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Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels

From: Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

Video: Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels

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.

Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels

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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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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