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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
A slideshow is a great way to show off your photos. In Elements you can create a custom built slideshow to which you can add music, and text, and graphics, even narration, and you can share your slideshow with family and friends online, by DVD or by saving it as a PDF that they could play on their computers. This kind of slideshow is different and more permanent than the temporary slideshow that I showed you how to make in Full Screen View in the Organizer earlier in this course. The first step in making this kind of slideshow is to select the photos that are going to be in the show.
I am here in the Organizer, where I'm going to select six photos. I'll click on the first, I'll hold the Shift key, and I'll click on the last to select all those in between. Then I'm going to go over to Create tab in the Task pane. I'll click there and from the list of possible creations, I'm going to click Slide Show. That opens the Slide Show Preferences dialog box. Here I'll choose the default settings that will affect all of the slides in the slideshow, and then I'll be able to tweak those settings for individual slides later in the Slide Show Editor.
So first I'll set the duration of the slides. I would like them to be shorter than this, maybe 2 seconds each. I'll choose the method of transition between slides. There are a lot of choices here. I like a subtle transition, so I'm going to leave this set to Fade. For the duration of those transitions, I'll make things a little faster, maybe 1 second, but if I had a longer static duration of each slide, then I would also want a slightly longer transition duration. I am going to leave all the other options at their defaults. But I do want to call your attention to one of these, Repeat Soundtrack Until Last Slide.
This is important because with this checked the music will keep playing until my slideshow is done. I'll go down here and click OK and that will open the Slide Show Editor, where I can customize those settings for individual slides. There is a lot in this Editor, so I'm going to maximize the view of the Editor by going up to the top right and clicking Maximize. The first thing I'll do here is to get my slides in the right order. There are two ways to do that. Here in this bin down here, I can just click on a slide and drag and release to switch the order of individual slides.
But if I have a lot of slides it's hard to see them all down here. So sometimes I'll go to the Quick Reorder button right here and click there to open this independent view of all the slides and here I can move slides around the same way. I'll take this slide of the white horse and drag it over to the left to be the first slide in the slideshow. And when I see the blue bar I'll release my mouse. To go back to the Slide Show Editor I'll click this Back button. The next thing that I want to do is to create a title slide to put at the beginning of the slideshow.
To do that I'll go up to the top of the screen and I'll click Add Blank Slide. Down in the bin, you can see the Blank Slide, which comes in just to the right of whatever slide I had selected at the moment. Over on the right are Properties for this particular slide. Like all the other slides, I'll leave this at a duration of 2 seconds and by default that has a background color of black. If I wanted to change that, I could click in this box and choose another color. But I'm going to leave it at Black. I want to add a title to this slide, so I'll move to up to Extras and I'm going to click on the T con here to add some text.
From the thumbnails that appear I'll choose the style of text I'm going to scroll all the way to the bottom of that menu and choose this white text with a black shadow. I'll click and hold, and drag that icon onto the slide and release my mouse. To type my own text in place of this default text I'm going to click outside of with this bounding box, and then I'm going to click inside of it to select it, and then I'm going to double-click, and that opens in Edit Text area. I'll type 'The Carousel' and I'll click OK.
Then I can click and drag inside that text box to position my text where I wanted on the screen, with that text box selected, I could come over to the right and change some of the properties of the text. I could change the font from this menu, but I'm going to leave it at the default. I can also change the font size from here. For example, I might scroll down and choose 60 point and there are lots of other options I can change here. The Color, the Opacity and other characteristics of the text. I'm going to leave it as it is for now.
Then I'm going to position this slide at the beginning of the slideshow by going down to the bin at the bottom of the screen clicking on that title slide and dragging it over to left releasing my cursor, when I see a blue bar there on the left side of the bin. So now the title slide is the first slide in my slideshow. If you want to have an ending slide, maybe a slide with credits, you can make it the same way and positioned at the end of the show. Now let's take a take a look at transitions between the slides. If you remember I set the transitions to Fade in the Slide Show Preferences, but I do want to change one transition and that's the transition between this title slide and the first photo slide in the slideshow.
So, I'm going to click on that transition icon right between The Carousel title slide and the Whitehorse photo slide. There is a small arrow to the right of that transition. I'll click that and that brings up a menu of available transitions. I'm going to change this one to Barn Doors. With that transition selected here, over on the right I can change the properties of that particular transition. For example, I could change the duration of this transition from the default of 1 second that I set in the Slide Show preferences to 2 seconds, and that will affect only this transition.
