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Creating a photo greeting card

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Video: Creating a photo greeting card

Greeting Cards are another fun project to make in the Create Workspace, which you can access either from the Organizer or the Editor, and the features for making Greeting Cards are just like the features for making Photo Books and Photo Calendars, so if you listened to the last several movies, You'll be all ready to go to make greeting cards. I'm going to start here in the Organizer by selecting a couple of photos, and then in the Create column I'm going to click Greeting Card. You've seen an interface just like this for Photo Books and for Calendars. Over in the column on the left I'm going to choose the size of my card, and that depends on how I'm going to print the card.

Creating a photo greeting card

Greeting Cards are another fun project to make in the Create Workspace, which you can access either from the Organizer or the Editor, and the features for making Greeting Cards are just like the features for making Photo Books and Photo Calendars, so if you listened to the last several movies, You'll be all ready to go to make greeting cards. I'm going to start here in the Organizer by selecting a couple of photos, and then in the Create column I'm going to click Greeting Card. You've seen an interface just like this for Photo Books and for Calendars. Over in the column on the left I'm going to choose the size of my card, and that depends on how I'm going to print the card.

I can print any size on my own inkjet printer, and this is one creation where it might actually make sense to print your own, because you can make a card that is single-sided and therefore will come out very nicely on your own printer. If you'd like to have professionally printed cards, perhaps a whole pack of cards for the holidays, then you can choose from these sizes by Kodak and these sizes by Shutterfly. I'm going to try to print my own card this time so I can make any choice I want here. I think I'll go for the 7.00 x 5.00 inch (Flat, Landscape) card.

And then as for the Books and the Calendars, I'll choose a theme for the card. I'll scroll down, and because I'm making cards with photos from a trip, I'll choose the Trips Theme. And as you know, that gives you a preview over here on the right. Now, when you make a card and you only have a couple of images, you really don't need Elements to Autofill the photo placeholders for you, so I'm going to uncheck Autofill with Selected Images, and I'll click OK, and Elements generates my card. Down here in the Project Bin are the two photos that I selected in the Organizer, and I can click on one of those photos and just drag it up into one of the photo placeholders in the card, and I'll drag this photo up here to the other photo placeholder, and that's how easy it is to get the photos onto the card.

Next I'm going to change out the background of the card. So as for Photo Books and Calendars, I'll go over to the Create column on the right, I'll click on the Artwork tab, and I'll scroll to the area that contains background options. These photos were taken at a beach, so I'm going to choose this, the Travel Beach Scene photo as my background. I'll double-click that photo thumbnail and that appears on the card as the background. Now, I do want to move the photos a little, because they're over the footprint here, so I'll click and drag with the Move tool on one of the photos and just move it up a little bit.

There is some text here, it's pretty hard to see because it's in gray against this brown background, but it is dummy text and I want to replace it with some text of my own. So with the Move tool, I'm going to click right on top of the text here and that changes the options over in the Create column to some settings for Text, and it changes my cursor to an I-beam cursor, just like with Photo Books and Photo Calendars. I'm going to leave all of these settings at their defaults here except that I want to change the color of the text.

However, I've tried changing the color from here and it won't take, and I think that's because there already is a style on this text that's keeping it gray. So what I'm going to do is to just click and drag over the text, type my own text, I'll type the place where these photos were taken, in Italy. And then I'm going to click and drag over that text again and go down to the Styles and I'll double-click this pink style, and then I'll click the green check mark in the Options bar, and that replaced the gray style that was on the placeholder text with this very visible pink style on my own text.

Now I'll get the Move tool and I'll click in that text block and I'll move it exactly where I want it, maybe about there. I can do the same thing down here where there is a little bit more text. With the Move tool I'm going to try to click on it, and now I can see the textbox, and the text is right at the top left, so I'm going to double-click on the text that changes my cursor to an I-beam. If I triple-click, that will select the whole line of text, and then I'm going to type my own text. So I'll type Greetings From Italy.

I'll click and drag over what I typed and I'll go over to the Text settings and double-click on that pink style. And now I'll go up to the Options bar and click the green check mark. Now, there is more I could do. I could make this bit of text bigger, I could go to the Artwork tab and I could scroll down and maybe find a graphic that I want to add, like this Palm Tree, I'll drag that into the card. And I can even arrange the various elements from back to front, so with the Palm Tree selected, if I want to move it behind the text and the photo, I'll go to the Arrange menu and I'll choose Send to Back.

If I want to put this photo behind the Palm Tree, I'll select the photo and I'll go to Arrange and choose Send to Back again, and now my customize card is done. I could, as with Photo Books and Calendars, print the card myself by clicking the Print button down here, and that's not a bad idea with the card, because as I said, it is just a one-page, one-sided item. Or if I want commercially printed cards, I can click Order, or if I just want to save the card so that I can open it later to work on it further, or share it with someone else, I can click Done.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    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 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    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 41s
    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 29s
    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 26s
    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 28s
    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. 29m 59s
    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 7s
  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 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    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 14s
    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 12s
    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 43s
    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 17s
    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 34s
    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 22s
    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 Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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