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Creating a photo book

From: Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

Video: Creating a photo book

If you've always dreamed about publishing your photos in a book, now is your chance if you use the Photo Book feature in the Create tab of the Organizer or the Editor and after you've designed your book using this feature, it's a great feeling a few days later when a bound professionally printed book arrives at your door if you choose to have it commercially printed. The good news is that making a book using the Photo Book feature is just like making a photo collage which I showed you in great detail in earlier movies in this chapter. The difference is that a photo collage has one page while a book, of course, has lots of pages.

Creating a photo book

If you've always dreamed about publishing your photos in a book, now is your chance if you use the Photo Book feature in the Create tab of the Organizer or the Editor and after you've designed your book using this feature, it's a great feeling a few days later when a bound professionally printed book arrives at your door if you choose to have it commercially printed. The good news is that making a book using the Photo Book feature is just like making a photo collage which I showed you in great detail in earlier movies in this chapter. The difference is that a photo collage has one page while a book, of course, has lots of pages.

So since you've already learned the steps in the photo collage movies, you should have no trouble making this book. You can start to make a book from either the Editor or the Organizer. I'd like to start in the Organizer because here I can gather all the photos that I may want to use and if those photos aren't all in one folder as these are, I might actually make an album here in the Organizer, so that I can access them again if I need to. In this folder, these are all candidates for the book that I'm about to make. I recommend selecting more than just one photo per page because many of the templates contain pages with more than one photo frame.

So if I were making a real book, I would probably have maybe twice as many photos as I do here to start with. I'll make sure that all of these photos are selected and I've done that by clicking on the first and then holding the Shift key and clicking on the last. Then I'll go over to the Create column in the Task pane on the right and I'll click Photo Book. That switches me over to the Editor and opens the Photo Book window. The first stop here is to choose a size for the book. Notice that some of the sizes are in the Kodak Gallery category, some in the shutterfly category and there is one here in a category called Print locally.

Actually, you can print any one of these size books locally on your desktop printer as it says down here. But if you want to order a book from Kodak, you have to choose this size and if you want to order a book from Shutterfly, you have to choose one of these three sizes. These are the commercially bound books that I mentioned a moment ago. When you order a commercially printed book, there are limitations on the minimum and maximum number of pages. At the time I'm recording this movie, the minimum number of pages for a Kodak or Shutterfly book is 20 and that's really 18 pages of content and a title page and another page.

I'm going to select the Kodak Gallery book and then I'll move to the Themes column. Each theme is made up of different backgrounds, graphics and frames. Some come with a lot of dummy text, some with very little. I'm going to go down and choose this Monochrome theme and when I click on it, I get a preview of what the book is going to look like over here in this window, so that can help you choose between the themes. I'm going to leave Autofill with Selected Images checked. This is optional. If you want to fill each one of the placeholders in your book manually, you don't have to check this, but I like Elements to take a crack at it for me and that saves me time because sometimes I find that I only have to switch out some of the photos and I like the way Elements has arranged others.

I'll click OK and Elements will begin to generate previews of each of the pages in the book and to populate the photo placeholders with the photos that I selected in the Organizer. When the book is done, it appears here in the Document window in the Create workspace. This is the basic motive to Create workspace. There's also an Advanced mode which is just like the Advanced mode that I showed you in the movies about creating a photo collage. Advanced mode resembles the Full Edit workspace and you have access to all of the Full Edit tools and Effects panel and lots more choices for layouts and artwork.

In this case, I'm going to do most of my editing here in the Basic mode. There's plenty to work with. I'll start here with the Title page. Notice the blue lines around the title page. Those are showing because I have checked Show Safe Zone. This is the area beyond which you don't want to put text or images in order to ensure that it all gets printed and doesn't get cut off during commercial printing. If you want to see how the book looks without those guides, you can always uncheck Show Safe Zone. I usually work with it off and then I turn it on at the end and review the book to make sure that I haven't placed any content outside of that zone.

This is the Title page of the book. The photo that's on the Title page, in many cases, will show through a cutout in the cover of the book. So I want to be sure that I have a focal point for the image here in the center. So I'd like to switch out this image for another one. Here's how I can do that. I'll go down the Project Bin. I'll make sure it's open by double- clicking its tab and then I'll change its menu from Show Open Files to show the files that are selected in the Organizer. Now I can see a thumbnail of each of the photos that I had selected in my Organizer for inclusion in the book.

If I scroll down, I can see more of those thumbnails. I'm going to scroll down some more and I'm going to select this photo as my Title page photo. To switch out any of the photos in the book, I can click on a thumbnail in the Project Bin and drag it up and drop it on a photo placeholder. Notice that there's also some dummy text here on the Title page. Wherever you see text like this, you're going to want to switch it out for text of your own or delete it. I'm going to zoom in, so we can see that more closely by getting the Zoom tool in the toolbar and then clicking on the image.

Then I'll select the Move tool. I'll go over to Create panel and I'm going to click on the Text tab to bring up Text Settings. With the Move tool selected, if I click on one of these lines of type that selects its text box. I can use that box to change the size of the type, to reposition the type or to rotate the type. To change its size, I'll move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points and drag. To reposition, I'll click inside of the box and drag and if I wanted to rotate a line of type, although I don't want to here, I could move my mouse outside of this little handle and when it changes to a curved double pointed arrow, I could click and drag.

When I'm done doing all of that, I have to commit those changes and that's done by clicking the green check mark here or if I didn't like the changes, I could click the Cancel sign. Now let's say that I want to come in and replace the text here and maybe change some of its settings. To do that, I'm going to double-click inside this text box and then when I move my cursor just to the right of the text, it changes to an I-beam cursor. This means that I can click and drag to select all or part of the text.

I'll click here and I'll drag across all of the text. I'm going to type something else instead of Photobook Title Here, I'll type Boulder Canyon. If I want to change the font, again I'll click and drag over that line of text and then I'll move over to the Settings area, I'll go to the Font field and I'm going to scroll up and choose a different font. There are a number of other tech settings that I can choose from here and these are just like the settings that I covered in the movies on photo collage. As just an example, I can click the eye here and that changes the highlighted line of text to italic.

When I'm done changing this text, I'll click the green check mark in the options bar to accept the changes and then I'll come back down and I'm still in Text Edit mode. So I can click and drag over this line of text and I can type Photographs by Jan Kabili, and then I'll click the green check mark. Now that I'm satisfied with my Title page, I'm going to move on to the inner pages in the book, fine-tuning the double page spreads using the many features available here in the Create workspace and I'll show you how to do that in the very next movie.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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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
      52s
    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 Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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