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Creating a blank file

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Many creative projects start with a new blank file. Maybe you're making a poster for an event, designing a scrapbook page or coming up with graphics for a PowerPoint presentation or a web site. To make a new blank file, I am going to go up to the File menu and choose New and Blank File. Here in the New dialog box, I'll type a name for my new file. I like to use a meaningful name that I'll recognize later. So let's say I am making a postcard. That's what I'll type there. I don't have to bother typing the file format because when I save the image later, the file format will be automatically added to the file name.

Creating a blank file

Many creative projects start with a new blank file. Maybe you're making a poster for an event, designing a scrapbook page or coming up with graphics for a PowerPoint presentation or a web site. To make a new blank file, I am going to go up to the File menu and choose New and Blank File. Here in the New dialog box, I'll type a name for my new file. I like to use a meaningful name that I'll recognize later. So let's say I am making a postcard. That's what I'll type there. I don't have to bother typing the file format because when I save the image later, the file format will be automatically added to the file name.

Now, if you're not sure what to put in the rest of the fields, you can just use one of the presets that comes with Elements. From the Presets menu, I can choose the kind of document I am making; say Scrapbooking, and then in the Size menu I can get more specific about the size of the scrapbook page that I want. So let's say I choose 8 x 8. That sets all of the other fields here. I can just click OK and I'm ready to go. But the items in the Preset and Size menus are just suggestions.

They are not set in stone and they may not be relevant for you. For example, you may want a scrapbook page that's 8.5 x 11 rather than one of the preset sizes, and these suggestions in the Preset menu for photo probably aren't relevant for any of you because you're usually just going to open an existing photo rather than create a blank document in the size of the photo. So the upshot is, don't feel limited to these Presets. Instead, from the Preset menu you can always choose a generic preset like Default Photoshop Elements Size or Custom and then fill-in the fields of the New dialog box yourself.

So I'll choose Default Photoshop Elements Size and go from there. I'll start by picking a unit of measurement for the kind of document that I'm making. If I'm making a document for print, I'll leave this set to Inches, if I'm making a document for the web or for online presentation, I'll change to Pixels. But I very seldomly use any of these other choices. Since I'm making a postcard, I'll leave this set to Inches. Then I'll type-in the dimensions that I want. So I want this to be 5 inches wide and 3.5 inches high.

Next is Resolution. This is the hardest field to understand in this dialog box. Resolution here means the number of image pixels that would be assigned to each inch if this image were going to be printed. I'm usually printing to a Desktop Inkjet printer, kind of printer that you can buy in any store, and those kinds of printers generally need about 300 pixels per inch to make a good-looking print. If you're preparing a file to be printed at a store or a service bureau, you can try asking them what resolution their particular printer uses and enter that number here.

But usually 300 pixels per inch is a safe number to enter into this field when you're preparing an image for print. If you entered a much lower number here like 72 or 100, your print would likely be blurry. And if you entered a much higher number than 300, the file size on your computer, which is reported down here on the bottom-right of the dialog box would be unnecessarily high and your print wouldn't look any better than it would at 300 pixels per inch. Now, what if you're preparing an image for the web or for an onscreen presentation? Well, in that case, it doesn't matter what number you put in this field because your file will be measured not in inches but in pixels.

So it's okay to have 72 in this field, it's okay to have 300. The number doesn't matter when you're making a new file for web or screen. Then I'll go down to the Color mode field. I generally leave Color mode set to the Default of RGB Color. RGB color, not grayscale, is the best choice even if you're working with black-and-white photos because RGB gives you more tonal information to work with than grayscale does. Notice that there's no option here for CMYK Color which is the color mode often used in professional print design.

If you are preparing a document for a print service bureau that requires a CMYK file, ask them if you can give them an RGB file and have them converted to CMYK color for you, and they often will do that. The last field is Background Contents. This means the color of the single blank background layer that your file will start with. Your choice here isn't crucial because whatever you choose White, Background Color or Transparent, you can change later once the file is opened. Background Color refers to whatever color happens to be in your Background Color box over here before you start in the New dialog box.

Transparent means see-through. Transparent really isn't useful for print but it maybe your choice if you're making a nonrectangular graphic for use on the web. So I'll leave this set to White. After I've made all these choices, all that's left to do is click OK, and Elements creates a brand-new Blank document ready for me to add content. Do keep in mind that this document isn't yet saved to the hard-drive. So you want to save from time to time as you build out your image starting with a blank file

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

120 video lessons · 15426 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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