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Creating a greeting card

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Video: Creating a greeting card

One of the most fun parts of Elements is the ability to make photo creations like books, calendars, greeting cards, and more. You can do that from either the Organizer, where I am now, or from the Editor. I am going to start in the Organizer where I am going to select a couple of photos here, and here, and then I'll go to the Create tab, and there I have a list of the various kinds of photo creations I can make from the Organizer. As an example, I am going to show you how to make a greeting card. So I'll click on Greeting Card, and Elements loads the Editor Workspace.

Creating a greeting card

One of the most fun parts of Elements is the ability to make photo creations like books, calendars, greeting cards, and more. You can do that from either the Organizer, where I am now, or from the Editor. I am going to start in the Organizer where I am going to select a couple of photos here, and here, and then I'll go to the Create tab, and there I have a list of the various kinds of photo creations I can make from the Organizer. As an example, I am going to show you how to make a greeting card. So I'll click on Greeting Card, and Elements loads the Editor Workspace.

The Editor Workspace opens to this Greeting Card window. The first thing to do here is to choose a size for the card. There are flat cards, which are like postcards, and there are folded cards. Some of these I can have professionally printed by Kodak, some by Shutterfly, but all of them can be printed on my desktop printer. I am going to choose this Flat, Landscape size, and then I'll move over to the Themes. Themes are combinations of layouts, backgrounds, frames, and graphics. Choosing a theme here is just a starting place.

Because the holidays are coming, I am going to choose the Christmas theme, and then I can see a preview over on the right of the default layout of the size card I chose with this theme. I will click OK, and Elements goes about generating the card, and filling the individual frames on the card with my photos. Down in the Project Bin, if I click Show Open Files, and change that to Show Files Selected in Organizer, I can see the two photos that I had selected in the Organizer for this card.

If I don't like where the photos are placed automatically, I can switch them out. So I might take this thumbnail, and just drag it up into this frame to switch that, and I'll do the same with this thumbnail. Before I do too much more to the card, I am going to go right to the Create column over on the right, and I am going to click on the Layouts tab. Here, I see alternative layouts that I could use for this card, and it shows up in the Document window with my photos. Here is another one. I think I am going to go with this one. I can customize this layout even further.

For example, with the Move tool selected over here in this abbreviated toolbar, I can move over any one of the photos, and adjust its position. And inside of each photo frame, I can change the size of the photo; so if I double-click on this frame, that brings up this toolbar. By dragging this slider to the left, I can zoom out on the photo, so more of it shows in the photo frame. And then if I click inside of that bounding box, I can move the photo around in the frame. When I am satisfied, I'll click the check mark. I'll do the same to this photo; double-clicking it, I'll back up a little bit, so we can see more of it, and I'll get it positioned just the way I want it here in this frame, and then I'll click the check mark to commit that change.

To customize this further, I'd like to add a colorful background, and maybe some graphics. So I'll go to the Artwork tab here. First, I can choose a background. I'll double-click one of these thumbnails to apply the background to the card. I think that one is a little busy, so I am going to go down and choose this more solid red, double- clicking it to apply it to the card. If I scroll down, I have a choice of frames that I can apply. I'll select one of the photos, and then I'll scroll down further to find the frame that I want to use, this one, and I'll double-click that frame thumbnail, and it applies the frame to that photo.

I'll do the same with the other photo, selecting it, and double-clicking the frame. If I scroll down further, I have a choice of some graphics that I can add to this card. To apply one of these graphics, I'll double-click it, and it appears in the middle of the card. I can click inside of its bounding box and move it wherever I want it on the card, and if I move outside one of the corners of the bounding box, I can rotate it to have it positioned just the way I want it, and then click the green check mark to accept that change. This layout has some placeholder text up here, and down here.

I am going to work with this text first. I'll select it to see this bounding box around it, and then I'll double-click right on the text, and that switches me over to the Text Tab in the column on the right. I'll click just to the right of the text, and drag over it to highlight it, and now I can change its font, its style, its size, and so forth. For example, if I go to the Size menu, and I click the arrow there, I can scroll down to increase the size of the text. While I have the text highlighted, I can change what it says.

So I am going to type Happy Holidays, and because this text is inside of a bounding box, it will automatically wrap around inside the box. I don't even have to press Return. Now, it's hard to see that text against the red background. So I might want to change its color, or apply one of these prebuilt styles. I am going to scroll down here to find a gold embossed style. I'll select the type again, and I'll double-click on that gold embossed style to apply it to the type. Now, I'll go up to the options bar at the top of the screen, and I'll click the green check mark to commit all those edits. And finally, I'll get the Move tool, and I'll click inside the type bounding box, and move the type wherever I want it.

I could style this other bit of type the same way, or I can just select it, and press Delete or Backspace on my keyboard, and delete that entire bit of text. And then I might click on the gingerbread man, and move him over. So now I'm finished customizing my card, and I have several options for outputting it. In the next movie, I'm going to address all the different things that you can do to output your card. For now, I'm just going to click Done, and that will save the card in a special format, the PSE format, that will allow me to reopen it into this Photo Creation Workspace to edit it further if I want to.

So I'll click Done. Yes, I do want to save these changes, so I'll click Yes. I'll go to my Desktop, I'll give the file a name, mycard, and I'll save it in the Photo Project Format, .pse, so I can reopen it into Elements Photo Creation Workspace, and I'll click Save. Stay tuned for the next movie where I'll show you other ways that you can output your photo creations.

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