|The Digital Darkroom
Developed and Instructed by James Gordley ©2004-2009
All illustrations and graphics done using
To open or close a
palette, click the triangle next to the palette name or choose the
palette’s name in the Window menu.
Using palette menus
Palettes have more options than appear by
default. To view and select these hidden options click the
double >> icon at the upper right of the palette, or the
"More" icon if the palette is not docked.
Each Palette has Palette specific options
to choose from. This example uses the Layers Palette
To use a palette menu:
- Select a palette. If
the palette is in the palette bin, click the palette's tab to
- Click the More
button in the
upper right corner of the palette.
- Choose an option
from the palette menu.
Note: If a palette or palette group is
not in the Palette Bin, you can close the palette or palette group by
clicking the close button (Windows) or (Mac OS) in its title bar.
Palettes do not have to stay in the Palette Bin, you can have them in
the work area with you.
Using Palettes in the work area.
To change the size of a palette, drag any corner of the palette
(Windows) or drag the size box at its lower right corner (Mac OS).
Note: Not all palettes are usable if resized. For instance, the info
palette does not display information properly if its resized too
To show or hide all open palettes, including the options bar, the
shortcuts bar, and the toolbox, press Tab in the Editor work area
(Windows) or press Tab (Mac OS).
To show or hide all palettes in the work area (not in the Palette
Bin), press Shift+Tab in the Editor work area (Windows) or press
Shift+Tab (Mac OS).
To group palettes together, drag a palette’s tab onto the body of the
target palette. A thick line appears around the body of the target
palette when the pointer is over the correct area.
If you want to move a
palette to another group, drag the palette’s tab to that group. To separate
a palette from a group, drag the palette’s tab outside the group.
Note: Drag the title bar to move a palette group and double-click a
palette’s tab or title bar to collapse a palette group.
To dock palettes together, drag a palette’s tab to the bottom of another
palette. A double line appears at the bottom of the target palette when the
pointer is over the correct area.
Note: Entire palette groups cannot be docked together at once, but you can
dock the palettes from one group to another, one at a time.
To reset palettes to their default positions, choose Window > Reset Palette
Locations in the Editor work area (Windows) or choose Window > Reset Palette
Locations (Mac OS).
Note: If you want Photoshop Elements to always open with palettes in their
default positions, choose Edit > Preferences > General in the Photo Editor
(Windows) or choose Photoshop Elements > Preferences > General (Mac OS), and
then deselect Save Palette Locations. The change takes effect the next time
you start the application.