This is probably going to be the part of Photoshop Elements 11 that takes you by surprise the most
There have been many changes made to the whole program. The Expert mode is designed to give complete control over images and artwork, revealing all the palettes and tools that we know and love.
The palettes have been removed from their usual stacking down the right-hand side. The Layers palette, for example, dominates the whole column, and additional palettes are actually kept tucked inside the More icon. When opened they’re unable to be anchored to the interface, as could have done in earlier versions. Clicking on the More icon again, however, hides these extra palettes instantly.
Another big difference to the interface in Expert mode is the amount of space given to the open image. The Options bar has been removed from the top and has been relocated to join the number of various icons at the bottom, under Tool Options, sandwiched between Photo Bin and Undo.
We like how these large icons help to keep the whole interface free of clutter. In fact, all the palettes can be hidden away just by clicking on the icons (see below image).
Lastly, the Toolbar looks very different as well. Each tool falls under a category depending on the function such as Modify or Draw. The tool icons are larger too, and when selected the Tool Options bar pops open from the bottom. Tools that are coupled together show up in the Options bar, rather than in the quick drop-down list that Photoshop used to do, which we’re not entirely convinced is an improvement.
Let us know what you think about the new Photoshop Elements 11 below.