The Quick Edit Mode in Photoshop Elements makes correcting common photo problems fast and easy. The Quick Edit tools let you adjust the color, brightness and contrast in your photos and sharpen them up a bit too, all in just a few clicks.
Let’s take a look at how the Quick Edit mode works.
Accessing the Quick Edit Mode
The Quick Edit mode is available from the Editor workspace. So to start, open the photos that you want to work on in the Editor.
You can do this in a couple of ways:
You can open the photos by selecting them while in the Elements Organizer and then clicking on the Editor button found in the Taskbar at the bottom of the interface. This will open the selected photos in the Editor workspace.
Directly from the Editor
Or you can open your photos directly from within the Elements Editor by choosing File>Open from the top Menu bar. From there, navigate to and select the files that you want to open.
If you are working on a Mac, here’s a handy hint. You can use the Mac Quick Look feature to preview a file before opening it into the Photoshop Elements Editor. As you are navigating to find the image you want to open, select a file by single clicking on it and then hit the space bar. The selected file will appear in a large preview window, allowing you to get a good look at the image before opening it.
Once in the Elements Editor, you will see your opened photos displayed as thumbnails spread out across the Photo bin at the bottom of the workspace. So as you can see in the screen shot below, I have three images open.
To edit any of these photos, double-click on the thumbnail inside the photo bin to open the image in the Active Image Area.
By the way, if you don’t see the bin, click the Photo bin icon in the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
Now, finally, to open the Quick Edit workspace, click on the Quick tab found at the top of the interface.