Photo Project Format and Photoshop EPS File Formats in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Many different file formats are available in Photoshop Element but you probably will want to use only a few. Among the most common formats are Photo Project Format (*.PSE) and Photoshop EPS (*.EPS).

Photo Project Format file format in Photoshop Elements 10

Use this option when you create a project in Elements and want to save the file as a project.

Photoshop EPS file format in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files are sometimes used by graphic artists when they’re designing jobs for commercial printing. The more popular format for creative professionals is TIFF, but Photoshop EPS has some advantages not found in other formats.

Depending on the color mode of your image, you have different options when you’re using the Photoshop EPS file format. Select the format in the Save/Save As dialog box and click Save. If you’re working on a bitmap image (1 bit), the EPS Options dialog box opens. It offers an option to save transparency wherever white appears in your document.


Notice the Transparent Whites check box. You might have a circular logo for which you want the area around the circle to appear transparent. If you import the graphical image in another program, you can see the black in the image, and all the white area is transparent and shows any background through what was white in the original bitmap image.

If you save a file in a higher bit depth, the EPS Options dialog box doesn’t provide an option for making whites transparent.