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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The days when large paper manuals came with an application are over. So, if you need help while you're using Elements, where should you go? The first place to look is in the Help menu that you'll find at the top of the Organizer and at the top of the Editor. I'm in the Organizer now. So when I go to that menu, I can access the Elements Organizer Help from here. I'll click Elements Organizer Help, and that opens my Adobe Community Help application. The first time that you use Adobe Community Help, it's important that you're online, so that the application can populate itself with Help content.
After that, you don't have to be online when you use Adobe Community Help, but it's a good idea, because there are very often updates to the Help content, and you want to make sure that your help is up-to-date. If you do see a message asking if you want to update your local content, I suggest that you do it, but you should know that it often takes a few minutes to download the large Help files. Here, in Adobe Community Help, over on the right, I can see the official documentation for the Elements 9 Organizer. There are actually two separate Help documents that come with Elements 9; this one for the Organizer and a separate one for the Editor.
To access the Editor documentation, I can go here to this table of contents in the Organizer documentation and click Using Photoshop Elements 9. That takes me to a different document. To go back to the Organizer, I'll click here, Using Elements 9 Organizer. There is a table of contents in each of these documents, and if I'm lucky, I might be able to find what I'm looking for by clicking the Plus symbols to the left of each category here, until I find what I want. So, I just happen to come upon this section About the Media Browser, and if I click there, that takes me to what I want in the documentation.
But it's usually not that easy to find what I want in the table of contents. So, I'll often come over here to this Search field. and I'll type a query there. So I'm going to type media browser and press Enter or Return, and that gives me a series of responses in this column, with the information about the media browser. But if you look closely at each one of these, you can see that they're not about Elements 9 at all; rather they're about the Elements 8 Organizer. So, if I want to limit the responses to just those about Elements 9, I'm going to have to filter my query, and I can do that by clicking the arrow to the left of Search Options, coming down to Filter Results and clicking there.
And here, I can choose to get results just from the Adobe.com web site, from Adobe in general, as opposed to including third-party responses in these query returns, or I can limit my responses to the documentation called the Using Elements 9 Organizer. So, I'll choose that and that reruns my search and gives me different results that come just from the Elements 9 Organizer documentation. So, if I click on one of those results; that takes me to that section of the Help over here on the right.
I also can choose whether to search Online, or whether to just search the downloaded Help content to my computer. I usually leave that set to searching Online, because that way I will have access to responses from the community, beyond just the official Adobe documentation that I've downloaded to my computer. There's one more thing I want to show you here and that is that you do have the option to view the official documentation as PDF files. So there's one PDF for the Organizer Help and another for the Editor Help.
If I do that, then if I want to, I can save this PDF of the entire Adobe documentation for the Organizer by clicking this icon to save the file to my computer, and I could do the same thing with the Editor Help. When I'm done with Adobe Community Help, I'll click this X to close the application. So, that's a quick look to give you a little bit of help on how to use Help in Elements 9.
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