Quick: If you’re ready to begin editing your photos immediately, click this mode. It’s where all the basic editing tasks live for adjusting sharpness, exposure, color and more. Tools for fixing red eye, cropping and making quick selections are on the left side of the screen.
Guided: This is where you’ll find step-by-step instructions on creating effects such as tilt-shift, vignettes, and high- and low-key looks. For portraiture, there’s a “Create a Perfect Portrait” tab for applying blur, enhancing facial features and slimming down your subjects. From the right pane, simply select the edit you’re interested in and follow the instructions. Some come with an example of how a photo looks before and after applying the effect.
Expert: For those who are familiar with Photoshop, but don’t need all that it provides, this is where you’ll do most of your work. Along the left side of the screen are tools that include filters, layers, actions and histograms, as well as tons of artistic and graphic effects.
• The crop tool lets you specify standard aspect ratios and a target size in pixels.
• The Spot Healing brush helps remove blemishes and other imperfections in portraits or remove unwanted objects, such as signs, from backgrounds.
• Smart brushes allow you to paint effects and adjustments onto specific parts of your photo. Options for black-and-white, color, lighting and special effects are available. There are also four new filters for turning your image into an illustration: Pen & Ink, Comic, Graphic Novel and Lens Blur.
• The Refine Edge tool, taken from Photoshop, allows you to fine-tune edges on selections.
• A “Save for Web” option makes it easy to optimize images for online display.
• Edited files can be saved in the Photoshop PSD format, supporting layers.