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End to end: Making a scrapbook page

From: Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

Video: End to end: Making a scrapbook page

We've covered lots of ground in the last few chapters. So I'd like to step back a minute, and give you a chance to use some of the skills that you've picked up along the way to make something, and that's something is going to be this scrapbook page. I know that many Elements users are scrapbook fans. It's a great way to show off your photos, your artistic skills, and to preserve your memories. As we make this scrapbook page together, it'll give me an opportunity to show you two panels that we haven't seen yet. The Content panel that contains all kinds of little bits and pieces that you can use in your scrapbooking work, and in your other creative projects, and its cousin, the Favorites panel.

End to end: Making a scrapbook page

We've covered lots of ground in the last few chapters. So I'd like to step back a minute, and give you a chance to use some of the skills that you've picked up along the way to make something, and that's something is going to be this scrapbook page. I know that many Elements users are scrapbook fans. It's a great way to show off your photos, your artistic skills, and to preserve your memories. As we make this scrapbook page together, it'll give me an opportunity to show you two panels that we haven't seen yet. The Content panel that contains all kinds of little bits and pieces that you can use in your scrapbooking work, and in your other creative projects, and its cousin, the Favorites panel.

So this is what we're going to be making. Let's get started with a new blank file. I'll go to the File menu here in the Full Edit workspace and I'll choose New, and Blank File. In the New dialog box, I'll set the dimensions of my new page by going to the Width and Height fields making sure they are set to inches and I'm going to type-in a Width of 11 inches, and a Height of 8.5, and I'm going to leave everything else as you see it here. I'll click OK and that gives me a new blank file with a single layer that you can see over here in the layers panel.

If your layers panel isn't open, I suggest that you'll open it, so that you can keep an eye on it as you build the scrapbook page. I'll recommend that separate pieces of artwork go on separate layers, so that you can work on each object, or background, or photo, without affecting the rest of the page. The first thing that I'm going to do is to add a couple pieces of content. I'd like to add a different background than this white background. I'd also like to add an object. This is the Content panel. If yours isn't open, you can open it from the Window menu. The Content panel has lots of pieces of artwork.

Frames, and backgrounds, and objects, and type styles, and more that you can use to spruce up your projects. There is so much here that it's difficult to find by just scrolling around. So Elements gives you two menus at the top to try to help you find the kind of content that you're looking for. From the first menu, I can choose the way that I'm going to search. I can search By Type, By Color, By Object, and so on. I'll leave this set to Type and when I do, the second menu shows me a list of different types of artwork.

I'm looking for a background so I'll leave this set to Backgrounds. And then I'm going to scroll down through these thumbnails of available backgrounds, until I see one that I like. Here is one that looks promising. This light blue one called scrapbook_06. To apply a piece of content from the Content panel, I can either double-click it here in the Content panel, or I can drag it onto the image. I'll just double-click this thumbnail, and there it is in the image. In the layers panel, you can see that it's replaced that plain white background.

When I use a background from the Content panel, it comes into the layers panel as what's called a Smart Object. Smart Objects have lots of advantages. One of them is that behind the scenes, Elements can swap out one smart object for another. So it's easy to try different pieces of content without building up unwanted layers. Now I'm going to go back to the Content panel to find another kind of content, an object. I could try searching by object setting this first menu to By Object. But I've already tried that and I didn't see anything I liked.

So I'm going to try searching by a more esoteric category, By Mood. And that changes the second menu to show a list of moods. I'll choose Reflective. And then I can scroll through these icons that are in the category of Reflective mood. I am going to scroll down, until I see this thumbnail of a postcard. I'll double-click that thumbnail and that brings the postcard into the image, and it creates a brand-new layer that contains the postcard against a gray and white checkerboard that represents transparency around the postcard.

A new layer has been made automatically, which is nice, and that layer is a smart object layer as you can see by the icon at the bottom-right of its thumbnail. Another quality of Smart Objects is that you can resize them multiple times, and not have to worry about losing image quality as you would if this was a regular pixel-based layer. So knowing that, I can come into the image and I can click on a corner anchor point of the bounded box around the small postcard, and I can drag out to make the postcard bigger. I don't even have to worry about constraining proportions, because by default, Constrain Proportions is checked up here in the options bar.

Then I'm going to click inside the bounding box and I'm going to move the postcard approximately where I wanted on the scrapbook page. I'll move my mouse outside of one of its anchor points, until the cursor changes to a double-pointed arrow and I'm going to drag to rotate. When I'm done with all that, I'll click the green check mark that appears, and that accepts all those changes. As I was looking for the postcard in the Content panel, I noticed another piece of artwork that I think I might use later. So I'd like to hang on to it, so I don't have to go scrolling around to find it, when and if I do want to use it.

To do that, I'm going to save that piece of artwork as a favorite. I'll scroll up, and find the piece of art, which is this little brass butterfly. And then I'm going to open the Favorites panel by going up to the Window menu, and choosing Favorites. If your Favorites panel opens in the column on the right, you may want to click on its tab and drag it out, so that you have more room to see its content. In my Favorites panel, I have a number of thumbnails that I've already made into favorites. It's pretty easy to do that.

All I have to do is go over to the Content panel, find the thumbnail that I want to remember. Click on it, and drag it into the Favorites panel, and release my mouse. It's still there in the Content panel, but there is also a copy of it here in the Favorites panel, so it will be easier to find later. I want to have to look through all of that content. I can just look through my Favorites here. I'm going to collapse the Favorites panel to get it out of the way by double-clicking its tab, but I'll leave it open on the screen, so I can access it later. I'm also going to double-click the Hand tool to fit the entire page on my screen, so I can see it more closely.

Now it's time to add some photographs to this scrapbook page. I have three JPEGs opened that I'd like to add. You can see their tabs up here at the top of the Document Window. One way to add opened photographs to another opened image is to drag them from the Project Bin into the image. I'll go down to the Project Bin and I'll expand it. I'll click on each one of these thumbnails, and drag it up into the image. Each one will land right in the middle of the scrapbook page one on top of the other. Now I'm going to collapse the Project Bin, so there is more room to work by double-clicking its tab.

In the layers panel, you can see that I now have each of those three JPEGs on a separate layer. So I can move each one separately. I'll get the Move tool in the toolbox and I'll move the top image over. I'll move the next image over, and then I can resize each one and rotate each one, just like I did with the postcard. So if you're following along, go ahead and do that in whatever arrangement it looks good to you. Now I'd like to add one more photograph. This is a photograph that I haven't opened in advance.

If I want to add a photo that isn't opened, I'd like to do that by using the Place command, because that will bring the photo in as a smart object, so that I can resize it as many times as I want without worrying about losing photo quality. So I'll go up to the File menu and I'm going to choose Place. I'll navigate to the Exercise Files folder on my desktop, and there I'll go into the chapter14 Projects folder, and into the 14_11 folder, and there is the photo that I want, underwater.jpg, and I'll click the Place button.

The object comes into the image, ready to be resized and that's what the cross means. So I'll click on it and I'm going to drag it up here. Then I'll move my mouse over one of the side anchor points and I'll turn it. I can click and drag, and make it a little smaller if I want to. When I am done repositioning and resizing it to taste, I'll click the green check mark. Now I've got the basics of my collage all set up and I'm ready to begin fine-tuning, which we'll start doing in the very next movie.

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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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