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Creating a blank file

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Creating a blank file

Most often when you are working in the Full Edit mode of the Editor, you are going to be manipulating or working with your photographs and so you will have opened existing files. But once in a while, you are going to want to start a new file from scratch. For example, you might need to create something out of graphics or texts like a logo, or a button for a webpage, or maybe you want to create a large background on a blank file and then drag multiple photos on top of the background to make a collage. In those kinds of cases, you are going to want to open a file from scratch this way. In the Full Edit mode of the Editor, I'm going up to the File menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose New, and then Blank File. That opens the New dialog box.

Creating a blank file

Most often when you are working in the Full Edit mode of the Editor, you are going to be manipulating or working with your photographs and so you will have opened existing files. But once in a while, you are going to want to start a new file from scratch. For example, you might need to create something out of graphics or texts like a logo, or a button for a webpage, or maybe you want to create a large background on a blank file and then drag multiple photos on top of the background to make a collage. In those kinds of cases, you are going to want to open a file from scratch this way. In the Full Edit mode of the Editor, I'm going up to the File menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose New, and then Blank File. That opens the New dialog box.

Let's go through the fields in this box. The first field asks you to the name the file. You don't have to name the file here, you could wait until you save it, but you are welcome to do so by clicking in this field, selecting Untitled by clicking and dragging over it and typing your own name, mynewfile, then you will want to set the dimensions of the file. You can do that manually by going down to the Width and Height fields, checking that the unit of measurement for those fields is as you wish it to be. So, if you are creating something for print, those will usually be set to inches, but if you are making something for the web or for screen, you might want to change that unit of measurement to pixels and you would do that by clicking on this menu and just choosing pixels here.

I'll leave it set to inches for now. Then you can type the dimensions into the Width and the Height fields and you are ready to move onto the other fields. But you don't have to go to all that trouble because Elements ships with the number of presets. Let's take a look at some of those. I'm going after the Preset menu and I'm going to click there. And here, I can choose the kind of document that I'm making. So, if I'm making a document that's going to be a background for photos, I might choose photo. And then in the Size menu, I can click and I find all kinds of preset choices.

So let's say, I wanted to make a 5x7 landscape, I could just click there and the width and height as well as resolution, which I'll talk about in a minute, would be filled in for me. But if I were making something for the web say, I could go back to the Preset menu and from there, go down to web and in the Size menu, choose the size of the document that I wanted in pixels. So let's say, I was making something that I wanted to fill the screen of 1024x768, I could click there and the Width and the Height fields are filled in automatically as well as the Resolution field. I'm going to go back to this Preset menu and I'm going to choose Default Photoshop Elements Size, which is 6x4 at 300 pixels/inch in the Resolution field.

So, let me talk for a moment about resolution. In Elements, resolution means the number of pixels that would be assigned to every printed inch of a file. Every file as you see it on your screen is composed of pixels, which are tiny squares of color information. When you go to print a document, you have to translate that number of pixels into inches, so that the printer knows how big to make the document. Most often you will probably be printing to an inkjet printer on your desktop and so this default of 300 pixels/inch is a safe number to put in the Resolution field.

The next field to look at is the Color Mode field. If I click there, I see that I have three choices and I recommend that in almost all cases, you leave Color Mode set to RGB Color. Even if you are creating a document that ultimately is going to be black and white, RGB Color will give you more tonal information to work with, and so it's a better choice. Also, please notice that there is no choice for CMYK here which is Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, that's the color mode that's often used in commercial printing and that's simply is not an option in Photoshop Elements.

The last field here is Background Contents and that simply means what color the new blank file is going to be. It can be white, it can be whatever color is showing over here in the Toolbox in the Background Color Box. Currently that happens to be white, but it can be any color, or it can be transparent. Transparent is not usually going to be A viable choice for you, if you are preparing a document for print, however, you may want to use transparent if you are making something for the web or the screen, that's going to have a transparent or see-through background. So I'll leave the set to white for now and I'll click OK.

And there is my brand new blank file ready for me to create something wonderful in.

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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