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Photoshop Elements 4.0 Notes


Tools on the left side of the screen, Parameters and setting at the top for each of the tools on the side.

Some of the tools have multiple tools – shown by small triangle in the bottom right corner of the tool button.


The tool bar includes the move tool

The zoom tool

The hand tool – to slide the screen up and down when you are zoomed into a picture

The eyedropper tool which allows you to pick a color from a picture to match exactly

The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools are used to cut sections out of

pictures to use in pictures to change the picture in some way.

The Lasso Tools provide a number of different ways to cut a picture apart to use

in other pictures or to change the picture they came from.


The lasso Tool is a free drawing selecting tool to select a particular area of a picture

to work on.  It is hard to control but can give you the flexibility to cut around a particular

area you want.

The car was cut from a picture using the Polygonal Lasso Tool.  Click once to start

the cut, once for each corner of the cut, and double click to close the polygon around

the selected area.


The Pegasus statue was selected from a picture.  To select multiple sections of a picture,

hold the shift key down and click on the area you wish to select.  You can copy it to the clipboard

 and paste it into another picture or make it a picture of its own.

The magic selection brush tool allows you to select areas but tends to be harder to control

the area you highlight.  I circled the sign on the pole and it selected the rest.  I tend to prefer

the rectangular or polygonal cutting tools and the magic wand to select parts of a picture.

The T is for text.  In the menu you can type text horizontally or vertically.  It places the text in

another layer allows us to drag and drop the text where we wish.

The crop tool is very useful to cut something out of a picture.

This truck was cut from a picture with the crop tool.  Select the crop tool – press and hold the left

mouse button and drag the cursor over the section of the picture you want – release the mouse

button and it will have a checkmark and X under the highlighted area.  Click the checkmark and

the picture will be cropped to that area.  Go to file and save as – give the picture a name – you

may want to change the file type to jpeg or jpg.  Click Save to save that part of the picture as

separate picture.

The cookie cutter tool gives you the ability to cut a shape from a picture.  The shapes are

accessed from the top menu.  One possible use I see is to cut the shape out of a picture,

copy and paste it on a piece of paper and have students fill in the picture or write a story

about what they think the frog is covering up.

(Yes, it is suppose to be a frog) J

 The straightening tool can be used to level a

picture out or to change the view.  Select the

tool and click on the picture – when you move

the mouse it will draw a line – move the end of the line up or down to change the tilt of the picture. 

You can crop the picture after and resave it under another name so you keep the original. 

Saving the picture as a jpeg will make it much easier to use in documents later on.

The healing brushes are like laser treatments for your photos.  They will allow you to slide the brush over an area and change the picture to fix small marks and flaws.  The healing brush I used by zooming in close and just clicking on the problem area and it matches the surrounding area. This is fun for some people, but not for everyone.  It takes time and patients to do a good job.


The before and after shots to remove red eye cause an amazing change to the picture.  It is easy to do.  Open the picture – select the zoom tool and zoom into the eye area that you wish to change – select the red eye tool – draw a box around the outside of the eye and release the mouse button.  That’s it, you are done, save the change and no more redeye.  This change can also be done while importing pictures from the camera.

Photoshop Elements 4 Notes

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