Preferences Panes in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Preferences Panes in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The settings in the Preferences dialog box are organized into different panes that reflect key categories of preferences. The following list briefly describes the types of settings you can adjust in each of the preferences panes:

  • General preferences, as the name implies, apply to overall general settings you adjust for your editing environment.

  • Saving Files preferences relate to options available for saving files. You can add extensions to filenames, save a file with layers or flatten layers when you’re saving a file, save files with image previews that appear when you’re viewing files as icons on your desktop, and save with some compatibility options.

  • Performance preferences is the pane where you find history states and memory settings, such as scratch disk settings.

  • Display & Cursors preferences offer options for how certain tool cursors are displayed and how you view the Crop tool when you’re cropping images.

  • Transparency preferences require an understanding of how Elements represents transparency. Imagine painting a portrait on a piece of clear acetate. The area you paint is opaque, and the area surrounding the portrait is transparent. To display transparency in Elements, you need some method to represent transparent areas. Open the Transparency preferences and make choices for how transparency is displayed in your 2-D Elements environment.

  • Units & Rulers preferences let you specify settings for ruler units, column guides, and document preset resolutions.

  • Grid preferences (Windows) or Guides & Grid (Macintosh) offers options for gridline color, divisions, and subdivisions. A grid shows you nonprinting horizontal and vertical lines. You use a grid to align objects, type, and other elements. You can snap items to the gridlines to make aligning objects much easier. Guidelines can be dragged from the ruler and positioned between gridlines.

  • Plug-Ins preferences include options for selecting an additional Plug-Ins folder for storing third-party utilities to work with Elements.

  • Type preferences provide options for setting text attributes. You have options for using different quote marks, showing Asian characters, showing font names in English, and previewing font sizes.