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1.1.TheWelcomeScreen

WhenyoulaunchElementsforthefirsttime,yougetaveritable

smorgasbordofoptions,allneatlylaidoutforyouinthe

Welcomescreen(theWindowsversionisshowninFigure1-1

andtheMacversioninFigure1-2).



Figure11.The

Windows

Welcome

screen

givesyou

sixmain

activitiesto

choosefrom

(there'salso

aTutorials

linkinthe

upper-right

corner).

Holdyour

cursorover

anyofthese

optionsfor

moredetails

abouteach

choice.You

can't

bypassthe

Windows

Welcome

screenjust

byclicking

theClose

button.If

youdo,the

screengoes

awaybutso

does

Elements.



Fortunately,

you'vegot

options:the

boxonpage

6tellsyou

howto

permanently

getridof

the

Welcome

screen.



1.1.1.WindowsVersion

Interestingly,theWindowsWelcomescreenisnotactually

Elements.It'salaunchingpadthat,dependingonthebutton

youclick,willstartuponeoftwodifferentprograms:

Organizer,whichletsyoustoreandorganizeyourimage

files.

Editor,whichletsyouedityourimages.

It'squiteeasytogetbackandforthbetweentheEditorand

theOrganizerwhichyoumightcallthetwodifferentfacesof

Elementsandyouprobablywon'tdomuchinonewithout

eventuallyneedingtogetintotheother.Butinsomeways,

theystillfunctionastwoseparateprograms.Inanycase,

theWelcomescreenoffersyounolessthansixchoicesfor

howtogetintoElements:

ProductOverviewoffersaround-upofallthefeatures

insideElements.



ViewandOrganizePhotostakesyoutotheOrganizer,

whereyoucanstoreandsortallyourimages.

QuicklyFixPhotosbringsyoutothewonderfulnewQuick

Fixwindow(whichisactuallypartoftheEditor)whereyou

canperformamazingcolorcorrectionswithjustaclick.

EditandEnhancePhotostakesyoutotheEditor,whichis

thedigitaldarkroom/artstudiowhereyoucanperformyour

mostextensiveedits.

MakePhotoCreationenablesyoutouseyourphotosina

widevarietyofprojectslikegreetingcardsandslideshows.

YouperformallthesetasksintheOrganizer.

StartFromScratchprovidesyouanewblankdocumentin

theEditortonoodleawayon.



Tip:TheboxedversionofElementsforWindowsincludesa

half-hourvideointroductiontotheprogram,ledbyPhotoshop

guruDekeMcClelland.It'sagoodoverviewofsomeofthemain

featuresofElements.Toseeit,fireuptheElementsCD,click

pastthelegalstuff,andclickProductOverview.WindowsMedia

Playerlaunches,andDekespeaks.

IfyoustartintheOrganizer,onceyou'velocatedaphototo

edit,youhavetowaitwhiletheEditorloads.Andifyouhave

boththeEditorandtheOrganizerrunning,quittingtheEditor

doesn'tclosetheOrganizer.Youhavetoclosebothprograms

independently.

UPTOSPEED

WheretheHeckDidElementsGo?



Ifyouknowthatyou'veinstalledElementsbutyoucan'tseemtofigureouthow

tolaunchit,noproblem.

InWindows:ThereshouldbeashortcuttoElementsonyourdesktoponce

you'veinstalledtheprogram,orgototheStartmenuandclicktheAdobe

PhotoshopElements3icon.Ifyoudon'tseeElementsintheStartmenu,clickthe

arrownextto"AllPrograms,"andyoushouldfinditinthepop-upmenu.

OnaMac:GotoApplications

AdobePhotoshopElements3anddouble-click

thePhotoshopElementsicontolaunchtheprogram.Elementsusuallycreatesits

ownDockicononitsfirstlaunch.Ifyoudon'twantthisiconinyourDock,just

dragitoffandwatchitvanishinapuffofsmoke.



1.1.2.MacVersion

IfyouhaveaMac,ontheotherhand,lifeisfarlesscomplex,

sinceyouonlyhaveoneprogramtodealwith:Elements.You'll

eitheruseElements'FileBrowseroriPhototoorganizeyour

photos.Adobe'smadethereasonableguessthatMacfanswill

prefertouseiPhotoformanyofthetasksOrganizerhandlesfor

Windowsfolks,likeonlineprintandbookordering,oranyother

organizingprogramyoumightalreadybeusing.

ElementsontheMacopensrightintotheStandardEditwindow

andpresentstheWelcomescreen,asshowninFigure1-2,

whichletsyouchoosetoconnecttoyourcameraorscanner,

browseforfiles,startanewfile,oropenarecentone.



Figure

1-2.If

you're

usinga

Mac,click

the

Tutorials

buttonto

goto



Adobe's

online

tutorials

for

Elements.

Also,after

you've

actually

hadsome

photos

openin

Elements,

you'llsee

alistof

recent

items,like

theones

shown

here,on

the

Welcome

screen.

Justclick

anyfileto

openit.



WHAT'SNEW

GettingRidoftheWelcomeScreen

Ifyougettofeelinglikeyou'vebeenwelcomedenough,youcanturnoffthe

WelcomescreeninElementsoneitherplatform.Thenyoudon'thavetoclick

throughiteverytimeyoustarttheprogram.

Windows:IntheWelcomescreen'slower-leftcorneryoucanchoosewhereyou

wantElementstostartwhenyoulaunchtheprogram:Editor,Organizer,or

Welcomescreen.Picktheoneyouwant,andfromnowon,that'swhatopensfirst

inElements.



