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Exporting albums to a drive or disc

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 03 Sharing and Printing Photos

Video: Exporting albums to a drive or disc

In the last movie, I showed you how to share an album that you created in the Albums panel in the Organizer as an interactive online gallery by uploading it to the Photoshop Showcase Web site. There are other ways to share a gallery like that. You can burn it to a CD, or DVD, or export it to your hard drive to play for friends and family on your own computer screen. I am starting with an album that I created earlier in this chapter. I am going to right-click on that album, and from here I could choose to edit the album, rename the album, even delete it, but what I want to do is come down here and choose to export this album to a CD, or DVD.

Exporting albums to a drive or disc

In the last movie, I showed you how to share an album that you created in the Albums panel in the Organizer as an interactive online gallery by uploading it to the Photoshop Showcase Web site. There are other ways to share a gallery like that. You can burn it to a CD, or DVD, or export it to your hard drive to play for friends and family on your own computer screen. I am starting with an album that I created earlier in this chapter. I am going to right-click on that album, and from here I could choose to edit the album, rename the album, even delete it, but what I want to do is come down here and choose to export this album to a CD, or DVD.

Now, if you are a Windows user, you will have this option. If you are a Mac user, you will not have this option. So if you are a Mac user, what you are going to do is export your album to your hard disk, and then if you want to burn it to a CD, or DVD, you can do that using the regular burning commands in the OS X Finder, and I will show you how to export to a hard disk in just a moment. But for Windows users, choose Export to CD/DVD, and that opens a window where you can choose an interactive gallery template. I am going to go with the one that I'd selected in the last movie, the Seasons template, and I'd used the options to change the background for that template to a winter background.

Over here in the Edit Album column, you can see that it's set to Export to CD or DVD, and all I need to do is come down to the Drive menu, and choose to drive that contains my CD or DVD. In the Label field, I can give that CD or DVD a label, which will appear on the viewer's computer when he or she inserts the CD or DVD for playing. I'll leave the Label set to Carriages, and I'll click OK, and that sets the Organizer to writing my slideshow to my disk.

By the way, this disk will be able to be played on computers, but it won't play on most DVD players in your home or your automobile. If your viewers are on Windows, when they insert this disk in their computers, it should start playing automatically, but if it doesn't, or if your viewers are on a Mac, they may be able to get the slideshow playing from the disk by navigating to the index.html file on the disk, and clicking that. My disk is now finished burning. If I want to verify that burn, I would click Verify, otherwise, I will just click Don't Verify, and I'll click OK.

So that's how to share your interactive gallery to a disk. Now, there is another way to share your interactive gallery, and that is to export it to a hard drive; either your main computer drive, or an external drive. And again, Mac users, this is what you'll have to do if you want to burn a disk to a CD or DVD. Again, you'll have to export to hard disk, and then from there, use the OS X Finder to burn your gallery to a DVD or CD. So, how do you export to hard disk? Again, I am going to right-click my album in the Album's panel, and this time I'll choose Export to Hard Disk.

Again, I am taken to this window where I see the interactive gallery template, and over in the column on the right, Export to Hard Disk is selected. Here I am going to create a folder to contain all of the files for my gallery, because it's not going to be a single file, it will be a Flash file, some image files, and more. I'll name this folder Brugge Carriage Gallery, and then I'll browse to where I want to locate that folder.

I am going to put it on my Desktop, and click OK. And finally, I'll click OK to export this gallery to that folder on my Desktop. Let's go out and see it there. Here's my new folder. I'll open it, and you can see it contains quite a few different files. In order to play the gallery on my computer, I'll double-click the index -- that's the index.html file, if you could see the suffix for it -- and that will launch a Web browser on my computer, and play my gallery for me locally.

So now I can play the album from my computer even if I am not online, and share it with friends and family that way. Or if you happen to have your own Web site, and you know how to add new content to that Web site, you have a copy of the slideshow on your Desktop that you could possibly upload to your Web site to include there.

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  1. 6m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 51s
  2. 15m 56s
    1. Creating a contact book
      2m 28s
    2. Sharing photos as email attachments
      4m 16s
    3. Embedding photos in Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 3s
    4. Sharing PDF slideshows via email
      4m 9s
  3. 23m 41s
    1. Sharing photos on Facebook
      4m 15s
    2. Sharing photos on Flickr
      4m 10s
    3. Sharing photos on SmugMug
      5m 16s
    4. Sharing videos on YouTube
      3m 11s
    5. Sharing videos on Vimeo
      3m 17s
    6. Sharing photos among devices with Adobe Revel
      3m 32s
  4. 15m 19s
    1. Creating albums
      3m 51s
    2. Sharing albums on Photoshop Showcase
      7m 6s
    3. Exporting albums to a drive or disc
      4m 22s
  5. 19m 47s
    1. Setting image size and resolution for print
      8m 8s
    2. Setting image size for online sharing
      2m 52s
    3. Processing multiple photos
      4m 46s
    4. Watermarking photos
      4m 1s
  6. 52m 22s
    1. Creating a color-managed environment
      8m 47s
    2. Desktop photo printing from the Editor on Windows
      12m 38s
    3. Desktop photo printing from the Organizer on Windows
      3m 5s
    4. Desktop photo printing on a Mac
      9m 43s
    5. Printing contact sheets on Windows
      2m 49s
    6. Printing contact sheets on Macs
      4m 45s
    7. Printing picture packages on Windows
      3m 59s
    8. Printing picture packages on Macs
      5m 34s
    9. Ordering commercially printed photos
      1m 2s
  7. 13m 48s
    1. Optimizing photos with Save for Web
      8m 57s
    2. Exporting photos from the Organizer
      4m 51s
  8. 33s
    1. Next steps
      33s

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