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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The arrangement of panels in the full edit workspace is very flexible. You can rearrange the panels in different ways to fit the way that you like to work. To start, let's click the Reset panels button up here in the application bar, so that we're all on the same page. I am going to open a new panel by going to the Window menu and from there I'll choose the Undo History panel. And the Undo History panel opens here in the column of panels on the right. I will show you the Undo History panel in more detail later, but basically it allows you to step back in time, step by step, so that you can undo and see where you are.
So this is a useful panel that I always like to have open when I'm working. But it needs more room than it has right now, because as I work, I will be adding more states to this panel. So I would like to move it out of this column of panels over on the right. And I can do that with this panel or any panel by clicking on its tab and dragging out of the column. And then releasing. And the panel is floating free. Now if I click on the black bar, the title bar I can move it around, and put it wherever I want on my screen.
When a panel is free-floating like this, I can make it longer by going to the bottom right corner and dragging down. Now there are some disadvantages to floating panels, which is that if you made a whole lot of panels floating, it would be hard to keep track of which one was where, unlike a panel that docked or grouped in with the other panels. So if I don't want this panel to be free -floating, but I don't want it over in that column on the right where it has no room, I could group it in with the Project Bin at the bottom of the screen.
To do that I'll click on its tab and I will drag down to the bottom of the screen. And when I get near the Project Bin, I see not this thin blue line, but if I go a little further, this thick blue bar. I'll release my mouse then, and that puts the Undo History panel into a group with Project Bin, which actually is behaving like a panel. And then I can go to the top of the Project Bin Undo History panel. Move my mouse over the border there, and I can drag up to give more room to those panels.
The problem with this is that it then it obscures part of the document. So let's see where else I can put the Undo History panel or any of my panels. I will take it out of this group with the Project Bin by clicking on its tab and dragging up. And then I'm going to drag over to the right, until I hit the edge of the column of panels over there. And you can see that a blue line appears. Now if I release my mouse. That snaps this panel to the left side of this column panels. And it expands my Undo History panel to fill the whole length of the screen.
I am going to make the Project Bin shorter, so there is more room here for my document. I can start building out this new column by putting other panels there as well. So I might take the layers panel and drag it out of its column and drag it down to the bottom of the new column and release. And now the LAYERS panel is docked in with the Undo History panel. And now I have room for another panel over here on the right. So I'll go up to the Window menu, and I can choose another panel.
Maybe the Adjustments panel, which is used to make photo adjustments in the form of editable adjustment layers, as I will show you later in the course. So now I have a lot of panels out and I don't have a lot of room for my document. If I want to see my document in a larger view, I can collapse the panels temporarily. To collapse all the panels on the right, I will just press the tab key. And I will press the tab key again to bring it all back. One panel feature that's easy to miss is the panel menu.
On the top right of every panel group you will see this tiny icon that looks like a list. If I click that icon, I see a list of commands that are related to the particular panel. So there's a list for the Undo History panel. And here's the list for the layers panel. You can see that there are a lot of useful commands here. The New layer command, the Duplicate layer command, Delete layer and so on. At the bottom of each one of these list, I have the option to Close the panel or Close the Entire Group.
And I do like to close panels that I am not using, so that I have more room on the screen for the panels that I need. So let's say that I'm not using my Effects and Content panel when I'm editing a photo, I will go to its panel menu. I will go down to the bottom and I'll choose close tab group. If I want to bring those panels back, I can always go to the Window menu and select either one from there. And both panels will come back into view. When I'm done working, I think it's a good idea to restore the panels back to their original locations, just to keep my screen organized.
So at that point, I will go up to the application bar and I will click Reset panels. The flexibility of panels in the full edit workspace is important, because you're likely to be using multiple panels at once, and those are going to be different panels depending on what task you are doing at the moment. So it's a real bonus to be able to pick and choose which panels are opened, arrange them in a way that's best for you and for the immediate task, and be able to reset them back to ground zero with one click.
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