Originally Posted by terrib
When I started with Elements (coming from Picasa) I worked my way up through the 3 different Editor interface styles and didn't get intimidated.
Firstly, I only use the "Photoshop Elements Editor", I'm afraid I cannot help much with how you would access this on a Mac, as I gather there isn't a direct equivalent to the Windows (file) Explorer and the mouse doesn't have a right button to click, but in Windows I would navigate to a file on my HDD, right click it and select "Open With ..", if Elements opens with a welcome screen, I think there is an option to skip that in future, which you need to tick. If anyone with a Mac knows how to do this, please jump in and educate both of us
Anyway, once a picture is open in the Editor, look towards the top right corner, there should be 3 tabs, the left hand (orange coloured) one says "EDIT" followed by a word and a droplist arrow, if you click on the down arrow to reveal the list, in turn, try out the three different options;
Guided - this gives lots of help text, but you have to go through things one at a time and click OK or Cancel on bottom right before returning to the EDIT Guided menu
Quick - this gives a selection of sliders (and some Auto buttons) to do basic stuff to a jpg
Full - this gives the scary interface, not unlike big Photoshop, you have to access features via the much expanded range of buttons on left and menus across the top
I started with Guided and moved to Quick when I found Guided slowed me down too much, then on to Full when I couldn't do what I wanted in Quick.
Just ignore the ones you don't understand until either;
you feel brave, or
someone tells you 'how to' in a CiC reply
I hope that helps and good luck,