Chapter 1. Getting to Know the Work Area

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the Elements workspace

  • Changing workspace views

  • Working with the Project Bin

  • Using the Undo History panel

  • Accessing Help documents

  • Using keyboard shortcuts

In the Elements work areas, you find quite a collection of tools, panels, buttons, and options. Just a quick glance at the Elements workspace when you enter Full Edit mode shows you some of the power that Elements offers with just a click of your mouse. With all the possibilities, the Elements workspace can be intimidating. To ease your introduction to the many options for editing your pictures, we break them down for you in this chapter.

Elements has several work areas, and we start off by introducing you to the one you'll likely use most often — Full Edit mode. In this mode, you can be creative with all the tools and features Photoshop Elements is known for, such as filters, drawing tools, layers, and more. We then introduce other work areas and tools you may not be as familiar with — Quick Edit mode for making common corrections to photos; Creation Setup mode for collecting your photos into creations, such as calendars; and the Project Bin for navigating among all your open images.

Getting to Know the Work Area

Before you start working in Elements, you'll find it helpful to know how to undo edits so that you can start over easily and find additional sources of help within Elements. We also explain ...

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