help in Guided Mode

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the Guided Edit 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 Edit panel.

The Guided Edit 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 Edit 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 Edit panel in Edit Guided mode. Choose Edit Guided from the Edit Tab drop-down list in the top right of the Application window. The Guided Edit panel opens to display the items shown in Figure 4-1.

As you can see in Figure 4-1, the Guided Edit 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, ...

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