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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.
There is nothing worse than the feeling you get when your computer crashes or even worst is lost and you have no backup of your favorite photos. That will be less of a worry for you if you use the new Photoshop.com to backup the photo albums that you make in Elements. Not only will Photoshop.com automatically backup designated albums, it will also synchronize any changes that you make in Elements to your albums and those changes will appear in the corresponding album online. Let me show you how that works. I'm working in the 15_03_backingup subfolder of the Chapter 15 exercise files and I'm going to make an album from the four guitar photos in that folder. I'll click the first of those photos, hold down my Shift key and click the last to select them all. Then I'm going to the Albums palette in the Task pane on the right and I'm going to click the Plus sign and choose New Album.
I'll name this album Guitars and I'm going to make sure that Backup Synchronize is checked here and then I'm going to go down to the Share button and click Share. Elements has built a gallery from the photos in this album and here I can choose where I'm going to share that album. I'll leave Photoshop.com selected and I'll go down to the Next button and click there and in this next panel I'll just add a different title, I'll call this Guitar Photos and a Subtitle.
I'll leave everything else at its defaults and I'll click Next. Here I can choose with whom I'm going to share this album and I'll leave at the default to Share publicly with everyone. If I wanted to limit the people who see the album, I could choose E-mail my friends only and that would send an email message to the people that I invite to see this album telling them how to get to my website on Photoshop.com where they could view my online album. I'll leave everything else that at its defaults and I'll click Share. The album is now being shared to Photoshop.com. I'll click OK and back here in the Organize workspace, I'll look in my Albums palette to see that the guitars album now has a new icon to the left, indicating that it's being shared online.
I'm going to right-click on the guitars album name and I'll choose View "guitars" album Online. That launches my web browser and takes me directly to this gallery on my website at Photoshop. com. So that's working great. I'm going to close the web browser by clicking the X at the top right corner and I'll say OK at the message. Now let's say that I change something about this album. For example, I want to eliminate this vertical photo from the album. So I'm going to go to the Albums palette in Elements and I'm going to click the guitars album and then I'm going to come into the content area and I'm going to right-click on the vertical photo and choose Remove from Album guitars.
So now there are only three photos in the guitars album here in Elements. Let's go back online to see if this change was synchronized to my online album. I go back to the guitars album in the Albums palette and I'll right-click and I'll choose to View the "guitars" album Online again. I'm back in the guitars album gallery at Photoshop.com. I'm going to refresh my web browser by pressing F5 on the keyboard. I'll click OK. Now, if you look at the bottom of the screen, you can see that online there are only three photos in this album. Reflecting the change that I made to this album offline in Photoshop Elements.
So that's how the synchronization features work between Photoshop Elements' albums and the published albums online. I'm going to close the web browser again to show you a couple more features about backup synchronization here in Elements. I would like to return to the Welcome screen. So I'm going to click the House icon here at the top left of the screen to open the Welcome screen again. On the left side of the Welcome screen in the Photoshop.com area, I'm going to click Backup Settings. That opens the BackupSynchronization Preferences and you can see that you have a number of preferences here that you can customize to your liking. Let's just take a look at the defaults here. By default, Backup and Synchronization is on, new albums are going to backup and synchronize automatically and if I were to delete a file online in a synchronized album, I would see a message asking if I want to delete it from my computer.
I'll click OK to exit out of the Preferences and I'll show you one more thing about backup and synchronization. You may not want to always backup while you're using your computer for other things, because it might slow down your other processes. To avoid that happening, you can come down to the bottom of the screen here, where you see two arrows going in opposite directions and click that icon and choose Pause BackupSynchronization. That will stop the synchronization process so that you can complete some other work and then when you want to turn that back on, you can come down here and Resume BackupSynchronization. You never want to imagine it's going to happen to you but if your computer meet some disaster and you need to restore your photos from the backup, it's a simple process.
First of all, you have to be logged into your Photoshop.com account. Then you have to open the BackupSynchronization Preferences again. You can either go back to the Welcome screen to do that as I showed you or you can open them directly from the Organizer or the Editor by going to Edit and down to Preferences and then over to BackupSynchronization. All you have to do to restore the shared albums is to click the Sync checkmark next to each album, like that and like this. These other two albums market and guitars are already being synchronized. I'm going to uncheck those for now and click OK. So that's how you can restore if you need to, from your backed up albums.
Backing up and synchronizing your Elements albums online is a really valuable insurance against the possibility of losing your photos. I think this Backup and Synchronization feature alone is a good reason to sign up for Photoshop.com, but I do want to emphasize that this backup should not be your only one. Please continue to use the Backup features of Elements, which I covered in another movie to be sure to keep all your photos safe.
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