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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
If you like to send photos by email and you are managing photos in Elements Organizer, or you have some photos open in Elements Editor that you're working on, you can send those photos by email from right inside of Elements, and that will save you a couple of steps. The first step in doing that is to tell Elements which email client you generally use. To do that, I'll open the Preferences either in the Editor or in the Organizer. Here in my Organizer, I'll go up to the Edit menu and down to Preferences, and to my Sharing Preferences, and in the Email Settings field, I'll go to the Email Client menu and I'll choose my Email Client from the dropdown menu.
The choices you have in your Preferences depend on which operating system you're using, and then I'll click OK. Now I'm ready to attach a photo to an email. I can start that process from either the Editor with a photo open, or from here in the Organizer. I'll do this in the Organizer. I'll move over to the Share tab, and there I'm going to click on Email Attachments, and that switches the share column to display some fields for email attachments. The first thing I'll do is bring in this photo by clicking on it in the Organizer and dragging it into this big box, the Items area, and releasing.
If I had other photos in my Media Browser, I could add those as well, but I don't like to add too many photos to the same email, because I don't want the email to get so big that it doesn't download fast. Now, this particular photo happens to be not a JPEG, but a Photoshop document file. The best format for photos to attach to email is JPEG, because JPEGs are small and still look good when they're compressed. By default, the Email Attachment Settings offer to convert non-JPEGs to JPEG, so I'm going to leave that checked, to change this PSD file automatically in a JPEG when it's attached to my email.
I'll come down to the next menu and I'll choose the Size of this photo. I can have Elements automatically resize it to make it smaller, so that the email loads fast. So I'm going to choose Very Small here. Now, this sized photo won't look good if the recipient tries to print it, but it will look fine when viewed on screen. And here I'll choose a Compression Quality for the photo. The more you compress a JPEG, the less good it looks, but the smaller it will be. So I'll set this somewhere in the Medium area. And here I see the Estimated Size of my photo, I try to keep attachments to emails certainly at less than a megabyte, and this is way less, so this will do.
I'll come down to the bottom of the column and I'll click Next, and here I have a couple more fields to fill out to prepare my email and its attachments. In the Message field I'll type a message for the body of the email, this dummy text is automatically highlighted, so I can just type over it. And then I'll come down to this field, where I'll see a list of all the recipients that I've already entered into a contact book that I keep online at photoshop.com, Adobe's web site, this makes it really quick to add addresses or recipients to an email.
Doesn't matter if I don't see the recipient here, I can always add her in the address line later, but I'm going to send this to Patty M. so I'll just check there, and that will add her as a recipient to this email automatically. Now I'll go down to the Next button and click that again, and that brings up this email message in my Email Client, which is all ready to be sent. It has automatically been addressed to Patti M., my photo has automatically been attached, and here's the text that I entered in the message field. This is some promotional text that comes with all of these emails, you don't have to keep this in the body of the email, I can just highlight it and press Delete or Backspace on my keyboard.
I can type a salutation and the email is ready to go, so I'll just click Send. So that's how simple it is to attach one or more photos to an email from right here inside of Elements.
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