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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.
Have you ever received an email that had a huge photograph attached, that took you forever to download, or maybe you've gotten emails that have photographs attached that won't even open? If that's happened to you, you know the importance of preparing photos correctly for sharing by email and you'd be happy to know the Elements has two features that will help you prepare photos for emailing. Both are located in the Organizer, here in the Share panel, E-mail Attachments and Photo Mail. I'll cover both in this movie. First, I'm going to select a photograph that I'd like to email and then I'll click E-mail Attachments.
This photo, which appears here in the items area, is already a JPEG so I don't have to worry about checking Convert photos to JPEGs, which is the best format for photos that you plan to email. In the Maximum Photo Size field, I'm going to set the maximum size of the photo that I'm going to send. I'm going to set this to very small and I can see the dimensions here. The smaller the file is the easier it will be for the person on the other end to download it. Then I'll set the quality for this JPEG photo.
This is just like the quality in the Save for Web window that I covered in an earlier movie. The lower the quality, the smaller the file will be, but it may not have [00:01:12.2 6] as good an appearance. So I usually choose between about 5 or 6 quality, when I'm emailing a photo, particularly, when I'm just sending it to a friend or to family and the photo quality isn't as important as the content. In the Estimated Size field, Elements tells me the approximate size of the file. It's pretty small, only 17 kilobytes. So I'm going to click Next and that takes me to the Message field where I can type in a message that will appear in the email to which this photo will be attached.
So I'm going to type 'Wish you were here' and then I'll come down to the Recipient field. You can build up a list of contacts with email addresses and other contact information right here in Elements. Currently, I only have one person in my Elements contact book and that's actually a fictitious person John Ryan. If I wanted to send my email to John Ryan, I'd just put a checkmark here. If I want to send my email to someone else, I'll click this icon to the right, and that opens the contact book. Here I can click to add a new contact and then I'll type in the contact information or I can import contacts directly from my windows mail program or through vCARD type files in my mail program.
I'm going to cancel that for now and I'll cancel out of the contact book as well. I'm going to send this to the fictitious John Ryan by clicking in this checkbox. By the way, just as in an email program, I could have more than one recipient for this email. I'll click the Next button and that launches my email program and opens a brand-new mail message that comes with all of the fields filled in. It's addressed to John Ryan. It has a subject, which I can change if I wish by just typing over it. I can type 'Check out this pic' and most importantly Elements has compressed and attached my photo and you can see here the estimated size of 17.6 kilobytes.
This is the message that I typed into the message window in Elements. I can type over this or I can add to it here and I can keep or eliminate this sentence if I want to get rid of it, I'll just select it and delete. And then I'll type a signature and I'm ready to go. I'll just click Send and my email will be off with the attached photo. Now I'll show you the Photo Mail feature. Photo Mail is used for embellishing your photo with a background, frame, graphics, all included in an email message with your photograph.
Here in the Organizer, I'll navigate to the photo that I want to use. I'll select that photo and drag it over here on top of the Items area of Photo Mail and I could drag more than one image here, if I wanted to. Notice that I'm using the non- compressed original of this image. Then I'm going to click the Next button and here in the Message field again, I'll type a message. I'll select the Recipients just as I did for the E-mail Attachment and I'll click Next. That opens the Stationery & Layouts Wizard with all kinds of pre-made graphics that come with Elements.
So for example, here I can choose a frame for the image and here are all kinds of graphics that I can add. The Animals category adds a background with silhouettes and graphics of different animals. There is an Outdoors category with some interesting options. Seasons. Autumn, Snow, Spring. I'm going to choose Autumn and then I going to on to the next step. Here in the layout area, I can change the size of the photo making it smaller, so that I can see it on screen.
Notice that there is a place for a caption down here. I can change the location of the caption by choosing one of these other layouts like this. I can type in a caption. I'll type Southern Colorado. I also can change the characteristics of the text like its color, the font, the borders and so on. I'm going to leave everything else as it is and go to the next step. That opens my email program with a brand-new email message that contains the embellished photograph.
I'm going to make that bigger moving it up and then dragging down at the bottom right corner and dragging down like this, so that you can see the photo mail that I created. I can type over the subject or I can type over anything in the bottom of the message like this and when I'm all done, I'll just click Send to send off my photo ,ail message. So the next time that you want to send a photo by email, make use of Elements' E-mail Attachments feature or the Photo Mail feature, both found in the Share tab of Elements' Organizer.
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