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Setting Edit preferences

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Setting Edit preferences

Photoshop Elements 7 offers lots of ways to customize the Editor and the Organizer. Let me show you how that's done. In the Editor, I'm going to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and down to Preferences. The submenu shows you different kinds of Preferences. If you just choose General, you can see the same choices here in the left column of the Preferences dialog box. As you move through each one these categories, you will see the Preferences on the right change. There are lots of Preferences here and my general rule is that is if I don't know what the Preference does, I don't change it. But I do want to tell you about a couple of Preferences that you may want to change.

Setting Edit preferences

Photoshop Elements 7 offers lots of ways to customize the Editor and the Organizer. Let me show you how that's done. In the Editor, I'm going to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and down to Preferences. The submenu shows you different kinds of Preferences. If you just choose General, you can see the same choices here in the left column of the Preferences dialog box. As you move through each one these categories, you will see the Preferences on the right change. There are lots of Preferences here and my general rule is that is if I don't know what the Preference does, I don't change it. But I do want to tell you about a couple of Preferences that you may want to change.

One of those is here under the Display and Cursors category and that is the way that the Painting Cursors are displayed. The Painting Cursors are cursors like the brush tip for the Brush tool and I find it very useful to set the brush tips to show me the full size by choosing here Full Size Brush Tip because when brush tips are set to normal brush size, they don't show you the actual boundary of the edge of the brush, if you are using a soft brush. So, I like to change this to Full Size Brush Tip and I also like to see a crosshair here in the center of my brush tip, so I know where the center is, and up here you can now see how I have changed my brush tip to display.

Another item that you might want to change is here in the Units and Rulers category. By default, all of the units of measurement in Elements are set to inches and that's all controlled by the Ruler setting right here. If you are creating something for the screen, say a presentation or for the web, then you would want to come into this setting and change it from inches to pixels, so that your Rulers and other items that rely on measurement display pixels as the default unit of measurement.

I'll switch that back to inches right now, and one last thing I'm going back to the General Preferences, and here I'll show you where you can show or hide tool tips. In another movie, I taught you that tool tips can be useful, but once you start to learn all the features of Elements, you might actually find that tool tips get in the way. If that happens to you, just uncheck Show Tool Tips and the tool tips won't appear anymore. I'm going to click OK here and now I have changed my Preferences. So, for example, when I move my mouse over the tools, tool tips no longer appear.

The Editor has Preferences but so does the Organizer. Let me show you that briefly by switching over to the Organizer. I'll go to the top of the screen and click Organizer. In the Organizer I'm going to go to the Edit menu and down to Preferences there and over to General. These Preferences are different than the Preferences for the Editor that we just saw. You can look through this on your own, but I do want to show you, one that's very useful and that is User Interface Brightness. Let me move the Preferences dialog box away by clicking on its title bar and dragging. You may have noticed that the interface for Elements is quite dark and it maybe difficult for you to see some of the smaller print. If that's the case for you, at least in the Organizer, you can make the interface lighter.

To do that, you will use this Preference and drag the Interface Brightness slider to the right and as you do it, you can see the interface getting lighter and lighter behind this dialog box and now the text looks black, kind of like gray interface as opposed to what used to be, which is very light gray on a dark interface. You also can uncheck Changes Affect Grid Brightness and then when you drag that slider, the interface gets lighter but the area behind the photographs here in the Photo Browser stays dark. And you may prefer that look.

When you have done exploring User Interface Brightness you can get it back to its original brightness setting by clicking the Reset Brightness button here. Interestingly, you can change the brightness of the Organizer interface, but there is no similar setting for the Editor interface. So, that's a brief look at Preferences in the Editor and in the Organizer. I'm going to close the Preferences here and I remind you that you have the option to customize the way Elements looks and works using the Preferences in the Organizer and the Preferences in the Editor.

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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