Image Views

When you first launch Elements, if you've opened multiple pictures, your photos tile themselves so that you can see them all simultaneously. If you have two photos open, for example, each photo window spreads itself out to take half the available space on your desktop. You're not stuck with this layout, though. When you choose Window —+ Images, you get several choices for how your image windows appear:

• Maximize . The active photo window (the one you're working on) takes up the entire Elements desktop. You can also click the large square at the right of the Editor shortcuts bar to switch to this view.

• Cascade . Your image windows appear in overlapping stacks.

• Tile . Your image windows appear edge to edge so that they fill the available desktop space. With two photos open, each picture gets half the window. With four photos open, each gets one quarter of it, and so on. If you click the four squares in the Shortcuts bar, then you get Tile view.

• Match Zoom . All your windows get the same magnification level as the active image window.

• Match Location . You see the same part of each image window, like the upperright corner or the bottom left. Elements matches the other windows to the active window.

The View menu also gives you four handy commands for adjusting the view of your active image window:

• New Window for . Choose this command and you get a separate, duplicate window for your image. This view is a terrific help when you're working on very fine detail. You can zoom way in on one view while keeping the other window in a regular view to help you know where you are in the photo. Don't worry about version control or keeping track of which window you're working in, since both windows just represent different glimpses of the same image.

• Fit on Screen . This command makes your photo as large as it can be while still keeping the entire photo visible. You can also press Ctrl+0 for this view.

• Actual Pixels . Actual Pixels is the most accurate look at the onscreen size of your photo. If you're emailing your photos, this view shows the size your image will be in your email program. Keystroke shortcut: Alt+Ctrl+0.

• Print Size . This view is really just a guess by Elements, because Elements doesn't know exactly how big a pixel is on your monitor. But it's a rough approximation of the size your image would be if printed it at the current resolution. (Resolution is explained in the section on resizing your actual photo, in Section 10.5 .)

Note: You can zoom in or out from the View menu, but it's much faster to learn the keystroke shortcuts. The next section explains the Zoom tool in detail.

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