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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
This is a continuation of the preceding movie in which I showed you how to create a photo book and how to edit its title page. Now I'm ready to move on and fine- tune the inner pages of the book. To move from the title page to the first spread of two pages I can either click the arrows underneath the Document Window, or I can go over to the Pages tab in the Create column, and I can scroll to the double-page layout that I want to edit and I can click on it here to display it in the Document Window ready for editing. You always be working on a two-page spread at a time and you might think of each of these two-page spreads as if it were a photo collage.
So the techniques that I showed you in the earlier movies about creating and working with photo collages apply here. For example, I can switch out the photo in any one of these placeholders by selecting a photo here in the Project Bin, and dragging it up and dropping it on the placeholder. I can also resize any photo inside of its frame. To do that I'll select a photo in its frame and then I'll double-click inside the photo and that brings up this slider. If I move this slider to the left I'll make the photo smaller, and I'll move it to the right and that makes the photo larger.
The bounding box that you see represents the actual size of the photo, but the only part of the photo that shows in the book is the part that's inside the frame. When I'm satisfied I'll the Green check mark to commit that change. I can also resize the frame to fit the photo. So in this case I can make the frame bigger to fit the true size of the photo. By right-clicking that's Ctrl+Clicking with a one-button mouse inside the photo and from the menu that appears choosing Fit Frame To Photo. Another thing that I can do is to resize the photo and its frame together.
With the Move tool selected in the abbreviated toolbar over on the left I get this bounding box around the frame. I can click on any of the corner anchor points of that bounding box and drag to make the photo and its frame smaller or larger, and when I'm done with that I'll click the Green check mark. Similarly, I could rotate the photo and frame by moving my mouse over this handle at the bottom and dragging, but I'm going to leave this not tilted rather straight up and down. I can also reposition the entire photo and frame by clicking inside and dragging.
When I'm satisfied with the way that the photos look on a spread I'll take a look at the background. Not every spread has to have the same background as the other spreads. If you look in the Pages panel over here, you'll see that some spreads have a white background and some a black background, but whatever spread I choose will apply to both pages in the spread. To change the spread I'll go to the Artwork tab in the Create column and I'll scroll up to the top to see some backgrounds that I can choose from. To apply a different background I'll double-click its thumbnail here in the Artwork tab and that applies that background to the spread.
I also can change the frames around the photos in the book. There are a number of frames to choose from down here beneath the Backgrounds in the Artwork tab. Frames are applied photo-by-photo. So with the Move tool I'll click on one of the photos and then I'll go over to the Artwork tab and I'll double-click on the thumbnail for the frame that I like and that applies it to that photo, and then I'll click off of that photo to see how it looks. From the artwork tab, I can also apply objects or graphics to the pages in the book, but there aren't very many to choose from here.
So if I do want to use graphics I'll usually Switch over to the Advanced mode from here where I have many more graphics to choose from. I'm going to stay here for now, because I want to show you the Layouts tab. From here I can change the layout of whichever spread I'm working on at the moment. There are lots of different layouts to choose from. If I want to try a layout I'll double- click its thumbnail here in the Layouts tab and that rearranges all the photos in this spread into that new layout, and I get the same layout on both of the pages in the spread.
Now here I didn't have enough photos on the page to fill in all of the frames, and so I just got a couple of blank frames there and I can fill those manually by selecting a photo in the Project Bin and dragging it up and on top of one of those frames. I can also add Text to any of the pages by going to the Text tab in the Create column choosing Text Settings and then coming into the image and clicking and dragging a textbox and typing inside of it.
I don't use too much text with these books though, because the main point of the book is to display photos. I'm going to click to Cancel symbol here, so that I can show you the Safe Zone which is down here. If I click that check box I get these blue guides appear on top of the book indicating the area within which I need to position my text and my photos to ensure that they print properly. And finally, I have the option to add pages or remove pages from the book. Selecting the point at which I want to add a page by clicking on one of these thumbnails and then clicking the Plus button to add a page or selecting a thumbnail and clicking the Minus button to remove a page.
But do keep in mind that there is a minimum number of pages that you have to have if you're going to have a commercially printed book, and currently that's 20. When I'm finished doing all my editing here in the basic mode I have four choices. If I want to save the book I can click Done; if I want to print to my Desktop Printer I'll quick Print, and if I want to have a commercially bound and printed book I'll click Order. The fourth choice is to switch over to Advanced mode. Let's take a look there. Here in the Advanced mode I have access to all of the tools that I normally have in the Full Edit workspace.
Over here I have a layers panel that shows how the file is built and where I can isolate individual pieces of content to work on them directly, and the Create column is different than in the Basic mode. In that there are many more pieces of Artwork to choose here in the Advanced mode. And there is an Effects tab here that gives me access to layer Styles and Filters just like in the Full Edit workspace. So I can use all these features on the photos in my book. When I'm finished, I'll come down to the three buttons at the bottom, and as I said I can click Order to order a commercially printed and bound book for a fee.
I can click Print to open our print dialog box and print to my Desktop Printer, or as I'll do now I can click Done. I do want to save, so I'll click Yes. And I'm going to save in my projects folder that I created on my desktop. Down here I can choose a format in which to save the book. I'd like to save in the Photo Project Format, the .PSE format, which is a special Elements format for a multi-page project. And if I save in this format when I reopen that format it will open into the create workspace so I can make further changes to the book.
The only other option for a photo book is to save in the Acrobat PDF format. If I want to share a non-printed version of this book with someone else I will save it in PDF format, because that's a more universal format than PSE. So if the recipient doesn't have Photoshop Elements he can open it in Adobe Reader or in the Mac OS X Preview program. I can choose to include the finished book in my Elements Organizer and I'll click Save.
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