Importing or exporting a picture can be confusing for anyone new to photo editing but a few simple rules and definitions can make this process much easier. First of all, it’s important to note that pretty much any graphic on your computer, printed paper, t-shirt, etc., comes from an ‘image file’. These image files come in a number of different formats and each has a specific purpose for coming in that particular format. Using the correct one will ensure that you end up with the perfect photo once you have completed all your editing.
Although there are cases where certain images can contain some aspects of each file type, it is unlikely that this would ever happen for any pictures you have taken that you wish to edit.
Raster & Vector Images Formats Explained
Raster Images – Are made up of pixels which are dots set up in a grid where each pixel or dot is a specific colour. The resolution of a Raster Image is dependent on the size in which the picture was taken and if you try to stretch the image it will become blurry or what is known as ‘pixelated’. Following is a brief explanation of the more popular Raster Image types.
- JPEG/JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) – As the most common format, a JPEG is generally used in email graphics, photos, and banners. Using JPEGs are ideal for quick downloading of things such as artwork or online pictures. They are also great for printing and photo editing. JPEGs are also best for reducing the size of the image in order to email or preview an image. The one area that this format is not able to be used for is if you are looking for transparency options in your photo.
- GIF – This is also a popular format that is typically used in animated images in social media, emails, banner ads, etc. This format can be used if you want transparency that allows you to put your image on a coloured background. Although GIFs can be of a high resolution, they do have colour limitations and can lose its original vibrant colouring when a photo is converted to this format.
- PNG – Are best to use if you are looking for a high quality transparent graphic for the web. The images tend to be more vibrant that when using a GIF
- TIFF/TIF – This format is typically used in desktop publishing due to its very high quality. This format is also ideal when printing your own photos, especially if they are large.
Vector Images – The formats in this category can generally be found in digital illustrations, icons, and logos. The three basic formats in Vector Images include:
- PDF (Portable Document Format) – This is probably the most popular and versatile format and works well in displaying both graphics and documents properly. It is also compatible with any application, operating system, device, or web browser. It’s great for printing as most printers prefer PDFs and they are also widely used when creating magazines, flyers, posters, etc.
- EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) – An EPS file typically contains a single design element which can then be used in larger designs. When using an EPS file for a logo, it will always maintain the proper resolution regardless of the size or position of the image within your project.
- AI – This is the ideal format if you are creating an icon or logo as each line or shape can be made larger or smaller and maintain it original appearance.
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Now that we know a little about the various file formats lets take a look now at how to simply import images into Adobe Photoshop Elements. Follow through one step at a time, you will quickly master converting files, batch processing, editing, etc. in very short order.
Import photos into Adobe Photoshop Elements
- In Elements Organizer, click Import.
- Select From Files And Folders to import media from a particular file or folder location. …
- Select the media in the Get Photos And Videos From Files and Folders dialog box.
- (Optional) Select the desired options: …
- Click Get Media.
How to Export Photos:
- Select items you want to export.
- Select File > Export As New File(s).
- Specify the following options as required:
Specifies the file format for the exported photo. Choose Use Original Format to keep the file in its current format.
Size And Quality
Changes the pixel dimensions, file size, compression, and quality of the photo. You can’t increase the original image size when exporting using the Original Format file type.
Specifies the folder in which to store the exported file. Click Browse to specify a different folder or drive.
Specifies the name of the exported file. Select Original Names to use the current name of the photos. To export files with the same name plus a sequential number, select Common Base Name and type a name. If a filename exists in the target folder, the exported file’s name is modified to avoid overwriting an existing file.
4. Click Export.
What is Batch Processing?
There may be times when you have several images where you want to make the same change to each one. Rather than editing or dealing with each one individually, you can ‘batch process’ them. For example, you may have several photos that might need to be scaled down to a specific dimension..You would simply select a folder that contains the images and Adobe Photoshop Elements will walk you through the few easy steps to convert them all in just a few simple steps. This will not only allow you to change the image properties on multiple photos but will also allow you to export the finalized images all at once.
Let’s try an example of resizing multiple images using “Batch Processing”
Step 1: In Photoshop Elements, choose File > Process Multiple Files. This opens the Process Multiple Files dialog. Here you can select which images to process.
Step 2: Select the destination folder for the resized images (you can create one from this dialog), or, if desired, select Same as Source.
Step 3: In the image size area, select Resize Images. Select Constrain Proportions as you will want your images to be resized in proportion and not skewed or distorted out of shape.
Step 4: Now type the largest Width or Height to use for your resized images. Example: 300px (Pixels) for the width, the height will be adjusted accordingly.
Step 5: To convert the files to a different format, make the desired selection in the “File Type” dropdown list.
Step 6: When you are done, click Ok to process the folder
Lets learn more about Adobe Photoshop Elements
Below we have gone into detail on some of the more common tools used on images to really make them pop. Feel free to jump to any of the following topics so you can get started right away:
Importing/Exporting Images – Find out the difference between Raster and Vector images, different file formats and how to import/export images into Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.
Adjusting Contrast – This section explains what contrast is all about including Brightness, Sharpness, Saturation/Hue and how they effect your images.
Cropping Images – Learn how to crop photos while maintaining aspect ratios, how to switch from portrait to landscape mode, crop to specific pixel dimensions.
Scaling Photos – Learn about scaling images in Adobe Photoshop Elements and the differences between cropping, resizing and scaling your photos.
Image Filters and Effects – We show you steps to applying filters and image effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements to spice up your photos!