Photoshop Elements Made Easy - Understanding Photoshop Elements File Menu Options - Photoshop Elements Tutorial

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File>New-What It’s For

New: By navigating to File>New you are faced with many options. The first option is a new blank file. This allows you to start from scratch to create a new photo or document. The next option is new image from clipboard. If you’ve saved anything to your clipboard from other documents, you can use this option to open it in your Photoshop Elements program.

Next is new Photomerge® Group Shot. This allows you to take many photos of the same subject or group and merge only the best parts of each photo into your main shot. This works well if you have a great photo with a dingy sky, or if a person got in the way in one of your shots. Next is Photomerge® Faces. Photomerge® Faces allows you to take different aspects from people (such as their eyes, nose, mouth, or ears) and merge them into one photograph. It’s much like the photo booths that will merge you and your boyfriend or girlfriend to show you what your child would look like.

The last choice in the New menu is Photomerge® Panorama. A panorama is a shot of a building or landscape that wouldn’t all fit into one photograph. You stand in an area and take photos of the building moving your camera slightly each time until you have the whole thing photographed. You then can use Photomerge® Panorama to stitch the photos together into one photo, rather than many photos that only show off a portion of the building.

File>Open Options

Open: File>Open allows you to open files that are saved to your computer. Once you click Open, a dialog box will appear allowing you to scan through your hard drive and folders in order to find the photograph you wish to open and work on in Photoshop Elements.

Open As: File>Open As allows you to choose the specified file format that a photograph opens in. Some options include .psd, .jpg, .gif, or .raw among many other choices.

Open Recently Edited File: This option allows for you to open a file that you have worked on previously. Simply hover over the arrow and it will bring up a list of the ten most recent files that you’ve worked on. Select the file you want to work on from the list and that file will open into your Photoshop working area.

Duplicating and Closing

Duplicate: File>Duplicate allows you to create an exact copy of a file you already have open. This comes in handy if you want to change slight aspects of the photo such as the background color or text. Rather than starting from the beginning and editing each photo, simply duplicate the file once you’ve made the changes that will be the same on all photos, and duplicate it.

Close: File>Close is the File menu equivalent of clicking on the “X” in the window frame. It will close whatever photo you have open at the time. If you haven’t saved, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to save the changes to the photo before you exit.

Close All: Close all will close every photo that you have opened in your Photoshop Elements bin. A dialog box will come up for each photo asking you if you’d like to save the changes before you close it.

This post is part of the series: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Menus - Photoshop Elements Made Easy

This tutorial series will explain all the menu options within Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0. From the File Menu to the Help Menu.

  1. Adobe Photoshop Elements File Menu - Including New, Open, and Duplicate
  2. Adobe Photoshop Elements File Menu - Including Save, File Info, and Organize
  3. Adobe Photoshop Elements File Menu - Including Import, Export, and Print
  4. Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Edit Menu - Including Undo, Redo, Cut, and Copy
  5. Adobe Photoshop Elements Edit Menu - Including Selections, Brushes, and Patterns
  6. Adobe Photoshop Elements Edit Menu - Including Color Settings, Presets, and Preferences
  7. How to Rotate Your Images Using Adobe Photoshop Elements
  8. Adobe Photoshop Elements Image Menu - Including Crop, Transform, and Resize
  9. Adobe Photoshop Elements Image Menu - Details on Mode, Converting Color Profile, and Magic Extractor
  10. Adobe Photoshop Elements Enhance Menu - Including Auto Smart Fix, Auto Levels, and Auto Red Eye Fix
  11. Adobe Photoshop Elements Enhance Menu - Including Adjust Color, Unsharp Mask, and Convert to Black and White
  12. Adobe Photoshop Elements Layer Menu - Details On New, Duplicate, and Rename Layer
  13. Adobe Photoshop Elements Layer Menu - Details On Adjustment Layers, Fill Layers, and Layer Content
  14. Adobe Photoshop Elements Layer Menu - Including Type, Merge, Flatten, Arrange, and Group
  15. Adobe Photoshop Elements Select Menu - Information On Deselect, Reselect, Inverse, and Feather
  16. Adobe Photoshop Elements Select Menu - Including Modify, Grow, Similar, and Loading, Saving, and Deleting a Selection