TogettheWelcomescreenback,fromeithertheEditorortheOrganizer,choose

Window

Welcome.

Mac:Turnoff"Showatstart-up"atthebottomoftheWelcomeScreenwindow.If

lateronyoudecideyouwanttheWelcomescreenback,gotoWindow

Welcometoturnitonagain.



1.2.OrganizingYourPhotos

Howyouorganizeyourphotosdependsalotonwhetheryou're

usingaWindowsPCoraMac.InWindows,youcanimportand

organizeyourimagesdirectlywithinElements'Organizer

program,whilemostMacpeoplewillprobablyuseiPhotoifthey

wanttokeeptheirphotosorganized.



1.2.3.WindowsOrganizer

Ifyou'reusingWindows,theOrganizeriswhereyourphotos

comeintoElementsandgooutagain.TheOrganizerstoresand

catalogsyourphotos,andyouautomaticallycomebacktoitfor

anyactivitiesthatinvolvesharingyourphotos,likeprintinga

photopackageormakingaslideshow.TheOrganizerhasthree

mainsections,asshowninFigure1-3:

PhotoBrowserletsyouviewyourphotos,sorttheminto

collections,andassignkeywordtagstothem.

DateViewisafunfeaturethatletsyouseeyourphoto

importsorganizedbythedateyoubroughtthemintothe

Organizer.It'sevenlaidoutlikeacalendar.

Createiswhereyoucomeafteryou'vefinishededitingyour

photosandarereadytousetheminslideshows,album

pages,greetingcards,andotherprojects.

TheOrganizerhaslotsofreallycoolfeatures,andinthebodyof

thisbookyou'llmeetthemwhenthey'rerelevanttotheimageeditingtaskathand.Thenextchaptershowsyouhowtouse

theOrganizertoimportandorganizeyourphotos,and

AppendixAcoversalltheOrganizer'sdifferentmenuoptions.



1.2.3.1PhotoDownloader

Actually,theWindowsversionofElementshasoneother

component,whichyoumighthaveseenalreadyifyou've

pluggedyourcameraintoyourcomputersinceyouinstalled

Elements:thePhotoDownloader(Figure1-4).

Thisbumptiouslittleprogramismeanttohelpyougetyour

photosintotheOrganizer,andit'smorezealousthana

personal-injurylawyeronthesceneofanaccident.Itsniffsout

anydeviceyouattachtoyourcomputerthatmightpossibly

containphotosandracestothescene,elbowingtheExplorer

dialogboxoutoftheway.Dependingonthespeedofyour

computer,itmayshowupbeforetheExplorerdialogboxor

slightlyafterit.YouhavetodismisstheDownloaderfirstifyou

wanttouseanotherprogramtoimportyourphotos.

YoumaylovetheDownloaderoryoumayhateit.Youcanread

moreaboutitinthenextchapter(page22),includinghowto

senditawayforgoodifyouwantto.Ifyouplantousethe

Organizertocatalogyourphotosandassignkeywordstothem,

readingthesectionontheDownloaderinChapter2canhelp

youavoidsomeforehead-smackingmoments.



Figure1-3.TheOrganizergives

youtwomainwaystolookatyour

images:PhotoBrowser(top)andthe

DateView(middle).Youcanswitch



backandforthbetweenthemby

clickingtheirbuttonsintheupper-right

corneroftheOrganizerwindow.

ThemainCreatewindow(bottom),

whichyougettobyclickingtheCreate

buttonintheShortcutsbar,givesyou

awidechoiceofprojectsthatyoucan

usetoshowoffyourimages.Youcan

clickCanceltogetbacktothemain

Organizerifyouchangeyourmind

aboutstartingaproject.



1.2.4.Macintosh

MostpeopleoftheMacpersuasionwhowanttoorganizetheir

photoswillprobablyuseiPhoto(SeeFigure1-5forhowtomake

iPhotouseElementsasitsimage-editingprogram).Youcan

alsoassignkeywordstophotosusingtheElementsFileBrowser

(whichiscoveredonpage39),oranyotherthird-party

organizingsoftwareyoumayhave.Butwhichevermethodyou

choose,Elementsdoesnotautomaticallyimportyourphotos.

YoujustopentheminElementswhenyou'rereadytoworkon

themorassignkeywords.



Figure1-



4.The

Adobe

Photo

Downloader

isyet

another

program

thatyouget

whenyou

installthe

Windows

versionof

Elements.

Itsrolein

lifeistopull

yourphotos

fromyour

camera(or

other

storage

device)into

the

Organizer.

The

Downloader

runsevenif

Elements

isn't

currently

open

(although,

asyou'll

learnin

Chapter2,

youcan

disablethe

Downloader

ifyoudon't

likeit).After

the

Downloader

doesits

thing,you

endupin

the

Organizer.



Figure15.Youcan

setiPhotoso

thatdoubleclickingan

imageopens

itin

Elements,as

shownhere.

GotoiPhoto

Preferences

General,

choose

"Double-click

photo:opens

photoin,"

clickSelect

Application,

andchoose

Photoshop

Elements.

Notethatthe

dialogbox

onlydisplays

thefirstword

"Photoshop."

Ifyouhave

both

Photoshop

and

Elementson

yourMac

you'lleither

needto

remember

which

programyou

chose,or

justdoubleclickaphoto

tofindout



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