Interface Options for Using Tools in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Interface Options for Using Tools in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

With all the settings you can use for any given tool, trying to find the option for the edit you want to make can become downright frustrating. To help simplify the process of using tools and selecting options for the tools, here’s what you might do in your normal workflow:

  1. Select a tool on the Tools panel.

    Obviously, you need to know what task you want to perform, so selecting the proper tool to complete the task is important to know upfront.

  2. Take a quick look at the Options bar.

    Before moving to other options, be certain that you look over the choices on the Options bar. If you want to use a tool such as the Brush tool or the Clone Stamp tool, perhaps you want to make a decision about what size brush tip you want to use. This choice is specific to the selected tool and therefore appears as an Options bar choice.

  3. Open a panel for more options.

    If you want to use the Brush tool to apply some color to an image — for example, after you select the Brush tip on the Options bar — open the Color Swatches panel and select a color.

  4. Open a drop-down menu.

    Not all tools support a drop-down menu on the Options bar. When you see a down-pointing arrow on a tool, click the arrow to open a menu on which you can find more options for that tool.

  5. Get some help.

    When you hover your cursor over a tool, you see that tool described in blue text. Click the blue text, and your default web browser opens, displaying a page on Adobe’s website where help information and tips explain how to use the respective tool. You also find blue text on the More menu. The blue text alerts you to help information that can be shown in your web browser.

Each panel in the Panel Bin and the Project Bin contains an Options menu. Click the icon in the top-right corner in a panel and you find menu commands related to the respective panel. You open a panel’s Options menu by clicking the top-right icon.