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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.
Once you learn the basics of photo restoration it can be a little addicting. When you start to see some great results you find yourself wanting to share them with your family. Photoshop Elements has some wonderful options to help you share your restoration prowess, one of which is the popular Photo Book. Let's have a look at these pictures of this extremely cute little boy and these are all the photos we will be working with today. Have all your photos open that you want to use on your desktop.
Next, we'll go over here by the Edit menu to Create and click on it. If your Project Bin isn't up, be sure to click on the tab to bring it up, so you will have access to your photos. Now go down and choose Photo Book and then let's look at this dialog box that pops up. See we have got a lot of choices here. We have our Sizes and Options of what you can do to have these Printed from Kodak, Print them yourself or from Shutterfly and we will select Print locally.
We have a number of Themes; Christmas, Colorful, and Family all down the line, and we'll just stick with Cherish for right now. Over here is your Preview. It gives you an idea of what your book will look like. Down here it says, Autofill with Selected Images, uncheck the Autofill with Selected Images box so you can put the pictures in manually. You always have the option of letting it Autofill itself but this time we'll do it ourselves, and let's start out with 4 pages.
You can use as many as you want and then click OK. Let's choose a photo for our cover. Let's start with this first one and drag and drop it to the area. Now here is something to keep in mind, if you just move this, if you slide your cursor the whole box moves, that's just clicking on it and sliding. If you just want to adjust your photo, double-click on the photo itself and you can adjust it with this slider. While it's selected, you can also move your photo around and put it where you'd like.
If it's not as small as you'd like it and it's to the end, all you have to do is hit Enter or this green box to commit, and then double-click again and you can go down even further. You can also adjust using the bounding box; you have a number of options. Let's click the check to Commit and you can move to the next page either by selecting the Blue Arrow button or clicking directly on the book over here under Pages.
Let's click the arrow and go to the next page. If you don't like the layout that's here you can always go over to Layouts and look at all the different layouts that they give you to choose from. There are number, you can put a lot of little photos, 14 Photos in this, 4 Side-By-Side and do 4 Photo Book Landscape. There are a lot of options to use. Let's see what one looks like, and then if you don't like how a layout looks you can simply go to Ctrl on a PC or Command on a Mac and Z and you're back to where you were.
Let's look at some other options for Artwork, where you can change your backgrounds to a number of different ones and that will just change the Background. You can go down and do Solid Colors; and just click on it to add. You can add Frames that are different than the ones that are there or you can put in some Graphics. There is really some great options to make your page very custom. You can even add extra text by going over here clicking and dragging out a Text Box and just type in whatever you'd like.
It'll probably be very small to begin with and you click Enter and then double-click again, if you don't like it and you can adjust your text. You can also choose different Styles for your text, you have Animal Fur, Denim, Drop Shadow, a number of options. when you like the text that you have, you just Enter to commit and you can either move to the next page or add some more photos, which we will do right now. We will drag and drop, we'll move this to the center, double-click on the photo, if you'd like move it down, either Enter or the green check to commit.
If you want to go back to any page, you go back up here to Pages and click on it or you can go down here and change your page with the Blue Arrow buttons. You can add a Title to your book, by double-clicking and then typing in your text. We call this, The Book of Little Mark, and click Enter. And you can subtitle your book if you like, anything you want.
We'll call this, A Sister's Revenge, because brothers bug us when we're young. When you're through with your Photo Book, you just come down here and click Done and Save it to your hard drive and see we will call this Mark_book and it's in Photo Project Format, so it's already to send off to wherever you'd like to have it printed, and we'll click Save and then the file was all ready to send away.
You can add as many photos and pages as you like, and really customize your book. Photo Books allow you to share your photos with your family in a very polished and professional but fun way.
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