Welcome to week five!
Lab Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-3 and 5-8
Lab is located in the front of the building, near reception, not in the classroom
Probably the most confusing part about PSE, which is also a convenient feature of the app, hopping in and out of edit modes – how do you know where you’re at and how you got there? By the end of class, you will be able to navigate between the organizer and editor – possibly getting lost during fast-paced lesson practices – then finding your way back.
Yep, those mysteries will be solved this week.
Take a good look at the different screens below, they each represent all the different screens you will be hopping in and out of.
- Review questions on page 165
- complete all steps on pgs 158 -160, selective edting with the smart brush(send DSC_8492_SmartBrush to my email or upload it to your ps.com account and email me the link)
- complete all steps on pgs 161 – 164, image canvas(send CAMBODIA to my email or upload it to your ps.com account and email me the link)
- Read Chapter 7, page 166-192
- See you Friday, October 26th
That was a great mid-term/catch-up class last week, you are all doing very well and I hope you are happy about your progress!
Page 156 kept me running all over that classroom, but I think you all ended up finishing that section successfully. One thing to remember about Guided Edit Mode: every step is performing automated actions with every guided click.
You can’t see all the additional layers added for each step, which makes it harder to back out of when the zoom and hand tool knock you out of your selection tool.
Had a few questions about the frame width – which is a double definion:
- “frame width” actually means white border. The book expects you to know that the blinking selection is the also the white border.
- Once you have clicked on the green checkmark for sizing, you can widen(thicken) the white border by dragging the corners of the frame.
- This is essentially a white shape made bigger behind the actual cropped photo, but it’s all behind the scenes in the “full edit mode. (you’ll see down below where I expose the layers).
Another issue we ran into:
- What happens when you try to enlarge the screen (in order to select the girl’s face and fingers) and you lose the selection tool that selected it in the first place?
- Because this is Guided Edit Mode, you have to stay within the step (and unseen layer) in order to continue using the selection tool.
Once you figure out layers and masks, you won’t need guided edit anymore. You will learn a little more about layers/masking next week with chapter 7, then more of a deep dive with lessons 8-9. Lesson 10 is layer-intense and will be completed during week 8.
The key to remember about guided edit is that it performs automated actions that you can opt to do in full edit. It’s just a very quick way to do a time-consuming task.
Also, while in guided edit mode, you can hop back and forth in between modes, as long as you haven’t clicked on the green checkmark yet.
As we workaround using PSE in a shared computer environment, it is especially helpful when we find better ways to make it work.
In the classroom, on a shared thin-client pc, change your default file save destination to your thumb drive, through the organizer menu > edit > preferences > files.
Replace the path to the default image folder on that machine by clicking “browse”, navigate to your thumb drive and click ok. I’ll get a screen shot in class on Friday but wanted to mention it here.
For this and other workarounds, please post a comment to the corresponding week so we can all benefit. Or, send me an email and I will post for you. There are many ways to work in Adobe Products and real-world solutions are better than engineer-speak in textbooks. Thanks for all the input so far!