Open an Image in the Photoshop Elements Photo Editor - dummies

Open an Image in the Photoshop Elements Photo Editor

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You may have a single photo you want to edit without adding it to the Photoshop Elements Organizer. Perhaps you just want to apply some edits to an image you have on a media source or on your hard drive and then send it off via e-mail or share the photo using one of several supported sharing services.

In this case, you can bypass the Organizer and start in the Photo Editor. To open an image in the Photo Editor, do the following:

  1. Launch Photoshop Elements.

    If you open the Welcome screen, click the Photo Editor button to open the Photo Editor. If you’re in the Organizer, click Photo Editor at the bottom of the Organizer window.

  2. Choose File→Open.

  3. (Optional) If you want to search for photos saved within a given format, open the All Formats drop-down list (Format pop-up menu on the Mac) and choose the format for a file you want to open.

    Selecting a format narrows down a collection of photos so that only files saved within the selected format are displayed.

    For example, if you have Camera Raw, JPEG, and TIFF images in a folder and you want to open only a JPEG file, you can select JPEG (*.JPG, *.JPEG, *.JPE) from the All Formats drop-down list (or JPEG from the Format pop-up menu [Mac]). Doing so displays only files saved in the format you choose.

    If you’re not sure what format the file you want to open is, leave the default choice from the menu at All Formats.

    Macintosh users have an advantage here when searching for files. When you arrive at the Open dialog box (File→Open or Command+O), you can use the Mac OS search feature Spotlight in the upper-right corner of the Open dialog box. Of course, you need to work with files that have been renamed. Using names such as img_3012.jpg won’t be easy to remember.

  4. From the list of photo files displayed, click the photo you want to open.

  5. Click the Open button in the Open dialog box.

    The file opens in the Photo Editor.