Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
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Creating greeting cards


Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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Video: Creating greeting cards

When the holidays roll around it's so nice to be able to design your own cards. Elements' Creative Greeting Card feature can help you with that. If you don't use the Organizer to manage your photos, you can access the Greeting Card feature from the Create column on the right side of the Full Edit workspace. I'm going to use the feature from here in the Organizer where I can preview and select the photos that I want to include in this card. I am going to use these two photos that I took in Colorado last winter. I'll select one by clicking on it and then I'll hold the Ctrl Key on the PC or the Command Key on the Mac and click on the other photo.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Photoshop Elements Elements
Jan Kabili

Creating greeting cards

When the holidays roll around it's so nice to be able to design your own cards. Elements' Creative Greeting Card feature can help you with that. If you don't use the Organizer to manage your photos, you can access the Greeting Card feature from the Create column on the right side of the Full Edit workspace. I'm going to use the feature from here in the Organizer where I can preview and select the photos that I want to include in this card. I am going to use these two photos that I took in Colorado last winter. I'll select one by clicking on it and then I'll hold the Ctrl Key on the PC or the Command Key on the Mac and click on the other photo.

And then I'll move to the Create column here in the Organizer and I'm going to click on Greeting Card, that switches me over to the Editor and opens the Greeting Card Creation window. The first thing to notice here is that there is a note that all cards can be printed on my Desktop Printer. This means that I have a choice, I can either print my cards myself on my Desktop Printer or I can order cards from either Kodak or from Shutterfly. And in either case whether I print myself or order the cards, I will be using the same themes or templates.

The two cards in the Kodak category are both flat cards. Shutterfly has a couple of flat cards too, but it also has some folded cards. To preview what those look like, I'll click on one of them and I get a preview over there on the right. So you can see that there are photos on both the inside of these cards and the outside. I'm going to select one of the flat cards. This first card, the 5?7 flat portrait card and I see a preview of it over here with the Cherish theme. Themes are combinations of backgrounds and frames.

Because the holidays are coming, I am going to use the Christmas theme and there's a preview. Down here Autofill with Selected Images is selected by default. Autofill makes sense when you're doing something like a book that has lots of images, it's a good place to start, but I'm going to do the work myself this time dragging each of my two photos into the photo placeholder where I want it to be. So I don't need Elements to auto- fill those placeholders for me. Now I'll click OK, and Elements goes about generating a preview of the card. I didn't ask it to add my photos so it hasn't instead I have the two locations for the photos clearly marked with instructions about how to include my photos there.

I will open the Project Bin by clicking its tab and I'll make sure that this menu is set to show files selected in the Organizer and that will show both of the photos that I've selected. I'll start with this vertical photo clicking on this thumbnail here in the Project Bin and dragging it up and into the vertical location for a photo. With the photo in that spot, I can double-click it and that brings up the slider which I can use to scale the photo up or down and then I can click the check mark. Now I will do the same in this space here.

I am going to get my landscape photo in the Project Bin and drag it into the space and release. I can't see the whole photo because the Project Bin is taking up too much of my screen. Since I don't need to access those thumbnails in the Project Bin, I'll collapse the Project Bin by double-clicking its tab. I'll double-click this photo and I'll use the slider to zoom out so that I can see more of the original photo. I know that I took the moon over on the right, it was just day break and the moon was still out, so I really want to include that in the photo along with the pale pink glow of the sun on the mountains and I'll click the check mark and there is the basis for my greeting card.

If you listen to the last two movies, you might be realizing that making a greeting card is almost the same as making a photo collage. So if you want to know more about all the other options that are available, I suggest that you go back and listen to the two preceding movies, which is to give you a quick summary. Here in the Create area, I have a tab called Layouts, and if I click there, I can switch from this layout to a different layout with the same theme. So for example, I could double-click this layout and my greeting card changes, although that doesn't look exactly right with my photos.

So I'm going to click undo to go back to the original layout. And then there is an Artwork tab. Here I have Backgrounds, Frames, and Graphics that I can add to this card. My problem is that I always love all of this, now I have to hold myself back from adding too much. The Backgrounds are particularly nice, I will double-click one to show you how it looks on the card and I can try out as many as I want. I'll try this one, that's my favorite with this card, so I'm going to leave it. And then I'll scroll down to show you that there are some really elaborate frames that I can add around the photos on the card, some include jewelry and gold frames, there are some masks that hide part of the photo and allow it to show through with a rough edge.

There are Vintage frames and Polaroid frames and more. I am actually not going to use a frame with this card. I like the full photo effect here. So I will move on to take a look at the Graphics. These are all vector graphics, so if I include one on the card, I can make it as big or as small as I want without worrying about its quality. I will double-click this little graphic of the snowman and there he is on the card, I can click on him and drag him wherever I want. Finally I want to customize the text on the card.

So I'll go up to the default text and I'm going to double-click that top line of text and that's switched over to the text settings here in the Create column. I will move my mouse right over that last bit of text until the cursor changes to white and then I will click and drag. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to click in the right location but keep trying and you will get it. With that first line of text highlighted, I'll come over to the text settings in the column on the right and I am going to change the font. I am going to use Adobe Caslon Pro; you can use any font that you like.

I'll click the Italic Style and I'm also going to increase the Size to about 18 points. I am also going to change the color of the text by going to the Color field and I'm going to choose a Deep Blue there. Then with the text still highlighted, I am going to type some custom text, I will type Happy Holidays and that replaces the default line of text, then I will go up to the options bar and I'll click the green check mark there. There is more text here, in which I will do the same thing. I click and I'll put my cursor right next to that text and I'll select it.

I am going to leave the Font and Style the same, but I will increase the Size to about 14 points and I'm also going to change the Color to that same Deep Blue. And with the Type still selected, I will type some custom text, and I'll type From our family and then I'll press Enter or Return and I'll type to yours. Actually I think I'd like that text to be Italics so I am going to select that again and come over and click the i. You can always edit the text even after you've gone up and click the green check mark to commit the text as I am going to do now.

I'll get the Move tool and I'll move that second bit of text down a bit, so it's easier to read. So there is my custom design card. Now if I want to, I can switch to Advanced mode and that will give me lots more options of artwork like backgrounds and frames and graphics. I will also have access to a lot of the editing features in the Full Edit workspace, filters, effects, and tools, but I'm happy with this card as it is, so I'm not going to go to Advanced mode. If you'd like to know more about Advanced mode then listen to the preceding movie in which I explained how to use Advanced mode with a photo collage which is virtually the same as using it here on a greeting card.

When I am finished, I have a few options. If I click down, I will be asked to save the card and I like to save in the .PSE or Photoshop Elements format so that I can reopen that format here to tweak my creation, or I could click Print and that would open the Print dialog box so that I could print the card on my Inkjet Printer, or I can click Order. If I click Order I get a message that it may take a little while to prepare the file and upload the images for ordering. What I am doing is trying to order directly from an online service, in this case from Kodak.

I'll click OK and in a few minutes I'll see this Order Form. Submitting the order is really a straightforward process so I am not going to walk you through it, you just follow through with the screens and there is a charge for ordering these cards, but I think you'll agree with me that it's worth it when those cards arrive on the front door, it's really exciting. But do remember that you can print your card yourself which is also a great way to go.

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