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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
You can add some canvas around a photo on one or more size of the photo, if you need a place to add a caption or a title or maybe some notes about the photo. To do that I'll go up to the Image menu and I'll choose Resize and Canvas Size. That opens the Canvas Size dialog box. The first thing I do here is make sure that Relative is checked, so that whatever width and height of canvas I add to this photo will be added to the size of the photo which is reported up here. So without any canvas added this photo is 2 x 11/2 inches right now.
I'd like to add a quarter inch border around all four sides of this photo. So I go to the Width field and I'm going to type in not .25 inches but .5 inches because the width of this canvas is going to be shared between the two sides of the photo, the left and the right. I'll do the same for the height, typing in .5 inches there, and then I'll go down to the Anchor diagram and make sure that the center box is highlighted because I'm trying to add canvas around all four sides of the photo.
Because I'm working on the special background layer, when you first open a photo in the Editor, I can control the color of this additional canvas. You can't do this if you're working on a regular layer. I'll go to the Canvas extension color menu and from here I can choose whatever colors are in my foreground or background color box in the toolbar. I could click Other, which would open the color picker, and then I could choose any color that I wanted, or I can choose gray, black or white. I'm going to go with white, and then I'll click OK.
And that adds a quarter inch border around all four sides of the photo. I think that looks pretty nice. But let's say that I just wanted some extra canvas on the bottom of the photo so I'd have a place to add a caption. I'll undo and again I'll go to the Image menu choose Resize and Canvas Size. I'll make sure that Relative is checked, and this time I'm just going to add to the height. Since I'm only putting the canvas on one side of the photo, I want this caption area to be a quarter inch in size.
And since I'm only putting it on one side of the photo I can type a quarter .25 in the height field; I'll leave the width field set to zero. Then I'll come to the Anchor diagram, and this time it's important that I click on the top-center arrow, and that will cause the extra canvas to be added only to the bottom of the photo. I'll click OK and there's my caption area. If I wanted to write in this caption area I would use the Type tool to add notes or a title or a caption to this photo.
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