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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Photoshop.com is Adobe's online service that ties in directly to Photoshop Elements and extends some of Elements' Desktop capabilities to the web. If you join the free Photoshop.com service, you'll be able to put albums that you make in Elements on a website devoted to you at Photoshop.com. You'll also be able to backup your catalogs of photos and synchronize changes that you make on your computer to your Photoshop.com account and also synchronize between multiple computers that you may have running Photoshop Elements 8.
I've mentioned the free Photoshop.com service. I want to be clear that there is a free version and then there is a paid version that gets you more benefits. So, let me show you how to create a Photoshop.com account. Here in the Welcome Screen, I'm going to click Create New Adobe ID down here. Here I'll type some information, my name, I'll type an e-mail account, and a password.
I already have an account, so I can't take you to the next screen but that screen will ask if I want to accept the free Photoshop.com basic account or if I want to upgrade to a paid account. The free account will get me 2 GB of storage at Photoshop.com and access to a small number of tutorials in the inspiration browser inside of my Desktop copy of Photoshop Elements, and it also gets me back up for my 2 GB of storage space and access to view my photos online from any web browser.
A $50 subscription will get me 20 GB of storage space, more tutorials in the inspiration browser, which are updated from time to time, access to my photos online, as well as sharing templates that are not available unless I have the special paid account. If I choose to stick with the basic account, I can always upgrade to a plus account later by signing into Photoshop.com going to my Account Settings and upgrading. When I'm done setting up my Photoshop. com membership, I get an e-mail at the e-mail address I used with instructions for activating the account and once I have activated the account, I can sign into it and that's done from down here at the bottom of the Welcome screen in this Sign In area.
So there's no reason not to take advantage of the free Photoshop.com service and you may want to upgrade to the paid account once you get a taste of it. Although I'm not here to sell you the paid account. I just want to tell you about it. Both accounts will give you the benefits of extending Photoshop Elements capabilities online. In the rest of this chapter, I'll show you how to use Photoshop.com to share your albums from Elements and to backup and synchronize your photos.
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