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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the Create tab of the Organizer, there are a couple of options at the bottom that I just want to mention and those are the Instant Movie and DVD with menu and PhotoStamps options. Instant Movie and DVD with menu are used with Premiere Elements, not Photoshop Elements. Premiere Elements is a video editing program that shares some features with Photoshop Elements, but it's outside the scope of this course, so we won't be talking about those features. And the PhotoStamps feature is basically just an order form. It allows you to take your own artwork or your own photos and have those printed onto stamps that you can actually use in the US mail.
I'm going to click More Options, so we can see what's there. There are some features here that are useful. If you like to burn your own DVDs or CDs, you can create either the Jacket or the Label for a CD or a DVD. The Jacket is the insert that goes inside of the jewel case for the disc. Let's take a look at that. First, I'm going to select some photos to include in my DVD Jacket. I'll select all three of these by holding the Shift key, and then I'll go to More Options and I will select DVD Jacket, and that takes me over to the Editor and the DVD Jacket window.
There is only one option for Size and one option for Theme. So I'll leave everything at these defaults, including Autofill with Selected Images, which is optional, but I like to do it that way, then it saves me a step. I'll click OK and Elements builds a preview of a DVD Jacket cover in the correct size and shape to fit a standard jewel case. Now you may be starting to see a pattern here which is that this is working exactly like photo collage, and like photo book and like calendar and like the greeting card project.
All these projects work the same way. So because you know how to use all of those features, you also know how to use this feature, but just to review, there is a Basic mode and an Advanced mode in the Creation workspace, and here in the Basic mode I could change out this layout and I could add different artwork, to the background, to the frames or I could add some graphics, but there isn't anything really exciting in the artwork area for DVDs. I'm satisfied with this particular layout. So I'm going to switch over to the Advanced mode where I'll have access to a lot more artwork.
I'll click Switch to Advanced mode and here in Advanced mode, I'll go to the Create column and I'll click on Artwork, and I'm going to make sure I'm in the Backgrounds category of artwork and I'm going to scroll down to find some appropriate Christmas related artwork. I like the red and white snowflake patterns. So I'm going to double click that and that becomes the background for my DVD Jacket. Now I can tweak the location or the rotation of any of the photos, just like I can with a photo collage or a photo book or the other projects.
I can also change the way that the photo is sized inside of its frame by double-clicking the photo, just like I've done in those other projects and dragging the slider that appears. Then I can click inside the frame and drag to move the photo inside the frame. When I'm done, I'll click the green check mark. I'm going to click on this photo and move it over a little, just in case I want to try to add some text along what must be the spine of the DVD, but unfortunately, there are no markings to show where that is.
So it would just be a guess. So I'm going to leave that without text there, but I am going to add some text to the front cover of the DVD which is this area over here on the right. So I'm going to move this photo a little bit out of the way and then to add text in the Advanced mode, I'll go over to the toolbar and I'll click on the Type tool. I'll select a font, a font size. I'll choose how I'm going to align multiple lines of text. I'm going right align and let's choose a color for the text.
I'm going to choose white. Then I'll come into the image and I'll type, Christmas 2009 and then I'll press Return or Enter in the keyboard to start a new line and I'll just type Mexico. And then when I'm done, I'll go up to the green check mark to commit the type. I want to move the type into place, so I'll get the Move tool and I'll click and drag and move the type right here. When I'm finished designing this DVD cover, I can print it or I can save it and print it later. I'm going to save.
I'll go to File and Save As, and I'm going to save in my projects folder. I'll give this project a name and I'll choose a Format. I like to save in the .PSE or Photo Project Format, which is the special Photoshop Elements format that I can use to reopen the file if I need to, to do further tweaking in the Create workspace, and then I'll click Save. Now I'm going to close this project, and I'm going back to the Organizer and I'm going to select just one image in the Organizer to show you how to make a DVD Label.
I'll go to the Create tab in the Organizer, down to More Options and I'll choose CD/DVD Label. That takes me over to the Editor and opens the CD/DVD Label area where I can select the single size and the single theme for a DVD or CD label. Now what I'll be creating here is just the artwork, it's not the actual label. If you want a label you'll have to buy the labels and the label creating software from a third party and then you can use the artwork that you create here in the correct shape for DVD or CD with that software.
So what I'm going to do now is just to click OK and as with all the projects, Elements creates the DVD Label with a couple of photo placeholders. Now I only gave it one photo, so it didn't have anything to put in that second box, but that's okay, because I really don't like this layout. I'm going to choose another one by going over to the Create column, clicking on Layouts, and I'm going to choose this Half layout. I'll double-click it to apply it to the image and then I'm going to change out the top part of the DVD label as well, by going to the Artwork tab and here I'll double-click a white background.
There is a little pattern in that background. And finally, I'm going to add some text. I'll click on the Text tab. I'll get my settings as I want them, including a color that will show up. I'll choose dark gray and then I'll move into the image and I'll type, Christmas 2009 Mexico. Now the type is going off to the left, because earlier I chose to write a line text. That's okay, because as soon as I click the green check mark, I can get the Move tool and click and drag it back on top of the DVD.
I can also try to curve that text by selecting its text box and then going back over to the Settings, clicking Warp Text and from the Style menu there, I'll choose the Arc. I'll drag the Bend slider more to the right, and I'll click OK, and then I'll try to move that text into place a little, and I may have to go back into Warp Text and bend a little more to get it just perfect. Well, that's not too bad for a first try. As with all the projects at this point, I would save, and I like to save in the .PSE format and as I said to print these labels, you'll have to have third-party software and feed this artwork into that third-party software according to their instructions
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