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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.
A calendar is a perfect holiday gift. It's even more so when you make calendars for your family using family photos. I've always been obsessed with making my own calendars. I'd usually grab a template off the Internet and cobble it together in Photoshop, but Photoshop Elements is totally calendars made easy. Let's look real quick at what we're going to use here. These pictures are of my mother's family home in Pennsylvania. I think they will make a really nice calendar for her. Let's go over here to the Create menu and then down to Photo Calendar.
You can either choose to Print Locally on your own printer or to send to local print shop or you can choose to have it made through the Kodak Gallery and for right now, we will just choose Print Locally. You also need to remember to change your Starting Months and your Starting Year. So it will start when you're going to give the calendar to someone. Uncheck Autofill with Selected Images, so you can manually put yours in and have them where you want.
You can go over here and choose your Themes. I think this time, let's see, we will try Colorful and you can see a Preview of what your calendar will look like. Let's just try another one and see what that one will look like. I think I like Colorful let's go back with that one and then click OK to accept, and it will start generating your previews and you can begin putting your photos on your calendar.
We will begin now by choosing a photo to put on the cover of our calendar and will choose this distinctive colored photo. So I think that will make a really good cover. Double-click on the photo, if you want to adjust it with the slider button this happens to be a perfect match. So you go up here to your green check mark to commit. You can also cancel the current operation with this red circle or you can hit Enter, which we will do right now. You can name your calendar by double-clicking on the text, and we call this Brookside Farm 2011 and hit Enter.
First of all, you can see that the text is not going to work. It's a little too light for me. So we'll go over to Text and will scroll up if it's down because you have to go up to the top and you can change the Color to anything you like. We can also Align it in a different place, and go the Middle, the Right, Justify Last Left etcetera. You can adjust the Size, you can have it Bold, Italic, Underline.
You can change your Font, you can do so many things with this. Click Enter to accept the change. You also can have a subtitle, and you could also delete it if you choose. Go back to Pages and move to your next one by clicking on it and now you are at, at your first month. You can choose another photo, drag, drop, adjust if you wish with your slider option, make it bigger, close-up, move your photo around and then check to Commit and continue on until you have your whole calendar filled up.
You can see that this one starts with January 2011 as we previously input. You can start any month you want, whatever works for you. When you have everything the way you want it you can choose Done to save or you can choose Print to go ahead and print it on your printer. For a fun and easy gift project that will be used all year long, Photoshop Elements helps you make a great calendar from your restored family photos.
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