Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 - Understanding Photoshop's Menu Options

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Import, Export, and Automation Tools

Import: File>Import is one of my favorite File Menu options. Import allows you to grab frames from movies, TV shows, music videos, and other video files and work on them as you would any other picture. This is one of the best ways to create an animated .gif file. Import also allows you to grab photos directly from your WIA device (usually a scanner).

Export: File>Export is another cool way to work with your photos. If you have a USB cable to connect your mobile phone to your computer, you can use File>Export to save that file to your phone as a wallpaper or screen saver.

Automation Tools: Unless your computer has a specified plug-in that Photoshop Elements recognizes, this option will almost always be grayed out and un-useable. I’ve done a lot with Photoshop Elements and I have yet to be able to use this File Menu option.

Page Setup and Print

Page Setup: Page Setup is used when you’re ready to print your document. A dialog box will come up allowing you to change aspects of your document such as whether you want it printed in portrait or landscape format, the size (such as letter, postcard, or legal), and how large you want the margins on the photo to be.

Print: File>Print brings up the dialog box to send your document to the printer. There are many options such as which printer you want to send the file to (if there are multiple printers hooked up to your computer or network), the position you want the photo to be in (the default is centered), and how many copies you want to print.

Print Multiple Photos: If you want to print more than one document at the same time, this File Menu option is a good choice. It will bring up a list of all the photos currently in your Bin and let you choose different options for each photo. You can choose how many photos will print on each page, how many times to print the photo, what size you want the photos to be, whether or not you want to crop the photos to fit the page, and other options to make sure your photo looks the way you want it to when it’s printed.

Order Prints: Through a business relationship with Kodak EasyShare, you can order prints directly from your Photoshop Elements Organizer. Simply sign up for an account and a dialog box will come up showing all of the photos you currently have open in your Bin. You can order singles or doubles, many different file sizes, and choose options such as Matte finish, Kodak Perfect Touch Processing, or zoom and trim. The dialog box also warns you when a specific image is not high-quality enough for a specified print size. This is very helpful when you want an image in a specific size, but aren’t sure if it’s of a great enough quality to look nice as a print.

Exit: Exit is pretty self-explanatory. It will close the Photoshop Elements program on your computer. It’s the “longer version” of clicking the “X” in the right-hand side of your program window. If you’re working on documents that haven’t been saved, Photoshop will ask you if you’d like to save them before you exit.

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