The Guided mode provides you with guided edits - a wizard-like interface to accomplish certain predefined effects. Each guided edit has an associated image. As you move the mouse horizontally over the image, the portion to the left of the slider displays the image before the effect is applied. The portion to the right of the slider displays the image after the effect is applied.

Brightness And Contrast Guided Edit  

Use the Brightness And Contrast Guided Edit to adjust brightness or contrast in an image.

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more on adjusting brightness and contrast, see Adjusting shadows and light.

Correct Skin Tone Guided Edit

Use the Correct Skin Tone Guided Edit to correct skin tones (tan, blush, and light) in an image.

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more on correcting color casts, see Adjust the color of skin tone.

Crop Photo Guided Edit

Use the Crop Photo Guided Edit to crop an image.

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more information on cropping, see Cropping.

Levels Guided Edit

For more information on using Levels, see About Levels adjustments.

Lighten and Darken Guided Edit

Use the Lighten or Darken Guided Edit to lighten or darken an image.

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more on lightening or darkening an image, see Adjusting shadows and light.

Resize Guided Edit

Use the Resize Your Photo Guided Edit to quickly create a version of your photograph to meet specific size requirements - pixels, inches, or bytes.

  1. Select a photo from the Photo Bin, and choose Guided room > Basics > Resize Your Photo.

  2. Select what is the purpose of the resized photo. Choose whether you want to use it online or create a printed copy.

    Web output: Choose a size option from the drop-down.  

    • Long Edge: Specify a width for the image. The height is automatically adjusted to maintain aspect ratio.
    • Short Edge: Specify a height for the image. The width is automatically adjusted to maintain aspect ratio.
    • Width and Height: Specify a custom width and height. A portion of the image is highlighted with a crop window. Use the mouse to drag the crop window across the photo to select what portion will be saved.
    • File Size: Specify the maximum size in kilobytes. The output created is of a file size smaller than the number you specified.

    Print output: Choose a dimension option from the drop-down.

    • Long Edge: Specify a width for the image. The height is automatically adjusted to maintain aspect ratio.
    • Short Edge: Specify a height for the image. The width is automatically adjusted to maintain aspect ratio.
    • Width and Height: Specify a custom width and height and click Preview/Apply. A portion of the image is highlighted with a crop window. Use the mouse to drag the crop window across the photo to select what portion will be saved. If you select the Shrink to Fit checkbox, the entire image is shrunk to fit one of the two dimensions (this may result in white edges at the top/bottom or left/right edges of the photo).
    • Predefined sizes (for example, 4 x 6): Choose from the available sizes and click Preview/Apply. A portion of the image is highlighted with a crop window. Use the mouse to drag the crop window across the photo to select what portion will be saved. If you select the Shrink to Fit checkbox, the entire image is shrunk to fit one of the two dimensions (this may result in white edges at the top/bottom or left/right edges of the photo).
  3. Click Next and then choose what to do with the output.

    In the previous step, if you chose Web output, you are presented with the following options:

    • Save Save As: Preserve the newly-resized image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the resized image- in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your resized image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

    In the previous step, if you chose Print output, you are presented with the following options:

    • Save Save As: Preserve the newly-resized photo in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the photo - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Print - Local Printer / Order Prints: Choose to print the photo outline to a printer that you have installed locally (on this computer). Or order prints from using Adobe Photoshop Services. For details on using PhotoShop Elements to order prints, see Create Photo Prints.
  4. Click Done.

Rotate and Straighten Guided Edit

Use the Rotate and/or Straighten Photo Guided Edit to rotate a picture in 90-degree increments or draw a line through an image to realign it.

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more on rotating an image, see Rotate or flip an item.

For more on straightening an image, see Straighten an image.

Sharpen Guided Edit

Use the Sharpen Guided Edit to improve the clarity of an image.

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more on sharpening images, see Sharpening overview or Sharpen an image.

  1. Open a photo, and in the Guided Edits panel click Photo Effects > Tilt-Shift.

  2. Click Add Tilt-Shift to apply the basic effect to the photo. The photo will appear blurred out.

  3. Click Modify Focus Area and then click and drag across the image to specify the areas that you would like to appear in sharp focus.

  4. To experiment with more effects, click Refine Effect and modify:

    • Blur: Increase the intensity of blur applied to the photo.

    • Contrast: Increases or decreases the contrast levels of the photo.

    • Saturation: Increases or decreases the color saturation levels of the photo

  5. Click Next to go to the Share panel.

    Or click Cancel to discard all the current changes.

  6. In the Share panel choose from the following options:

    • Save Save As: Preserve the newly-created photo in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the photo - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your photograph online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

    Finally, click Done to apply the effect.

Vignette Effect Guided Edit

Treat your photo with the vignette effect to emphasize the importance of a person, group, or object, at the center of the photograph.

Picture before applying the vignette effect (left), and after

  1. Open a photo, and in the Guided Edits panel click Photo Effects > Vignette Effect.

  2. Select Black or White, to specify the color of the vignette you want to apply.

  3. Use the Intensity slider to specify how intense (dark or light) you want the vignette to be.

  4. Click Refine Shape to fine-tune the edge (Feather slider) and size (Roundness) of the vignette. For the Feather slider, a smaller pixel value indicates a harder, sharper edge, whereas, a larger value indicates a softer, thicker edge. For the Roundness slider, negative values cause an exaggerated vignette effect, and positive values cause a less visible vignette.

  5. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly-created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

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