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Creating a greeting card

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Video: Creating a greeting card

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.

Creating a greeting card

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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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

84 video lessons · 5483 viewers

Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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