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Elements offers lots of ways to directly share your photos from the Organizer to various social media sites, and by e-mail, as I have shown you throughout the movies in this course. But what if you want to just get a photo out of Elements Organizer, so you can attach it to an e-mail directly in your e-mail client, or in your Web browser e-mail, or what if you want to upload a photo that you've imported to Elements Organizer to a social media site that's not included in the Share menu here in the Organizer; for example, of the G+ social media site? In that case, the solution is to export a copy of your photos from Elements Organizer.
Let me show you how to do that. Here in the Organizer, I'll select couple of photos to export. I'll click on this one, hold the Shift key, and click on this one. These both happen to be in the PSD, or Photoshop Document Format, which is not in appropriate format to upload to a Web site. These files will need to be JPEG, and in the process of exporting a copy of these files, I'll be able to convert them to JPEGs. I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose Export As New Files, and the fact that this says New Files is a hint that I'm not going to be exporting my actual files from the Organizer; just copies of them.
That opens the Export New Files dialog box. Over on the left, you see thumbnails of the two photos that I selected for export. I can add more photos to export by clicking the Add Button, or remove any photos that I've already identified from the export by clicking the Remove button. I'm just going skip over those for now, and go with these two photos. The File Type Area is very important. Here, if I want copies of these two photos in their original format, in this case, in the PSD format, then I would leave Use Original Format selected here, and that would give me an exact copy of the originals.
But if I needed a file in a different format, then I would choose that format from these options. I want these copies to be JPEGs, so I'll click on JPEG here, and then I will come down to the Size and Quality field, and from the dropdown menu, I can choose a particular size for these photos in pixels. I'll go with a small size, 320 by 240 pixels, and I can choose the JPEG compression quality. The higher the Quality, the better the photos may look, but the larger the file sizes will be.
And when I'm sending files by e-mail, or posting them in a small size like this on the Web, I will usually leave the quality somewhere in the middle, say, around 7, Medium. In the next field, I'll choose the Location, or the destination to which I want Elements to export the copies of these files. I'll click the Browse button, and I'll browse out to my Desktop. There I'll make a new folder, I'll call these export, and then I will click OK. And you can see the path to that destination folder here in the Location area.
Down here I could change the file names of these photos as I export them. I like to leave the file names at their originals, so I know which copy belongs to which original. But if you like, you can select Common Base name, type a name, like Eiffel Tower, and then each of these photos would have to name Eiffel Tower, with a sequential number: 1, 2, and so on, if there were more files, and then the suffix .jpeg. But as I said, I'm going to go with the original names, so I will select that, and then I'll click Export.
Elements tells me that the export is successful. If you don't like see that dialog box, you can check Don't Show Again, and I will click OK. Now let's got up to the Desktop to see the exported copies of these PSD files. Here is my export folder on my Desktop. I'll open it, and here you can see the two files, which I just exported from Elements. Now, Windows, by default, won't show you the suffix names, but to confirm that these are JPEG's, I'm going to change my view of this window to the Details view, and here I can see that these two files are indeed JPEG images.
Now, what if I were starting with the JPEG, and I wanted to export a smaller copy of the JPEG? Let me show you what I would do in that case. I am going to go back to Elements Organizer. This time I'll select this JPEG to export. Again, I'll go to the File menu, and I'll Choose Export As New Files. This time, for the File Type, I'm going to choose JPEG, because I want this file to be recompressed in a different quality and size. I'll go to the photo size menu, and I'll choose 320 by 240 pixels. I'll leave Quality at 7. I'll leave everything else as it was for the last export, and then a click the Export button.
I'll click OK, and now I want to go out to my Desktop, I have yet a third image in the JPEG format; the one that I just exported. So, the Export command is really useful when you're trying to get copies of photos that you've imported to the Organizer out of the Organizer for another purpose, like uploading to the Web, or attaching to e-mail.
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