Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 6 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.

Photoshop screen with all the major elements explained.

  • 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:

Chart of Photoshop Shortcuts.

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