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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 love to take photographs, you've probably thought about publishing you photographs to a calendar. What a great idea to have your family and friends and colleagues turn the page every month and see another one of your photographs and that's true even if you're not a serious photographer and you just like to take snapshots of your family. You know that they're going to enjoy turning that page every month and seeing another picture of themselves on the calendar. In Elements 9, the photo calendar feature makes really professional looking calendars of your photos and the bonus is that you can have those calendars printed professionally or you can print them on your own desktop printer.
Now if you have been following along to this chapter, you'll be happy to know that there really is nothing new and hard to learn in this tutorial, because making a photo calendar is just like making a photo collage and making a greeting card. You'll find the same features and have the same sorts of options that are covered in detail in his preceding movies. So if you haven't been following along, I really suggest that you listen to all of the movies before this one in this chapter and then listen to the photo calendar movie. I can begin a photo calendar from the Create tab in the Editor or from here in the Organizer.
In the Organizer, I'm going to select these series of photos that I took on one amazing shooting day last fall. By clicking on one and then holding the Shift key and clicking on the first and that selects them all, and then I'm going to go over to the Create tab and I'm going to click Photo Calendar. That takes me over to the Editor and it opens the Photo Calendar Creation page. Here I can choose one of two calendar sizes. Although, it may be a little hard to understand from what it says here, you can print either one of these calendars on your local desktop printer.
But if you want a calendar that you're going to have printed it commercially, then you should choose the second one here, the one that can be printed by Kodak. I am going to choose the Kodak calendar and then I'm going to come up to the starting month. Some calendars start in September, some start in January. I am going to choose January and I will choose the year 2011. Next, I am going to choose a theme, and as you know from the preceding movies, a theme is a combination of related backgrounds, themes, and graphics. I am going to scroll down and choose the Monochrome theme, which is a really simple theme for just showing off big photographs.
You can see a preview of the selected theme and calendar over here on the right. Down here, I am going to leave AutoFill with selected images checked so that Elements will fill each photo placeholder in the calendar with one of my selected photos and I can change those around if I don't like the order or don't like which Photos Elements has chosen. And then I click OK and that will cause Elements to begin generating a preview of a 12-month calendar. Now this may take a minute. When it's done, I see the Title page of the calendar here in the Document window and in the column on the side in the Pages tab, a separate page for each month.
So if I click on one of those, you can you can see the calendar page for January, the calendar page for February, and so on throughout the year. Each page has a different one of my photos. As long as I've fed Elements enough photos, so that it can't put a different on each page. I would actually like to rearrange the photos a bit. Let's say that I want to have this photo on the January page. So what I'll do is go down to the Project bin and I am going to click it's tab to expand it, and then I'm going to go to the Show Open files menu and I'm going to change that to show file selected in organizer, and then, I scrolled back to the January page in the Pages column on the right and I'm going to switch out this photo by going down to the Project bin and scrolling down there, until I see the photo that I'd rather have in the January slot.
I will click on it and I'll drag it up and I'll drop it on top of the photo, it's now in the January page, and that will switch it out for the photo that I prefer. I have the choice of resizing the frame and resizing the photo inside the frame, just like I showed you that I do with the photo collage or a greeting card. I want to keep all of the frames uniform on each page, so I am not going to change those. But I will double-click inside the frame to bring up the slider and I can experiment with zooming in or zooming out to resize the photo within the frame.
When I'm satisfied, I will click the green check mark. Now just to as with the photo collage, I could rotate the photo and the frame by using this little icon down here at the bottom, but I want my photos to be straight across. So I'm not going to rotate. I am not going to take your time to do this, but I would go through the pages one by one making sure that I had the right photo with the right month and scaling each photo inside its frame. I can do that by clicking over here on the Pages icons, or I can use the arrows, the back arrow and the forward arrow here. Now I'm not stuck with the layout that I initially chose.
I can go to the Layouts tab here just as I can with the photo collage or with a greeting card over the photo book and I can choose a different layout that will use the same photos and the same background and graphics, but just would be in terms of where the Photo placeholders are and what size they are. You have already seen all of these so I won't go through them again. Instead I will go right to the Artwork tab, as with the photo collages, here I can choose from different backgrounds. I like the idea of having each page neutral grays so I am going to stay with the gray background that I have, but if I wanted to apply a different background I would so on a page by page basis here.
So it might take a little time, and I have to do it 12 times. But it's worth it, if there's another background that I prefer, and to apply a background, just as with photo collage, I would double-click its icon here in the Artwork column, or I could drag the background onto the preview of the calendar in the Document window. And if I don't like that background, I can press the Undo key at the top of the screen to go back to the gray background. If I scroll down just as with photo collages, I have a choice of photo frames that I could add around each one of the photos.
I am going to cycle to another month by clicking the arrow and then I'll apply a photo frame to this photo. I will scroll down until I see a simple frame that I like. I like this one right here with a little bit of a White Bevel and black stroke. To apply this frame to this photo, I can either double-click it here in the Artwork column or I can drag it on top of the photo. I am going to zoom in so I get a better view of that by double-clicking the Zoom tool, and then I will hold the space bar and that will switch me to the Hand tool temporarily, so that I can pan this large double calendar page around in my Document window.
So I like that look. I think I'm going to use this same frame on each one of the photos on each month. But that means that I have to go to each page and apply it separately. Now if I want to, I can also add text on individual pages by going to the Text column, and on a page dragging out a text box, choosing a Font and the Style of the Size and Color and typing inside that box. So I will type the Boulder Creek, and on click the green check mark, and I can add text each page if I want to, using text the same way that I show you how to use it on photo collages and greeting cards Now if I go back to the title page by clicking the left arrow, I see that there is some dummy text here.
I am going to want to type over this text, so I will click to select the first line of text. I am going to zoom in a little, so I can see that better and I am going double-click and then drag over the line of text and here I will type a title for the calendar, Boulder Canyon. I will click the green check mark to accept that and I'll do the same on the second line of text. I will click right next to the words and drag over them to highlight it, and I will type Photographs by Jan Kabili.
And I will click the green check mark. And then I will double-click the Hand tool to go back to see the entire title page in the document window. Now I can edit that text or any text that I have added to the calendar, just as I showed you how to do with the photo collage. Changing any of the settings here in the settings area, Warping the text, in other words bending it, if I want or adding any of these preset type styles. When I am finished here, I can switch over to advanced mode if I want to do more editing. You've seen advanced mode with photo collage, but just to remind you, I'm going to click on the Advanced mode button and I may have to wait a minute as Elements switches the calendar into Advance mode.
Here I have access to the full edit workspace with all of the tools with layer styles and filters and with access to all the layers in the file which were automatically created when I made this calendar. Now when I am finished creating the calendar, either here in advanced mode or back in Basic mode, as for the collage and the greeting card, I can choose either the Done button, in which case I would save the calendar in the .PSE format, the special Elements multipage format that will allow me to come back in and reedit the calendar or I could choose to print the calendar on my own local desktop printer by clicking the Print button, and that will bring up a dialog box for preparing the image for print.
Or I can click Order and if I have a little while to wait, I can click OK, and that will bring up an order form that I can use to submit my calendar to Kodak for professional printing for a fee. I think this is one of the most exciting creation features in Elements. It can give you really professional looking results whether you have your calendar professionally printed and delivered to your door or whether you print it yourself on your inkjet printer.
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