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Fine-tuning a photo book

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Video: Fine-tuning a photo book

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.

Fine-tuning a photo book

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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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

120 video lessons · 15613 viewers

Jan Kabili
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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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