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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.
Let's take a look at one more new creative Guided Photo Edit in Elements 10, and that is the Picture Stack Guided Edit. This Guided Edit lets you start with a single photo like this one and automatically make a multi-photo collage out of it. To start the Picture Stack Guided Edit, I will go to the Photo Play section of the list of Guided Edits and I will select Picture Stack. Here you can see an example of what this Guided Edit does. Here's an original single photo and here is a four-photo collage after applying Picture Stack.
The first step in making a Picture Stack collage is to select the number of pictures that you're going to end up with: 4, 8 or 12. I will select 4 pictures. And that starts Elements processing my Picture Stack collage. This takes a lot of processing power so you may have to wait a minute or two. But eventually, when the processing is finished, the collage will appear here in the document window. I can customize the collage by changing the width of the borders around each of the photos--this is the small border; I can make it medium or large--and by changing out this black background.
I can add a gradient background that goes from one color to another or a solid-color background. I will use the solid-color background, clicking on it here, and clicking OK to open the color picker. In the color picker I can move the slider to the hue that I'd like to have as my background, and then I can choose a shade of that color from this large field. Or I can choose a color right out of the photo, and that often works better because then the background matches with the colors in the collage.
With the color picker opened like this, if I move the cursor over the photo, it changes to an eyedropper, and I can then click with that eyedropper to select a color. I will come down here, and I'm going to select a green color, and that immediately fills the background with that green. I could fine-tune the color over here in the color picker. And when I am satisfied I will click OK in the color picker to close it, and now my collage is done. I still have the option to reset all of the settings or to just go right up here and choose a different number of pictures, 8 or 12, for my Picture Stack collage.
I am happy with the collage as it is, so I will click Done, and that closes this Guided Edit, and at this point, I would save and close this Picture Stack collage, including it in my Elements Organizer.
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