Menu Bar in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Elements supports drop-down menus, like just about every other program you launch. The menus are logically constructed and identified to provide commands for working with your pictures (including many commands that you don’t find supported in tools and on panels). A quick glimpse at the menu names gives you a hint of what might be contained in a given menu list.

Here are the 10 different menus (11 on a Macintosh):

  • Photoshop Elements (Macintosh only). On the Macintosh, you find the Photoshop Elements menu preceding the File menu. This menu provides you the Quit command used to exit Elements, and it provides access to Full Photo Edit Preferences.

  • File. Just as you might suspect, the File menu contains commands for working with your picture as a file. You find commands on the menu for saving, opening, processing, importing, exporting, and printing.

  • Edit. The old-fashioned Copy, Cut, and Paste commands are located on this menu. Additionally, you have some important application settings commands on the menu, including Preferences (Windows).

  • Image. You use the Image menu most often when you want to effect changes to the entire image, such as changing a color mode or cropping, rotating, and resizing the image.

  • Enhance. Just the name of this menu should tell you what commands to expect here. This is where you go to change the appearance of an image, such as changing its brightness and contrast, adjusting its color and lighting, and doing some other smart fix-up work to improve its appearance. On the Enhance→Adjust Color submenu, you find a number of commands that offer you a variety of color adjustments.

  • Layer. Most kinds of editing you do in Elements are best handled by using layers. Elements neatly tucks away most of the relevant commands associated with working in layers right in this menu.

  • Select. Of just about equal importance to layers are selections. Whereas the Image menu contains commands that are applied to the entire image, you can edit isolated areas of an image by using the commands on the Select menu. To isolate an area, you need to create a selection. This menu contains commands to help you with many essential tasks related to working with selections.

  • Filter. The Filter menu is where you find some professional photographic darkroom techniques, or you can completely leave the world of photography and explore the world of a fine artist. With tons of different filter commands, you can create some extraordinary effects.

  • View. Zooming in and out of images, turning on a grid, exposing horizontal and vertical rulers, adding annotations, and checking out the print sizes of your pictures are handled on the View menu.

  • Window. Elements supports a number of different panels. Elements has so many panels that keeping them all open at one time is impractical. Thanks to the Window menu, you can easily view and hide panels, reopen the Welcome window, tile and cascade open windows, and bring inactive windows to the foreground.

  • Help. Some interactive help is right at your mouse-tip on the Help menu. The menu also offers links to the Adobe website for more information and a little assistance, courtesy of the tutorials accessible from this menu.