Elements Basics Page3
The Help menu has some interesting things in it other than help. But, if you really do need help, click on Help Contents, and then use the Search feature. Search works much better than trying to use either the Contents or Index.
The More Help button in the Hints palette is also a good way to go directly to the pages in Help that are about the current tool or palette.
If you need to find what version of Elements you are using, and who it is registered to, choose the About Photoshop Elements command. For example, if there has been an update, or patch for the program, you can find out here if your copy has been updated.
About Plug-in will give you a mammoth menu of all the plug-ins included with Elements. Clicking on the name of a plug-in will give you a brief summary of its make and model.
System Info provides a summary of your operating system, memory, application location, installed plug-ins, and installed Twain drivers all in teeny tiny print.
The Photoshop Elements Tutorials are very limited, but you might want to try them.
If you are connected to the Internet, the Support command will take you to the Adobe.com support page. Note that this is their general support location, and is not specific to Elements. However, you can use this as a starting point to search their Knowledgebase, or to find your way to the User to User forums, where Elements has its own forum. This is a good place to ask questions, and get good expert answers for free.
The Updates button, which also requires that you be connected to the Internet, will search for any updates, including new Recipes, that are available.
The window, partially shown above (only the upper left corner of the dialog box is shown) will appear, while Adobe Online is checking your system and comparing it to what’s available. Keep your eye on the “…content is being updated now.” message. As long as that’s there, Adobe Online is still searching.
Once it disappears, any new updates will be listed in the white text window. If there are no new updates, the message will disappear, but you won’t get any kind of alert that it’s finished.
Since I had already updated a few days ago, there weren’t any new updates, but if there had been, they would have appeared in the white window below where it says Available Updates. Each available update has a checkbox next to it, and you can choose which you want, and then click the Download button at the bottom of the box.
The Adobe Online command gives you the option of setting automatic download preferences, or going to the Updates page discussed above.
Clicking Register will take you to the online page where you can register your Adobe product.
The last topic you should know about is your Preferences file. If Elements ever starts acting funny, or misbehaving in any way, the first thing you want to try is deleting your Preferences file.
The quick and easy way to do this is to press the Shift, Ctrl, and Alt keys all at once as you are launching Elements. You will then be requested to confirm your request.
Click “Yes” and Elements will then continue to load. A new Preferences file is generated automatically.
A corrupted Preferences file is very often the source of your problems, and deleting it should be the very first thing you try if you are having new, unexplained problems with Elements performance.
Preferences are set by choosing Edit > Preferences. Here you can change many of Elements features to better suit your working style.
When you delete the Preferences file, as described above, of course, all your preferences are set back to their default values. If your preferences are very different from the default settings, it may be a good idea for you to keep an uncorrupted copy of your preferences somewhere outside the Adobe folder. That way, after deleting preferences, you can simply copy the saved file into the Settings folder.
Be aware that preferences are not saved until you close Elements. Therefore, if you have just deleted and then recreated your preferences, close Elements before copying the clean file to a safe location.
Where can you find your preferences file? Depends on your OS. The list at the end of this page comes from the Read Me file that came with Elements.
If you are unsure about exactly which file is the Preferences file, right click on the one you think might be it, and choose Properties from the menu. The file Properties box should look like this (top only shown)
Windows 98 or Windows ME:
WindowsApplication DataAdobePhotoshopElementsAdobe Photoshop Elements Prefs
WinNTprofiles<username>Application DataAdobePhotoshopElementsAdobe Photoshop Elements Prefs
C:Documents and Settings<username>Application DataPhotoshopElementsAdobe Photoshop Elements Prefs