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Chapter 2. Creating and Managing Images

Chapter 2. Creating and Managing Images

One of the first things you’ll be doing in Photoshop Elements is setting up your image. This involves creating a new file (or importing a photo or image from a digital camera, camcorder, or scanner), setting its dimensions and size, and arranging it on your desktop in a way that works best for you. Photoshop Elements can seem a little overwhelming at first, presenting you with so many settings choices when you first start working on an image. And although a basic understanding of the principles of resolution and print size will prove helpful in the long run, you’re free to skip past this information for now if you’d rather dive right in to learning about photo correction and retouching. I’d strongly encourage you to return to this chapter, though, because it will help answer some of those nagging questions like, “Why is the image on my screen so much larger than the one I just printed?” or, “How can I make this huge photo from my digital camera small enough to e-mail?”

This chapter shows you how to get your images into Photoshop Elements, and offers some basic guidelines on adjusting image size and resolution, depending on whether you want to print, e-mail, or post to the Web. You’ll also learn the different methods for viewing additional information about your images.


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