Create New Images in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Create New Images in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can create new, blank documents by using one of several options. On the Welcome screen, which appears when you first launch Elements, click Edit to launch the Full Photo Edit mode. Choose File→New Blank File to open the New dialog box, in which you choose the document size, resolution, and other attributes.

You can also click the New button on the Macintosh at the top of the Full Photo Edit window. Likewise, you can create new files while working in either Quick Photo Edit mode or in the Organizer.

There are two different output sources you need to be concerned with. Files created for the web or for screen views are measured in pixels, and you don’t need to specify a resolution. The other output source is for print where the measure is other than pixels and you need to specify resolution.

Follow these steps to create a new document while working in any editing mode:

  1. Open Elements and select an editing mode.

    Click Edit on the Welcome screen.

  2. Choose File→New→Blank File in any workspace or press Ctrl-N (Command-N on the Macintosh).

    Either way, the New dialog box opens.


  3. Select the attributes for the new file.

    You have several options from which to choose:

    • Name. Type a name for your file.

    • Preset. From the drop-down menu, you can select from a number of different sizes.

    • Size. You can select a preset size from a long drop-down menu. This is optional because you can change the file attributes in the other text boxes and drop-down menus.

    • Dimensions (Width/Height). Values in the Width and Height text boxes are independent; either box can be edited without affecting the other. Adjacent to the values in the Width and Height text boxes, you find drop-down menus that offer many different options for units of measure, such as the default units of pixels followed by inches, centimeters (cm), millimeters (mm), points, picas, and columns.

    • Resolution. Resolution here is similar to editing the resolution value in the Image Size dialog box when the Resample check box is selected. The resolution is an independent value and isn’t linked to the dimensions. If you want to know how resolution changes dimensions without resampling, create a new, blank file at the known values and click OK.

      Then, choose Image→Resize→Image Size and change the values in the Image Size dialog box. When the measure of the new file is in pixels, the resolution value has no effect. If you don’t believe that statement, just set the Width and Height values to pixels, type 72 in the resolution field, and tab out. Then change the resolution to 300 and tab out.

      You’ll notice that the Image Size information in the lower-right corner doesn’t change. If you change the measure to inches, the resolution value becomes important because it needs to take into consideration enough resolution for your printer.

    • Color Mode. Your choices are Bitmap, Grayscale, and RGB Color.

    • Background Contents. You have three choices: White, Background Color, and Transparent. The selection you make results in the color of the blank image. If you choose Background Color, the current background color assigned on the Tools panel is applied to the background. If you choose Transparent, the image is created as a layer, and the layer name changes to Layer 0.

    • Image Size. This value (displayed in the lower-right corner of the dialog box) dynamically changes when you change the Width, Height, and Resolution values. The Image Size value tells you how much file space is required to save the uncompressed file.

  4. Click OK after setting the file attributes to create the new document.

Sometimes you may want to copy a selection to the Clipboard and convert the Clipboard information to an image. On Windows you can copy a screen shot by pressing the PrtScr button on your keyboard, or press Alt-PrtScr to copy the foreground window.

On the Macintosh, use Command-Shift-4 and click and drag a marquee around the area you want to copy. In Elements, choose File→New→Image From Clipboard. The data on the Clipboard appears in a new document window.