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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
From time to time you may want a copy of a photo that you have in your Elements Organizer for some purpose like sharing on a personal website or may be on a social media site that's not directly accessible from the Organizer's sharing options. You could open each file like that in Elements' Editor, resize each one to the size you want and save a copy in the format that you need. But if you're trying to get copies of lots of files, it's probably faster to use the Export command in the Organizer, which does all that for you. So for example, let's say that I want to put these two vertical photos on my website.
I'll select them both, holding the Ctrl key on the PC or the Command key on the Mac and then I'll go to the File menu in Elements Organizer and I'll go down to Export As New Files. Now the fact that this is new files is a reminder that Elements is going to make a copy of these files, it's not going to export the actual PSD files, those remain untouched. So I'll choose Export As New Files and then opens the Export New Files dialog box. You can see the two thumbnails that I selected here. If I wanted to add more to this batch I could click this Plus symbol and then navigate to more files.
Over here on the right I'll choose the File Type, now these happen to be PSD format files. If I want to put these up somewhere on the web I'm going to want to convert them to JPEG, so I'll choose JPEG here. Because these are going to be JPEGs I can choose the JPEG compression quality, I'll just leave that at Medium. And in the Location field I can choose the destination for these copies. I'll click the Browse button and I'm going to put these on my desktop and I'll click OK. I'm going to keep the original filenames the same for these JPEGs as they are for the PSDs so that I know which file relates to which.
But sometimes you may need to rename your files. If you choose Common Base Name here and then type something in like Paris, then Elements will rename the exported files using this as the Base Name and adding sequential numbers. So in this case I would get two files paris1.jpg and paris2.jpg, but I am just going to leave these at the Original Names and finally click Export. I'll click OK at the message that export has taken place and out on my Desktop there are the two JPEGs that I just exported from Elements without any effect on the original PSD files which are in the same folders where they've always been.
Let's go back to Elements one more time and let's say I now want to export this file, well this is a JPEG already. So I'll select that, I'll choose File > Export As New File again and this time if I need a JPEG I have a choice. If I leave this set to Use Original Format, I'll export a JPEG that is a copy of the original but that doesn't get recompressed in terms of size, it'll be the same size as the original. If I need a smaller JPEG than that, then I will choose JPEG here and choose the compression size as I did with the PSD files.
So that's how to use the Export New Files command to get copies of your original files.
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