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Creating a photo book


Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Creating a photo book

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.
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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 36s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 46s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 42s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 30s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 27s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 29s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 30m 0s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 8s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 36s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 15s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 13s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 44s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 18s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 35s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 23s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
  • Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
  • Automatically tagging people
  • Organizing photos into albums
  • Renaming and moving photos
  • Correcting common photo problems automatically
  • Retouching photos of friends and family
  • Adjusting lighting and color
  • Working with layers and layer masks
  • Converting photos to black-and-white
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Adding text to photos
  • Working with raw photos
  • Making a slideshow
  • Ordering prints
Photoshop Elements Elements
Jan Kabili

Creating a photo book

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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