Several of you have asked for a brief resume of how to tackle the basics of Photoshop Elements and maybe print out the email instructions to use as a memory jogger as you work through the procedures, so here goes! The simple method is shown in black, with a few other possibilities shown in blue italic text. All versions of Photoshop will be very similar to use and practice will be rewarded!!
Tutorial Number 01
Go to the File heading at the top left corner of the screen, then open the image you wish to work on.
An even better way to select your images is to use the File Browser which can be found in the drop down menu under "Window". Tick File Browser to display it on the work area and you can then drag this by clicking with the left mouse button on the blue strip at the top of the browser, hold down the button and move the box towards the top left of the work area. Now make the browser bigger by dragging the little triangle on the bottom right hand corner to cover roughly three quarters of the work area. Next click on the triangle next to "More" near the top right hand corner and select the "Dock to Palette" option, this will place the File Browser in the palette and it will then open to the same size each time. All the sections of the browser are resizable by dragging on various edges and corners, try it!
In Elements 2 there are more options for changing the size of the thumbnails displayed and also the file info and EXIF information saved by your digital camera, great for checking how and when the pix were taken.
When the image appears on screen click on the maximise button, the middle of the three buttons at the top right hand corner of the frame around the open image, then hold down the Control key and tap the Zero on the number keys along the top of your keyboard. This should make the image fill the screen and give you a better idea of any work that will need to be done to improve your photo.
There are several different ways to enlarge and reduce the size of the screen image, the Navigator option allows you to use the sliding scale by dragging the triangle to the left or right and also by click in the squares at each end of the scale to increase or decrease the percentage size. You can also hold down the control key while you tap the Plus or Minus keys next to the Zero on the keyboard. Tapping the Zero while holding down the Control key will always fit the image to the available screen space. If you wish to select a small part of the image to work on, hold down the Space bar and the Control key at the same time and drag a box around the desired area on the screen with the mouse