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More on the Recompose Feature

By Dave Cross  ·  January 25th, 2010

Do you have a great shot that needs some tightening up? The Recompose feature, available starting in Elements 8, may do the trick!

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8 Replies to More on the Recompose Feature:

  1. Allan

    May 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Your intro to Elements is great, I have made more progress with the new videos than with any other medium, including your mag. The problem I am having is that after a couple of videos my Q goes silent, no movie. After a lot of fooling around it seems to start working, I’m not sure if I am helping or hindering. Also in your magazine I get the instruction to click OK!!!!!! What the hell does that mean as I have no OK button. Hoping for some help. Allan

    • Elements Techniques CS

      May 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

      There are a couple things to check:

      1) Make sure you have the current version of QuickTime installed from Please make sure virus and security software are disable during the installation.
      2) If you have the current version of QuickTime, take a look at your Preferences Panel for QuickTime. There may be some video card settings that are getting in the way of videos displaying. There should be some preferences listed regarding DirectDraw. Those being turned off may help.

      Regarding the OK button. Dave is referring to the green check mark that is displayed as you recompose. There is also an okay button in the feather dialog box if you are using a selection.


  2. William

    November 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I am currently following The Best Of Elements DVD’s Vol 2 & 3. This has been the best investment I’ve made for learning Photoshop Elements.Is there much of an improvement in the new DVD’s you are offering .

  3. Jack

    December 8, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I can’t get this video to play, here or in a new window, or download.

    • Rick LePage

      December 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

      It should be fine now, Jack – bad link.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.


  4. Ray

    January 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I am a new user and just subscribed. I viewed the recompose video. My question may be applicable to all of the learning videos. My question is: When I was watching the video, I looked for the pause button but did not find one. It would be nice for learning purposes to follow each of the videos on PSE and reproduce some of the tools. Is this possible?


  5. Ray

    January 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I solved my own problem. if you open the video in another window, am able to pause etc.


  6. Arthur

    March 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Dave is certainly one of the best… When I grow up I want to be just like him

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