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Customizing panels

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Video: Customizing panels

The panels over on the right side of the screen contain important features that you'll use when you're editing in the Full Photo Edit workspace. But because panels take up so much space on your screen, they're not all open by default. So here's how to open, close, and arrange panels, so that you have access to just the panels you need for a particular task. There's a list of all the available panels under the Window menu at the top of the screen, in this section starting with Adjustments and going down to Undo History. When I'm editing a photo, I like to have four panels open: the Undo History panel, the Layers panel, the Histogram panel, and the Adjustments panel.

Customizing panels

The panels over on the right side of the screen contain important features that you'll use when you're editing in the Full Photo Edit workspace. But because panels take up so much space on your screen, they're not all open by default. So here's how to open, close, and arrange panels, so that you have access to just the panels you need for a particular task. There's a list of all the available panels under the Window menu at the top of the screen, in this section starting with Adjustments and going down to Undo History. When I'm editing a photo, I like to have four panels open: the Undo History panel, the Layers panel, the Histogram panel, and the Adjustments panel.

We'll be talking about these panels in more detail later in the course. For now, I just want to show you how you can open and arrange these panels in a limited space available on your screen. I'm going to close out of this menu, and let's take a look at which panels are opened by default. First, there is a group of panels. The Effects panel here, and behind it the Content panel, I can switch between these grouped panels by clicking the tab of each, like this, and then by default, the Layers panel is open. The Layers panel is an important one and I want to leave it open.

But I won't be using the Effects and Content panel to do straight photo editing. So I'm going to close that whole panel group temporarily. And the way to close a panel or a panel group is to look for the tiny icon that looks like a list over on the right side of the panel group. When you click that list icon, you get a menu of commands that are relevant to the active panel, in this case, the Effects panel, and then down at the bottom of that list, there's a Close command for closing the active panel or our Close Tab Group command, which will close the entire group of panels.

So I'm going to choose that, Close Tab Group and that closes the Effects and Content panel group. And now there's a lot more room for my Layers panel, and at least one of the other panels that I want to have opened while I'm editing this photo. I'll go up to the Window menu to open another panel, and from there I'm going to choose the Adjustments panel, and that comes in to the column on the right, right underneath the Layers panel. If I had a lot of layers in this photo, and so I wanted more room for the Layers panel, I could always collapse the Adjustments panel by double-clicking its tab like this, and then it collapses down here and when I want to see it, I'll click on its tab again and it will come back up.

So I mentioned I wanted to have two other panels open. I'll go back to the Window menu and I'll choose one of those; the Histogram panel, and I'll choose the fourth one as well, the Undo History panel. So now the problem is I have so many panels open in this column on the right that there really isn't room for the Undo History panel and there isn't any room at all for my Adjustments panel, which is collapsed down here. So what I can do is start a whole another column of panels right next to this one. I'm going to take the Histogram panel and the Undo History panel out of this column and put them in my new column.

I'll start with the Histogram panel. The way to move a panel out of a column is to click on its tab and hold and drag out, and then I'll release my mouse, and the Histogram panel is now floating free on my screen. So I can click on the black title bar and move it wherever I want on my screen. I want to put it in its own column, snapped into the column on the right. So I'm going to move the whole panel by its title bar over toward the column on the right until I see this blue bar, and then I'll release my mouse and that begins a second inner column.

Now I'm going to go get that Undo History panel the same way. I'll click on its tab, I'll drag it out of the column on the right, I'm going to let it float free for a minute, and then I'll click on its black title bar and I'm going to drag it right under that Histogram panel. Notice this blue bar up here is when I get into the right area, and then I'll release my mouse and that snaps the Undo History panel right under the Histogram panel. And then to complete my panel arrangement, I'll go down and I'll click on the tab of the Adjustments panel to bring that one back up from its collapse state.

So now I've got all the panels that I often want to use when I'm editing a photo, but now the problem is that my screen isn't big enough to accommodate all of them and to also see this photo at least at 100% view. So at any time, I can temporarily collapse all the panels over to the right side of the screen, so I can see more of my photo by holding the Shift key down and clicking the Tab key on my keyboard, and now the Document window with the photo is taking up my whole screen. When I need my panels back, I'll Shift+Tab again and here they are. One last thing; when I want to reset my panels to their original configuration, there's a button for that and it's right up here in the bar at the top of the Editor.

I'll click Reset panels and that gets me back to my original default panel configuration. So no matter how big your screen, you do have the flexibility to see just the panels you need for a given task, and to arrange them so that they're convenient for you to access.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

140 video lessons · 9356 viewers

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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