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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
With this movie, I would like to show you how to create a greeting card using the controls in the Create tab. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application and I'm viewing the images in our catalog images folder inside of our exercise files. What I would like to do is access a specific image in order to work with it in Elements and it's actually a Camera Raw image. So what I'm going to do is click on Camera Raw over here in the File Type section of the Filter panel, so that we can only see the Camera Raw images that are inside of the folder in the Content panel. The image that I would like to open up is this image right here at the top, Christmas_tree_02.
I will double-click this Camera Raw image to open it up inside the Camera Raw and then click the Open Image button, take it into Elements. All of my Camera Raw edits have already been made in the Camera Raw dialog box. So now I'm ready to use it in a greeting card, here in the Elements' Editing workspace. All right, if we take a look over here under the Create tab, we have some options: Photo Book, Photo Collage, Web Photo Gallery and PDF Slide Show. But there's more options down here. If we click over here, we also have Greeting Card.
So let's go ahead and choose Greeting Card and again we have to choose options for your project. You may change your theme or select additional options later in the Artwork panel. So, this is very similar to creating a collage or a photo book. You have some artwork to choose from. We're going to start with choosing our page size. We have 5x7 or 4x6. I'm going to stick with the larger, 5x7. For a theme, we do have a Christmas theme in here. So let's scroll down and I think that I may have passed it up. Yup, there it is.
I'm going to go ahead and choose the Hollyberries theme and for Layout, I think I'm going to choose this one right here, 1 Portrait Vertical. That's going to work well with this tall Christmas tree. So, I will go ahead and choose that. Now, we have those options chosen, I'm going to click Done in order to generate the card and at even places the image that we had opened in our Project bin here into the frame. So we're almost there. Of course, I want to edit this. I'm going to go in and zoom in some, Command+Plus.
I'm the kind of person that always likes to put my own personal touch onto my designs here in Photoshop Elements. So, just sticking with what I'm given is not good enough and if you're that type too, then you will appreciate this because we're going to make some modifications to this greeting card. The first thing I want to do is make this larger. I like the way this looks, but I think I would like to make it a little bit larger. So let's go ahead under the Image menu, choose Transform, Free transform and then click and drag a corner node or two and increase the size of this feathered frame that it has created for us, feathered is the soft edge that you're seeing around the entire frame.
I'm going to commit to that. I'm also able to see the edge of the photograph just right here and here. It's not real noticeable, but I can see it and I don't want to see that, I just want to see soft edge all the way around. So, what I'm going to do is double-click in order to change the crop of just the photo inside of the frame, not the frame itself like we're just doing and I think I might try and change its positioning inside here, scaling the image inside of the frame. That's looking better. I don't see that hard edge now at the top and bottom.
Clicking the green check, and that is looking much better to me. The next thing I would like to do is add some text. You can also add text to your projects here inside of Elements. So, I would like to show you how to do that now. The first thing we need to do is click on the Type tool which is over here, it's got the T for its icon and though we need to choose some text options up here in the Options palette, first thing we need to choose is a font. Now, your machine, if you're following along, may not have the same fonts as mine, so that's okay. What you're going to do is you're going to click on that menu in order to scroll through and use the samples off on the right to find a font that you think will work with your greeting card. Okay, I'm going to go ahead and just scroll down, just to give you an example.
Keep looking to the right, here is the name of the fonts and up to the right we have the sample. So we can see what it looks like, something like Snell might work well, a Script font I think, will probably look good for this particular design. I'm going to scroll upward because these are listed alphabetically. Lot of Serif and San Serif fonts, not as many Scripts as I would like. There is a nice one, Brush Script is not bad. I think what I want to go with though is the Edwardian Script, this one right here. It's kind of small. You can see the sample. It is a little bit small, but that is a very nice script.
I have used this one before, so I'm going to go ahead and use it here as well and I'm going to choose a font size, I think I'm going to start with 60, something rather large and I'm going to choose a font color, I'm going to choose red for Christmas and then I'm going to go ahead and create a text area by clicking and dragging. So now I can go ahead and type in here and of course I'm going to type in Merry, I think I'm going to hit Return and then maybe a space or two Christmas, something along those lines. Okay, we can also change the spacing in between.
It's set to Auto. I think I might start at 60 and have it matched and then maybe go a little lower than that, because I would like to see these starting to touch, the Y, the descender here and the ascender getting a little closer to each other. So using the scrubbies, dragging to the left over these Leading values, actually what this is called, and that's starting to look pretty good. I can change the position of this with the Move tool, place it right around there. If I want to change the Hollyberries layer and move that down and that's starting to look pretty good to me.
So we have customized our greeting card. We started out with the artwork, that was available to us here in Elements and just made a few modifications, added some text, put that up there in the upper left, we transformed the frame for the Christmas tree and I changed its positioning inside of that frame as well. Okay, so again, the lesson here is that although it was great to have all of this extra help and of this artwork right at our fingertips, you're not limited to just using what's given to you. You can edit these things and get creative.
Experiment and try different things with these different projects that you can create here in Elements.
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