Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 8 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Photoshop Elements 8 All-in-One For Dummies

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements 8 offers you many different editing tools for improving image quality, designing a variety of photo creations, and sharing your photos in a number of ways. Of course, the popular photo-editing program also gives you all the standard editing features you need for, say, controlling image brightness or working with color correction. This Cheat Sheet is a handy reference to become familiar with Elements tools and keyboard shortcuts.

How to Navigate the Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Workspace

When working with Photoshop Elements 8 as a hobbyist or a professional photographer, you want to become familiar with opening and manipulating images in the photo-editing program’s workspace environment.


Here are some tips for navigating the Photoshop Elements 8 workspace:

  • Open an image in the Photoshop Elements 8 Edit Full mode by choosing File→Open.

  • Organize images in the Image window via menu commands from the Arrange drop-down list.

  • 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 (Command+spacebar on the Mac) and clicking. Zoom back out by pressing Alt+spacebar (Option+spacebar on the Mac) and clicking.

  • Easily switch between open documents by clicking images in the Project Bin or the filename appearing above each image.

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

  • Show files from the Organizer (Windows) by selecting options in the Show Open Files drop-down list in the Project Bin.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Toolbox Shortcuts

Accessing tools from the Photoshop Elements 8 Tools panel is a task you’ll repeat many times. Elements makes it easy to grab a tool through the use of keyboard shortcuts. The following illustrations break down all the keystrokes you can use to access the tools.


Selection Tricks for Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Creating selections is a common photo-editing task. With Photoshop Elements 8, you can modify selections using a variety of click+drag operations. Here’s a list of how you can add to or subtract from Photoshop Elements 8 selections.

Action Windows Mac
Add to selection Shift-drag Shift-drag
Deselect from a selection Alt-drag Option-drag
Deselect all but intersected area Shift+Alt-drag Shift+Option-drag
Deselect Ctrl+D Command+D
Reselect last selection Ctrl+Shift+D Command+Shift+D
Select everything on current layer Ctrl+A Command+A
Hide selection outline Ctrl+H Command+H
Cut selection Ctrl+X Command+X
Copy selection Ctrl+C Command+C
Paste last cut or copied image Ctrl+V Command+V
Paste into a selection Ctrl+Shift+V Command+Shift+V
Adjust levels Ctrl+L Command+L
Adjust hue or saturation Ctrl+U Command+U
Adjust image size Ctrl+Alt+I Command+Option+I
Adjust canvas size Ctrl+Alt+C Command+Option+C