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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.
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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