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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
The Full Photo Edit workspace has a full set of tools which you'll use as you work on your photos. The tools are located in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. In this movie, I want to give you some general tips for using the tools efficiently. There are lots of tools here, and particularly when you first start using Elements, you may not remember which tool is which. But don't worry, because if you move your mouse over a tool, you get this yellow tool-tip that tells you the name of the tool. It also tells you a shortcut for selecting the tool.
Normally, to select a tool, you'll click on it here in the toolbar. There is another way to select a tool, and that is to use its shortcut, which you can learn by looking at those tooltips. So I know the shortcut for the Brush tool down here is the letter B. When I press the letter B on my keyboard, that selects the Brush tool for me. Another thing about the tools is that there are more tools than those that you can see. Each of the tools that has a small black triangle at its bottom-right corner has more related tools behind it.
So for example, if I click on the Eraser tool and hold, I get this flyout menu that shows me some other related tools; a Background Eraser tool, and a Magic Eraser tool. If I wanted to select one of these tools, I would just move down to it in this flyout menu and release my mouse. As you can see, the tools are arranged in two columns by default. If you're working on a computer with a really small monitor, you may want to collapse the toolbar into a single column to make more room for the photo to show up here in the document window.
To do that, I'll move up to the two bars at the top of the toolbar, and I'll click and drag on those bars to move the toolbar out of its docked space. When the toolbar is floating freely like this, I can see double-pointed arrows at the top of the toolbar. If I click those, that converts the toolbar into a single column. Now I can dock it back over on the left side of the screen by clicking on those two bars again, and dragging to the right until I see this blue line, and then I'll release my mouse, and that snaps the toolbar into the left side of my screen.
If I want to switch the toolbar back into double columns, I have to drag it out of its docked space again, which I'll do the same way; clicking on the two bars at the top of the toolbar, dragging out, and then clicking on the double-pointed arrow to make it into two columns, and then dragging from those two bars again over to the left until I see this blue bar and releasing my mouse. Notice that when I select a tool in the toolbar, the Tool Options bar changes at the top of the screen. The Tool Option bar contains all of the options related to whatever tool is selected at the moment.
So these are all the available options for the Zoom tool. If I click on another tool like the Crop tool here in the toolbar, I get different options in the Tool Options bar. Some of these options are what we call sticky, in other words, they stay there after you set them. So if I were, for example, to type in the width, and the height to which I want to crop a photo, say 2 inches by 3 inches, those numbers stay in the options for the Crop tool. And the next time I go to use the Crop tool, my crop will be constrained by these particular options.
So let me show you how you can reset all the options in a tool to their defaults. To do that, I'll go to the arrow at the left side of the Tool Options bar, click there, and choose to reset either the selected tool, or all my tools. I will choose all my tools to get them all back to their defaults, and I'll click OK. You can see that those fields are now empty in the options for the Crop tool, and all the other tools are set back to their default settings. So those are some general tips for using the tools in the Full Photo Edit workspace.
We'll look at individual tools in more detail in context as we work through the rest of the course.
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