Photoshop Elements Tips To Help In Your Quest For A Better Way

These Photoshop Elements tips are some of the best ways to become more efficient in editing your photos. Many are little known and under-used.

A lot of these techniques come from my years working as a professional image retoucher using Photoshop. Photoshop Elements now incorporates many of the same high-powered capabilities that the full version of Photoshop does.

You don't have to be looking for a specific technique to find these tips useful. Like Jack Kerouac's Sal and Dean taking a spontaneous road trip, delve right in and you'll come away with a deeper understanding, and hopefully a rich experience.

See Two Different Views of the Same Image

Select a Circle Quickly

Know How to Use the Undo History Palette

Stamp Visible and Save Your Layers

See Your Desktop from Photoshop Elements

Layer Mask Trick for Photoshop Elements

Change Opacity with the Push of a Button

Save Your Selections with Your Photos

Quickly Reset a Dialog Box Without Closing It

Beware of Your Tools

Pick Up Colors From Anywhere

Quickly Change Your Units of Measurement

Create a New Layer Below

Options From a Dialog Box

Change Crop Tools Preview Opacity

View Any Layer With One Click

Lasso Tool Tip

Change Color Of Transparency Checkerboard

Make Your Recently Edited List Longer

How To Save Layered Files

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