Now, I would like to add some sound to this slideshow. To add some music I'll go down to the very bottom of the screen, and I'll click this message, Click Here to Add Audio to Your Slide Show. In the window that opens, I'll go to the Sample Music and I'll make a choice here. I'm going to choose this Din Din Wo and I'll click Open. Over in the properties area I can edit this audio file. Before I do that I want to check out the total time for the entire slideshow, and that's reported over here on the left side of the screen, where it tells me that the Slide Show Time will be 14 seconds.
If I go over to the Properties for the audio file, I see that it is 4 minutes and 45 seconds, obviously way too long for the slideshow. To trim the audio to fit the slideshow, I'll go to this slider the End slider here and I'm going to drag it over to the left. I want to make the audio file a little bit longer than the 14 seconds of my slideshow, so that I have some to work with. I'll set that at about 24 seconds and release my mouse. I can also set the volume. I'll start with it somewhere in the middle and I can always increase it or decrease the volume if I need to.
Now, to preview the sound I'll click this arrow. (Music Playing) Now, I'm going to grab that playhead and I'm going to drag it back to zero.
So, I'm satisfied with that preview but I would like to do something else, which is to fit the slides to the music. So I'll come down to this command just above the bin and I'll click Fit Slides To Audio, and that will adjust the duration of each slide on the screen from the default of 2 seconds that I have chosen to a different numbers so that the slides are on screen for the same amount of time as the audio is playing. By the way I can also record narration if I wanted to, using this icon up here. And I could fit the narration to the slides the same way as I did the music.
But I'm not going to do that for now. I'm going to go with the pieces of the slideshow that I already have in place. So, now it's time to preview the slideshow. I'll go down to the bin and I'll click on the very first slide, the title slide, and then I'm going to go up to the top of the screen, and click Full Screen Preview. (Music Playing) I'll press the Escape key on my keyboard to go back to the Slide Show Editor.
Previewing the entire slideshow made me think of something else that I would like to do to slideshow, and that's to add a little bit of pan and zoom to the very first slide. So I'm going to select the first photo slide, this Whitehorse slide in the bin, and then I'm going to go over to the Properties area and check Enable Pan and Zoom. I'll click on Start, and then I'm going to come in and move my mouse over the bottom left corner of this bounding box and drag diagonally so the bounding box is just around the horse's head, and then I'll go back to properties and click on End and I'm going to leave the End at it's default of showing the entire slide.
I could pan and zoom other slides the same way, but I'm just going to leave them for now. To preview the slideshow again with this change, I'll go back to the bin and click on the title slide again, and once again I'll do a Full Screen Preview (Music Playing) And then you can see that at first slide pans and zooms as it plays. I'm going to click the Spacebar to go right back to the Slide Show Editor without viewing the entire preview. Now, all that's left to do is to save the project, and to choose the way that I'm going to output it.
I'll click Save Project, I'll give the Slide Show a name here, I'll call it Carousel, and I'll click the Save button to automatically save the slideshow. Now, I'm going to click the Output button at the top of the screen and here on the right I'm going to choose the format with which I'll share my slideshow. One option is to save it as a PDF file. That's a good choice for showing the slideshow on someone's computer. Alternatively, I can save it in the Windows Movie File format and with that option, I'll have a file that I could post online or perhaps burn it to a DVD or CD to share with friends and family.
I am going to leave Movie File selected and down here in the File Settings area, I'll click the Slide Size menu and here I'll choose the size that's most appropriate to the way that I'm going to share the movie. So let's say that I'm going to share this movie online, then I'll select Web, which will give me a file that's 320 pixels wide x 240 pixels tall. If I were going to send it to someone by e-mail, I would want it smaller, and I would choose E-mail. And there are other choices here as well to fit your output.
I am going to choose Web and then I'm going to go over to that area on the left. And I'm going to leave Save As a File selected and I'll click OK. I'll click Save in this dialog box and Elements saves this slideshow in the WMV format, and then it asks if I want to import the slideshow into my catalog. That's a good idea, so that I can keep track of it. So I'll click Yes. So that's the process of creating a slideshow, complete with music, narration, text and other options.
This is a great way to share your photos with family and friends. Give it a try.
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