Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
In the last movie I showed you how to start making a photo book in Elements Create workspace. In this continuation of the preceding movie I will show you how to customize and complete that photo book. I have all the same files open in the Create workspace that I did at the end of the last movie. And back in my Organizer I still have all but the last three files selected there. You remember that I use the Auto Fill feature to have Elements automatically fill some of the photo placeholders on the pages of this book with photos that I'd selected in my Organizer.
That auto fill placement of photos isn't permanent, I can switch out any of those photos that I'd like. I would like to change the photo that's currently on the title page. So in the Pages column on the right I'm going to click on the Title Page thumbnail to display the Title Page in the Document window ready for editing. Now I want to access those files that I'd selected in the Organizer so I can switch one of them out for this particular photo. To get to those files I will go down to the Project Bin and I'll go to this menu and switch from Show Open Files to show files selected in Organizer.
Now in the Project Bin if I go over to the right and scroll down, I will be able to see the thumbnails of all of the photos that I had selected in the Organizer. I will scroll down until I see one that I would like to have on the Title Page and that's this graphic photo right here. I will click on the thumbnail to select it, and then I will click and drag it up and drop it on the photo placeholder on the Title Page, and that switches out my photos. I can do that with any of the photos that Elements auto-filled onto the pages of this book. Another way that I can customize this book is to resize and reposition the photos on the pages.
I am going to switch to another spread to show you that. Clicking on the thumbnail for the spread for pages 3 and 4 in the Pages column on the right. All of the photos in the book are inside of photo placeholders, some of the photo placeholders aren't the same shape as the photos. For example, I happened to know that this photo is vertical and that there is more to it than it's showing inside of this horizontal placeholder. I'd like to see more of the photo, so I'm going to change its size inside of the placeholder. To do that, I'll double click on the photo and that brings up a slider.
If I drag the slider to the right, that zooms in the photo in its placeholder. But I'm going to drag this slider all the way to the left to zoom out on the photo inside of its placeholder, and then I'll click the green check mark to accept that. I am glad I can see the whole photo now, but I don't want to see this gray parts of the placeholder on either side of the photo. So to make the placeholder fit the photo I'm going to right-click inside of the photo and from the menu that appears I will choose Fit Frame To Photo.
And the next thing I want to do is make the photo larger. To do that I want the placeholder to go with the photo as I make the photo larger. So with the Move tool I'll move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points and I will drag, and that resizes precise both the photo and its frame. I will click the green check mark to accept that, and then I'll click inside of the photo and drag it into position where I want it. If I want to precisely line this photo up with the one next to it, I can select the other photo too by holding the Shift key and clicking on it with my Move tool as well and then going up to the Align menu in the options for the Move tool and I could choose to align these photos by their top edges like this or their vertical centers or their bottom edges.
Another way I can customize my book is to change the page layouts. To show you that I'm going to go to yet another page, pages 1 and 2. I will click the thumbnail for that spread over in the Pages column and what I would like to do is change the layout of the page on the right. This is the layout that came with the theme that I chose. So I'm going to go the Layouts tab in the column on the right and here I'll see various sections of layouts. If I scroll down I can see layout specifically for one photo, some for three photos and more.
Since there are three photos on this page I am going to choose a layout from here. If I double-click a layout like this, the layout will apply to both pages in the spread. I only wanted to affect one page. So I'm going to go up to the Undo button at the top of the screen and click Undo. And instead of double-clicking this layout, I'm going to click on the layout and drag it on top of the right-hand page. And that will apply to just that page. There are other layouts to try here too, including some that have text.
To show you yet another way to customize the book I am going to go back to the Pages tab in the column on the right and click on the thumbnail for yet another spread, pages 5 and 6. Now here I have three small photos on the left-hand page and one single photo that's completely filling the right-hand page. I am going to use Artwork to change the look of this spread. Artwork is located in this tab in the column on the right. There are several kinds of Artwork; Graphics, Frames and Backgrounds.
