Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 6 For Dummies

From Photoshop Elements 6 For Dummies by Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Editing photos in Photoshop Elements 6 is easy with a little guidance on how to maneuver through the application, how to use the shortcuts, and how to select images and parts of images.

How to Maneuver through Photoshop Elements 6

Photoshop Elements 6 offers numerous tools you can use to look at and manipulate images in your computer. This photo and list walk you through the basics.

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  • 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 arrows to get more editing options for 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 Palette Bin.

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

Toolbox Shortcuts for Photoshop Elements 6

You can access many of the editing tools in Photoshop Elements 6 through keyboard shortcuts. See this chart for the editing tool and its keyboard shortcut:

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How to Select an Image with Photoshop Elements 6

Manipulating images is what Photoshop Elements 6 is designed to do. This table tells you how to select your heart out — everything from adding to a selection in Photoshop to deselecting to hiding a selection. If you can select it, this table tells you how.

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 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
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