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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
In Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac, you can't create a full-featured slideshow complete with music and narration and other advanced features. But you can create a simple PDF slideshow, a slideshow saved in the portable document format that you could put up on a website or send to someone by e-mail or display on a computer screen. I've opened six images here into Elements, and I'm working in the Create workspace, which I accessed by clicking this Purple Tab. From this list of projects, I'm going to choose PDF slideshow and that opens Adobe Bridge CS4, which is where I can go to create a PDF slideshow.
You can't make the slideshow directly in Elements, but you can go from Elements to Bridge to make this slideshow. Bridge opens to its special output workspace with the PDF button highlighted and with all six of the images selected here in the Content panel. I am going to go to the Template field and I'm going to choose a template for my slideshow. I'll choose the Fine Art Mat template, which will allow me to see each image one by one on a single screen surrounded by a mat. I am going to click Refresh Preview to preview how each image will look.
I am going to leave all the Document settings as they are, as well as the Layout settings and I'm going to scroll down all the way to the settings for Playback. I am going to leave everything checked here because I am going to want my slideshow to open in Full-Screen mode so that it takes over my entire screen. I do want the slides to advance automatically. I might make them advance at some other number of seconds than 5 seconds. I'll put 2 seconds. If I want the slideshow to play over and over, I'll leave Loop After Last Page checked here and then from this menu, I can choose a transition between the slides.
I could choose no transition at all, so that the slides would just change from one static image to another or I could choose one of these animated transitions like Fade. I can also choose the Speed of that transition. I'll leave that at Fast. Then I'll scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Output panel. I am going to make sure that View PDF After Save is checked and I'm going to click the Save button. I'll give the slideshow a name, I'll call this carousel and I'll save it to my Desktop and I'll click the Save button.
Adobe Bridge generates this PDF slideshow for me and saves it to my Desktop. It then asks whether I want to put Adobe Acrobat into full-screen mode, so that I can view the slideshow and I'm going to click Yes, and here is my slideshow automatically playing on my Desktop. When I'm done looking at it, I'll press the Escape key on my keyboard and when I go out to my Desktop, there is my PDF file that plays as a slideshow in Acrobat.
I could upload this PDF to the web, I could attach it to an e-mail or I can view it here on my computer.
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