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Sending photos by email and Photo Mail

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Video: Sending photos by email and Photo Mail

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.

Sending photos by email and Photo Mail

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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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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