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Part 1. Learning the Ropes > Starting with a Blank Canvas

Starting with a Blank Canvas

Not all images start out as photographs. Sometimes, you just want to paint. For that to happen, you need to start with a blank document, rather than opening an existing file. You can choose the size and resolution of your new image file.

Double-click the Adobe Photoshop Elements icon on the Windows Desktop to start the program.

Click the Start from Scratch button to create a new, blank image file.

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The Color of the Canvas

Choose a background from the Background Contents pop-up menu. White gives you a white “page”, and Background Color makes the canvas the current background color. Choose Transparent to overlay your drawing on another image.


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Sizing for a Copied Image

If an image is on the clipboard, Photoshop Elements automatically inserts the size and resolution of that image in the New dialog box. Click OK; then press Ctrl+V to paste the image into the document.


Enter Width and Height values for the new file.

Choose a Resolution value.

Set the Color Mode to RGB and choose an option from the Background Contents menu.

Click OK to create the new file. A blank image window opens.


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