A few days ago the dodge tool disapeared has this happened to any one else.
What OS and version of Elements are you using?
You may be in the Quick editing mode. If so, change to Expert.
If you have recently used one of the related tools, such as the Sponge tool, that icon will appear in the toolbar. However, if you look in the Tool Options bin, the Dodge tool will be available.
Oh my god what a simple fix, did not realize that the 2 of those tools were in the same spot thank you so much for helping this total air head.
Good question and answer, thanks. But a beef: I have been dodging/burning photos for 50+ years, digitally since before PhotoShop, and in Elements since v2. V8 was so good I stuck with it in retirement until Mac OS 12.4 forced buying PSE2022. It's mostly great so far, but I was dumbfounded that those most basic of all tools (except crop) were missing from the tool palette. Sponge is not a basic, and tricky. Please tell the designer geniuses that this sort of needless tinkering can incense loyal customers, including those of us who have extensive followings among peers and students.
I'm pretty sure thatthe sponge tool has been in pse since day 1, and if it hasn't been, then it's been around for a bunch of years- that's not tickering- it's by design.
Just like designing the dodge and burn tool icons based upon, generally home made items used in dark rooms- it's by design. I'n not aware of any of the basic tools being removed over the years, however, to see all possible tools and their options you do need to be in expert mode.
PSE has always been geared toward the average "mom and pop" "joe average" type of user. The interface over the years has moved away from the almost cartoonish / colorful interface of the earlier versions and now is pretty much the same style as Photoshop.