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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
Elements comes with a special workspace where you can create photo books, photo greeting cards, photo calendars and more. Let's take a look at how to make a photo greeting card. The steps for making a card are similar to those for making a photo book or a photo calendar, so we'll use this as a simple example. You could start the process of creating a photo project either here in the Organizer by selecting photos as I'm going to do now or in the Editor. Both the Organizer and the Editor have a Create menu.
Sometimes if I'm making a big project that's going to contain a lot of photos like a photo book I'll first gather all the photos into an album and I'll have access to that album in the workspace where I'll be creating my project as you'll see in a minute. But I'm just going to go with these three photos this time and with those selected I'll go over to Create menu and choose Greeting Card. That switches me over to the editor and opens this special workspace, the Greeting Card workspace. The first step here is to decide whether I want to print out the cards myself or whether I want to order them from a commercial printer for a fee.
And that decision determines the choices that I'll have for the size of the card. If I choose to have cards commercially printed by shutterfly then I can choose from only the four sizes that you see here. If I choose to print the cards myself, I can choose any of these sizes as it says down here, "All cards can be printed on your desktop printer." But it's hard to print a double-sided card that lines up well on a desktop printer. So because I do want to print these myself I'm going to choose one of the flat cards. I'll go with the landscape or horizontal orientation card 7 x 5 inches.
With the size selected I'll move to the Themes column. A theme is a collection of graphics and fonts and backgrounds and styles that determine the look of your project. I'll scroll down until I see one that looks good to me and I can always click on any of these to see a preview of it over here in the Preview area on the right. I'm going to go all the way down to the Trips theme and select that one. Down at the bottom of this window I'm going to deselect Autofill with Selected Images.
What that would do is take those three images and automatically put them into the photo placeholders on this card. Because I have so few images I'm going to do that myself so you can see how it's done. If I were making a photo book and I had lots of photos to place on pages then I probably would check Autofill with Selected Images because that would give me a start on filling the pages of the book that I could then fine-tune. So I'll uncheck Autofill with Selected Images and I'll click OK. And Elements goes about creating a template for my greeting card.
I'm going to maximize this workspace by clicking the maximize button on the right on the PC or on the left on the Mac. In this workspace you can see an abbreviated toolbar over on the left and a Photo Bin down at the bottom. In the Photo Bin by default I can see the items that I selected in the Organizer, the three photos. If I gather the photos into an album by clicking this menu, I can access any album that I've made by name. But this time I'm just going to work with these three photos. To put a photo on a card I'll just click it in the photo bin and drag it up and drop it on one of these placeholders and I'll do the same with this photo in this placeholder.
I don't have to stick with this particular layout. With the Move tool selected in the toolbar, I can click on either of these two photos and move them around. If I move my cursor outside one of the corners I can rotate them. And if I double-click on one I can zoom out or in and click and drag to move the part of the photos that's visible inside that placeholder. I'll click the green checkmark to accept those changes. If I really want to change the layout altogether, then I go down to the Taskbar and on the right side of the Taskbar I'm going to choose Layouts and this gives me a selection of other layouts from which to choose.
So I'm going to double-click on this one to see how it looks with these images. I think I'll go with this layout, but I want to change out the images. I can replace either of these photos at any time with any photo that I can access down in the Photo Bin. So for example I'll click on this photo and drag it up into this position. And I'm also going to double-click on this photo and I'm going to move it around a little, maybe I'll zoom out a little too so it fits better in that space and then I'll click the green checkmark. I'm going to click off of the Move tool to hide the bounding box that was around this photo.
The next thing I want to do is customize the background of this card. To do that I'll go down to the bottom right to the Taskbar again and I'll click on the Graphics button and that brings up in the Panel Bin all kinds of Backgrounds from which I can choose. I'm going to scroll down and I'll try out this background by double-clicking it and that appears behind the photos, of course we can only see it in this space because the photos are covering the background up everywhere else on the card, or I could try another one by double-clicking it.
I think I'm going to go with that red background. If I scroll down I have access to Frames too. So if I select this photo and double- click this frame, the Travel Warning Sign, that creates a frame around this photo. I think I prefer something simpler so I'm going to go up to this simple frame and I'll double-click that one and then I'll select the other photo and double-click that simple frame again and then I'll click off the Move tool. If I scroll down even further there are some graphics from which I can choose and these are all graphics related to my Trip theme.
I'm not going to add any graphics in this case, but what I am going to do is change the text from this dummy text. To do that I'll go to the toolbar and I'll select the Type tool and then I'm going to click anywhere on that top line of type and then I'll click and drag over the words and I'm going to type something else, "Greetings from" and then I'll click the green checkmark to accept that change. And with the Type tool I'll then click on this line of text, I'm going to highlight the whole line and I'm going to type Paris, and click the green checkmark.
Now I think that Paris is way too small. So with the Type tool I'm going to Paris again and I'll go down to the tool Options for the Type tool down here at the bottom of the window and I'm going to choose a different font and a different size. You can choose anyone that you like if you're following along. I can choose a font size from this menu or I can just type in my own and then I'll click the green check mark. That automatically shifts me to the Move tool so I can use that tool to move that line of type if I want to.
And then I'll click off the Move tool so we don't see the boundary. So now I'm finished customizing my card and it's the final step I'm going to save this card in a special format so that I'll be able to reopen it at any time for further editing. To save it I'll come down here and I'll click the Save button at the bottom of the window and I'll Save this in my pictures folder, I'll call it "paris" and notice that the format is set to the Photo Project Format, .PSE, that's the special re-editable format for greeting cards, books, calendars, and other Elements projects.
I do want to include this PSE file in my Organizer so I'll leave that checked and then I'll click Save. Stay tuned for the next movie where I'll show you some options for outputting this card.
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