Photoshop Elements includes a comprehensive help system containing the complete text of the Photoshop Elements User Guide, keyboard shortcuts, and links to the same tasks available in the How To palette. Although the help system uses a Web browser for viewing, you don't need a live Internet connection to use the help system. All of the help files are automatically installed on your hard drive during the Photoshop Elements installation process.
Photoshop Elements also includes a search field located on the shortcuts bar. If you have a question, type it into the text field, and Photoshop Elements will search through both the Help contents and How To tasks to find all of the appropriate links in the help system. There's even a glossary that includes an extensive list of terms you're likely to run across while working on your images.
To use the help system
From the Help menu, choose Photoshop Elements Help (Figure 1.49), or press F1.
Figure 1.49. The Help menu includes links to the help system, a glossary, and tutorials.
The Photoshop Elements help system opens in your browser (Figure 1.50).
Figure 1.50. If you need assistance with a task in Photoshop Elements or want more information about a feature, use the built-in help system.
To find information, do one of the following:
- On the Contents tab, click the arrow next to either the How To or Help Topics heads to view a list of tasks or topic heads. Click the arrow next to any topic head, and then click a topic in the list to view it in the main Help area (Figure 1.51).
Figure 1.51. From the Contents tab, navigate to a topic you want help on.
- On the Index tab, click the arrow next to any letter to view an alphabetized list of help topics, and then click a topic to view it in the main help area.
- In the text box at the top of the Help window, enter a topic and click the Search button. A list of search results appears in the topic column on the left side of the Help window, and a selected topic appears in the main Help area (Figure 1.52).
Figure 1.52. You can search for a specific topic using the text box at the top of the Help window.
To search for help using the shortcuts bar
Type a topic in the Search field on the shortcuts bar, then click the Search button (Figure 1.53).
Figure 1.53. You can also type a topic in the Search field located on the shortcuts bar.
Photoshop Elements finds all topics that include the word or words you entered.
A list of search results appears in the topic column on the left side of the Help window, and a selected topic appears in the main Help area.