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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.
If you're on Windows you can make a full featured slideshow of your photos with music, narration and more. Sorry Mac users, but this is a Windows-only feature. I'm starting my slideshow by selecting photos here in the Organizer. Then I'm going to go to the Create tab in the column on the right and I'm going to choose Slide Show. That opens the Slide Show Preferences where I will global settings that affect all the photos in my slide show. I can change these for individual slides as you will see in a minute. From the Static Duration menu I will choose the length of time that I want each slide to be on screen in the show.
I am going to set this to 2 seconds. In the next menu I will choose the kind of transition between my slides. I could leave this set to None for a hard cut or I can select one of these transitions. As I select a transition here I get a preview of it in the thumbnail in the right. I am going to go with Fade which is a simple classic transition. From the next menu I will choose the amount of time that each transition will take, I am going to set that to 1 second. In the Background Color box I can set the default color of the background of each slide, I will leave that set to Black.
I am going to leave Apply Pan & Zoom to All Slides unchecked. I do like panning and zooming but only on selected slides rather than on the whole slide show. And down here I will make sure that Repeat Soundtrack Until Last Slide is checked because I am going to add music to the slide show and I want to make sure it continues to the end of the show. I am going to crop both my Landscape and Portrait Photos to fit their sides so that I don't see black bars at the top and bottom or the sides of the photos. But if you're more interested in displaying your photos full frame then leave these boxes unchecked.
I am going to go ahead and check them. Here I will reduce the Playback Quality while I am previewing my show to save processing power. And then I will click OK. That closes the Preferences and opens the Slide Show Editor where I will build my slide show. The Film Strip at the bottom of the Slide Ahow Editor displays thumbnails representing each slide, each with one slide for each photo that I selected in the Organizer. Clicking on a slide here in the Filmstrip displays that slide in the Document window where I can change the properties of the slide, as I will show you in a minute.
Under the Document window is a controller, I can click the right arrow to cycle forward through the slides or the left arrow to cycle backward. If I want to get to the last slide I will click this arrow and to get to the first slide I will click this arrow. One of the first things I do in the Slide Editor is to set the sequence in which the photos will appear in the slide show. I could do that from the Slide Order menu over here, choosing one of these options or I can customize the sequence which I like to do in the Quick Reorder workspace. To get there I will click the Quick Reorder button here and that opens the separate workspace where I have a nice big view of each slide.
If your thumbnaild aren't as big as this, you can use the Side slider here at the top of this workspace. And from here I can click on any slide and drag it to a different position in the sequence. When I'm down reordering here I will click the Back button to go back to the Slide Editor. You remember that I set some global properties for all slide shows in the preferences, well now I'm going to customize properties for individual slides in this show. For example, the duration that each slide will be on screen is displayed underneath the slide. All the sides are set to a duration of 2 seconds now because that's what I chose in the Slide Show Preferences.
So if I want to change that for a particular slide, say, this slide of the license plate over here, I will click the arrow to the left of the Slide Show Duration under the slide and I choose a different number maybe three seconds for this slide. These blue boxes in between slides represent the transitions between slides. You remember that I'd set all the transitions to the fade type of transition with the duration of 1 second back in the Preferences. If I want to change that for the transition between two particular slides I will click on that Transition box, and that changes the column on the right to show me properties for this particular transition.
So here I could change the duration of this transition, I could even change the type of transition. So maybe I will change this one to Barn Doors, and some of the transition types have their own properties which I can set from this menu here. If I want to preview that transition I'll make sure that I've selected the slide before it, and then I click the Play button and there are my Barn Doors, and then I will click the Stop button. One of the great things about these slide shows is that you can add music to the slide shows.
To do that I am going to click this blue link under the Filmstrip. That opens my Music library, here I can go into the Sample Music folder or go into my iTunes folder or the Adobe folder to choose the music. I am going to select one of the sample music pieces here, I will click on this first one and if I want to preview it I can come over here and click the Play button. (music playing) That sounds good to me, so I will click Open. And in just a second I'll see a purple audio track under my filmstrip.
When I select a slide in the filmstrip, like this one, the Properties area gives me the option to pan and zoom in the slide. I do like to do that on individual slides. Let's see how to set that up. I will check Enable Pan & Zoom and that selects the Start icon here. The green boundary that you see in the Document window defines the area that we will showing at the beginning of the Pan & Zoom. I am going to move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points and drag in to make that area smaller, and I can click inside the bounding box and center it wherever I want.
Then I will go back to Enable Pan & Zoom and click on the End icon. The red boundary defines the area that's going to show when the Pan & Zoom is finished. I am going to leave that where it is. Now let's preview this Pan & Zoom. I will click the Play button. (music playing) And I think that looks pretty good. I can change other properties of a slide by selecting a slide in a filmstrip and then clicking on it in the Document window. Then over here in the Properties area I can change the size of the image on the slide either by dragging the Zoom slider like this or by clicking Fit on Slide or Crop to Fit.
If the image on a slide needs some editing to its exposure or its contrast or its color, I could try clicking Auto Smart Fix or I can click the More Editing button which will open the photo into the Full Photo Edit workspace, I can make changes there and when I save the file with those changes there it will come back over here into the Slide Show Editor with those changes. In the Extras panel I can apply Graphics, Text and/or Audio Narration to a slide. Graphics is selected by default here and you could see just some of the graphics that are available.
I will scroll down to see more, there are backgrounds, costumes, flowers and food, and lots more. To add a graphic to a slide I will click on it and drag it onto the slide, and that changes the properties. So here I can make the graphic smaller or bigger or I can make it black-and-white or even sepia colored. If I want to delete a graphic I will right- click on it on the slide and choose Delete. To add text I will go back to the Extras panel and click the T icon.
In this panel I'll choose a style of text and I will double-click that style to open a Text Editing window. I will type my own text and click OK. That adds that bit of text in the middle of the Document window, I can click inside the text box and move the text, and with the text box selected the Properties panel gives me all the typical options for styling text. I can change Color, Font, Font Size, Style, and I can even add/or delete the Drop Shadow.
So if I click this T the Drop Shadow on the text goes away. Finally, I can add Audio Narration to a slide. Of course you have to have a mic plugged in or built into your computer, and then I'll click the mic icon at the top of the Extras panel. If I click this red button I can record an audio caption. Ford Classic, and then I will click again to stop recording, I can play that narration. (music playing) And if I want to delete it, because I can't really hear it over the music, then I will go to this Trashcan and I'll click and I will choose delete this narration or all narrations.
So we are making progress on building this slide show but there is more to do. Please stay tuned for the next movie where we will continue to build a great slide show.
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