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Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies

From Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies by Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In Photoshop Elements 10, tools help you edit, organize, and share images as prints or digital projects. When you edit images, zoom in to make precise edits, and zoom out to check the results — the keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop Elements make zooming fast and easy. The Smart Album feature organizes images automatically; and the Image Size dialog box enables you to adjust your digital images for print, the web, or any screen.

Zooming with Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop Elements 10

As you use Photoshop Elements 10, you can use keyboard shortcuts for some quick zooms in and out of photos. Here are a few shortcuts to remember when you need to quickly change the zoom level in Photoshop Elements 10:

  • Ctrl++ (Command++ on the Mac): Press the Ctrl (Command) key and the plus (+) key on your keyboard and you zoom in on a photo. Keep pressing the same keys to continue zooming in. By default, when you press these keys, the photo and the Image window zoom together.

  • Ctrl+– (Command+– on the Mac): Press the Ctrl (Command) key and the minus (–) key and you zoom out. Again, the Image window zooms along with the photo.

  • Ctrl+Alt++ (Command+Option++ on the Mac): Press both the Ctrl (Command) and Alt (Option) keys and then press the plus (+) key. The photo zooms in, but the Image window stays fixed at one size.

  • Ctrl+Alt+– (Command+Option+– on the Mac): Press both the Ctrl (Command) and Alt (Option) keys and then press the minus (–) key. The photo zooms out, but the Image window stays fixed at one size.

  • Ctrl+0 (Command+0 on the Mac): Press the Ctrl (Command) key and then 0 (the zero key), and the photo zooms to fit the Image window.

  • Ctrl+spacebar (Command+spacebar on the Mac): This combination temporarily activates the Zoom In tool. For this shortcut to work on a Mac, you need to change the System Preferences and reallocate the Spotlight shortcut to another key combination.

  • Ctrl+Alt+spacebar (Command+Option+spacebar on the Mac): This combination temporarily activates the Zoom Out tool.

Photoshop Elements 10: Create a Smart Album to Organize Images

Create a Smart Album in the Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer to save not only your search results but also a complex set of search criteria. Organizing all of your Photoshop images into albums saves time when you're searching for a specific image. You create a Smart Album in Photoshop Elements 10 by following these steps:

  1. Open the New menu in the Albums panel and choose New Smart Album.

    The New Smart Album dialog box opens.

  2. Type a name for your new Smart Album and make selections for the search criteria below the Name text box.

  3. Click OK, and the Smart Album is listed above the albums in the Albums panel.

    After you create a Smart Album, Elements automatically updates the album with photos that meet your search criteria.

Photoshop Elements 10: Choosing Resolution for Print or Screen Images

In Photoshop Elements 10, you can select the right resolution for an image in the Image Size dialog box. To access the Image Size dialog box, choose Image→Resize→Image Size. When you print digital images or share them onscreen, choosing the right resolution for your output is of paramount importance. For a starting point, look over the recommended resolutions for various output devices:

Output Device Optimum Acceptable Resolution
Desktop color inkjet printers 300 ppi 180 ppi
Large-format inkjet printers 150 ppi 120 ppi
Professional photo lab printers 300 ppi 200 ppi
Desktop laser printers (black and white) 170 ppi 100 ppi
Magazine quality — offset press 300 ppi 225 ppi
Screen images (web, slide shows, video) 72 ppi 72 ppi

Editing Photos for Online Albums in Photoshop Elements 10

Online albums on social networking sites like Facebook are a popular way to share photos. In Photoshop Elements 10, four adjustments are all you need to improve pictures taken with cell phones, point-and-shoot cameras, and professional digital SLR cameras. Understanding the following adjustments can help you improve images for displaying your pictures onscreen, using albums on social networks, or other online tools:

  • Levels: The Levels adjustment is used to change brightness values for highlights, shadows, and midtones. Make this adjustment first.

  • Shadow/Highlight Filter: Your second adjustment, which you find by choosing Enhance→Adjust Lighting→Shadows/Highlights.

  • Hue/Saturation. You use the Hue/Saturation adjustment when you need to correct color. The tool can reduce or increase saturation.

  • Sharpen: A lot of amateur photos are on the soft side, and a little sharpening as a final step can make them a little snappier.

Remember to use these tools in Photoshop Elements in the order they're listed, although you may need to make only a single adjustment when preparing photos for your Facebook albums. Perhaps a Levels adjustment is enough to add some snap and proper brightness to your image. Each photo is different and the appearance of the original photo dictates how much editing you need to make.

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