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Chapter 11. Saving and Printing Images > Understanding File Formats

Understanding File Formats

Photoshop Elements lets you save an image in any of 15 different file formats, from the native, information-rich Photoshop format to optimized formats for the Web, such as GIF and JPEG. Among these is an extremely specialized collection of formats (PCX, PICT Resource, Pixar, PNG, Raw, Scitex CT, and Targa, if you must know) that you’ll rarely ever need to use and so won’t be described here. What follows, then, are descriptions of the most common file formats, presented in the order that they appear in the Format pop-up menu, in the Save As dialog box.

Photoshop

Photoshop is Photoshop Elements’ native file format, meaning that the saved file will include information for any and all of Photoshop Elements’ features, including layers styles, effects, typography, and filters. As its name implies, any file saved in the Photoshop (PSD) format can be opened not only in Photoshop Elements, but also in Adobe Photoshop. Conversely, any Photoshop file saved in its native format can be opened in Photoshop Elements. However, Photoshop Elements doesn’t support all of the features available in Photoshop, so while you can open any file saved in the PSD format, some of Photoshop’s more advanced features (such as layer sets) won’t be accessible to you within Photoshop Elements.


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