Tips for Saving Files with Purpose in Photoshop Elements 12

You can save Photoshop Elements files in a variety of formats. Some format types require you to convert a color mode before you can use the format. Therefore, a relationship exists between file formats and saving files. Additionally, bit depths in images also relate to the kinds of file formats you can use when saving files.

Before you go too far in Elements, become familiar with file formats and the conversions that you need to make in order to save in one format or another. If you do nothing to an image in terms of converting modes or changing bit depth, you can save a file after editing in the same format in which the file was opened.

In many circumstances, you open an image and prepare it for some form of output, which requires more thought about the kind of file format you use when saving the file.

In most any program, the Save (or Save As) dialog box is a familiar place where you make choices about the file to be saved. With Save As, you can save a duplicate copy of your image or save a modified copy and retain the original file. However, if you’re planning to upload your final image to the web, skip the familiar Save (or Save As) dialog box.

To use the Save (or Save As) dialog box, choose File→Save for files to be saved the first time, or choose File→Save As for any file, and a dialog box then opens.

As a matter of good practice when you open an image, choose File→Save As for your first step in editing a photo. Save with a new filename to make a copy and then proceed to edit the photo. If you don’t like your editing results, you can return to the original, unedited photo and make another copy for editing.

The standard navigational tools you find in any Save dialog box appear in the Elements Save/Save As dialog box. Here are two standard options you find in the Elements Save/Save As dialog box:

  • Filename: This item is common to all Save (Windows) or Save As (Mac) dialog boxes. Type a name for your file in the text box.

  • Format: From the drop-down menu, you select file formats.

A few options make the Photoshop Elements Save/Save As dialog box different from other Save dialog boxes that you might be accustomed to using. The Save Options area in the Save As dialog box provides these choices:

  • Include in the Elements Organizer: If you want the file added to the Organizer, select this check box.

  • Save in Version Set with Original: You can edit images and save a version of your image, but only in Quick mode. When you save the file from Quick mode, this check box is enabled. Select the box to save a version of the original, which appears in the Organizer.

  • Layers: If your file has layers, selecting this check box preserves the layers.

  • As a copy: Use this option to save a copy without overwriting the original file.

  • Color: Select the box for ICC (International Color Consortium) Profile. Depending on which profile you’re using, the option appears for sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998). When the check box is selected, the profile is embedded in the image.

  • Thumbnail (Windows only): If you save a file with a thumbnail, you can see a miniature representation of your image when viewing it in folders or on the desktop. If you select Ask When Saving in the Saving Files preferences, the check box can be enabled or disabled.

    If you select an option for Never Save or Always Save in the Preferences dialog box, this box is enabled or disabled (grayed out) for you. You need to return to the Preferences dialog box if you want to change the option.

  • Use Lower Case Extension (Windows only): File extensions give you a clue to which file format was used when a file was saved. Elements automatically adds the extension to the filename for you. Your choices are to use uppercase or lowercase letters for the extension name.

    Select the check box for Use Lower Case Extension for lowercase or deselect the check box if you want to use uppercase characters in the filename.

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