Information Box Pop-Up Menu in the Image Window - dummies

Information Box Pop-Up Menu in the Image Window

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Information box’s pop-up menu in the Photoshop Elements 10 Image window enables you to choose the type of information you want to view in the Information box. Click the right-pointing arrow to open the menu.


Here’s the lowdown on the options you find on the pop-up menu:

  • Document Sizes. Shows you the saved file size.

  • Document Profile. Shows you the color profile used with the file. Understanding color profiles is important when printing files.

  • Document Dimensions. When selected, this option shows you the physical size in your default unit of measure, such as inches.

  • Scratch Sizes. Displays the amount of memory on your hard drive that’s consumed by all documents open in Elements. For example, 20M/200M indicates that the open documents consume 20 megabytes and that a total of 200 megabytes are available for Elements to edit your images. When you add more content to a file, such as new layers, the first figure grows while the second figure remains static.

  • Efficiency. Indicates how many operations you’re performing in RAM, as opposed to using your scratch disk (space on your hard drive). When the number is 100 percent, you’re working in RAM. When the number drops below 100 percent, you’re using the scratch disk. If you continually work below 100 percent, it’s a good indication that you need to buy more RAM to increase your efficiency.

  • Timing. Indicates the time it took to complete the last operation.

  • Current Tool. Shows the name of the tool selected from the Tools panel.

Why is this information important? Suppose you have a great photo you want to add to your Facebook account and you examine the photo to find the physical size of 8 x 10 inches at 72 pixels per inch (ppi). You also find that the saved file size is over 1MB.

At a quick glance, you know you want to resize the photo to perhaps 4 x 6 inches at 72 ppi. Changing the resolution dramatically reduces the file size. For now, realize that the pop-up menu shows you information that can be helpful when preparing files for print and display.