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Making a photo book

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Making a photo book

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.

Making a photo book

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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