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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.
When you want to share your photos by email, why not let Elements do a lot of the work for you. Elements will create an email message in your email client, attach photos to it, and even address it for you. Before you send email from Elements the first time you have to let Elements know which email client you use. To do that, on Windows I'll go to the Edit menu, on a Mac I'll go to Adobe Elements 11 Organizer menu up at the top of the screen and I'll choose Preferences. And then I'll slide over and go down to the Sharing Preferences.
So here are the Sharing Preferences for the Organizer. I'll come over to the Email Client menu and from this menu I'll choose the email program that I use. The choices that you see here will depend on your computer and platform. I'm going to go with Microsoft Outlook and I'll click OK to close the Preferences. Now in the Organizer I can select one or more photos to attach to an email. Next I'll go over to the share menu on the right side of the Organizer and I'll click there to see a list of ways to share photos.
One of those is Email Attachments, so I'll select that. And that opens the Email Attachments fields over here in the panel been on the right side of the Organizer. Now it's just a matter of moving down through these fields filling them out. The selected image or images appears up here in the top field. If I change my mind about an image I can delete it from this area which will disattach from the email by selecting it and clicking this Trashcan, but I'm going to leave that one there. I can also drag more photos from the grid of photos over into this area to add more photos to this email message, but I'm going to go with just one.
Now if you look at the file name of this particular photo you'll see that it's PSD or Photoshop Document format, it's not a JPEG. JPEG is the best format for emailing photos because it compresses photos well and because JPEGs can be opened by many programs on the recipient's end. So when I come back over to the Email Attachments settings I'm going to leave Convert Photos to JPEG's checked and that will cause Elements to make a copy of this PSD in JPEG format and attach the JPEG copy to my email.
I can also set the Maximum Size and Quality of the JPEGs that's going to be attached. I like to keep my attachments small, so I'll choose use Small here and for Quality may be I'll bring that down to Medium. The lower the Quality the smaller the attached photo will be, but I don't want to make it too small where the Quality can suffer. A file of this size will look good on the recipient's computer, but it probably won't be big enough to make a good print. In the next section, I can select the Recipients of the email. The names in this box are a list of all the contacts that I've added to my Elements address book.
That address book isn't tied to my email program's address book, so I have to create each entry in this address book right here in Elements. But once those entries are here they'll stay here so that next time when I want to send an email to someone I can just check his or her name in this area, like this. So I'm going to send this email to Greg Hurion. If you want to add a new contact, you can click this icon to open the Contact Book, and then click New Contact and type in the information in these fields including the Email Address.
I'm going to Cancel that for now. Now that I'm done filling out those fields, I'll click the Next button. Now when I go to my email client--in my case Outlook--I can see that message already open and ready to go. It's been addressed to Greg Hurion, the photo has been converted to a JPEG and attached, and there's even a message here. You don't have to stick with this message, I'm going to select all of this text by dragging over it, I'll press Delete and I'll type my own message. We had a great time at the Louvre in Paris. See you soon.
And then all that's left to do is click the Send button. For purposes of this lesson let's log into the recipient's email client, he uses Outlook on the web and let's look at his Inbox. And here is the message that I just sent--for purposes of this lesson I sent this as Olivia Napolitano and the message went to Greg Hurion--and it included the photo attachment. So in this case there's just a filename, if I click this, Firefox, the web browser I'm using, offers to open the photo or save it.
I'm just going to Cancel out of that for now. That's how you can share photos by email directly from inside Elements. You may find that easier and quicker than the alternative which is to export a copy of a photo as a small JPEG from Elements Organizer--and I'll show you how to export shortly--and then manually attach that JPEG to an email in whatever local or web based email client that you use.
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