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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
Photo books are really popular, you can create a book of your own photos in Elements Create Workspace and print it on your Desktop, or order a commercially printed and bound book right from Elements. You can start making a book from the Organizer or from the Editor, both of which have a Create tab with Photo Book in the column. If you're starting from the Editor, your first step would be to click Photo Book here to open the Bookmaking Workspace, and then you would bring photos into that Workspace by going to the File menu and choosing Open, and navigating to some photos.
I'm starting from my Organizer. One reason is so that I can choose photos using the nice big thumbnails in my Media Browser. Another reason is that the Organizer gives me the option of creating a virtual album of photos for inclusion in a book or in any of the create projects. An album is useful for displaying photos together even though they're located in different folders, and in an album I could experiment with sequencing photos for my book by rearranging them. If you want to try this, you may want to go back and review the earlier movies in the course about albums.
I'm going to skip the album making for now, because I've already showed you that, instead I'm just going to go to my Media Browser and select some photos for inclusion in my book. I can do that here in Folder Location View, or I could do it if I were working in Thumbnail View, that displays all the photos in the current catalogue. I'm not going to select all the photos in this album, I'm going to save out a few so I can show you how to bring in more photos later. So I'm going to click on this photo of the sky with a heart, and then I'm going to hold the Shift key and click on the first photo thumbnail, leaving out the last three photos in the Media Browser.
Then I'll go over to the Create tab and I'll click Photo Book. That opens the Photo Book dialog box. Here I can set up the general parameters for my book. I'll start with the Book Size over here in the column on the left. If you're going to try to print a book yourself, you can choose any of the Sizes listed here, but keep in mind that it's difficult to print a two-sided book page on a typical Desktop printer, so you probably will decide instead to have your book commercially printed and bound. Currently, Elements books are printed by either Kodak Gallery or by Shutterfly.
Kodak offers just one size; Shutterfly offers us choice of three sizes. Price is usually a consideration when you're choosing book size, you can click on any one of the sizes here and then in the Preview column on the right you can see the minimum price for that size book. Now, do keep in mind that these prices are minimum, and as you add pages the prices will probably go up. You'll find out all the information about pricing when you go to order a book at the end of the workflow. The Number Of Pages in your book is also a consideration.
The minimum number of pages for any of the commercially bound books is 20 Pages. If you print your own book, you can have fewer pages. I'm going to go with the 11.00 x 8 .00 inch tall book by Shutterfly. Then I'm going to come over to the column in the middle and choose a Theme for a book. A theme is a preset design that's a combination of page layouts and artwork. I can preview each theme by clicking on it here in this column and then over in the Preview column on the right I'll see an animated preview like this.
There are themes here designed for different purposes, like Christmas, Family, Mothers Day, and more, but you can use any of these themes for any kind of book that you're making. The themes that have the gold ribbon at the top left are only available if you're a Plus Member of Adobe's Extra Online Services, for which there is a fee. I'm going to choose this theme, the Monochrome Theme, which is a good one, I think, for displaying photos, because it's a clean, uncluttered design. Here is a preview of it. Now that I've decided on a theme, I'll go down to the Autofill with Selected Images checkbox, if I were to uncheck this, I would have to fill each photo placeholder in my book with a photo manually.
If I leave this checked, Elements will automatically fill the photo placeholders in my book with the photos I selected in the Organizer. I'm going to go with this option, because it will give me a head start on making the book and it's not permanent, I'll be free to rearrange or switch out any of the photos as I build the book. So now I'm going to click OK to close this dialog box and have Elements start off generating the layout of my book and auto filling its pages with the photos that I selected in the Organizer. And here is the initial build of my book in the Bookmaking Workspace.
Let's take a quick look at the Bookmaking interface. Up at the top left there is an abbreviated toolbar with a Move tool, a Zoom tool, and a Hand tool, just like the ones in the Full Photo Edit Workspace. And then there's a document window that right now is displaying the first page in my book, the title page. I'm going to get the Zoom tool, and then I'm going to click on the title page to zoom in so we can see it better. The column on the right has several tabs. Initially it's set to the Pages tab, and the column displays a thumbnail of each page and spread in the book.
If I scroll down, you'll see that some of the pages have no photos on them, they just have photo placeholders, and that's because I didn't select enough photos in the Organizer to fill all the placeholders in this book, and Auto Fill doesn't repeat a photo more than once. If I want to bring more photos into the Bookmaking Workspace for possible inclusion in this book, I would do that by going up to the File menu, choosing Open, and navigating into my Exercise Files folder, and into the chapter19 folder, and the 19-01 subfolder, and here I'll select those last three images and bring those into the Bookmaking Workspace as well, I'll click on this one, I'll hold the Shift key and click on this one to select all three, and I'll click Open.
Now, down in the Project Bin at the bottom of the interface I have four thumbnails. The first thumbnail represents the book that I'm building and then these other three thumbnails are the three images that I just opened, and you can see each of those up here in a tab at the top of the document window. Now, if you don't see this, it could be because your Project Bin is collapsed, so click on its tab to bring it up, and then go to this menu and make sure that you've selected Show Open Files. I'm going to click back on that first thumbnail to see my book again, and then I'm going to go over to the Pages panel and I'm going to click on the first spread that doesn't have any photos in it, so that I can show you how to add photos from the Project Bin and into the photo placeholders on these pages.
I'll just click on one of the photos, and then I'll drag it from the Project Bin, up on top of a photo placeholder, and I'll release my mouse. I'll do the same with this photo, dragging it over here, and I'll select this photo of the umbrellas and I'll put that one up here. I can even use the same photo in more than one photo placeholder, so I could take that photo of the umbrellas and put it into this placeholder as well. There's a lot more that I can do to customize this photo book, so stay tuned for the next movie where I'm going to show you how to do exactly that.
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