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Creating a New Image

If you want to start with a blank canvas, use the New file dialog to set up the basic dimensions, image resolution, and color mode. You can create your own work of art using Photoshop Elements' many painting and drawing tools, or you can assemble a collage of multiple images. But for now, we'll stick with the basics.

To Create a New Image

  1. To create a new image in either the Organizer or the Editor, go to the File menu and choose New > Blank File, or press Ctrl+N.
  2. In the New dialog, enter a file name; then enter dimensions for the width and height (Figure 3.6). The default size is 6 x 4 inches, which works fine as a starting point. You can always change it later.
    Figure 3.6

    Figure 3.6 The New file dialog lets you name your new image and set its dimensions, resolution, and color mode.

  3. Set the resolution and color mode. For more information, see Chapter 7, "Changing and Adjusting Colors."
  4. From the Background Contents drop-down menu, choose an option for the background layer of the image.
    • White is the default background option and creates a pure white background layer for the image. This option is just fine for most purposes.
    • Background Color fills the background with the current background color, useful if you want a Web graphic that matches the background color of your Web page.
    • Transparent makes the first layer transparent and results in an image with no background at all—a good choice if you're creating an image for the Web and want it to appear transparent on the page.
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