Save Your Nature Photography in Photoshop Elements - dummies

Save Your Nature Photography in Photoshop Elements

By Doug Sahlin

After you edit an image, it’s time to save it. You can save your nature photos in any format supported by Photoshop Elements. If you’re editing a RAW file, your only option is to save to a different format. If you’re editing a JPEG image, save the image with a different filename so you won’t overwrite the original image.

1Choose File→Save.

After you perform your desired edits on your photo, choose File→Save. The Save As dialog appears.

2Enter a filename for the image in the Save As text box.

It’s advisable to give the image a different filename than the original. If you give the image the same filename and save it in the same folder, you’ll overwrite the original.

If you don’t enter a filename, Photoshop Elements automatically adds the following to the original: edited-1 (for the first edit). If you don’t rename your images, I advise you to accept the default filename Photoshop Elements gives the image. This prevents overwriting the original.

3Choose a folder in which to save the image from the Where drop-down menu.

By default, Photoshop Elements saves images in the same folder as the original. You can save your work in any folder, or you can create a new folder in which to save your edited images.

4Choose from the following options:

Include in the Elements Organizer: Accept this default option, and the saved file will be included in the Photoshop Elements Organizer.

Save in Version Set with Original: This option stacks the saved file with the original in the Organizer. The most recently saved image in the version set appears on top of the stack. If you deselect this option, the edited image is saved beside the original.

Layers: If the image has layers and you save to a file format that supports layers, this option is selected by default. If the selected file format doesn’t support layers, the layers are flattened.

As a Copy: If your image has layers and you deselect the option to save the image with layers, this option is selected by default.

Embed Color Profile: This option saves the image with the same color profile as the original.

5Choose a format from the Format drop-down menu.

Photoshop Elements supports many file types. A full-blown explanation of each file type is beyond the scope of this book. Most online print sources prefer the JPEG format, which is what I show you in the upcoming steps.

6Click Save.

If you accept the default option to save the edited image in a version set with the original, a dialog appears, telling you about version sets. After choosing a file format, the dialog changes to reflect the options for the file format.

7Specify the image quality in the Quality text box.

JPEG is a lossy format, which means the image is compressed, and information is lost. The default image quality option is 7, which creates a medium-size file with good image quality. If you’re printing the image, choose a quality of 10 or higher.

8Choose from the following format options:

Baseline (“Standard”): This option works well for print and for the web.

Baseline Optimized: This option yields good image quality, but it applies a bit more compression. Choose this option when file size is a concern.

Progressive: Choose this option for web images. This option loads the image into the browser in stages. The first stage gives the viewer an idea of what is to come. With each stage, the image quality improves. When you choose this option, the Scans drop-down menu becomes available. Choose the number of scans from the drop-down menu. The default option loads the image in three stages (scans). You can specify as many as five scans.

9Click OK.

Photoshop Elements saves the image.