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Another way to share photos by e-mail is as a simple PDF format slideshow. Elements will create the slideshow for you, and attach it to an e-mail message that it makes for you in your Desktop e-mail client. Your recipients can view the slideshow in a PDF Viewer, like the free Adobe Reader program on Windows or Mac, or on Mac, in the built-in preview application, or if they're viewing the e-mail on a Web browser, sometimes straight from their Web e-mail client. Here in the Organizer, I'll start by going to the Share menu, and from here I'll choose PDF Slide Show.
Now, Windows users, this is different than the Slideshow option under your Create menu, so be sure to go to the Share menu and choose PDF Slide Show. The PDF options in the column on the right are similar to those that I covered earlier for sending individual photos from the Organizer as e-mail attachments. The first thing I'll do is to drag and drop the photos that I want in my slideshow into this media bin. I'll take all three of these. You want to be careful now to include too many photos in your slideshow, or that can make the e-mail attachment too large to travel comfortably by e-mail.
And if I change my mind about one of these photos, I can delete it from the slideshow by selecting it, and clicking this trashcan, but I'm going to leave all these in the slideshow. In the next area, I'll choose the maximum size for these photos. To reduce the total file size of the e-mail, I usually choose Small or Very Small. And I'll reduce the Quality of the photos to Medium, again, in an attempt to keep the file size down. Here I'll give the slideshow a name. I'll call this Paris from the rooftop.
And in the next section, I'll Select Recipients for the e-mail message that is going to be created automatically for me with this PDF Slide Show as an attachment. I'll send this to John Mack. The Recipients area works just as it does for individual e-mail attachments, and for Photo Mail, as I covered in the last movies. Then I'll click Next down in the taskbar. Elements launches my default Desktop e-mail client, which happens to be Outlook, and it creates an e-mail message in that client that's already addressed, that has a Subject line, and that has my slide show attached; you can see it right here in the Attached field.
Now, I can change things about this e-mail. I could change the recipients. I could change the Subject line. I'll say Here's a slideshow from Paris. And I can change the text in the body of the e-mail. So I'll select all of this, and I'll type, Here's a slideshow I made for you, and then I'll click the Send button. Now let's take a look at the recipient's e-mail to see what this slideshow looks like at his end.
Here in a Web browser, I've logged into John Mack's account, and you can see the e-mail that I just sent listed in his Inbox. I'll click on that e-mail to open it. Here you can see the text that I wrote, and here is the attachment; the slideshow that was created automatically for me from the Organizer. I'm going to click the View button. Here in Gmail, in Firefox, I can view a PDF right in the Web browser. Now, this slideshow doesn't run automatically. I need to click through it by clicking these arrows. I'll scroll down a little bit, so we can see the total of each photo, and I'll go back the other way too.
So that's how quick, easy, and automatic it is to create a PDF slideshow of your photos in the Organizer, and automatically attach them to an e-mail. By the way, on a Mac, the PDF Slide Show command I just showed you is the only way to create a shareable slideshow. If you want to fancy your slideshow with music, narration, and maybe graphics, you'll have to use another application on the Mac. You might try iPhoto, or iMovie. On Windows, in Elements, there is another slideshow feature; a Slideshow Editor that you can use to create a more full featured slideshow that you can share in different ways. But on either platform, Mac or Windows, if you want to share your photos in a slideshow by e-mail, the PDF Slide Show option is the way to go.
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