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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Now I would like to show you how to use the Welcome Screen. The purpose of the Welcome Screen is not just to greet you when you first launch Elements; in fact, it is intended to serve as a gateway to the Bridge and Elements applications that are installed with Elements 6. Now I have created an alias on my desktop here and if I double-click this alias I can launch Photoshop Elements. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. Double-click. And notice that when I launch the application the Welcome Screen appears. That's what we're seeing here. Now the great thing about the Welcome Screen is it allows you to apply any of these commands here with one simple, easy click of a button. We could start a new project from scratch, we can launch Abode Bridge and browse for specific images that we want to work with in Elements, we can import images from a camera or import from a scanner. We can also open up images that we have recently worked with inside of Elements by clicking any of these links down here and keep in mind these are just images that you have most recently worked with.
Okay, in the bottom of the left corner of the Welcome Screen, we have this option here that says Show At Startup and notice that it is currently enabled and that's why we're seeing the check mark inside of the box. As long as this is enabled, it means that every time that we launch Elements we're going to see the Welcome Screen. Now, something you should know is that all of these commands that are available in here in the Welcome Screen are also available inside of the Elements and Bridge interfaces. So if you would prefer to apply those commands from within the interfaces and not from the Welcome Screen, you can turn this off and then you will no longer see the Welcome Screen every time you launch the application. That is actually what I'm going to do. Clicking on that in order to disable it and notice the warning dialog box that appears. It says that you can turn the Welcome Screen back on by selecting Welcome from the Window menu.
That's good to know because I mean if we ever decide that we do want to use the commands here in the Welcome Screen we can access it from the Welcome menu. I'll go ahead and click OK and then I'm going to close the Welcome Screen just to show you that it wasn't lying. We will go into the Window menu and you will see here is the Welcome command; if I choose it, it brings the back the Welcome Screen, even though we're not showing it at start up. So that's how you can use the Welcome Screen to access any of these commands. Keep in mind that if the Welcome Screen is getting in your way and you would rather those commands by choosing them from within the Elements or Bridge interfaces, you can do so by turning off this option, Show at Startup, and then you no longer have to work with this screen.
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