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Completing the photo book


Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Completing the photo book

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.
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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 36s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 46s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 42s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 30s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 27s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 29s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 30m 0s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 8s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 36s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 15s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 13s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 44s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 18s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 35s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 23s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
  • Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
  • Automatically tagging people
  • Organizing photos into albums
  • Renaming and moving photos
  • Correcting common photo problems automatically
  • Retouching photos of friends and family
  • Adjusting lighting and color
  • Working with layers and layer masks
  • Converting photos to black-and-white
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Adding text to photos
  • Working with raw photos
  • Making a slideshow
  • Ordering prints
Photoshop Elements Elements
Jan Kabili

Completing the photo book

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.

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