When I "Save As" an image to JPEG or TIFF formats, for example, I always get prompted with the Options box after I specify the filename and location. Is there any way to stop getting this and just have my defautlts be what I want, i.e, Quality Options, etc.. It's an extra step that I don't need. I always want to save my JPG files at maximum quality.
Those save settings are 'sticky'. That's the smart solution.
It's an extra step that I don't need.
Sorry, but creating such 'presets' in your preferences would be considered as unneeded by most Elements users; it's very important to verify the settings, especially if they are often changed depending on your output preferences.
I always want to save my JPG files at maximum quality.
It's your choice.As far as I know, most users use a setting like 10 instead of 12: the file size is much smaller and you can't see the difference. If you want maximum quality and the ability to re-process your image many times, use psd or tiff formats. Or open those jpegs in ACR to take advantage on the non-destructive parametric editing.
Lightroom has a serious advantage for presets and customization; it also offers more parametric editing features than the ACR of PSE. On the other hand, that ACR plugin can read parametric edits from LR and may support newer cameras than your old LR.