Chapter 2. A Tour of the Desktop

Luckily for us, the Elements working environment is a desktop, rather than a smelly, messy darkroom. It used to be that going into the darkroom was the only way you could do much of anything with a photo. That’s why there are so many shoeboxes full of bad photos in so many attics, basements, and forgotten closets. Begin now to think about where they are. Pretty soon, you’ll want to find them and fix them.

In this hour you will

  • Tour the Photoshop Elements environment

  • Learn about the tools in the Toolbox

  • Familiarize yourself with the program menus and commands

  • Adjust program preferences as desired

Finding Your Way Around

Let’s start by looking at the Elements desktop shown in Figure 2.1. As with most other programs, there ...

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