Photoshop Elements 10: Quick adjustment sliders are too hard to control

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In Elements 10.0 for Mac the "Quick" editing controls are very frustrating to use. Trying to make incremental adjustments of the sliders with the mouse it's almost impossible. You want to nudge Temperature from 50 to 51? Too bad, the tiniest mouse movement jumps to 53, then back to 49. Adding the ability to control the sliders with the arrow keys (in steps of 1) would be a big help. Or maybe allowing control of the sliders with side-to-side swipes on my Magic Mouse would help?

The 3x3 grid of presets that appears when I click on the tiny triangle to the right of the sliders is equally frustrating. The change from one box to the next is too much.
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runswithsizzers

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Hi, in Photoshop, modifiers can be added to change a slider's behavior: shift makes 10 fold changes, and ALT/Opt makes for finer changes, did you try if it is the case in Elements?
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Sadly, the modifier keys have no effect in my version of Elements.
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Dan Smith

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If you click beside the numbers in the Quick Fix, you can manually input the
values.

Dang i have to take that back. Adobe removed that feature in pse 10.
In pse 8 there are input boxes that the numbers can be typed into.
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Double dang!
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OK internet users, I found a workaround solution to my problem - in a book. Two books, actually. Both "Photoshop Elements 10 the Missing Manual" and "The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers" mention this trick:

If I click on the little triangle to the right of a slider bar, then a 3x3 grid of small icons appear representing presets of the tool applied to my image at different strengths. If I click and drag my mouse across one of the preset images, then I can easily apply small changes in the strength of the effect.

Compared to trying to move the slider directly, where 1 or 2 mm of mouse movement changes the effect from 0 to 1 - when scrubbing across the preset it takes about 20-25 mm of mouse movement to change from 0 to 1. It's a bit cumbersome, but at least it is possible to get fine control without feeling like I'm trying to tie a flea's shoelaces.