Adobe Photoshop Elements Edit Menu - Including Color Settings, Presets, and Preferences
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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Color Settings: The Edit>Color Settings option allows you to change the way your computer views your photo files. You can choose between having no color management, always optimizing the color for computer screens, always optimize for printing, or allow me to choose.
No color management - will ignore and discard color embedded profiles if any exist.
Always optimize for computer screen - This setting is set for sRGB mode and will keep all colors within that range as they exist. This ensures an accurate display of your photos for any computer that accepts sRGB color modes.
Always optimize for printing - This setting sets your photos within the AdobeRGB range which is commonly used when you print images.
Allow me to choose - This mode will always assume that your photo should be in sRGB mode, but will also give you the option to change to AdobeRGB if a color profile is not present.
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File Association and Preset Manager
File Association: This Edit Menu option brings up a dialog box for your file association manager. It allows you to choose which file extensions will open directly from your Windows Explorer. Any other compatible file extensions can be opened with Photoshop Elements by using File>Open.
Preset Manager: The preset manager allows you to manage your brushes, gradients, patterns, and other presets included within Elements. You can create a set based on brushes you use often, or reset Elements to only include default brush and pattern collections.
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Preferences: The preferences menu has many different options that allow you to customize how Elements works.
General - The general settings dialog box gives you choices such as setting the opacity of your cursors, resetting all of the warning dialogs, or the color and style of your grid area.
File Saving Options - This is where you can customize when Photoshop warns you, whether or not you want Elements to dispose of EXIF data, or if you want Elements to always save over your original files.
Performance - Performance lets you change options like memory usage, history and cache, and scratch disks.
Display & Cursors - This preference area will allow you to choose the size of brush tips, whether or not you want to view crosshairs, whether you want to use standard or precise cursors, and whether or not to use a shield when you crop your photos.
Transparency Settings - Within the transparency setting you can choose your grid size and the grid’s color as well as view how it will look once you’ve made the changes.
Units & Rulers - This preference setting allows you to change how rulers and other units appear within Elements. Examples include, setting your ruler to show in pixels rather than inches, or setting the default presets for new files.
Grid - The grid preferences allows you to change the color, style, subdivisions and number of gridlines within your documents.
Plug-Ins - This selection allows you to change and edit any Elements plug-ins you have installed. You can also specify a new plug-ins folder.
Type - Within the type preferences dialog box, you can customize whether or not Elements uses smart quotes, whether you want font names to appear in English, and what size you want the font preview to be.
Organize & Share - This is the last item found within the preferences menu. It will open your Adobe Elements organizer and bring up a dialog box allowing you to customize how the organizer works. It lets you specify things such as date format, whether or not to use the default system text, and whether to display your photos by oldest or newest first.