The Photoshop Elements 11 Save/Save As Dialog Box - dummies

The Photoshop Elements 11 Save/Save As Dialog Box

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In almost any program, including Photoshop Elements 11, the Save (or Save As) dialog box is a familiar place where you make some choices about the file to be saved. With Save As, you can save a duplicate copy of your image or save a modified copy and retain the original file.

To use the Save (or Save As) dialog box, choose File→Save for files to be saved the first time, or choose File→Save As for any file, and a dialog box opens. You can see the save options you have available on Windows (top) and Macintosh (bottom).


The standard navigational tools you find in any Save dialog box appear in the Elements Save/Save As dialog box. Here are some standard options you find in the Elements Save/Save As dialog box:

  • File Name (Save As on the Mac): This item is common to all Save dialog boxes. Type a name for your file in the text box.

  • Format: From the drop-down menu, you select file formats.

A few options make the Photoshop Elements Save/Save As dialog box different from other Save dialog boxes that you might be accustomed to using. The Save Options area in the Save As dialog box provides these choices:

  • Include in the Elements Organizer: If you want the file added to the Organizer, select this check box.

  • Save in Version Set with Original: You can edit images and save a version of your image, but only in Quick mode. When you save the file from Quick mode, this check box is active. Select the box to save a version of the original, which appears in the Organizer.

  • Layers: Select this check box if you have a file with layers and want to preserve the layers. This option is available only for PSD, TIFF, PDF, and PSE file formats.

  • As a Copy: Select this check box to save a copy of the file without overwriting the original.

  • Color: Select the check box for ICC (International Color Consortium) Profile. Depending on which profile you’re using, the option appears for sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998). When the check box is selected, the profile is embedded in the image.

  • Thumbnail (Windows): If you save a file with a thumbnail, you can see a miniature representation of your image when viewing it in folders or on the desktop. If you select Ask When Saving in the Saving Files preferences, the check box can be enabled or disabled.

    If you select an option for Always Save or Never Save in the Preferences dialog box, this box is enabled or disabled (and grayed out). You have to return to the Preferences dialog box if you want to change the option.

  • Use Lower Case Extension (Windows): File extensions give you a clue to which file format a file was saved in. Elements automatically adds the extension to the filename for you. Your choices are to use uppercase or lowercase letters for the extension name. Select the check box for Use Lower Case Extension for lowercase; deselect the check box if you want to use uppercase characters in the filename.

    By default, you should always use lowercase extensions. Lowercase is required for some uses such as web hosting images.