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By Wendi E. M.
Scarth.

 

Elements'
Workspace

 

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Understanding Photoshop Elements’ Workspace
 
Suitable for Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor
Skill Level - Beginners

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                             Dark Workspace
                                 Elements 10
                        (Unchangeable Colour)
Elements 9's Workspace
Elements 10's Workspace
Elements 8's Workspace

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This tutorial demonstrates how to organise Photoshop Elements 8, 9 & 10’s Workspace and Palettes to suit your personal preferences and workflow.

Note
Elements 9 & 10’s workspaces are almost identical to Elements 8’s.

Please Note:
Elements 8’s Orange Horizontal Bar
The following Orange Horizontal Bar is exclusive to Photoshop Elements 8.



Elements 9/10’s New Features (Compare Different Elements Versions)

Share Tab
Project Bin
Full Edit Tab
Quick Edit Tab
Tabbed Images
Create Edit Tab
Guided Edit Tab
Click The Edit Tab
Organise The Toolbar
Toggle The Workspace
Click The Organise Tab
Separate Tabbed Images
Open Photoshop Elements
Displaying The Welcome Screen
Accessing Top Menu Commands
Change The Workspace’s Colour
Full Editor, Create And Share Tabs
Centralise A Single Open Document
Organise The Palettes To Your Preferences
Minimise, Maximise Or Close Photoshop Elements
Open/Edit Photographs Or Create New Documents
Photoshop Elements Help And Video Tutorials (F1)
Personalise Settings Using The Preferences Dialogue Box
Open Single & Multiple Images Onto Element’s Workspace
Reset Panels, Undo, Redo, Organiser And Welcome Screen

When you click Elements’ start program icon.

       

You will see Elements’ Welcome Screen, where clicking Organise will open Elements’ Organiser, and clicking Edit will open Elements’ Editor



If you click the top-right tab, illustrated below - you will see the following When I start Photoshop Elements dialogue box, where you can select Elements’ opening preferences: after you have marked your choice, click OK.





Clicking the Organise tab takes you to the following Organiser workspace where you can
drag, or open photographs onto the workspace and organise them to your liking. 





Clicking the Edit tab opens Elements’ Full Editor, where you can Create Projects, Share your work, Edit Photographs/Images, or create New Documents from scratch. 



Reset Panels, Undo, Redo, Organiser And Welcome Screen





There will be times when, after organising your Palettes to your liking, you find you need to reset them to their original settings. Thankfully, you can quickly reset Elements’ Palettes by clicking the top-right Rest Panels tab - above.



If, after you have edited an image, you find you need to go back a step or two; clicking the Undo tab (repeatedly) will take you back one step for each click. Clicking the Redo tab cancels (reverts) the Undo step. 



Clicking the Organiser tab opens Elements’ Organiser.



Clicking the Home tab opens Elements Welcome Screen, where you will find many helpful hints and tips.

Identical for Elements 9


Minimise, Maximise Or Close Photoshop Elements



The icons above, are found along the workspace’s top-right, and they either Minimise, Maximise and Close Photoshop Elements. 

Photoshop Elements Help And Video Tutorials (F1)
If you ever need help with Elements, from the top menu, choose Help, then select your choice from the subsequent drop-down list.



Open/Edit Photographs Or Create New Documents
To Open/Edit Photographs Or Create New Documents: from the top menu, select one of the following options
 


Full Editor, Create And Share Tabs
To alter the Palettes, Share your work with others: or Create Greetings Cards or
Collages
, click one of the following tabs.



Quick Edit Tab
You can change the Palettes by clicking one of the following Edit tabs. Your Palette choices are: Edit Quick, Edit Full and Edit Guided.



Full Edit Tab



Guided Edit Tab PSE8



Photoshop Elements 9/10



Create Tab

Photoshop Elements 8



Photoshop Elements 9/10



Share Tab

Photoshop Elements 8



Photoshop Elements 9/10



Organise The Palettes To Your Preferences
To organise the Palettes to your liking, from the top menu, choose Window - then from the subsequent drop-down list, left-click to place a tick before a Palette of your choice; (for example, Content or Project Bin). To remove a Palette from the Workspace, left-click to remove the appropriate tick.

