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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.
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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