Photoshop PDF and PNG File Formats in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Photoshop PDF and PNG 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 Photoshop PDF (*.PDF, *.PDP) and PNG (*.PNG).

Photoshop PDF file format in Photoshop Elements 10

Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) is designed to maintain document integrity and exchange files between computers. PDF is one of the most popular formats and can be viewed in the free Adobe Reader program available for installation on your Elements CD installer or by downloading it from the Adobe website.

PDF is all over the place in Elements. When you jump into Organize mode and create slide presentations, cards, and calendars, for example, you can export your documents as PDF files. When you save in Photoshop PDF format, you can preserve layers and text. Text is recognizable in Adobe Reader (or other Acrobat viewers) and can be searched by using the Reader’s Find and Search tools.

PDF files can be printed, hosted on websites, and exchanged with users of Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and Linux. All in all, this format is well suited for all the files you create in Elements that contain text, layers, and transparency, and for when you want to exchange files with users who don’t have Elements or Photoshop.

PNG file format in Photoshop Elements 10

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) is another format used with web pages. PNG supports all color modes, 24-bit images, and transparency. One disadvantage of using PNG is that color profiles can’t be embedded in the images, like they can with JPEG. An advantage, however, is that PNG uses lossless compression, resulting in images without degradation.

PNG is also an option in the Save For Web dialog box. Use the File→Save For Web command to export your photos as PNG.