How to Convert Clipboard Data to Images in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can convert whatever you copy to the Clipboard in Photoshop Elements 11 to an image. If you copy data from somewhere else — such as text in Office applications or objects in Office applications, illustration programs, and other types of applications — Elements can convert the data on the Clipboard to a new image.

Take a look at when you might want to copy a photo and save it as a new image. Suppose that a family member posts a picture on Facebook or in another online album-sharing tool and you want to save the photo to your computer’s hard drive.

Follow these steps to copy a photo from a web page, such as Facebook, and create a new file that you can add to your Organizer catalog:

1Log on to your Facebook, Flickr, Adobe Revel, iCloud, or another website where you can freely use an image.

Remember to observe copyright law when copying online images. You should have permission to use the images you copy.

2Right-click a photo to open a context menu.

Ctrl-click on the Mac with a one-button mouse.

3Choose Copy in Internet Explorer.

In Firefox or Safari, choose Copy Image.

4Open the Elements Organizer or the Photo Editor.

You can select the same menu command in either the Organizer or an editor mode.

5Choose File→New→Image from Clipboard.

The Clipboard contents appear in a new image window.

Using the steps outlined here, you can grab a bunch of images from a family member’s online account without having to load images from a removable device or a media card.