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Creating a photo book

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Creating a photo book

Now, I would like to show you how you can put together a multi-page photo book in Elements using the controls in the Create tab. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the catalog images that are available in our exercise files. You can see those here in the Content panel. What I would like to do is access some specific images from within this exercise files folder. I'm going to do that using the Filter panel. If we scroll down, we have some keywords and I have set up some keywords and applied them to some images. I'm going to click on those in the Filter panel. Those are the Enzo year 2 keyword images, okay. So all of the images that are now being displayed in Content panel, have those keywords applied to them.

Creating a photo book

Now, I would like to show you how you can put together a multi-page photo book in Elements using the controls in the Create tab. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the catalog images that are available in our exercise files. You can see those here in the Content panel. What I would like to do is access some specific images from within this exercise files folder. I'm going to do that using the Filter panel. If we scroll down, we have some keywords and I have set up some keywords and applied them to some images. I'm going to click on those in the Filter panel. Those are the Enzo year 2 keyword images, okay. So all of the images that are now being displayed in Content panel, have those keywords applied to them.

So the images I want to use for this slide show are actually right here, we have them in a couple of image stacks. I'm going to go ahead and display this image stack as well. So all of the images that are of my son Enzo playing at the beach are the ones that I want to use to create a photo book. I'm going to go ahead and click on the first image here in the first photo stack. Then I'm going to hold down the Shift key and select down to the very last image and the other photo stack. So we have all of the images selected now, here in the Content panel. I'm going to open up all of these images in the Elements' Editing workspace, so let's press Command+O.

You can get this warning dialog box. They say, "Are you sure you want to open 14 files?" Yes, and I don't want to see this again. I'm going turn that off because that I want to open those. So now we're opening up these Images, here in the Elements' Editing workspace. At one point we're going to see the Camera Raw dialog box, yup! And here it is. That's because three of those images are Camera Raw images. So what I'm going to do is say, Select All over here because there's three of them open now in the Camera Raw dialog box and click Open Images, all right. So we're going to open those up in the Elements' Editing workspace along with all of the JPEGs that had I selected as well. So a lot of images here, when you're creating a photo book, you're generally oing to be working with a lot of images.

It makes sense to open them up in the Elements workspace and work with them in the Project bin. I'm actually dragging the Project bin up, so that I can see more of the images that are placed inside of here. So here's all the images that we're going to work with. Now what I would like to do is go under the Create tab which is over here, we're currently viewing the Edit tab. We're going to go to Create tab and click and inside of here, we have got Projects and Artwork. We're currently viewing the Artwork panel. Let's go ahead and view projects. So we have a menu in here and the top item is Photo Book.

So let's go ahead and click on Photo Book and now we have got some instructions here as to how we can start creating our photo book. It says, "To begin choose a Title Page Photo Layout and Theme for you Photo Book. Once you have completed the initial setup, you may edit the book and order it. A Photo Book requires a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 80 pages." Okay, so once we get this setup, we can actually go ahead and order this to be printed. So let's go ahead and take a look at this, the first thing is to choose the Title Page Photo. The Title Page Photo is by default the first photo in the Project bin, which is this one here. So we can see this photo over here, also here as our Title Photo.

If we want to change that we can just pick a different image and make it the first image in the Project bin. So let's say something like, I like this one. I'm going to drag this over and make it the first image in the Project bin and now it's changed over here. All right, so that's now our Title Page photo. All right so that's established. Let's click Next and get to the next step. We can choose our layout options. We can choose a Random Photo Layout. Which means that Elements is going to decide, how the pictures are placed inside of the book for us or we can choose how want to do it and I think I want to choose that.

Okay, so I'm going to click Choose Photo Layout that changes our options underneath. So we can choose how we would like the left page to be laid out and how we would like the right page to be laid out. I think I would like the left page to show a portrait size image like so and over on the right side I think I would like this tilted horizontal frame, okay. So this is how they are going to look on every left and right page. So let's click Next now that we have decided our layout options. Now we can choose a theme and here we have all of the various themes that are available for photo books and scroll through to decide which one you would like to work with and the one I want to work with, actually works well with these beach images because its a beach theme, so let's go ahead and choose that; Beach Resort.

Go ahead and click on that, for our additional options we can choose to Auto-Fill with Project bin Photos and we already have those images down here as you can see and then we can include captions. Well, we don't have any captions here, so I'm not going to turn that on and then we can do the number of pages. We're going to choose the minimum of 20 and actually we're not even going to able to fill up all of those pages because we don't have quite enough images. That's okay. We can always fill up those pages later manually. We can put images from the Project bin into those frames on those pages. Now before I go ahead and click Done and have Elements place all of these photographs into the frames, inside of the book. I want to change their arrangement here in the Project bin because this is going to go through here in order and place those photos using the layout that we chose. We know that we chose a vertical layout on the left hand page and a horizontal layer on the right hand page.

So what we should probably do is set that up in the Project bin that way. All right, we know this is our title page photo, here is the left page, here is the right page, here is the left page, let's make a horizontal image for the right page, vertical for the left, put another horizontal. So basically we're setting this up, so we have vertical horizontal, vertical horizontal, okay. All the way through with these images and now at the end, we have three extra horizontal images, but that's okay. That will give you chance to see what happens and how Elements will crop these images in a frame that is actually not horizontal. You can take a look how we can edit that as well.

So now that we have this setup, let's go ahead click Done and Elements goes through creating this photo book for us. Okay, so now we have our new photo book that Elements were able to put together for us. We can move our controller another way and we can go ahead and hide the Project bin. If we would like, we can even hide the palette bin and focus one our book here. Okay, let's go ahead and take a look, we have got page controller at the bottom here and also up here, either one we can click to scroll for the pages and see what we have done. These actually look really nice. You can see the images and how they have been cropped inside of each frame.

This is what I think that make sense to try and match the vertical image with a vertical frame, okay, because it just does such a great job. We don't have to do any editing when we set it up that way for saving ourselves sometime in the long run, so that we don't have to change the crop of anything. All right now, here we have an example of where it took a horizontal image and placed it into a vertical frame. So here is where we may want to edit the crop on this image, because I'm not actually happy with that. I would like to actually change this crop, I'm going to double-click on it and move the image around inside of the frame.

We could try and scale it a little bit; that might help a little bit. Move it this way, that looks little but better to me, it's more centered. I'm going to click the green commit check, okay. That one looks pretty good to me. That's fine, that was a horizontal image, so we don't have to worry about it. And here again, double-click, move this guy around, maybe scale it a bit, reposition it. All right that's better, click the green check to change it. All right now rest of the pages don't have photos placed on them, that's because we ran out of photos in the Project bin, alright. We didn't have quite enough to fill up 20 pages and the minimum is 20 pages for these books, okay.

That's all right. We can save this file as a PSE. Let's go ahead and save it, File > Save As. We will just save it into our catalog images here and we will name this EnzoBeachBook.pse. It's in the Photo Project Format, click Save. And as soon as it's done saving, we can bring this up at any time, open up in Elements with different photos and fill up this frames. We can just drag them from the Project bin into the frame, okay. Fill up the book, then when we're ready, click the Order button, so we can go ahead and process the order using Kodak EasyShare.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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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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