• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL

Lesson 3. Adjusting Color in Images > Saving and organizing finished files

Saving and organizing finished files

You’ll use the tags you created in Lesson 2 to organize the new work files. These lesson files are a good opportunity to use the Stacking feature in Organizer, which makes reviewing and finding image files even easier.

If necessary, click Photo Browser () on the shortcuts bar to switch to Organizer. If the Back To All Photos button appears on the Organizer shortcuts bar, select it.

Choose Find > Untagged Items.

Thumbnails for the work files you created in this lesson are now the only ones you see.

Choose Edit > Select All or press Ctrl + A.

Drag the Work Files tag to the thumbnails to apply it. Repeat this step to add the Lesson 3 tag to the thumbnails.

Select the first waterskier thumbnail and then Shift-click the last waterskier thumbnail to select all four versions of this image. Or, if the waterskier images are not next to each other, hold down Ctrl and click each of the waterskier thumbnails. (All four will be highlighted by a blue outline.)

Choose Edit > Stack > Stack Selected Photos.

Now only one waterskier image appears, but it has a Stack icon () in the upper right corner, indicating that other versions of this image are stacked with it.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the two copies (work files and autofix files) of each of the other three projects: the cat, the vases, and the truck.

Why won’t Photoshop Elements do what I tell it to do?

In some situations, the changes you try to apply to an image may not seem to work. Or, you may hear a beep sound, indicating that you’re trying to do something that’s not allowed.

The following list offers common explanations and solutions for what might be blocking your progress.

Commit is required Several tools, including the Type tool () require you to click Commit () in the tool options bar before you can move on to another task. The same is true when you crop with the Crop tool or resize a layer or selection with the Move tool.

Cancel is required The Undo command isn’t available while you have uncommitted changes made with the Type tool, Move tool, or Crop tool, for example. If you want to undo those changes, click Cancel () in the tool options bar instead of using the Undo command or shortcut.

Edits are restricted by an active selection When you create a selection (using a marquee tool, the Magic Wand tool, or the Selection Brush tool, for example), you limit the active area of the image. Any edits you make will apply only within the selected area. If you try to make changes to an area outside the selection, nothing happens. If you want to deactivate a selection, choose Select > Deselect, and then you can work on any area of the image.

Selection marquee around active area, erasure stroke

Move tool is required If you drag a selection, the selection marquee moves, not the image within the selection marquee. If you want to move a selected part of the image or an entire layer, use the Move tool ().

Background layer is selected Many changes cannot be applied to the Background layer. For example, you can’t erase, delete, change the opacity, or drag the Background layer to a higher level in the layer stack. If you need to apply changes to the Background layer, double-click it and rename it (or accept the default name, Layer 0).

Active layer is hidden In most cases, the edits you make apply to only the currently selected layer—the one highlighted in the Layers palette. If an eye icon () does not appear by that layer in the Layers palette, then the layer is hidden and you cannot edit it. Or, if the image on the selected layer is not visible because it is blocked by an opaque upper layer, you actually will be changing that layer but you won’t see the changes in the image window.

Hidden layer active, and layer view blocked by opaque upper layer

Active layer is locked If you lock a layer by selecting the layer and then selecting the Lock () in the Layers palette, the lock prevents the layer from changing. To unlock a layer, select the layer and then select the Lock at the top of the Layers palette to remove the lock.

Locking or unlocking a layer

Wrong layer is selected (for editing text) If you want to make changes to a text layer, be sure that layer is selected in the Layers palette before you start. If a nontext layer is selected when you click the Type tool in the image window, Photoshop Elements may create a new text layer instead of placing the cursor in the existing textlayer.

You can change which image appears at the top of a stack by selecting the stack thumbnail and choosing Edit > Stack > Reveal Photos In Stack. This limits the Organizer thumbnail display to just the images in that stack. Select the thumbnail you want to use, and choose Edit >Stack > Set As Top Photo. When you click Back To All Photos above the thumbnail area, the thumbnail you selected appears, representing the entire stack.



Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint