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Touring the Full Edit interface

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Touring the Full Edit interface

The Full Edit workspace in Elements Editor gives you full control over editing and manipulating your photos. I'm going to be covering the Full Edit workspace in detail in this chapter and in the chapters to come. In this movie I'd like to take you on a tour of the interface here in the Full Edit workspace so that you know where everything is and have a general idea of what it does. And then I'll go into more detail on some of these features in later movies. This interface, like that of many programs, has a menu bar at the top. And if I click on any of the menu items I get a drop-down menu with commands.

Touring the Full Edit interface

The Full Edit workspace in Elements Editor gives you full control over editing and manipulating your photos. I'm going to be covering the Full Edit workspace in detail in this chapter and in the chapters to come. In this movie I'd like to take you on a tour of the interface here in the Full Edit workspace so that you know where everything is and have a general idea of what it does. And then I'll go into more detail on some of these features in later movies. This interface, like that of many programs, has a menu bar at the top. And if I click on any of the menu items I get a drop-down menu with commands.

One thing to notice in these menus is that to the right of a command, there's often a keyboard shortcut listed. So for example, here the Edit > Undo command has the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z. And as you get more familiar with Elements, I suggest you start trying to remember the keyboard shortcuts for things that you do most often, like undoing, or saving files, copying, pasting, and other common activities. I am going to click in a blank area of the menu bar to close that menu and show you the next interface element, which is the toolbar over here on the left.

I'll be covering the toolbar in more detail in another movie, but I did want to mention that the toolbar is related to this other bar right up here, the Tool Options bar. So that every time I select a different tool here in the toolbar, the options available in the Tool Options bar change too displaying just the options related to whatever tool is selected at the moment in the toolbar. The next interface element is over on the right side of the screen, and that's the panels. There are many more panels than those that you see here.

If you'd like to open another panel, go up to the Window menu at the top of the screen, and there you'll see all the panels listed alphabetically. So let's say I wanted to view the Histogram panel, which I often use when I'm editing a photo. I'll click Histogram, and the Histogram panel appears here in this column of panels over on the right side of the screen. Since all of the panels don't fit in this column, when you get too many over here some will collapse, like this Adjustments panel down here so that you can just see it by it's tab. And then if you want to see the entire panel, just double-click its tab like this and the panel comes into view and other panels will collapse.

By default the panels are docked into this column on the right, but sometimes you might want to dis- attach a panel from this column. For example, I sometimes like to take my Layers panel and drag it out of the column, and drop it right next to the image that I'm editing like this. And then I'll double-click the Layers tab there to open the entire panel to view. I can click on the title bar of this panel, and just drag it wherever I want on the screen. Now that it's a free-floating panel, I can bring other panels out and join them with his free-floating panel. So I might get the Histogram panel and drag it out of the Dock and I'll move it right underneath the Layers panel.

When I see that blue line, I'll release my mouse and then I'll double-click the Histogram tab, and now I've got those two panels linked together so that when I click-and-drag on the title bar they move around together. To change that relationship, I can just click on either of the panel tabs and drag it out of that new column, or I can drag a panel back into the column on the right. When I see a blue line there, I'll release my mouse. I can also join panels together into a group to save some room. So I might take the Layers panel by its tab and drag it into the same area as the Histogram panel.

Now instead of a single blue line, I see a blue border around the Histogram panel and that means that those two panels, the Layers panel and Histogram panel, are grouped together into one panel group. And to bring either one to the forefront of that group, I just click its tab like this or like this. I suggest that you customize your panel arrangements so that the panels that use most often for a particular task are the ones that you have on screen. So that means that you may have to close some panels. To close a panel, you will go to the small icon that's on the right side of every panel or panel group called the panel menu icon.

It's really hard to see; it's basically a small icon with some horizontal lines and an arrow. I'm going to click the panel menu here on the Effects panel, and that shows me a list of commands relevant to that panel. If I want to close this panel, I'll just choose Close from the bottom of that list. If I want to close an entire panel group, say in this case, the Layers and Histogram panel group. I'll go to its panel menu icon, and I'll choose Close Tab Group, and that will just close. Now what if I want to open panels.

I go up to the Window menu and I choose the panel that I want, say the Layers panel. And that opens not only with the Layers panel, but also with the other panel I had grouped with it, the Histogram panel. If you have customize your panels, and you want to go to the original default panel arrangement, you can do that at any time by going to the top of the Editor and clicking Reset Panels. If you've been using the last version of Photoshop Elements, you'll notice that some of the features that I just showed you are new and that's because the Editor in Elements 8 is based upon Photoshop CS4 bringing some new features to the Elements 8 Editing interface.

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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. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    2. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    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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