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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.
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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