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How to Sort Photos in Photoshop Elements 9

The Organizer in Photoshop Elements is a management tool you can use to organize, sort, search, and describe photos with identity information. In terms of sorting and organizing files, Elements provides [more…]

How to Organize Images in Photoshop Elements 9 with Keyword Tags

Photoshop Elements enables you to organize images by using keyword tags. After you acquire your images in the Organizer, sort them and add keyword tags according to the dates you took the pictures, the [more…]

How to Manage Existing Keyword Tags in Photoshop Elements 9

You can manage keyword tags in Photoshop Elements by using menu commands from the New drop-down menu and other commands from a contextual menu that you open by right-clicking a keyword tag on the Keyword [more…]

Importing Photos to a New Catalog in Photoshop Elements 9

When you open files in the Photoshop Elements Organizer, the files are saved automatically to a catalog. The files aren’t really saved to the catalog; rather, links from the catalog to the individual files [more…]

How to Create an Album to Organize Photos in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can use the Albums panel to create an album to organize your photos. You might want to organize an album for sharing photos with others on [more…]

How to Batch Process Multiple Files in Photoshop Elements 9

If you have a number of common edits you want to apply to multiple files, Photoshop Elements lets you batch process these changes. With a single menu command, you can change file formats, change file attributes [more…]

How to Apply Marquee Options in Photoshop Elements 9

The Marquee tools in Photoshop Elements offer additional options when you need to make precise selections at specific measurements. You also find options for making your selections soft around the edges [more…]

Making Freeform Selections with Lasso Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

The Lasso tools in Photoshop Elements enable you to make freeform selections using the Lasso tool, Polygonal Lasso tool, and Magnetic Lasso tool. These tools are all designed to make freeform selections [more…]

Using the Magic Wand to Make Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

The Magic Wand selection tool has been around since Photoshop was in its infancy and Elements was not yet a twinkle in Adobe’s eye. It’s extremely easy to use, but a little harder to predict what selection [more…]

How to Modify Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

You can refine that Marquee, Lasso, or Magic Wand selection to perfection in Photoshop Elements. Although these selection tools do an okay job of capturing the bulk of your selection, if you take the time [more…]

How to Paint with the Selection Brush in Photoshop Elements 9

If you like the feel of painting on a canvas, you’ll appreciate the Selection Brush tool in Photoshop Elements. Using two different modes, you can either paint over areas of an image that you want to select [more…]

Using the Recompose Tool to Resize Images in Photoshop Elements 9

The Recompose tool in Photoshop Elements is like a super-intelligent crop-and-transform tool. You can move elements in an image closer together or change the orientation of a landscape shot from horizontal [more…]

How to Use the Cookie Cutter Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

The Cookie Cutter tool in Photoshop Elements is a powerful tool. You can think of it as a Custom Shape tool for images. But, whereas the Custom Shape tool creates a mask and hides everything outside the [more…]

How to Erase Image Areas with Eraser Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

The Eraser tools in Photoshop Elements let you erase areas of your image. Elements has three eraser tools: the regular Eraser, the Background Eraser, and the Magic Eraser. The Eraser tools look like those [more…]

Extracting Objects with the Magic Extractor in Photoshop Elements 9

The Magic Extractor command in Photoshop Elements enables you to make selections based on your identification of the foreground and background portions of your image. The way this tool works is you specify [more…]

Using the Select Menu to Refine Selections in Photoshop Elements 9

You can use the Select menu in Photoshop Elements to further modify and refine selections by expanding, contracting, smoothing, softening, inversing, growing, and grabbing similarly colored pixels. [more…]

Getting to Know Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, layers are essentially digital versions of clear acetate sheets. You can place elements, such as images, text, or shapes on separate layers and create a composite. You can hide, [more…]

Using the Layer and Select Menus in Photoshop Elements 9

Besides the commands on the Layers panel in Photoshop Elements, you have two layer menus — the Layer menu and the Select menu, both of which you can find on the main menu bar at the top of the application [more…]

Understanding the Types of Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements offers five kinds of layers: image, adjustment, fill, shape, and type. You’ll probably spend most of your time creating image layers, but just so that you’re familiar with all types, [more…]

How to Create a New Layer in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can create multiple image layers within a single image. Even more fun is creating a composite from several different images. Take people out of boring photo studios and put them [more…]

How to Manipulate Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements gives you several options for manipulating and working with multiple layers in an image. You can duplicate layers, drag and drop layers, and move a layer’s content. [more…]

How to Transform Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

When working with layers in Photoshop Elements, you may find the need to transform (scale or rotate) some of your images. You can do so by applying the Transform and Free Transform commands. The methods [more…]

Working with Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements 9

Layer masks have made their arrival in Photoshop Elements. Masking is essentially just another way of making a selection. Instead of making a selection with a single selection outline — either it is selected [more…]

How to Flatten and Merge Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you may need to flatten your images or merge layers. Flattening an image combines all visible layers into a background, including type, shape, fill, and adjustment layers. [more…]

How to Straighten Images in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements provides several ways to straighten your images. You may have an image with a crooked horizon line, or maybe you scanned a photo and it wasn’t quite centered in the middle of the scanning [more…]

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