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Most of the time you'll be working with an existing photograph when you're in the Full Photo Edit workspace. But there are times when you may want to start a new blank document from scratch. For example, if you're making a graphic as a logo, or as a button for a web site, or if you're making a large background onto which you want to drag multiple photos. So here's how to make a new blank file from scratch. I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose New, and Blank File. That opens the New dialog box. Here I can give my new file a name, but I don't have to.
I can name it when I save it. Next I can choose from some presets for the size of the file. I'll click the Presets menu so that you can see that there are presets for different kinds of paper, for files intended for the web, for mobile devices, for film and video, and a custom category. So if I know that I'm making an image that I'm going to print, I might choose U.S. Paper, and that will give me some more choices. I can choose the size of the paper from this field, I'll leave it set to Letter, and that automatically fills in the Width and Height to match letter sized paper.
When I'm preparing an image for print, I want to measure it in inches. So I'll leave this menu set to Inches. But if I were making a file for the web, then I would change this to Pixels, and when I change the Width to pixels, the Height will change to pixels as well. And the same is true if I set this menu back to Inches, both menus change together. If I want to customize the number of inches, I can do that by typing other numbers in the Width, and Height fields. So if I wanted to make a 5x7, I could type 5 here and 7 here.
Next is the Resolution field. Resolution means the number of pixels in a digital file that will be assigned to each inch on paper when I print the file. Most digital inkjet printers, the kind that you have at your home or in your office, do best with somewhere around 300 pixels assigned to each inch. And so I'll leave this set to 300. If this were set too low, say to 100, then the resulting image might look blurry when printed, or at worst, could look pixelated.
The next field is the Color Mode field. In most cases, it's best to leave this set to RGB Color, and that's true even if you're making a black-and-white image, because RGB Color has three channels of color information, while these other choices give you a file with less information. And finally, you can choose the Background Contents or the color of the file you're going to start with. That can be white, it can be background color, which means whatever color happens to be over here in the Background Color box, or transparent.
You might use transparent if you were preparing a file for the web, and you didn't want the image to be rectangular. I'll choose White, and then I'll click OK, and there's my new blank file filled with white and ready to go.
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