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Photoshop Elements 5 For Dummies

Photoshop Elements 5 offers every tool you need to process, pick at, and play with your photos. The Photoshop Elements workspace is your access gate to digital manipulation; and a host of keyboard shortcuts help you handle your editing and enhancing tasks with ease.

Keyboard Shortcuts: Selecting Elements with Photoshop Elements 5

Making changes to a picture or part of a picture with Photoshop Elements 5 means making selections. Conveniently, Photoshop Elements 5 gives you a whole list of keyboard shortcuts to help you with every selection task:

To Do This . . . Do This . . .
Add to selection Shift-drag
Deselect from a selection Alt-drag
Deselect all but intersected area Shift+Alt-drag
Deselect Ctrl+D
Reselect last selection Ctrl+Shift+D
Select everything on current layer Ctrl+A
Hide selection outline Ctrl+H
Cut selection Ctrl+X
Copy selection Ctrl+C
Paste last cut or copied image Ctrl+V
Paste into a selection Ctrl+Shift+V
Adjust levels Ctrl+L
Adjust hue or saturation Ctrl+U
Adjust image size Ctrl+Alt+I
Open pop-up menu for Create options Ctrl+Alt+C

How to Use the Workspace in Photoshop Elements 5

The Photoshop Elements 5 workspace offer a range of tools that help you do everything from zooming in on a photo detail to categorizing and storing it. Here's a look at where you can find workspace tools and menu options:

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Use the tools in the picture to accomplish these tasks and more:

  • Open an image in the Elements Full Edit mode by choosing File, Open.

  • Get information about your image by looking at the status bar. Click the right-pointing arrow to get more details regarding your document.

  • Need to see detail in your image? Zoom into your image by pressing Ctrl+spacebar and clicking. Zoom back out by pressing Alt+spacebar and clicking.

  • Easily switch between open documents by clicking images in the Project Bin.

  • Access panels as needed by choosing them from the Window menu or the Panels Bin.

  • Show files from the Organizer by selecting options in the Show Open Files drop-down menu in the Project Bin.

Toolbox Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop Elements 5

The Photoshop Elements 5 toolbox offers keyboard shortcuts galore. Get to know Photoshop Elements 5 shortcuts by the visual icons that clue you into their function. For example, if you want to zoom in, look for the magnifying glass and the Z key; to grab something, the H and hand icon are what you need.

The table shows you what key(s) to press for which function:

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