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Outputting a photo creation

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Outputting a photo creation

When you finish making a photo creation like a greeting card, or a book, or a calendar, you have a number of options for outputting your creation, and that's what I am going to cover in this movie. In the last movie, I showed you how to save a creation when you were done making it in the special Photoshop Elements project format: the .pse format. You can reopen a creation in this format back into Element's editor, so that you can work on it further, or output it. To open this card, I am going to select it here in the Organizer. Notice that I'm in the 06_02 folder, not in this subfolder, and then I'm going to go over to the Fix Tab, click the arrow there, and choose Full Photo Edit, and that opens the card in the Create tab of Elements Editor.

Outputting a photo creation

When you finish making a photo creation like a greeting card, or a book, or a calendar, you have a number of options for outputting your creation, and that's what I am going to cover in this movie. In the last movie, I showed you how to save a creation when you were done making it in the special Photoshop Elements project format: the .pse format. You can reopen a creation in this format back into Element's editor, so that you can work on it further, or output it. To open this card, I am going to select it here in the Organizer. Notice that I'm in the 06_02 folder, not in this subfolder, and then I'm going to go over to the Fix Tab, click the arrow there, and choose Full Photo Edit, and that opens the card in the Create tab of Elements Editor.

I could work on it further here, or when I'm done, I can output it. There is a new command in Photoshop Elements 10 for outputting creations. That's located under the File menu. In this case, it says Export Card, because I'm working on a greeting card. I'll click there, and in this window I can choose one of several formats in which to output. This particular card has three pages; a front, and two inside pages. I can output those multiple pages as separate JPEGs, separate TIFFs, or as pages in a multi-page PDF.

This could be useful if I want to share the pages of this card with another designer who doesn't have Elements, but wants to edit them anyway; maybe in another program like Adobe Photoshop, or if I want to print these on a desktop printer other than the one that I have attached to this computer. In this case, I'll choose JPEG, I will browse to the destination where I want these JPEGs to be saved. I'll just put them on my Desktop, and click OK. Then I'll click OK. Now, out on my Desktop, you can see that Elements has saved three separate JPEGs for me: one for each of the three pages of this card.

I'll close that, and go back to Elements editor. From here, I have a couple of other options. I can either print this card myself, or I can order it for commercial printing. If I click the Print button here, that opens the Print dialog box, and I'll just walk through the steps over here on the right to print each of the three pages of this card as an individual print. By the way, if you are printing on your home printer, it's a lot easier to print a single page card than to print these folded multi-page cards. So I'm going to click Cancel here, because I want to show you another way that you can get prints of your card, and that's to order them commercially.

When I made this card, I chose a template from the commercial printer, Shutterfly. So when I click the Order button here, and then click OK, Elements will prepare the card for printing by Shutterfly. Some of the other templates will be printed by Kodak, and that opens this order form that I can use to order commercially printed copies of this card, of course for a fee. I am not going to do that right now. I am just going to close this dialog box, and I'll click Yes to stop using the service. That returns me to the Organizer where I can see that my card is still open over in the Editor.

I am just going to minimize the Organizer, so I can get to the Editor behind it, and to close the card, I'll click Done. I'll click No; I haven't made any changes I want to save. So those are some options for outputting your photo creations, either as prints you make yourself, as commercially printed photos, or as JPEGs, TIFFs, or multi-page PDFs that can be opened by someone else.

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