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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Printing your photos in photo book is an elegant way to share memories with family and friends. From Elements you can create a book that can be commercially printed and bound or you can make a book that you can print yourself which is what I'm going to show you how to do in this movie. I'd like to include all of the pictures in my photo book that you see here in this folder in the Organizer. So I'm going to select them all here in the Organizer by clicking on the first holding the Shift key and clicking on the last. Then I'm going to go over to the Create tab in the task pane in the Organizer and click there.
That gives me some options of different projects that I can create. I'll choose the first, Photo Book. Here I see that I can make photo books that are commercially printed by any of the services you see listed here. But I'm going to choose Print with Local Printer and that loads Elements Editor workspace. Here in the Create tab of the Editor, I see all the files that I selected in the Organizer down here in the Project Bin underneath the editing area. If I go over to the right of the Project Bin and then click-and-drag on the scrollbar you can see that there are more photos there.
These photos are available for me to use in the book. I don't have to use all of them, but I can if I wish. The very first photo in the Project Bin will be the title page photo. If I wanted to be more representative of the content of the book than the one that's there now, I can reorder the thumbnails to put the photo that I want on the title page first. I'm going to use this Union Station sign as my title page photo. So I'll click on that that in the Project Bin and drag it over and when I see a dark bar at the far left of this lineup of photos, I'll release my mouse.
That's now the title page photo. In the similar way I can reorder any of the photos here. Over on the right the Projects panel has opened offering me different layout options. The layout governs the number of photos and the position of photos on each page in the book, and each page will have photo placeholders that will be filled with my own photos from the Project Bin. I could let Elements choose a layout for me randomly, but I like to control these things myself. So I'm going to click Choose Photo Layout. Then I'll decide what Page Size I'd like for the pages in the book.
I'll leave this at the default of Letter and then I'll go down and choose a layout for the left page and then for the right page. For the left page I'm going to choose this 2 Portrait layout. If I want to see bigger preview of it, I'll click on its thumbnail here and I get this preview here. I like the way that looks, so I'm just going to click the X to close the preview and I still have that 2 Portrait layout selected down here. Then I'll go to right page layout, I'm going to scroll down and I'm going to select this 2 Tilted layout.
There is the preview. I'm going to close the Preview and then at the bottom of the Projects panel I'm going to click Next. This takes me to an area where I can choose a theme for the book. A theme is a combination of background and frames around the photos and it will be used throughout the book so that all the pages match. I can scroll down to see some other themes. I'm going to choose this one, Simple Vintage. I see a preview of it here and I'll close the preview.
Down here in the Additional Options, I'm going to leave Auto Fill with Project Bin Photos checked and that tells Elements to take all of the photos down here in the Project Bin, and put them into the book in the photo placeholders in the layouts that I chose. I don't have any captions on the photos, so I'll leave that unchecked and here I can choose the number of pages from my book. I'm just going to leave that at the default of 8 and I can add more pages to my book after it's created. So now I'm going to click Create and Elements generates a preview of the entire book.
It's resizing each photo. It's creating all the pages in the book. It's placing all the photos in the layouts. It's adding the theme and when it's all done, it shows me that Preview here in the document window with the title page first. Now this is just a draft of the book, which I can edit at this point, doing things like resizing photos, moving them around, or even replacing them on particular pages. I can cycle through the pages in the book using these arrows here at the bottom of the editing area. So there's the title page and the next two pages and the next and you can see that all of the placeholders have been filled with my photos.
I can also access individual pages by clicking on their thumbnails, which now appear down here in the Project Bin. So I'm going to one of the sets of pages to show you that at this point, I can resize any photo by clicking on the photo, and then moving my mouse over one of the anchor points and dragging like that. I can rotate by moving the mouse outside of this small circle and dragging. I can reposition by clicking inside of a photo and dragging.
And when I'm done repositioning and resizing, I'll click this green checkmark. And that confirms what I've done. I can even replace the content of any of these photo placeholders. To do that I'm going to go down to the Project Bin, click Show Open Files, and I'm going to show files from Elements' Organizer and that will bring back all of the original photos that I had selected in the Organizer. I'll click on another thumbnail here and I'm going to drag that up into the placeholder that has the bounding box around it and then release my mouse.
As you can see that replaces that photo with another. Then using this slider that appears here, I can zoom in on that photo if I wish, or zoom out. I can even rotate it. And if I like the result, I'll click the checkmark. I can also add content from the Content panel here on the right to any one or more of the pages. Now I want to be careful about doing that on inside pages, because I want all the pages that are inside the book to look the same. But I might want to do this on the title page.
So for example I can go down to the Project Bin, click there and choose Show Open Files to see thumbnails of the book pages down here, and then I'll click on the first thumbnail, the title page. Over in the content panel I'm going to click this menu that says Text and I'm going to change that themes. That brings up these thumbnails of different themes. I'm going to click on one of them and then I'll click Apply. I'll click OK at the prompt and that changes both the background and the type of frame around the photo, but just on the first page of the book.
So if I click on the second and third page layout, you can see that that new theme hasn't been applied to these pages. I'm going to click on the last page here. I want to show you that there is an empty spot here and that's because I didn't bring in enough photos from the Organizer in the first place. So one thing I like to do is bring in more photos than I think I might need for the book in the first place. So that I don't have to delete a page or add a photo twice. If I did have more photos and I wanted to add those to the book, I can always create a new page in the book from right here in this control bar by clicking the plus sign.
And if I want to delete a page, I can delete that by clicking the minus sign. When I'm all done preparing the book, I'll click the Print button right here. Here in the Print dialog, I can select the printer that I want to use. From here, I can click Change Settings to bring up specific settings for my printer and one important thing here is the Paper Type. I'm printing this on my own desktop printer and so I need to be sure that I have the right paper for printing photos, so I'm going to change to a style of paper that my printer will use on which I know that photos print pretty well on, and that I think will work well in book format.
I'm going to leave these other settings at their defaults for now, but one thing that I have to do is think about whether I have a printer that will print on both sides of the piece of paper or else this whole project won't work for me. When I'm down I'll click OK and I'm going to leave these other options at their defaults for now and I'll click the Print button. Elements goes ahead and print all of the pages of the book and then of course I have to bind myself. So photo books are really special ways to share your photos. They make great holiday gifts and they are a wonderful way to share memories with family and friends.
I urge you to try this exciting feature in Photoshop Elements 8.
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