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Setting editing preferences

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Setting editing preferences

Elements 8.0 offers lots of ways to customize the Editor and the Organizer. Right now, I'm in the Organizer. If I go up to the Edit menu at the top of that screen, and I choose Preferences, I'll bring up Preferences that affect just the Editor. You can see that there are subcategories of Preferences listed in this menu. I can start with General or choose a specific category. I'll go to General here, and that opens the Editor Preferences dialog box. Those same categories are accessible from the left side of this dialog box, and as I click on a category the Preferences available on the right side of the dialog box change.

Setting editing preferences

Elements 8.0 offers lots of ways to customize the Editor and the Organizer. Right now, I'm in the Organizer. If I go up to the Edit menu at the top of that screen, and I choose Preferences, I'll bring up Preferences that affect just the Editor. You can see that there are subcategories of Preferences listed in this menu. I can start with General or choose a specific category. I'll go to General here, and that opens the Editor Preferences dialog box. Those same categories are accessible from the left side of this dialog box, and as I click on a category the Preferences available on the right side of the dialog box change.

There are lots of Preferences here, and my general rule is that if I don't know what a 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 to change the way that the Painting Cursors are displayed. The Painting Cursors are a brush tips like the Brush Tip for the Brush tool, and I think it's useful to set the Brush Tips to show the full-size of the brush by going down to these Radio buttons, and clicking Full Size Brush Tip.

Because when Brush Tip is set to just normal brush tip, you won't see the actual boundary of the brush if you're using a soft brush. I also like to check this checkbox, Show Crosshair in Brush Tip. So, I know where the center of the Brush Tip is. Now the icon up here shows a preview of the way that I've set Brush Tips to display. Another item that you might want to change is in the Units and Rulers category. So, I'll select that category. Notice that Rulers here are set to Inches by default. This Ruler setting controls all of the units of measurement in Elements Editor.

So, anything that uses measurement in the Editor is going to default, 2 Inches. If I'm creating something that I'm going to display on the screen like an image for the web, then I would want to come into this Setting, and change it from Inches to Pixels. So that the Rulers and other items that rely on measurement in the Editor display Pixels as the default unit of measurement. I'm going to switch that back to Inches right now for the rest of the course. I'm going to go back to the General category of Preferences, because I want to show you a couple things there you might want to change.

One of those is the User Interface Brightness. If you find the background of the Editor to be too dark, you can change this to light. And then you have a light version of the Editor to work in. I actually prefer dark, because I think it's easier to see the tools and other features against the dark background. Also, as you become more experienced in using Elements, you may find that you have no more need for tool tips, and that the tool tips are actually getting in your way. If and when that's the case, you can come to this General category of Editor Preferences and uncheck Show Tool Tips, as I'm going to do now, and then I'm going to click OK to accept all those changes.

So, those are some Preferences that you might want to change in the Editor Interface. Now, let's take a look at the Organizer Preferences. I'll switch back to the Organizer by clicking the Organizer button here at the top of the Editor and then in the Organizer, I'm going to go to Edit and down to Preferences and here there are categories for Organizer Preferences. I'll start with the General category, and that opens this Preferences dialog box that pertains just to the Organizer. You can see that there are some User Interface Brightness Preferences for just the Organizer.

So, if you prefer the interface to be light, you can click this Light button right here. I'm going to put that back to Dark, and then I'm going to move the Preferences dialog box over by clicking on it's title bar, and dragging, so that I can show you that there's another Brightness Preference for just the area behind the Photo Browser here in the Organizer. And if I click Light there, then that area of the Organizer becomes Light. So, if you have mainly dark photos then you might prefer to have the background of the Photo Browser, Light like this.

I am going to go ahead and switch it back to Dark and then, I'll move my Preferences dialog box over by clicking and dragging on its title bar again. So, that's just a taste of the Preferences available here in the Organizer Preferences dialog box. I'm going to click OK to close that dialog box and remind you that you have the option to customize the way that Elements Editor and Elements Organizer looks and works, using these two Preference dialog boxes.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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