Adobe Photoshop Elements Edit Menu - Including Selections, Brushes, and Patterns
written by: xanadu324•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/10/2009
This article will explain the Edit menu within Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0. It will ease the confusion on where functions are located and what they’re used for. This is a must-read for anyone just getting started with Photoshop, or someone who wants to learn more about editing their photos.
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Fill Selection and Stroke Selection
Fill Selection: Fill Selection allows you to select an area of your document and fill it with the foreground color, background color, pattern, or another color altogether. You can also choose the blending mode, whether or not to preserve the transparency, and the opacity of the selection.
Stroke (Outline) Selection: This option allows you to make an outline around a specific area of your photo. You can choose the color of the outline, how many pixels wide you’d like the outline to be, and whether you want the outline on the inside, outside, or centered within your selection. If you choose inside, the outline will be slightly smaller than your selected area, outside will make the outline slightly larger than your selection, and centered will create the outline exactly along the line of your selection.
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Defining Brushes and Patterns
Define Brush: Edit>Define Brush allows you to create your own brushes to use with Photoshop Elements. Rather than using brush presets, you can create an object you’d like to use as a brush, click on Edit>Define Brush and give your new brush a title. It will show up at the very bottom of your brushes palette under Default Brushes.
Define Pattern: Define Pattern is along the same lines as Define Brush. Rather than creating a brush, you’re creating a fill pattern that can be used in other documents through Photoshop Elements. Select the portion of the photo you want to save as a pattern, go to Edit>Define Pattern and give the file a name. It will now show up at the very bottom of your paint bucket selection when Use Pattern is selected.
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Clear, Adding Pages, and Deleting Pages
Clear: There are a few different choices under Edit>Clear. The first is clearing your undo history. Once you’ve done this, you will no longer be able to undo anything you’ve done to the photo. Photoshop will give you a warning letting you know that deleting the Undo History is permanent. There is also an option to clear clipboard contents. Clearing the clipboard will delete all of your Edit>Copy history. Lastly is Clear All. Clear All will erase both your Undo history and your clipboard.
Add Blank Page: This Edit Menu option allows you to create a file more than one page in length. This would work well for creating your own photo book complete with title pages, photos, and covers. Once you’re finished you can print the pages together and create your own photo book.
Add Page Using Current Layout: Much like adding a blank page, adding a page using your current layout will copy the settings used for your current document and create a page. This comes in handy if you’re creating a multi-page document and want to have the same background on all of the pages. Rather than creating a new file with the same background, you can just go to Edit>Add Page Using Current Layout and it will copy over your information allowing you to add text or photos to the next page.
Delete Current Page: This option will be grayed out in your menu if you only have a one page document. If you’re working with a document that has multiple pages, this will allow you to delete the currently selected page. This is a good option for you if you accidentally made too many pages, or you don’t like the way the pages flow together.