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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
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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