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Task: Browsing and Opening an Image

Time for a little practice.... The following steps will walk you through the process of browsing for some picture files on your hard drive:

  1. Go to the palette well and locate the File Browser tab. Click it once. If you don't see the File Browser in the palette well, choose Window, File Browser to open it.

  2. After the window opens, use the scrollbar to review what's on the desktop.

  3. Use the pop-up menu at the top of the browser to navigate to a different hard disk, disk partition, or other external storage device. Again, scroll through to see what's there.

  4. TIP

    If you can't find a graphic file, try the Samples folder, located in the Photoshop Elements folder.

  5. The top-left browser window shows the file hierarchy. Scroll down until you locate the folder where a photo you'd like to select lives. Then click the file when it appears in the list on the right. It should be highlighted.

  6. Read through the image information in the bottom pane. If it is a digital photo that you've shot and saved to the computer, you can find out a lot about it. What was your shutter speed? Did you use a flash? If you scanned it in, when did you do so? What's the resolution?

  7. Double-click the file to open it, or drag it into the Elements window.

  8. Notice that the File Browser remains open. If you like, explore your hard drive(s) and locate more pictures you want to come back to and work on later. When you're done, close the File Browser.

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