Photoshop Elements: User Interface is too complicated.

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While I appreciate all the powerful features which can make essentially any image look like anything else, most times, I have simple needs, and I'd like to be able to click away all the toolbars and dialogue boxes and just do a little cropping and maybe a little brightness correction. The portion of my monitor screen in which the image appears is only 4" tall, and while I can click and make it even shorter, I can't make it any taller. A couple of other imaging packages allow you to view the image full screen or at least with only one toolbar.

Also - Whenever I change screens, it wants me to log in again. I was just now logged in on Photoshop, and when I came to this screen, it wants me to log in again.

I think your product is going to be too fussy and complex for my needs.

Have a nice day.

Mike Morrison
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Are you referring to the Express tools on Phtooshop.com?
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I'm referring to the screen which comes on when I click EDIT. There's a small box in the center for my image, three toolbars across the top, a double stack of icons down the left side, and a 21⁄2" box with EDIT CREATE SHARE across the top on the right side. You can't click or drag any of this stuff away to make the image larger.

You also can't put more than one image up at a time so as to compare them side by side. At least one other package, LView, allows this. If I have two or three shots of the same thing, it's nice to put them up side by side to see which one is best.

Everyone has his own needs. For me, there's way too much far-out whiz-bang weird stuff and it's too difficult to find and use the more common functions. Too much of the screen space is wasted on toolboxes and choices and the image itself is too small.

It's like if all you want to do is heat up some beans in the kitchen, the app takes out every single pot and pan and utensil you have and spreads it all around.

This doesn't make it easier to work, it complicates it and makes it more difficult.

Have a nice day.
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Ahh. Photoshop Elements. What version do you own?

The interface is customizable such that you un-tab or arrange documents to see them side by side, as well as hide panels and tool bars if you don't use them, or aren't currently using them.

Window>Images>

Use the Tab key to hide panels and focus on your images.
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Photoshop Elements 10.0.

TAB removes the toolbars and boxes and presents a near-full screen view.

Still don't see how to get more than one image, side by side, on the same screen. I managed to get a couple of them there with the CREATE COLLAGE process, but there has to be a simpler way than that.

Thanks.
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Choose, Preferences>General... and check "Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode"

To see two images side by side, choose:

Window>Images> Tile