Being new to PS Elements 9, I tried the recompose tool on my own. It worked well and I achieved the correction in my photo. I went to save it and noticed that the extension on the file name was changed from a .jpg to .psg I did not know what to do and tried to change it to a .jpg extension. When I hit SAVE, I got a strange image on my screen which replaced the amended photo that I'd worked so very hard on. Have I lost that amended photo? It shows up in my organizer but doesn't appear as the amended photo. Can it be retrieved? And what does this image mean - it looks like a torn photograph. The guide book I had been using did not mention any warnings about saving an amended photo. I can start from scratch but would rather not.
Correction to my original entry ... I said the saved extension was .psg. That was my error. The program apparently saves with a default extension of .psd I was not aware of, or familiar with that type of format.
I would like to know if there is a way I can save the recomposed photo as a .jpg. Unfortunately, your reply did not provide enough information. I see though by clicking on that arrow, the original photo plus two amended versions. I don't know how to find out the saved information that accompanies those amended photos. Is there are way to see the details? (something similar to pressing the Apple symbol + the letter "i" on a Mac and it will reveal all data concerning that photo)
Sorry about the confusion,Barbara. I thought I clarified that the extension that is offered in the save function is a default to a psd format. I assume that .psd will not translate if I wanted to share this amended photo with a friend via email. It only "works" within the structure of Elements Organizer, correct?
My question is how to save the recomposed photo as a .jpg. I am slowly learning about this Elements tool and I guess it has to do with "layers". When a photo is altered, it has layers and is THAT what changes the extension?? I want to be able to share and work with the altered photos but can't if it has a .psd formatting. I am correct in that assumption?
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To answer your question, NO, I did not type in that extension. It appears automatically when I go to save my recomposed photo. That what I though I had already conveyed in prior postings. It caught me by surprise and I learned that if maintained in that format, others cannot view the photo when emailed as a .psd.
Just open the psd file, flatten the image if necessary. Then "save as" and in the drop-down box of file type it probably now shows jpg. If not, then change to jpg.
Basically you can take it that you cannot share psd images (unless of course the other person has Photoshop)
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Thanks Jim, but what do you mean by "flatten"? I am aware of the pull down menu for changing the format in the save process, but when I select JPEG, I get a pop up warning having something to do with saving as a copy or not saving as a copy (not sure of the verbiage). I go ahead and click okay and as far as I know, it's being saved as a .jpg. I honestly wish that the Adobe tutorials were more detailed. They seem quite generalized and don't address many of the important specifics of the difference processes. That's why I ordered the book called "Photoshop Elements 9 - the missing manual" by Barbara Brundage. Looks pretty good, but is fairly thick ... lots to go through!
Your friend may be able to open a psd file, but they tend to behave oddly in non-adobe programs. It's better to save in a more standard format like Tiff or jpeg.
EDIT A jpeg file can't have layers in it. If you have a layered file you will have to save your jpeg file as a copy--it's PSE's way of protecting you from inadvertently flattening (i.e. consolidating) your layers and then finding out that they're gone. Just keep track of the location when you do the save as a copy and then you'll know where to find it to attach it for emailing.
The process I outlined is so that you still have the psd file (with its layers) in case you want to do more work on it. But you will also end up with a jpeg (also known as jpg) file to send or print etc. To flatten means to flatten all the layers so that you just end up with one. It may be that you only have one layer in the first place anyway - you can press f 11 if you want to check this and a box will pop up on the right to show you. Pressing f 11is a toggle switch so you can hit, to hide, and again, to show.
Anyway back to flatten. Go to layers pull down menu and it is the very bottom item. If you have layers showing then when you flatten you will see them all condense into one.
Barbara Brundage's missing manual is great. Have been dipping into it quite a bit in the last month. She is very thorough. I love Scott Kelby's book on PE11 but he does not write much on layers whereas Barbara has heaps about them.
From what I have seen in written form you have made the right choice with her book so stick with it.
Let us know how you get on. If anything unclear come back with details.
Good luck !