Using Expert Mode in Adobe Elements

For those who have developed their skills to the point where they are comfortable getting more hands-on with their images, the Expert Mode Workspace offers users many more tools and features.

1 The File Menu – Most of the File menu options will be made available to you in this particular workspace, since all the tools and effects parameters are there to be used manually with little or no guidance from the program.

2 The Open Button – Common to each workspace, click on the Open button to view any recently active images you have been working on or to create a new blank file ready to be worked on.

3 The Tools Panel – This panel contains all the essential tools you are going to need for powerful and flexible image editing. It is broken down into View, Enhance, Draw, Modify and Colour sections.

4 Document Tab – Each image that is open will be marked by a document tab to identify each image. It will display the filename of the photos currently open.

5 Active Image Window – This displays the current image you are working on.

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6 Document Info – You can choose what information about your active document is displayed here.

7 Tool Options Panel – This panel is context sensitive and displays additional options and controls for each tool that you select from the tool panel.

8 Photo Bin – The Photo Bin panel displays thumbnails of all open photos currently being used by the program.

9 Undo/Redo – Clicking the Undo button allows you to step back through any actions you have performed on your image. Redo allows you to step forward.

10 Rotate Tools – Allows you to rotate your image in 45° steps either clockwise or anticlockwise.

11 Layout – If you have a number of documents open at one time, you can choose from a number of layout options to display them all at once within your active image area.

12 Switch to Organiser – Clicking on this button will open up the Elements Organiser program where you can view and select images that you have imported and catalogued.

13 Home Screen – Click this button if you want to return to the Home screen.

14 Layers – One of the key aspects of more advanced image editing is to be able to work across multiple layers within your active document.

15 Effects – This will display all the effects options currently installed. They range from rubber stamp effects to pencil sketch effects and colour tints, which can all be applied to your photos.

16 Filters – Ranging from artistic effects to brush strokes and distortion and pixelation options, clicking the Effects icon will display all the creative effects available to be applied to the image.

17 Styles – There are a number of colour, texture and special effects that can be applied to any subject that is currently on a layer. They range from fibreglass textures to fire, chrome, bevelled edges and tints.

18 Graphics – These are background graphics that can be downloaded and used as backdrops in your compositions.

19 More – A pop up menu where you can open more currently hidden panels.

20 Layer Options – This panel allows you to add new layers, group selected layers, adjustment layers and masks.

21 Layers Panel – This is where layers are viewed and consists of the base background layer and any subsequent layer copies, brand new layers or layer adjustments.

22 Layer Properties – For each layer adjustment you add, you have the corresponding properties panel to control its effect.

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Mark Frost

Mark started work as a commercial artist during the good old days of Letraset, spray mount and having to process your photos at a local chemist. Having discovered his passion for photography, Photoshop and the wonders of digital image manipulation, he has not looked back. He is well on his way to owning more cameras than he’s had hot dinners.

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