Using the Options and Shortcuts Bars

Think of the options bar as a natural extension of the toolbox. After you select a tool, you can adjust its settings from the options bar. The buttons on the options bar change depending on the tool selected. If you're using the Brush tool, for example, you can use the options bar to select a brush size and opacity setting. The options bar also displays all of the hidden tools for any given tool, and allows you to select those hidden tools without having to return to the toolbox.

The shortcuts bar gives you easy access to some of the most frequently used menu commands. Instead of navigating through the File menu to open, save, or print your image, you can accomplish the same tasks with a single click on the shortcuts bar. Two of the handiest shortcuts are the arrows that allow you to step backward (undo) or forward (redo), to cancel or restore each change you make to an image file.

To use the options bar


From the toolbox, select a tool.


View the options bar to see the available options for that tool (Figure 1.23).

Figure 1.23. Use the options bar to customize the tool you've selected.

Click through the tools to see the options for each tool.

To use the shortcuts bar

  • On the shortcuts bar, click the icon for the desired command (Figure 1.24).

    Figure 1.24. The shortcuts bar provides easier access to common commands than does the menu bar.

    The command is launched, just as if you'd chosen it from the menu bar.


  • The shortcuts bar also includes icons to launch the Organizer and Creation workspace environments (Figure 1.25).

    Figure 1.25. The shortcuts bar includes links to the Organizer and Creation workspaces.

Photoshop Elements 4 for Windows. Visual QuickStart Guide
Photoshop Elements 4 for Windows (Visual Quickstart Guide)
ISBN: 0321423356
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 178 © 2008-2017.
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