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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.
You can make a professional looking calendar in Elements' Create workspace, and you can print it yourself or have it commercially-printed. Making a calendar is almost exactly the same as making a photo book, it uses all the same features. So rather than repeat everything here I am going to concentrate on my workflow in this movie, and ask you to go back and listen to the preceding two movies for details of each feature. I can start my calendaring either the Editor or the Organizer. I'd like to start in the Organizer where I am going to select 13 photos.
The calendars available are all 12- month calendars and each has 12 pages, one for each month, plus a title page, so I need at least one photo for every page. I'll press Ctrl+A that's Command+A on a Mac to select all the photos in my Media Browser, and then I'll go up to the Create tab and from there I'll choose Photo Calendar. This Photo Calendar window should look familiar, it's a lot like the photo book window. Over on the left I have some choices to make. First, I can choose the starting month for the calendar.
Elements is smart enough to take a good guess at what next month is, and it's gotten it right here. So I am going to leave the starting month at February 2012. Then I can choose between two calendars, one that I print myself and one that's printed by Kodak Gallery. I am going to go with the Kodak Gallery Calendar. Because when you print yourself, you end up getting a separate page for each page of the calendar, and I'd like to have things printed back and front. So I'll select the Kodak Gallery size calendar. I'll choose a theme for the calendar in the center of this dialog box just as I did for photo books.
I'm going to scroll down here and select the Designer Elegant theme and as with photo books the themes that have the gold ribbon are only available if you're a plus member of Adobe's extra online services, and there is a fee for that. I am going to leave Autofill with selected images checked, and then I am going to click OK, and Elements will generate a calendar for me autoflowing the photos that I selected in my Organizer into the photo placeholders in that calendar. Here's the title page of my initial calendar, and over in the Create column on the right the Pages tab is selected, and I can see here a thumbnail for each month of my calendar.
So if I click on one of these thumbnails, I can see it in the Document window. I like the layout that comes with this theme, the big photo above the calendar, but one thing I don't like is the large scalloped frame around each photo. So one of the things I am going to do is go through each month in this calendar and remove that frame. Before I do that I am going to start with the title page, because I think that the title page of the front of the calendar sets the mood and appearance for the rest of the calendar. So in the Pages tab I'll click on the title page.
The first thing I am going to do, is get rid of that frame, so I'll right-click on the photo, and from the Contextual menu that appears, I'm going to choose Clear Frame, and that removes the frame altogether. Now I am going to concentrate on the dummy text here, replacing it with my own text. With the Move tool I'll click on the first line of text and now I can see that it's in its own bounding box, meaning, it's a separate text block from this other line of text. To type over the dummy text, I'll double-click on the text inside that text block, and over in the Create column, I can now see settings for text, and my cursor is now an I-Beam cursor.
I can use that cursor to click and drag to highlight the dummy text, and then I'll type my own text over that. And then to accept that text I'll go up to the Options Bar and click the green check mark. If I want to customize that text, I could select it again with the I-Beam cursor and go over to the Settings and maybe change the Font, and I might choose Italic as the style, and then again I'll click the green check mark. I can do the same thing with this other text block but I am not going to take the time to do that right now, you can do that on your own.
The next thing that I want to do to this title page of the calendar is to change its background. So I am going to go over to the Artwork tab in the Create column, and I'm going to scroll up to get to the backgrounds. There are some really nice backgrounds associated with the theme that I chose, these look like Italian paper. To apply a different background to this title page I'll just double-click on one of these backgrounds I like this Folded Cream background. And the last thing I'll do the title page is to resize and reposition the photo a little bit.
I could go to the Layouts tab and apply an entirely new layout, but I just want to tweak this layout a little bit. So with the Move tool, I'm going to click on the photo and I'll make it a little smaller by moving my mouse over one of its corners and dragging in, and then I'll move my mouse outside corner till it changes to a curved double-pointed arrow and drag to rotate the photo a little, and then I can click inside the photo and drag to reposition it where I want it. When I am all done with that, I'll click the green check mark. Now the next thing I would do if I had time, was to go to Pages panel and go through each one of the pages of the calendar, and do similar things to those pages, clearing the frame, changing out the background, and maybe resizing the photo a little bit.
These pages don't have text so there is nothing to do with text here. So, for example, I'm going to right- click on this photo and I'm going to choose Clear Frame to remove the frame. Now I would like to have a frame on these photos, but unfortunately in the Artwork tab if I scroll down I see I only have one frame available with this theme and it's the frame that I really don't like. So what I can do is switch over to Advanced mode by clicking this button. Here in Advanced mode there is a lot more artwork to choose from, including additional frames.
I am going to scroll down through all the many backgrounds here until I start to see some frames. And I'm just going to use a plain thin beige frame on each photo in this calendar I still have the Move tool selected and I have the photo selected on this page of my calendar, so, to apply this frame to that photo I'll just double-click the frame in the artwork area on the right. I am going to get the Zoom tool and zoom in so you can see that better, and there is a more subtle frame that I started with. Now I am going to go back to the title page by clicking the arrow down here, which takes me back one page, and I'll do the same thing to the title page.
I'll zoom it a little bit so you can see it, and then I'll go over and get the Move tool. I'll make sure that the photo is selected and I'll go over to the artwork area and double-click that basic cream frame to apply to this photo too, and I would do that on every page of this calendar. Now when I am all done creating and customizing my calendar, I have three choices just like I do with the photo book. Down at the bottom of both, the Advanced mode and Basic mode, I could click the Order button and that would take me after a while to some instructions for ordering a professionally printed copy of this calendar.
I am going to cancel out of there for now. If I click the Print button that opens the Print dialog box, and from here I could try to print the calendar myself. But if you look over on the left you can see what's going to happen, which is that each photo is going to print as a separate page as well as each page of the calendar. So if you want more than that on a single page and you want your pages printed double-sided and you want everything bound it's probably better to order a commercially printed version of the calendar. So I am going to cancel out of here, and then there is the Done button, and if I click that I can save my calendar.
I'll navigate into the projects folder that I've already created on my Desktop, and I'll go to the Format menu in the Save As dialog box. As with the photo book I can choose to save the calendar either in the .PSE format which will allow me to reopen it in Elements' Create workspace to edit it further or in the Acrobat PDF format, which is better when I'm finished with the calendar and I want to share with someone else who may not have Elements but may have a PDF Reader. So I am going to choose the PSE format, I'll give the calendar a name and I can even include the calendar in my Elements Organizer as I save it.
So I am going to do that and click Save. So that's how to create and output a really great looking calendar here in Elements' Create workspace.
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