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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.
It's now time to familiarize yourself with the Elements' Editing workspace. Your first step is to learn how to work with palettes and the palette bin. Many of the controls available in Elements are located within palettes that can be opened, closed, docked in the palette bin or repositioned on screen. I'm currently already in the Elements' Editing workspace and the first item I'd like to focus on is over here on the left and that is the Tools palette which you can see over here. Now depending on what your screen resolution is actually set at, the Tools palette will either be displayed in the double column format like you're seeing here or most likely, in the single column format, okay where you would see all the tools in the single column all the way down the screen. Because I'm filming in 1024 x 768, it's defaulted into a double column format. But all the tools are still here; it just looks different.
Now, what we can do with the Tools palette, if you'd like to actually work with a free floating Tools palette, you can click and drag at the top of the Tools palette and move it to another area of the screen. So if you like to actually have it over here to access your tools as you're working say on the blue Iguana image that I have in the background. You can do so. That's called a free floating Tools palette. You can move it around and reposition it wherever you like on the screen or if you prefer to keep them stationery over here on the left-side of your screen, you can just position it to the edge and then let go with the mouse button and it snaps back into place. So that it's dark now on the left side of the screen. Again it's called docking a palette.
You can also dock palettes. Other palettes that are available in the palette bin, which is available over here on the right side of the screen. All this area over here is filled up with different palettes. Currently, in the palette bin, we only have two palettes visible. These are the default palettes that you always see when you first open Elements for the first time. You will see the Layers palette and the Effects palette above it. Now, you can show and hide the bin by clicking this little arrow down here where it says palette bin. If I click that arrow, it's going to hide those palettes. They are still open. We haven't closed them per se. They are just not visible because we're hiding the entire bin. All those controls have now been hidden. Go ahead and click the button again and then we can reveal them.
All right, so if you ever just want to take the time to focus on your image and what you're doing to it maybe with the tools that you're working with. You can do so by closing up this palette bin because this does take a pretty good portion of space up on your screen and it can sometimes be distracting depending on the type of work that you're doing, types of adjustments that you're applying to your image. Now, you can actually control which palettes are open and closed from the Window menu as well. Let's take a look under the Window menu. We can see there is a check mark next to Effects and next to Layers. Those are by default always docked into the palette bin. If I actually choose them, the check mark will go away. Now look what happen is it will hide the controls within each palette.
You can always show them again by clicking the little arrow here, you can see that hide in that way, or you can choose from the list here. The reason that's happening is because they're already docked into the palette bin. Well, let's choose to view a palette that is currently not already docked in the palette bin. Let's open up something like say the Histogram palette. All right, so here's the Histogram palette. Now it's free floating, just like the Tools palette was when I showed you when it wasn't docked. We can move this around, reposition it wherever we like on screen. Now if I choose to close the palette, I can click the little red button here and then it's gone. You don't see it at all. It doesn't default to the palette bin.
However, we bring it back, Window > Histogram, and click on the palette menu button over here and we choose this option which is not on by default for this particular palette. Choose Place in palette bin when Closed. Turn that on and then click the red button to close it. It adds it to the bottom of the palette bin automatically. Okay, so that's something to consider. Now you can also remove palettes from the palette bin after they have been docked. We just docked this guy in here by closing it and turning on that option. If we want to, we can click where it says Histogram, and just drag it right up and then work with it as a free floating palette again. Then go ahead and close it, add it back into the palette bin just one more time.
The last thing I want to show you here is how you can reset the palette bin so that it's back to its original arrangement like it was when you first opened Elements. If we go under the Window menu and we choose Reset Palette Locations, what it's going to do, is bring you back to that default layout. So if you wind up opening and closing palettes and docking them into the palette bin and rearranging your screen, you just want to get back to square one without having to close each one of those menu and reposition things. You can just choose that command, the Reset Palette Locations command and then you're back to square one.
So what we learned here is how to work with the different palettes that are in the Elements Editing working space. That is including the Tools palette on the left and the palettes that can be positioned within the palette bin on the right side of the screen. The more you know about working with these tools, the easier it can be to focus on the things that you want here in Elements.
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