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Photoshop® Elements 7 for Dummies® by Ted Padova, Barbara Obermeier

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Chapter 1. Getting to Know the Work Area

In This Chapter

  • Opening Photoshop Elements

  • Understanding the Elements workspace

  • Changing workspace views

  • Working with the Project Bin

  • Using the Undo History panel

  • Accessing Help documents

  • Using keyboard shortcuts

When you first launch Photoshop Elements, you arrive at a Welcome screen. The Welcome screen offers you several choices for opening up some different editing modes, special Elements tasks that you can perform, and an opportunity to sign up for an Adobe Web-hosted service.

Getting to Know the Work Area

When it comes to editing a photograph, you find quite a collection of tools, panels, buttons, and options in the Photoshop Elements Edit mode. 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, navigating the Elements workspaces and engaging in an editing session 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 Welcome screen. Then, we move on to the mode you'll likely use frequently — 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 ...

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