Elements 2021 Layers versus filters for image editing

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Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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having recently finished digitizing more than 1000family photos from 1880s on, I Purchased photoshop elements 2021 with the hope of enhancing and restoring  images during  What I predict to be a long, cold Covid winter 2020- 2021. I've read as much information as I could, watched older versions of Photoshop elements in Linked-In classes. I understand there are three modes, quick, guided, and expert.

 

I want to tackle expert for this project. my first question is regarding the tab "enhance".

1. I've read that I do not want destructive editing, but how is this a problem if I enhance on a copy of the image?

2.  I'm also confused regarding whether I would use filters or layers to edit an image?

Without anyone to help me face-to-face, this has been a frustrating albeit excellent challenge for me.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020
Non desructive editing: To be clear, Non destructive editing is different from editing a copy. In that case, the original is not destroyed, but the copy is modified (not destroyed). The purpose of any editing software is to enhance = modify. So why do people speak about ' non destructive workflows' and distinguish pixel editors from 'non destructive' (better called 'parametric') editors? The Photoshop and Photoshop Elements editors change the pixels of your image file. Lightroom and ACR in Photo...

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020
While I don't want to add too much to your plate, I would highly recommend using the Organizer rather than Bridge for your sifting through photos project.  While some of your tag work in Bridge may seem wasted, it should not take too long to replicate it using the Organizer's artificial intelligence, particularly with respect to face recognition.  As for your macro photography editing, are you thinking about focus stacking?  If so, that is not really a strength of Elements. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 12, 2020 Nov 12, 2020
@dianef31111009 said: I dug further and found in guided mode special edits, a gem: "restore old photo guided edit". Nine locked in order steps (you cannot go backwards). You can go backwards in a Guided Edit.  Use the Ctrl+Z (undo) keyboard shortcut.  You can also redo an undone step using Ctrl+Y.

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Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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This photo is not 1910 (I do not know how to delete a post in error), but rather one of a series of photographs that I scanned. It dates back to the 1860s, the 13th cavalry in Texas during the Civil War. 

I scanned photographs of long lines of cavalry marching in a city, of skirmishes, and the like.  I will tackle those after I have gained facility with editing.

I am very impressed with the initial editing you applied to the photograph. Thank you.

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