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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.
The Full Edit workspace in Elements Editor gives you full control over editing and manipulating your photos. Here you can not only improve the quality of your photos, you can also create layered composites. You can work with selected areas of photos. You can add text and graphics. You can apply special effects and more. Let's start our exploration of the Full Edit workspace with a tour of its interface. This interface packs in lots and lots of commands and features and it does so in just a few interface Elements. The first element is the menu bar at the top of the screen, which you are probably familiar with from other applications.
The menu bar has dropdown menus, each of which contains a list of commands and importantly some of those commands have keyboard shortcuts. So for example, here the File > Open command has the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+O, 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 saving files and closing files and undo. The next element interface is the toolbar over here on the left. We will be looking more at the toolbar in another movie, but I did want to mention that the Options bar above the toolbar is related to the tools. In that, every time you change to different tool, the Options bar changes to show the options related to just that tool.
The next interface element to take note of is the palette bin over here on the right. This is where the palettes live. In fact, the palettes are docked inside of that bin, so that when you want to get all of the docked palettes out of the way, when I move my mouse on top of the border between the palette bin and the rest of the interface and click, the entire palette bin and all of its palettes collapse over to the right side of the screen, giving me more real state in which to work. And to bring the palette bin back, I'll simply go over to that border and click one more time and out it comes again with all of its palettes. There are many more palettes than those that you see here, if you would like to open another palette, you do so from the Window menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
So, for example, I often use the Histogram palette, when I'm correcting photographs. To open that palette, I'll just click on it here in this Window menu and out it comes. Notice that when a palette opens from the Window menu, it is not docked in the palette bin. It's free floating, so that if you click on its title bar and drag, you can put it anywhere on your screen. If it's a palette you often use, you might want to dock it in with the other palettes. To do that, click on the More button right here and choose place in palette bin when closed. Then click the X on the top right of the palette and there it is docked in the palette bin with all the other palettes. You can drag it out again by its Title bar if you wish. Go to the More menu, uncheck Place In Palette Bin When Closed. And this time when you close it, it will disappear from the screen.
One more thing I would like to tell you about palettes is that, each one has a double-pointed arrow on the top right and if you click that arrow, you will find important commands related to the palette. So let's say, for example, you are trying to remember how to do something with Layers and you just don't know where the command is. The first place I suggest you look is behind the double pointed arrows on the Layers palette where you will find all of these layers related options. The last interface element I would like you to take a look at is at the bottom of the screen. This is called the Project bin. The Project bin displays thumbnail versions of all of the photos that are currently opened in the Editor.
If you would like to see the file names of those thumbnails, just right-click on any of the thumbnails and choose Show File Names from the contextual menu. If you have multiple photos opened and you would like to bring a different one to the foreground than it's currently showing, just find its thumbnail in the Project bin and double-click that thumbnail. So, I'm going to bring the photo of Dave to the foreground now by double clicking it. A quick way to close any image is to right-click on its thumbnail in the Project bin and choose Close. And if you would like to hide the entire Project bin to give yourself more screen real state to work with, you can do that by going down to the bottom left of the screen and clicking the Hide Project bin button right there and now the Project bin is out of sight. You can bring it back up by clicking the same button again.
Now it's called the Show Project bin. So as you can see the Full Edit interface packs lots of commands and controls into a really efficient arrangement, that's designed to help you make the best use of the Full Edit workspace.
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