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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the program's Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.
Another important part of the Expert edit workspace are the panels. Right now I have my Layers panel open over here in a column on the right that's known as the Panel Bin. If your workspace doesn't look like mine, go to into the taskbar at the bottom of your screen and click the Layers button there. And that will open the Layers panel as a fixed panel, or a panel that's snapped into the Panel Bin on the right. Adobe has taken the panels at things you will use the most and given you buttons with which to quickly access them down here in the taskbar. So if I want to see the Effects panel instead of the Layers panel, I'll just click the Effects button here.
And that will replace the Layers panel in the Panel Bin. The same is true of the Graphics panel and the Favorites panel. When I'm editing and retouching photos, I most often use the Layers panel. So I'm going to go back and click the Layers panel button here. There are more panels than just these four and there are a couple of ways to access those other panels. One way is to go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen where there is a list of all the panels, and you can select the one you want from here. Or I think it's even easier to use the More button down here--the last button in the taskbar.
I'll click right on the More button-- not on the area to the right of it--and that opens a floating group of panels. The group is floating in the sense that I can click on the grey title bar, and drag it wherever I want it on the screen to move it out of the way of the photo for example. Now there are a lot of panels in this group. To see any one of these panels, I'll click on its tab here in this group. If there's a panel I think I'm not going to use, I can close it by selecting it that way, and then go into this icon that looks like a list over on the right side of the group, clicking there and choosing Close.
That will close just the single active panel. I can also create my own custom group of panels. So let's say I want to group that contains just the Histogram and the History panel. I'll click on the History panel and then I'll click on its tab again and drag it out of that group, and then release by mouse. I'll do the same with the Histogram panel, selecting it in the original group, and then clicking on its tab and dragging it out and into the same group as the History panel. So now I have a custom group and I can move that custom group wherever I want it on my screen.
I'm going to go back and close the original group by clicking the X on its title bar. I'll click the X on my custom group title bar too to close that group for now, because I want to show you one more thing. And that is, what do I do if I want to see two of the fix panels at the same time? For example, I maybe adding effects to an image and I want to see the layers in the image at the same time. But if I click the Effects panel that replaces the Layers panel over here in the Panel Bin. Well in this case, I would switch from this Basic workspace to a Custom workspace.
And here's how that's done: I'll go to the More button in the taskbar and I'm going to click the arrow to the right of that button, and from the menu that appears I'll choose Custom Workspace. That opens all four of the fixed panels here in the Panel Bin. I can cycle between them by clicking the tabs at the top of the Panel Bin. So if I want to see both the Effects panel and the Layers panel at the same time, I'll select the Effects tab and then I'll click again on the Effects tab and drag the Effects panel out of the Panel Bin.
Then in the Panel Bin, I'll click on the Layers panel. So now I have the Layers panel in the Panel Bin, and the Effects panel out here as a floating panel. To see more of the Effects panel, I can go to the bottom of the panel and click-and-drag its border. One last thing, sometimes I want to close all the panels including the Panel Bin, so that I have more room to work on a really large photo. So I'm going to close this Effects panel by clicking the X on its title bar; and then to close the entire Panel Bin, I'll go up to the Window menu and I'll go down to Panel Bin and toggle that off.
Now I can see from the document tab of this image that it zoomed way out to 17% so that it will fit on my screen. I'm going to zoom in to a 100% so I can check the sharpness of the image by double-clicking the Zoom tool. Because I've closed the Panel Bin, I now have all of this room to work. And if I want to see even more of this image, I can close the Photo Bin too, by clicking this arrow on the right side of Photo Bin. Finally, if I want to go back to my initial Basic workspace, I'll go back down to the More button in the taskbar, click the arrow to the right of that button, and I'll choose Basic workspace.
So as you can see, the arrangement of panels is very flexible. There are lots of things you can do to customize that arrangement to fit just the way that you work.
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