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Panels Settings and Options Available in Photoshop Elements 10

Elements provides you with a bunch of panels that contain settings and options used to refine the tools you select on the Tools panel and tasks you perform to edit images. Assume for a moment that you want to let your creative juices loose and create a Picasso-esque painting — something that you can do easily in Photoshop Elements.

First, click the Brush tool and then click a color on the Color Swatches panel. On a new canvas, begin to paint. When you want to change color, click a different color swatch on the Color Swatches panel. This kind of interactivity between the Tools panel and another panel is something you frequently use in Elements.

You can access panels from either the Panels Bin or the Window menu. Many options on panels are intuitive. To become familiar with various panel options, just poke around a little.

You can drag panels away from the Panel Bin and scatter them all over the Elements workspace. If you remove panels and want to return to all panels docked in the Panel Bin, choose Window→Reset Panels.

You can expand and collapse panels. To expand panels in the Panel Bin, move the cursor carefully between two panels or over the dotted triangle in the lower-right corner of a panel. When the cursor changes to an icon with a vertical line and two opposing arrowheads, drag down to expand the panel or up to reduce the panel size.

Double-click a panel name to collapse the panel. Double-click the panel name again to expand it.

You can use these panels as we explain in the following list:

  • Edit. Gain quick access to editing tasks. Below the Edit panel name you find three tabs (Full, Quick, and Guided). Click a tab to open the respective editing mode.

  • Create. Click this button to access options to create photo books, photo collages, and slide shows and also to order prints and greeting cards. Click More Options on the Create panel to access additional creation options.

    Many of the options found in both the Create and Share panels are also available in the Organizer.

  • Share. Click this button to access options that offer many different ways to share your photos with others. On the Share panel, you find options for creating an online album, sending photos via e-mail attachments, sharing photos and writing CDs and DVDs of photo collections and slide shows. Clicking More Options on the Share panel offers additional options for sharing photos.

There are differences between creation and sharing options available on Windows versus the Macintosh. Windows users have more creation and sharing options than Macintosh users.

At times you’ll want some more editing space to work on your photos. When you want to gain the maximum work area in the Image window, choose Window→Panel Bin to temporarily hide the Panel Bin. For even more editing room, double-click the Project Bin name to collapse the Project Bin.

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The panels are out of the way, providing you the maximum work area. To bring back the Panel Bin, choose Window→Panel Bin, and to bring back the Project Bin, double-click the tab name.

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