Elements 15: Expert Fix Questions

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Looking at Expert Fix in Elements 15 as suggested.  Is there any way to get Before & After photos for comparison as adjustments are made in Expert Fix as there are in Quick Fix?  Also, why does Expert Fix drop a box with slide bars (e.g. for lighting adjustments) right on top of the photo so that you cannot see the full effects of adjustments as you move any slide bar?  I do not see how to move that box off the photo.  Even if I could, I still would not have a ready reference without Before & After photos as I get in Quick Fix.  I have been unhappy with changes from slide bars only in versions 9 & 10 to the slide bars (which move too rapidly) and 9 little icons in versions 11 through 15.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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David,
I am afraid you'll have to take the time to learn the interface. Not only for version 15 but even for versions before 10.
I would recommend to download the full pdf manual:
https://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/photoshop-elements_reference.pdf
What has always been available:
- shortcut 'Tab' to mask unmask the various palettes.
- Flexibility for the way to display various pictures at the same time, mainly using 'floating' document windows.
- Possibility to use the 'File > duplicate' command to have a window with a reference for the 'before' view in the same display in Expert mode.

The before/after view is not necessarily the prefered comparison method in expert mode, it's rather the after/before quick switch from the history panel.

The before/after view on the same screen is available:
- in Quick edit mode
- in the Full screen mode of the Organizer (shortcut F11)
- In the new and powerful 'Instant Fix' of the organizer. It enables not only applying the same edits to a batch of files but also it works without sliders and with a touchscreen.
- In the ACR dialog (yes, that works also for jpegs and to edit many opened files at the same time).

I wonder If the fact that the size of the sliders is a problem for you is linked with your display resolution: what is the size of your display in pixels and inches?
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Will explore some of these options to find something that works for selected photos. When I am editing over 1000 photos from traveling, I think that I can get satisfactory results using the Quick Fix option for most photos. If I use the new slide bars in 11-15 for Quick Fix enough, I may become more proficient in their use--have to avoid dragging the cursor over those 9 little icons. There are some photos where Expert Fix probably will be the best choice if the photo is one that I really want to improve for a slide show or print. It just seems dumb to me to drop the box with sliders into the middle of a photo that you are trying to edit--I doubt display resolution is an issue.
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It just seems dumb to me to drop the box with sliders into the middle of a photo that you are trying to edit-
I don't understand. The box with sliders in quick edit mode is displayed in the right panel, and you don't have to move the slider, just click on the variations just under the panel?
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No problem with Quick Fix--before & after pix displayed horizontally or vertically, with sliders in separate panel.  Problem is with Expert Fix---only the original photo displayed, and sliders are in a box that drops into the middle of that single copy of the photo when you click, e.g., on lighting for adjustment (shadow, midtone & highlight bars).  As you use the sliders, changes are made to that single photo, but you cannot see the full effects of the changes w/o exiting from the box--no apparent way to move the box to either side of the photo.  Also, no apparent way to get before and after photos on the screen at the same time to compare before and after in Expert Fix.