4. Laying the Foundation

You’ll accomplish your image-editing goals much more quickly—and with less frustration—if you take a little time to get to know some of the basic concepts involved. For example, many techniques require you to make selections or work with layers.

Some of the things covered in this chapter are available only in Full Edit mode (such as tabbed documents or the Layers panel), but others are of use in two or three modes. I’ll let you know in each section where the concept is relevant.

Opening files

No matter which mode you’re using—Quick Fix, Guided Edit, or Full Edit—you need to open an image in Photoshop Elements to make the edits.

If you know where to find the photo you want to work with, choose File ...

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