Adobe Photoshop Elements is a budget-conscious alternative to the standard Photoshop software, offering limited image-editing capabilities. Although you cannot take advantage of some of the more powerful editing options, you can compress images just as you can with the more expensive software. Compressing allows you to reduce the file size of an image, which can come in handy if you need to create Web-friendly avatars, customize photos for mobile devices or just free up space on your hard drive.
Compress Using “Save As”
1. Click “File” on the Photoshop menu bar and select “Open” from the drop-down menu. Choose the image file you want to compress from the hard drive. Alternately, just drag the file onto the Photoshop icon.
2. Click “File” on the menu bar and choose “Save As” from the drop-down menu. The “Save As” menu will appear on your screen, allowing you to save a customized copy of your file.
3. Enter a name for your updated file in the “Save As” box and choose “JPEG” from the “Format” list. Click the “Save” button in the lower right corner of the window. A “JPEG Options” screen will appear.
4. Drag the “Quality” slider to the left to compress your file. As you move the slider, you will see the file size gradually decrease. The file size indicator appears on the right side of the window, directly beneath the “Preview” box. Keep dragging the slider until you reach your preferred file size.
5. Click “OK.”
Compress Using “Save for Web”
6. Open the image you want to compress.
7. Click “File” on the menu bar and choose “Save for Web” from the drop-down menu. A new editor window will appear on your screen.
8. Locate the “Preset” button on the right side of the window and select the “JPEG Low” option from the pop-up list.
9. Locate the “Quality” slider and move the slider gradually to the left. You can monitor the image quality by observing the image in the “Preview” window and by noting the file size just beneath the image. The further you drag the slider, the more your image will compress.
10. Click “OK” when you achieve the desired amount of compression.