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Arranging the panels

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

Video: Arranging the panels

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.

Arranging the panels

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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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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