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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Another feature of Adobe's online service Photoshop.com is that you can use it to get fresh new content for use in your Photoshop Elements projects and to get fresh tips, tricks and tutorials on a regular basis. I'm working here in the Create panel in the Editor and I have a photo open. It doesn't really matter which photo you have open because that's just here for show. But what I want to show you is over here in the Content palette. As I've showed you in other movies the Content palette offers artwork of various kinds which we can see by pressing this menu, Backgrounds, Frames, Graphics and so on, that you can use to embellish your photo books, your photo colossus and your individual photographs. There is quite a lot of content here.
But the good news is that you're not limited to just the content that installed with Photoshop Elements. Adobe plans to regularly make available fresh content that's stored on its Photoshop.com servers. I have pulled out a few pieces of that Photoshop.com content from the backgrounds in the Content palette and put them here in my Favorites palette to show you. This background icon on the right has a blue sash in the top right corner. That blue sash means that this is content that is from Photoshop.com and its content available to all basic members of the Photoshop.com service. The thumbnail on the left has a gold banner, which means that this is Photoshop.com content that is available only to Plus members of the Photoshop.com service. There is a fee for being a Plus member.
All members can see all content, but only Plus members can use the content with the yellow sash. If you wanted to apply this content to the open image, you would just click it and then you would click Apply down here. It may take a few minutes for that content to download from Photoshop.com and to be applied to your image. You may have noticed these banners down at the bottom of this screen. These change depending which feature in Photoshop Elements you are working with at the moment. These banners are connected to Photoshop.com's Inspiration browser where you'll find all kinds of tips and tricks and tutorials that are related to exactly what you happen to be working on at the moment.
So for example, if you're working on Favorites and you want to learn more about that, you'll click on this banner. That pops up a window with a little bit of information about Favorites and then there is button here which you can click to open the online Inspiration browser at Photoshop.com. Now you do have to be connected to the Internet and you have to have signed on as a Photoshop.com member in order to have access to the Inspiration browser. But once you do, you'll find all kinds of tutorials. So in this case, I could view this tutorial, which is a PDF, or I could come up and look at All Tutorials here.
Adobe is building out this library of tutorials, but you'll already find quite a few inspirational and useful tutorials. If I come over here to the All Products menu and limit these to Photoshop Elements tutorials only, you'll see that there already are quite a few of those. You also have the opportunity in the future to submit your own tutorials to share with other Elements users. So as you can see, Elements is no longer just a static desktop application. It's now a live program that can automatically update itself with new content and new inspiration for you to use in your photo projects.
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