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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once you've created an Adobe ID, you can upload albums of your photos directly to your gallery at photoshop.com. You can upload existing albums or new albums that you create and upload at the same time. I am going to make a new album from these photos by selecting the first, holding the Shift key and selecting the last. Then as I showed you how to do in other movies, going over to the Organize tab and to the Albums panel and clicking the green Plus sign there. I'll choose to make a new album and I'll give the album a name.
I'll call this fall colors. I'm not going to back up and synchronize this album yet, so I'll uncheck that. Here, I can see the photos that are going to be in this album and I can use the Minus sign and the Plus sign down here to remove and add photos to the album respectively. When I am done setting up the content of the album, I'll click on the Sharing tab and that causes Elements to build an album of my photos using one of the many templates that come with the program. If you don't like this particular template, you can see others by scrolling along this filmstrip up at the top.
You could see that there are lots of them here, some are really elaborate. If I move my mouse over any one of the templates I get a description of it and notice that some of the templates have a yellow ribbon across the top-right corner. That means that you don't have access to those templates unless you paid a fee to become a member of Photoshop.com Plus but there are plenty of templates here without charge. I am going to choose one of the simpler templates; this one that slides my photos into place.
To apply a template, I'll double click and that rebuilds the preview, showing my photos in the selected template. Some of the templates have a semi- transparent box down here at the bottom-left. If I move my mouse over that box, I can see some slideshow settings that I can change. So, in the case of this particular template, I have the option to type a subtitle for the slideshow. I'll type boulder, colorado and then I'll click Refresh and you can see that change up here at the top-left of the slideshow.
When I move my mouse off of that slideshow settings box, it turns semi-transparent again so it gets it out of the way. After I've chosen a template from the slideshow, I'll move back over to the sharing area and I'll click Share to Photoshop.com. That will put the slide show up on my area of Photoshop.com so that I'll be able to view it and see my photos at any time. If I want other people to be able to see my photos too, I'll check Display in My Gallery and that will make the slideshow public on Photoshop.com.
So, if somebody were browsing Photoshop.com, they might happen to cross it. If I want my family and friends to know exactly where the slideshow is located, I can send them a message from here with the URL to my area of Photoshop.com. So, I can come here and type, Check out my slideshow show at, and then I'll type the URL of my area@Photoshop.com. If you are wondering where that URL came from, I chose it and specified it when I set up my Adobe ID.
So, you can go back to the last movie to see where I did that if you've forgotten. Here, I can see all the people who are in my Elements contact book; I only have one right now and I can send this notice out to those people by checking their names here in this list. This is an icon that will take me to my contact book if I want to add more people to my contact book as I showed you how to do it in another movie. Then down here, I have more options for allowing viewers to download my photos or order prints from Photoshop.com. I am going to leave those unchecked and I'll click Done.
Now, out in the Organizer, you can see that I have a brand-new album called fall colors and this icon indicates that this is an album that I'm sharing online. I clicked off of that album and then back onto it and that shows me these icons here. If I want to stop sharing this album, I can click the stop sharing icon and then I can start sharing again by clicking the share icon. If I right-click on this album in the Albums panel, I can choose to edit it and that takes me back to the content and sharing panels.
So here I could change the template or I could change the options. I can also click View Online to open my web browser and take me directly to my area of Photoshop.com as if I were a viewer seeing the album here. Viewers have a choice of looking at the individual images or playing a slideshow. There is the slideshow with the template that I applied back in Elements on my desktop. So, as you can see, being able to take albums full of your photos from Elements organizer and put them up on Photoshop.com is a great way to share your photographs with the world.
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