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Setting editing preferences

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Setting editing preferences

Elements' Preferences offer you ways that you can customize your copy of Elements to suit the way that you work. In the Editor, I am going to go up to Photoshop Elements and down to Preferences, and then I am going to choose General from this list of categories of Preferences. That opens the Preferences dialog box. On the left I see the same categories of Preferences, and as I select different categories here, I will see different Preferences over on the right. There are lots of Preferences that you could tweak in this dialog box, but I recommend that if you are not sure what all the consequences of changing a particular Preference might be, then leave it set to its default.

Setting editing preferences

Elements' Preferences offer you ways that you can customize your copy of Elements to suit the way that you work. In the Editor, I am going to go up to Photoshop Elements and down to Preferences, and then I am going to choose General from this list of categories of Preferences. That opens the Preferences dialog box. On the left I see the same categories of Preferences, and as I select different categories here, I will see different Preferences over on the right. There are lots of Preferences that you could tweak in this dialog box, but I recommend that if you are not sure what all the consequences of changing a particular Preference might be, then leave it set to its default.

But I do want to tell you about a couple of Preferences that you may want to change. Here in General Preferences, if you want Bridge to automatically launch when you launch Elements, check Automatically Launch Bridge here. That way if you click the Bridge icon at the top left of Elements, you won't have to wait while Bridge launches. There's also a Show Tool Tips preference here that's checked by default, and when its checked you do see tooltips as you are working in Elements. But as you become more familiar with Elements, if the tooltip is popping up all over the place or bothering you, then you can come in here and uncheck Show Tool Tips, like this.

Next I am going to go over to the left column and click on the Display & Cursors category of Preferences. The Painting Cursors are cursors like the Brush Tip for the Brush tool. By default, the Painting Cursors are set to show Normal Brush Tip, but that doesn't give you a completely accurate idea of the true size of a Brush Tip, especially when you are using a soft-edged brush. So I suggest changing this to Full Size Brush Tip instead, and also clicking in the checkbox to the left of Show Crosshair in Brush Tip, and here you can see a preview of what your Brush Tip is going to look like now.

Another item that you might want to change, depending on what you are working with is here in the Units & Rulers category, which I am going to select now, and that's the Rulers setting up here, which by default is set to Inches. That's great if you are creating something for print, but if you are making something that's going to be displayed on a computer screen, like photos you are going to display on a website, or a blog, or an on-screen slideshow or presentation, then you could come into this setting and change it from Inches to Pixels, so that the Rulers in the document window display Pixels as the default unit of measurement.

But don't worry, even if you do leave this set to Inches, as I am going to do now, you can change Rulers to Pixels on the fly by coming into either of the Rulers when they are displayed in a document window, holding the Ctrl key and clicking in the Ruler and then you will get a contextual menu from which you can choose Pixels or Inches temporarily. Now, if you have made some changes to your preferences and you decide that you want to reset them all to their defaults, you can always come in to this Preferences dialog box and click the Reset button here. But I am not going to do that. Instead, I am going to click OK to accept the changes I just made.

Now you will notice that when I move my mouse over any one of the tools, I don't get the tooltip that used to come up before I disabled the tooltip preference in the Preferences dialog box. So that's a brief look at how to customize your copy of Elements using Preferences.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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