The Digital Darkroom
Developed and Instructed by James Gordley 2004-2009
All illustrations and graphics  done using Photoshop Elements.


The Menu Bar

Almost every Windows program has a menu bar. Some of the menu commands will be familiar to you already. Photoshop Elements  is a powerful program with many more commands than your average application. In this segment we are going to briefly explain the options found on the Menu Bar.

Menu Bar -- File Commands

Image from Clipboard ---
 [File > New > Image from Clipboard]
Copies the contents of your clipboard into the editing window. The image size is automatically adjusted to fit the clipboards contents. Many of the graphics you see in this course were created by making use of the Image from Clipboard feature.



The File menu options:
Open the File menu  by clicking File on the menu bar.

New [File > New]

Clicking New brings up the menu.

Blank File ---  [File > New > Blank File...]

Opens the New File dialog box. Use the fields in this dialog box to Name the document, choose a preset size, or define the exact size in width, height, mode and resolution for your document.



Photomerge stitches several photos into one panoramic or wide angle view.

Open / Open As
File > Open...]
and [File > Open As...]

Open -- Clicking Open will cause the Open dialog box (Figure WA-5) to be displayed. From that dialog box you can open image files on your computer or other computers connected to your network.

Open As -- Clicking Open As will cause the Open As dialog box to be displayed. Using this dialog box you will be able to open and convert files into a format that is supported by Elements.


Open Recently Edited File
File > Open Recently Edited File]

Open Recently Edited File -- Clicking Open Recently Edited File will cause a submenu to be displayed (Figure WA-7) that contains the 10 most recent files you have edited using elements.



File > Duplicate...]

Duplicate -- Clicking Duplicate will cause the Duplicate Image dialog box to open (Figure WA-8). You can then duplicate and rename the current active image, the editor window.

File > Close]

Close -- Clicking Close will cause the file in the active editor window to close without saving.

Close All
File > Close All ]

Close All -- Clicking Close All will cause all of the open files to close without saving.

File > Save]

Save -- Clicking Save will save the active file. Upon the first use the save dialog box will pop up so that you can name the file and pick a directory for it to be saved in. If the file has already been saved once in this manner clicking Save again will save the file without the options of naming the file or choosing a directory in which to store it.

Save As
File > Save As...]

Save As -- Clicking Save As will save the active file. Upon the first use the save dialog box will pop up so that you can name the file and pick a directory for it to be saved in.

Save for Web
File > Save for Web...]

Save for Web -- Clicking Save for Web will cause the Save for Web dialog box to open (Figure WA-9). Using the Save for Web options you will be able to optimize images specifically for use on the Internet. Save for Web even has an option to animate your image by using layers as film frames.



Attach to Email
File > Attach to Email]

Attach to Email -- Clicking Attach to Email will cause the the Attach to Email dialog box to open. Using the options in the dialog box you can attach and send photos to one or more recipients through your default email program.


File Info
File > File Info...]

File Info -- Clicking File Info will cause the File Info dialog box to open. You can then add captions, copyright, URL information to the image. You can also view the EXIF information attached to the file by devices such as digital cameras and scanners.

File > Place...]

Place -- Clicking Place...Enables you to  place PDF, Adobe Illustrator, or EPS files into a new layer in an image.

Organize Open Files
File > Organize Open Files...]

See Save As...

Process Multiple Files
File > Process Multiple Files...]

Process Multiple Files  -- clicking the Process Multiple Files option brings up the dialog box seen to the right. It  provides access to several Photoshop Elements functions for  processing of several files at the same time and with the same options. You can use multiple file processing to change the file names of all the photos in a folder, or to save a new version of the files in a different format. You can also resize a folder of images, make simple color corrections, or add labels to photos.