To apply a background I will just double-click it here in the Background section of the Artwork tab. If you look closely you can see that that black background is not only on the left-hand page, it's also on the right- hand page, you just don't see it because there is a single photo covering it. So this is a workaround for the fact that a background will apply to an entire spread. I am going to try a different background, one with both a color and a pattern. I will double-click on it and that applies it to the spread. What I like about these backgrounds is that they retain the tonality of the page as you can see here with the shadow.
Now I am going to apply some frames to these little photos. So I'll scroll down in the Artwork tab further to the Frames area. Depending on which theme you have selected you will see different frames here. To apply a frame I'm going to click on it and drag it on top of the photo. So I'll apply the same thin black framed to all three of these photos by dragging it on top of each. There is one more kind of artwork that I can apply and that is graphics. I will scroll all the way down to the Graphics, and again the Graphics that are available are those that go with this particular theme.
To apply a graphic to the page on the left, I'm going to select the graphic, this kind of a scribble, and then I'm going to drag it over to the page on the left and release my mouse. My graphic happened to come in really small, but I can make it bigger by clicking and dragging on one of its corner anchor points like this. And I can position it by clicking inside of the bounding box and dragging, and then I will click the green check mark. Well, I don't want this graphic on top of my photos, I want it behind the photos. So with the Move tool still selected and the bounding box still showing around the graphic I will go up to the Options Bar for the Move tool, I will go to the Arrange menu and I will choose to send this graphic to the back, and now it's behind my photos.
Another way to customize a book is by adding a little text perhaps as a caption or on the title page. If you're working on a page that doesn't already have a block of text you can add a text block from here in the Text Settings. First, make sure that your point size is larger than the default of 12 or you will end up with a little tiny text block, and make sure that the color of the text is not the same as your page background color or you won't see it. You can choose a Font and a Style and whether the text will be Italic or Bold or Underlined from here and then click Add Text Block, the text block comes in in the center of the spread and you can type something instead of the dummy text, like I'll type Mediterranean Magic.
And then I will click the green check mark in the Options Bar, I will get the Move tool and I will click inside that text block and move it where I want it. If I want to make the text block bigger, I can do that by moving my mouse over one of its corner anchor points and dragging and the text enlarges along with the block. And then I will click the green check mark to accept that. If I want to make a change to a letter or a word or all of the text, I can double-click inside the text block and my cursor changes to an I-Beam. At that point I can click and drag over whatever text I want to change, and then come over and make a change over here in the Settings.
And then go up to the Options Bar and click the green check mark again. With the Move tool selected if I have that text box selected, I can add a pre-built style to the text, by just double-clicking on one of these style thumbnails like this and then clicking the green check mark. So those are some ways that you can customize your photo book in Elements Bookmaking Workspace. There are a couple more things you can do, I am going to go back to the Pages tab here in the Create column to show you where you go if you want to add a page or remove a page.
And if you want even more options for customizing your book, try clicking on the Switch to Advanced mode button down. In Advanced mode you will have access to lots more artwork that you can use to customize your book, including effects and a lot more graphics and backgrounds. You will also have access to the layers that make up a page in your photo book in the Advanced mode. When you're all done making your book you have three options, you can try to print it on your desktop printer by clicking the Print button or if you want a commercially printed and bound book, click the Order button, and then you'll see instructions about how to place an order or you can click the Done button like this, and click Yes, and that will take you to the Save As dialog box, here you can choose to save your photo book in one of two formats, either the Photo Project Format which is the . PSE format, this is a good format if you want to reopen your book into Elements Create workspace to work on it further, or if you want to share your book with someone else you can choose the Acrobat PDF format instead.
This is a format that could be opened in a PDF Reader. I'll choose the Photo Project Format and I am going to save this inside of my Projects folder that I made on my Desktop, so I will click Save. And that's how to complete and output a photo book that you can make here in Elements.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
180 Video lessons · 60816 Viewers
64 Video lessons · 88629 Viewers
148 Video lessons · 95225 Viewers
86 Video lessons · 57531 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.