Getting Familiar with the Photoshop Elements 11 Photo Editing Workspace

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of Photoshop Elements 11 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 11 offers two workspaces, the Organizer and the Photo Editor, and you can toggle between the two. The following figure shows the new Photo Editor interface, which has been reorganized in Photoshop Elements 11 to help you more easily access tools as you edit your images.


  • Open an image in the Elements Editor by choosing File→Open.

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

  • Need to see detail in your image? Zoom into your image by pressing Ctrl+spacebar and clicking where you want to see the image close-up. Zoom back out by pressing Alt+spacebar and clicking.

  • Easily switch the display from Tool Options to Photo Bin by clicking the Photo Bin button. The Tool Options disappear and thumbnail images for photos opened in the Photo Editor appear in the Photo Bin.

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

  • Easily select options for a tool selected in the Tools panel by making choices in the Tool Options.