    Project Bin Displayed

Project Bin Notes
The Project Bin contains all open images; this is handy when creating photographic collages. 
Right-clicking a photograph in the Project Bin displays the following options.

Right-click


Clicking the top menu’s File, Edit, Image (etc.) tabs, illustrated below; takes you to various options that are available in Elements. 

Note
Until you open an image onto the Elements Workspace, most drop-down options will be greyed-out.
 




Organise The Toolbar
The left-side Toolbar can be left at its default two-column rendering: alternatively, to save space on your workspace, click the following left-facing arrows to change the Toolbar to a single column.

                                                    

Photoshop Elements 9/10
First, detach the Toolbar from the workspace by dragging it away from it. You will then see following two white arrows. If you click on them, the Toolbar will change to one-column, as illustrated below. Clicking the arrows returns the Toolbar to its default two-column state.

Dragging the Toolbar towards the top menu should automatically reattach it.



Toggle The Workspace
You can quickly toggle the Palettes and Toolbar on and off by tapping your Keyboard’s Tab Key. Tap it again to return your Palettes and Toolbar Tab key.

Normal Workspace



Toggled Workspace (To Save Space)



Centralise A Single Open Document - Photoshop Elements 8 Only -
PSE9/10 Here!
To centralise an Open Single Document, left-click its top menu-bar, and drag it towards the Orange Horizontal Line. When you see a Blue Horizontal Line, your image will automatically snap to the Orange Horizontal Line: it will then be centralised.


 


Tabbed Images -
Photoshop Elements 8 Only - PSE9/10 Click Here!
Photoshop Elements can group your images together on one workspace. To Tab your images together, left-click and drag one image’s top menu-bar towards another image’s top
menu-bar - as illustrated below. The images will then snap together and can be accessed/activated by clicking their respective Tabs.

Please Note
The Tabbed Images setting cannot be disabled.



Activate/Display A Specific Tabbed Image -
Photoshop Elements 8, 9 and 10
Click a Tab to activate/display an image of your choice - as illustrated below.



Separate Tabbed Images -
Photoshop Elements 8 Only - PSE9/10 Here!
If a tutorial states your photographs/images must remain apart they can be separated by dragging their top menu-bars away from each other - as illustrated below. 



Photoshop Elements 9/10 Tabbed Images
When you open single, or multiple images onto Photoshop Elements 9/10’s workspace, they are automatically centred and tabbed, as illustrated below.



Once opened, you cannot separate the tabbed images, as you can with PSE8. If you want to layer your images, then you must left-click and drag them up from the Project Panel.

To view/activate a specific layered image, simply click its corresponding menu tab.





Personalise Settings Using The Preferences Dialogue Box
There are lots of settings and actions that can be personalised in Photoshop Elements: to access the Preferences dialogue box, from the top menu, choose Edit then choose
Preferences. Then click your choice from the subsequent Preferences drop-down list - as illustrated below.



Photoshop Elements 8 Only
For example, if the Dark Grey Workspace is too dark for your taste, you can lighten it: to do so, from the top menu, choose Edit then choose Preferences then choose General. From the subsequent General Preferences dialogue box, mark the Light tab, then click OK - as illustrated below. (Preferences can be edited at any time, should you change your mind).

Elements 8 Example


Photoshop Elements 9/10’s Preferences Dialogue Box



Light Workspace

Elements 8 Example


Now you are familiar with Elements’ Workspace, Palettes and Settings, it’s worth taking a little time to familiarise yourself with them, and to create a working environment that is suitable for you and your workflow.

How To Open Single And Multiple Images Onto Element’s Workspace
Photoshop
Elements 8: from the top menu, choose File and then choose Open: - or simply drag and drop images onto the workspace. (To open a Single Image, choose File then Open).
Photoshop
Elements 8 and 9: first open the images onto Element’s workspace, (File then Open). Then drag each image onto the workspace from the Project Bin, As Illustrated Here.
(To open a Single Image choose File then Open).

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