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A Basic Elements Vocabulary

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  January 1st, 2011

This video is the second chapter from our “Learn Elements Today” DVD. It showcases some basic Photoshop Elements concepts that are use throughout the tutorials found on this site and in the magazine. The tips covered in this video include:

  • Working with panels and palettes;
  • Discovering the Options bar;
  • Turning tool tips on and off;
  • Working with the Color Picker (including the foreground and background colors);
  • Undo and the History panel;
  • Arranging multiple windows on-screen; and
  • Creating, opening and saving documents.

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19 Replies to A Basic Elements Vocabulary:

  1. Dave

    January 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Great video. Learned quite a few new tips (after using Elements 6 for years). The instructor knows the subject well, is easy to comprehend, and presents the material at a good pace. Definitely one of the better video instructors.

    • Mike

      January 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Hey, Dave, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate the feedback, and glad you found the video helpful! Shoot me a note if there are any other topics you’d like to see covered in future videos!

      Take care,
      Mike Rodriguez
      mrodriguez at photoshopelementsuser dot com

  2. Carolyn

    January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Have used Photoshop Elements 6 & 7 for some time now. Surprised how many tips you explained in this tutorial that I didn’t use. Thanks for the simple yet informative way this information was explained.

  3. Janice

    January 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Terrific tutorial Mike. Your simple, logical explanations/demonstrations have saved me hours ploughing through PSE “How to..” manuals. Guess video tutorials are the way to learn!

  4. Mike

    January 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    ^ Thanks Carolyn & Janice. Glad you found it useful!

  5. Douglas

    January 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I love these tutorial… the skills I have learned to this point on old 7 I learned by trial and error. This is a great way to expand my knowledge and learn to play safely. Thanks.

  6. Mark

    January 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love the videos it’s a great way to learn so much easier than reading a book. Nice to watch someone use the tools and demonstrate the actual uses.
    Thank you

  7. Carol

    March 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks, I am always learning new things with the tutorials. This one included!

  8. Michele

    August 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks! This really helps me out :)

  9. Tanjela

    December 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Great video to help me get started.

  10. ruth

    February 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I just discovered this video and it has been most helpful. I have been using PSE for a long time and the videos are a gerat help for someone like me who is pretty much an amateur photographer.

  11. Kimberly

    June 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    This is a wonderful get to know video, Thanks!!!!

  12. Joan

    August 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I have been using PSE for ages but I definitely learnt some tips from this video, to make my tasks simpler.
    Thank you

  13. kimberly

    October 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Wow! Super video. I learned a lot. Very nicely showing how things work. I am so so happy to see this.

  14. Jan

    June 20, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I’m so glad to have found your website, have just bought P.Elements 11 and am totally new to it. Now I’m starting to see daylight!

  15. Carolyn

    December 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is my first time using Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. Is there a place that has the tutorials sorted better for beginners like me. (an area for beginners, novices and experts) I have not clue where to start.

  16. Judy

    September 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I need help! Am a new user of Elements (Ver. 12). Received an e-mail regarding lightroom presets. Downloaded the file, unzipped it as per instructions on the video. Opened Elements, selected edit and preset manager (as per video) and there is no place here called “lightroom”. I don’t know where to put this downloaded file. Same with the scrapbook downloads.
    Thanks, Judy

  17. Peter

    May 31, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    The audio is out of sync with the video. Confusing

    • Mike Rodriguez

      May 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Hmm…that’s odd. Was there a specific point in the video that this happened? I just downloaded it and watched several sections in various places, and didn’t see any place where the audio and video didn’t sync up. But, if you have a specific time where it occurred, let me know and I’ll take a closer look at that spot.

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