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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.
Windows users, when you want to send photos by e-mail, you have an option in addition to the one that I showed in the last movie for attaching photos to an e-mail message, and that option is to send Photo Mail. Mac users, I am sorry but this is a Windows only technique. A Photo Mail message is based on HTML. It displays your photos on a fancy looking background, complete with designer graphics, frames, and text. If you did watch the last movie about e-mail attachments, you will see that the steps to create Photo Mail are pretty much the same as those for making e-mail attachments.
You can start in the Organizer or the Editor on Windows, but the process takes place in the Organizer, so I am going to start there. I am going to select both of these photos, so that I can send them both in a single Photo Mail message. Before I do that, I am going to add a caption to each photo, and then I will have the option to display that caption as part of my Photo Mail message. So I'll click on the first image and then I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Add Caption. I'll type the caption for this photo Ben & Coby in Mexico, and I'll click OK.
Then I'll click on the second photo and do the same thing. Going to the Edit menu, choosing Add Caption, and typing a Caption, Kate & Ben at home, and I'll click OK. Now to attach both of these photos together to a Photo Mail message, I'll select the other one by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on it, and now with both photos selected, I'll go over to the Share tab on the right-side of the Organizer, and I'll choose Photo Mail. The interface that you see over here in the Share column looks very similar to the interface that I covered in detail in the last movie about e-mail.
Here I have the option to add other photos to the Photo Mail message. By selecting another photo in my Media Browser and then clicking this Plus symbol, and if I decide I don't want to include one of these photos, I can select it and click the Minus symbol. If I do want to include those captions that I entered as part of my mail message, I'll check Include Caption. I'll take a look at the estimated size of the mail message down here. This one is pretty small. I always want to keep these at least under a megabyte in size, and then I'll click Next.
That opens this field where I can type my e-mail message. I'll select this dummy message and on top of it I'll type, Don't you love these pics of the kids? Then I'll go down to Select Recipients for my message. Here I'll see a list of all of the people that are in my Elements Contact Book. I'll send this one to Patty M., and if I don't have a recipient here to whom I want to send this message, I can click this icon to open my Contact Book and add more recipients as I showed you how to do in the last movie.
Alternatively, I can add recipients when I am finished creating the message, just typing an address in the To field as I would in any e-mail. Now I am going to come down and click Next. That opens this big stationery and layouts wizard, where I can design my Photo Mail, this comes with all kinds of themes and frames and backgrounds that I can put together as I like to make my Photo Mail unique. The artwork is organized by category over here on the left. So let's say I want to change out the frame in the All Occasions category, I can just click on a different frame to see how it looks.
I can go down to another category like the Travel category, and I am going to click on Beach, and that adds the Beach theme to my Photo Mail and that includes this big photo in the background. It includes the color of the text, and it includes this frame with a Drop Shadow around each one of the photos. I am going to click Next Step and here I can customize that default theme. For example, I might choose a different Photo Size, a different Layout of the photos.
I can change the Font Style of the text and I can change the color of the text. If I want to lose the drop shadows around the photos, I can uncheck Show drop shadows. And when I am done customizing the layout to taste, I'll click Next. Elements creates this e-mail message for me with my Photo Mail in the body of the message and that includes the photo background and the text, my photographs, and up here the message.
I am going to change out the Subject; I'll just type pics for you. If I need to, I can add another recipient here and I can even access my Address Book to take another address from there. When I am ready I'll click Send and off goes my Photo Mail message to Patty M. The one thing to keep in mind is that Patty M. or any other recipient of the Photo Mail message has to have HTML options turned On at her e-mail client, or my Photo Mail isn't going to look right at her end. So if you know that you're sending Photo Mail to someone who has an older computer, or who may have turned off their Photo Mail consider sending your pictures as regular e-mail attachments, rather than as a fancy Photo Mail message.
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