How to Create Versions in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Create Versions in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can create version sets in the Photoshop Elements Photo Editor and not the Organizer. Versions are similar to stacks, but you create versions from only one file. You might make some edits in an original image, and saving with a version set permits you to save the original plus the edited version in the same file.

You can edit an image and save both the edited version and the original as a version set. You can make additional edits in either of these editing modes and save them to a version set. To create a version set, follow these steps:

  1. Select an image by clicking it in the Organizer window.

  2. Apply an edit.

    For example, right in the Organizer, you can correct some brightness problems in your image. Choose Edit→Auto Smart Fix to adjust contrast and brightness.

  3. View the items in the version set by clicking the image in the Organizer and choosing Edit→Version Set→Expand Items in Version Set.

    Elements automatically creates a version set for you when you apply the Auto Smart Fix to the file. A new Organizer window opens and shows two thumbnail images — one representing the original image and the other representing the edited version.

  4. To open the original in the Photo Editor, click the Editor button.

  5. Edit the image in the Photo Editor.

    You can choose from many different menu commands to edit the image. For example, change the color mode to Indexed Color by choosing Image→Mode→Indexed Color.

  6. Save a version by choosing File→Save As.

  7. In the Save Options area of the Save As dialog box, select the Include in the Organizer and Save in Version Set with Original check boxes.

  8. Click Save.

    The edit made in the Photo Editor is saved as another version in your version set.

When you have a version set, you can open the Edit→Version Set submenu and choose menu commands that are similar to the commands available with stacks.

After you create a version set, you find additional submenu commands you can use to manage the version set. Choose Edit→Version Set or open a context menu on a version set and then choose Version Set. The submenu opens.


Items listed in the Version Set submenu are

  • Expand Items in Version Set: Click a version set and choose this menu command to expand the items in the version set.

  • Collapse Items in Version Set: When items are expanded, you can return them to a collapsed view by selecting this command.

  • Flatten Version Set: Be careful here. If you choose this command, you lose all items in the version set except the top image.

  • Convert Version Set to Individual Items: This command removes items from the version set and adds each version as a separate image to the Organizer window.

  • Revert to Original: This command deletes the version set and returns you to the original, unedited version of the file.

  • Remove Item(s) from Version Set: This option removes any selected item (or items) from a version set.

  • Set as Top Item: When viewing an expanded version set, click one of the images and choose this item to move it to the top.