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You can send photos by e-mail directly from Elements. This will save you several steps over exporting photos from Elements, and then attaching them to your e-mail clients. The easiest way to send photos by e-mail in Elements is to go to the Share tab in the column on the right, and use the Email Attachments feature here. Before you do that, you have to set up the Preferences in Elements to recognize your e-mail client. To do that, I'll go to the Edit menu, and down to Preferences, and over to the Sharing Preferences. If you're on a Mac, you'll find your Preferences under Adobe Elements 10 Organizer on the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen, and your Sharing Preferences may look a little different than this.
Go to the Email Client menu, and choose your favorite e-mail client from here. If you don't see your e-mail client, you can use this Adobe Email Service, which is what I'm going to do now. Here you'll type in a Username, and an e-mail address, and then click OK. Now you can select one or more photos in the media browser in the Organizer to send as an attachment to an e-mail. I'll go over to the Email Attachments feature in the Share tab, I'll click there, and here I see a thumbnail of all the photos that I would like to attach to this e-mail that I'm creating.
I can add more by dragging other photos into this area from the media browser, and I can delete photos from here by selecting them, and clicking this minus sign. I am going to stick with this single photo. Notice over here that the format of this photo is PSD, or Photoshop Document. When I send photos by e-mail, I like to send them as JPEGs, because JPEG is a format that will compress photos to make them smaller, and keep them looking good at the same time. So I like to keep this command checked, Convert Photos to JPEG, and that tells Elements to automatically convert a copy of this photo to the JPEG format to attach to my e-mail.
This will also make that copy smaller, which is a good idea so that the size of the photo is manageable at the recipient's end. So I'll go to the Maximum Photo Size menu, and I'm what you choose Very Small. I can also set to JPEG compression Quality here. The smaller the quality, the smaller the file size will be. But I don't want to set this too small, or the appearance of the photo may suffer. So I am going to drag that to Medium, and then I'll click Next. Here, I can type a message for the body of e-mail; I'll just leave the default text there, and down here I can select the recipients of the e-mail.
If you've already set up a contact book; that's an address book here in Elements, or in Adobe's online service, photoshop.com, you'll see all that people that you've entered into that contact book here in the list. If you haven't set that up, click this icon, and you maybe prompted to register for, and sign into, Adobe's online services. I've already done that, and I've set up my contact book with this one contact. I can add more contacts by clicking here, and there are other commands here for managing my contacts.
I am going to click OK, and then I'll select Patty M. as the recipient of this e-mail, and then I'll click Next. If your media browser is showing a different image than the one you see here, don't worry; Elements will still attach the correct image. Here I can see my e-mail message. I can change anything here, like the body of the message, or the Subject line; maybe I'll just select that, and instead I'll type, Check out this photo, and I can add more recipients here.
When I'm happy with it, I'll click Send, and that will send that e-mail with a copy of this photo.
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