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End to end: Completing a scrapbook page

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Video: End to end: Completing a scrapbook page

I showed you how to set up this collage from scratch in the last movie. Now I'm going to show you how to fine-tune it. Now take a look at the layers panel. I happened to have clicked on the background layer just before I brought this image in, so the image came in on its own layer it would be in a different stacking order in the layers panel and it would be behind or in front of different objects here in the Document Window. I can change the stacking order of objects by using the Arrange menu which is in the options bar here for the Move tool, so first I'll select the Move tool then I'll go into the image and I'll make sure that I've clicked on that photograph of the leaves that I want to bring forward, and then I'll go up to the Arrange menu and I can either choose to bring the image forward one layer at a time or to bring it right to the front.

End to end: Completing a scrapbook page

I showed you how to set up this collage from scratch in the last movie. Now I'm going to show you how to fine-tune it. Now take a look at the layers panel. I happened to have clicked on the background layer just before I brought this image in, so the image came in on its own layer it would be in a different stacking order in the layers panel and it would be behind or in front of different objects here in the Document Window. I can change the stacking order of objects by using the Arrange menu which is in the options bar here for the Move tool, so first I'll select the Move tool then I'll go into the image and I'll make sure that I've clicked on that photograph of the leaves that I want to bring forward, and then I'll go up to the Arrange menu and I can either choose to bring the image forward one layer at a time or to bring it right to the front.

I'm going to bring it to the front, and now it's visible in front of all the other objects, and in the layers panel its layer has moved to the top of the layer Stack. And I could change the order of the other pictures and objects on the scrapbook page the same way, but I'm going to leave them as they are. The next thing that I want to do is to add a little bit of a Drop Shadow under these photographs. To give them a little dimensionality with the Move tool I'll click on this front photographs and that selects its layer in the layers panel. Then I'm going to go to the Effects tab and click there to view the Effects panel.

I'll click on the second icon to access layer Styles and I'll make sure that this menu says Drop Shadow. And then I'll apply one of these drop shadow layer styles to this photograph by double-clicking its thumbnail here in the Effects panel. I think that Drop Shadow is a little bit hard to see so I'm going to customize the Drop Shadow by going up to the layer menu and choosing layer Style>Style Settings, and here I can drag the sliders under the Drop Shadow category to change the way the Drop Shadow looks. So I might drag the Distance slider to bring the shadow out a little bit and I might lower its Opacity so it's not so dark, and when I'm satisfied I'll click OK.

Now I'd like to apply that same Drop Shadow to the other photos on this page. So I'll make sure I've selected that photo to which I already applied a Drop Shadow and then I'll go up to the layer menu, I'll choose layer Style and Copy layer Style. Now with the Move tool I'm going to click and drag over just these three photos trying not to include anything else in this selection, and that puts a bounding box around the three photos toward the bottom of the screen. To add the Drop Shadow to all three photos I'll go up to the layer menu, down to layer Style and I'll choose Paste layer Style, and that adds the Drop Shadow to the photos on all three layers and you can see in the layers panel that those three layers were all selected.

We're almost done with this scrapbook page, to make it a look little better I'd like to darken the background. To do that I'm going to use an Adjustment layer, so I'll scroll down in the layers panel and I'll click on the background layer and then I'll go down to the Create New Adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel, it's the third from the left, the black and white circle. I'll click there and I'm going to select Brightness/Contrast, that adds a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer right above the Background layer. So whatever adjustments I make here will affect only the background.

I'm going to get the Brightness slider and drag it over to the left to dark in the background, and then I'm going to take the Contrast slider and I'm going to drag that to the right to give that background a little more contrast. And now I'll close the Adjustments panel so there is more room to see the layers panel by going to the panel menu at the right of the Adjustments panel and choosing Close Tab Group. Now the layers panel is still collapsed down here, so I'll double-click its tab so that we can see it again. I'm also going to move my mouse over the border between the layers panel and the Effects panel and I'm going to drag up to give more room to the layers panel.

As you know all of the panels are very flexible and you can move them around and change the size allocated to each -- to make it easier to access their content here in the Full Edit workspace. The last thing that I'm going to do to this collage is to add a couple of objects, and those are in my Favorites panel. I'll double-click the tab on the Favorites panel to expand it, and then I'm going to click on that jeweled butterfly and drag it out of the Favorites panel, and on top of the postcard it comes in pretty small so I'm going to make it bigger by moving my mouse over one of its corner anchor points and dragging.

And then I'll move my mouse outside of the anchor point and I'm going to rotate and then I'll click inside the bounding box and I'll move the butterfly into place. It doesn't look very good right now but as soon as I click the green check box it resolves, and I think it looks fine, and then I'm going to close the Favorites panel to get it out of the way by going to its panel menu and choosing Close Tab Group. And I'm going to click off the Move tool onto a different tool to remove the bounding box around the butterfly. If you're wondering why the edge of the butterfly looks a little jaggedy it's because my zoom percentage is an odd number, it's 23.1%.

If I were to zoom into 50% or 100% all of the edges on these objects would look smooth, but then of course we wouldn't see the entire scrapbook page. The only thing left to do is to save this file and to print it. So that should give you a taste of how you can put together some of the many techniques that you've learned in this course to make some great looking scrapbook pages or other creative projects with your photos.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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