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Arranging panels

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Arranging panels

The panels on the right side of the screen contain many of the commands and features that you'll use when you're editing and building images in Elements' Full Edit Workspace. There are a lot more panels than you see right here. To see the full list of panels, I'll go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen and there they are listed alphabetically. If I want to open another panel, say the Histogram panel, which I often use when I am editing a photo, I'll just select it from this menu. And that panel opens here in the column of panels on the right.

Arranging panels

The panels on the right side of the screen contain many of the commands and features that you'll use when you're editing and building images in Elements' Full Edit Workspace. There are a lot more panels than you see right here. To see the full list of panels, I'll go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen and there they are listed alphabetically. If I want to open another panel, say the Histogram panel, which I often use when I am editing a photo, I'll just select it from this menu. And that panel opens here in the column of panels on the right.

I am going to open one more panel by going up to the Window menu. I'll choose the Adjustments panel because I want to show you what happens if you get too many panels open, so that they don't all fit. Then some of the panels will collapse. If I want to see one of these panels in its full view, I'll double-click its tab like the Layers panel here, and that will expand the Layers panel and collapse other panels. By default, the panels are all in this column on the right, but in Elements 8, I can remove any panel from this column so that the panel is free-floating.

I'll often do that with my Layers panel because I use it so much and I like it to be close to my document window. I am going to click on the Tab for the Layers panel and I am just going to drag out and I can place it anywhere on my screen and then I can click on its Title bar and move it wherever I want it. I can bring other panels out to join with this free-floating panel. So, for example, I'm going to double- click the Histogram tab in the column on the right to expand that panel and then I'm going to click-and-drag on the tab of the Histogram panel and move it up underneath the Layers panel and when I see that blue line, I'll release my mouse. The blue line means that I'm going to be docking the Histogram panel with the Layers panel.

So that now if I click on the Title bar, up here at the top of both panels, they move around together. If I want to undock the Histogram panel from the Layers panel, I'll just click on its tab and drag it away. And now it's free-floating as well. If I want to put a panel back into the column on the right, I'll click on its tab and I'll drag over to the column on the right, in between two other panels and when I see a blue line like this, I'll release my mouse. I can also join panels together into a single panel group to save space.

Let's say I want to put the Layers panel into a group with the Histogram panel. I'll click on the Layers panel tab and drag over on top of the Histogram panel. Now this time I'm looking for a blue border around the entire Histogram panel, not just a line between panels. When I see that blue border, I'll release my mouse and I've now grouped the Layers panel into a group with the Histogram panel. To bring either of the two panels to the foreground, I'll just click on its tab like this or like this. Notice that every panel group has a very small icon.

It's a little hard to see, but it looks like a stack of lines with an arrow to the left. I am going to click on that icon on the right side of the layers in Histogram panel group and because I have the Layers panel open, what I see is a contextual menu of commands that relate just to the Layers panel. So, if you're ever looking for a command that relates to a particular panel, be sure to click the panel icon and look at this menu. Among the commands in this menu is a Close command. If I select that command, the Layers panel closes and notice that there's also a Close Tab Group command and that would have closed the entire group of panels, the Layers panel and the Histogram panel.

Once I've closed a panel, I can always bring it back by going up to the Window menu and choosing that panel by name, in this case, the Layers panel. When I have customized my arrangement of panels, I can always get them back to the original default arrangement by going up to the Reset panels button at the top of the screen and clicking there. Finally, take a look at the Project Bin down at the bottom of the screen, which is like a panel. The Project Bin displays a thumbnail for every image that's open in the Full Edit Workspace. Sometimes I have a really big image up here and I'll need more room to edit it, so I can collapse the Project Bin by double-clicking its Tab like this and I can bring it back by double-clicking that Tab again.

So that's a look at the new panel behavior in Elements 8 for Mac, which is now similar to the behavior panels in Photoshop Proper and other Adobe Creative Suite Applications.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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