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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
With Elements 6, you can now create and save Photoshop documents that contain multiple pages. With this movie I would like to show you how to add pages and content to a Photoshop document and save it as a PSE file. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files that are in the content palette & PSE folder inside of the Chapter 15 folder. I have it set up with a preview window very large here in the center of the Bridge window and over here we have our content.
We're viewing the headphones.psd image. I would like to actually work with this image and add another page to it and I'm going to actually use this photograph along with it. So let's go ahead and Command-click on that as well. We have both of these images selected here in Bridge. I now want to open them up into the Elements' Editing workspace. I'm going to press Command+O to open those up. All right, so here we're inside of Elements now. We have our headphones.psd image to the front, in our Project bin as you can see. We have our other image here. Let's start with this image, close up the Project bin.
First thing I want to do is add another page to this document. All right, now this a new concept to Photoshop Elements. You are unable to do this in previous versions of the application. It's really kind of cool, because you can add multiple pages and set up a document for a multi page print project, something like a scrap book, this is especially useful for that type of photo project. So let's take a look at how this is done, we can see that we have a layered file in here, that's why this is saved as a PSD, which is generally what you would save an image that contains layers. But we're going to create a different type of Photoshop document, that's a multi page document that needs to be saved in a different format, which is the PSE format.
Let's go ahead and add a page. We're going to go on to the Edit menu and we have two choices. We have Add Blank Page or Add Page Using Current Layout. Now since I already have a theme going here and I have already set this up in my PSD, I think I'm going to choose the second option, which is Add Page Using Current Layout. When I do that, it's going to bring up this warning dialog box, letting us know or actually reminding us, that adding a page requires that you save the file as PSE, Photo Creation Project. This will create a project folder, which includes the .PSD files for each page and a master PSE project file. So that's good information to know. Now that we know it, we probably don't need to see that again so we can click over here where it says Don't show again. Click OK and that's the last time we will see that warning dialog box, every time we add a page to a PSD.
All right, so here we're now, we have our second page. Notice it says 2of 2, we can actually use the controls down here to access our different pages. Using the arrows there is the first page and here is the second page. Okay, if we take a look in the Project bin now here we have this PSE. All right, we can access either page from inside of the Project bin as well. All right, which is kind of nice, so we can do that. Double -clicking to access either page. Just like you can with images.
All right, so lets focus in on Page 2 and what I would like to do is edit this a bit, because I don't want this page to actually use the exact same layout. I want it to have the basic look, I want to keep the same background but I don't want the same number of frames. So what I'm going to do is select the frames and the layers for those frames that I don't want to keep. I have the top one already selected, holding down the Command key I'm going to click on this frame layer as well. So now I have them both selected inside of the Layers palette.
The next thing I want to do is drag these up to the Trash Can. Throw them away. We're just going to work with one frame layer on our second page. So here we have it, I'm going to go ahead and change this particular frame by resizing it. I want to scale it. And I think the way I'm going to do that, is by choosing Image, Transform, Free Transform. You can also press Command+T to bring up these control handles and scale the frame. So I'm going to go ahead and click and drag to scale it up, making it larger. Don't want it to be too large. You can also reposition it as well. More towards the center of the page, next to our headphone graphic in the background. I think I want to go just a little smaller than that, because I don't cover up too much of that graphic, back here.
If I want to, I can refer to my Rulers, okay and use those in order to position this, so that it's similar to where the frame start on Page 1, so that's helpful as well. Go and hide those for now and I'm going to commit to the transform by clicking the green checkmark. So we have resized this frame. The next thing we can do is add a photo, all right. Now, that's why we opened up the other image of Enzo with the headphones at the same time as our exercise file headphones.psd. Because I, all right, have it here in the Project bin. I don't have to go back to Bridge now to open it up and I don't have to navigate to it here inside of Elements.
I already have it here, because I like to do this, I like to just drag it from the Project bin and place it right inside of the frame. To me that's the easiest way to add photos inside of these frame layers. Now I can hide the Project bin by clicking that arrow and I can scale the image of Enzo inside of the frame. I can reposition it as well, just by clicking and dragging, before I use that slider to scale the image, I can also click and drag these corner nodes as you can see, if I want to scale it that way.
So that looks pretty good to me, I'm just scaling it up so he is about in the center of the frame when I'm ready to commit to it, I click the green checkmark and now we have the contents for Page 2. So all we needed to do was add a page using the current layout, make a few modifications to it, transform the frame itself, bring in another photo and we're on our way to creating a photo project that contains multiple pages. So now we could add more and more pages if we want. Something else you can do help you along as you're creating projects like this, based on this Content that you pulled in from the Content palette is save some of the content that you like to work with best into a Favoritess palette.
Something else I want to show you. Here is the Window menu, here is Favorites. You can go ahead add this to the palette bin and then the items that you like to work with like this background layer, you can just drag right here into your Favorites. Here you can go on to your Frames as well and I'm going to close up Layers and we will try and find that green frame that I used in this particular project, here it is just drag it right in here. Now these are saved in here, so that anytime you want to work with these again, whether it's in this project or another project, you have quick and easy access to them. You don't have to do all that scrolling and searching through here for your favorite pieces of artwork.
Okay, so that's helpful to when you're creating this multi page projects here in Photoshop Elements.
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