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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Photoshop.com is Adobe's new online service that ties in directly to Elements, and extends some of Elements' 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. The benefit of that is that you'll be able to view those photos from any computer as long as you have an Internet connection and a web browser. Even better, other people will be able to view your photos. You can decide who has access to viewing and even downloading your photos, either the general public or a small select group of invitees. Let me show you how you can create a Photoshop.com account. You do that from the Welcome Screen here in Elements.
If you already are a Photoshop.com member, you can sign in right here with your Adobe ID, which is usually an email address, and your password. If you're not yet a member, you click Join Now. You can either join from here or from the Editor or the Organizer. In this screen you create your Adobe ID. I'll type my first and last names, and here I'll type an email address that will be my Adobe ID User Name. Here I create a password for my Adobe ID account that has to be between 6 and 12 characters. Retype the password, and move to the next field, which is the area where you create the address of your personal website at Photoshop.com, where you, your friends and your family and the general public if you like, can go to see your photos.
There is a fee for upgrading to the plus account, and what it buys you is, more space on Photoshop.com for storing your photos and some additional content that you can bring into your copy of Photoshop Elements and use in your projects there. If you choose to stick with the basic account, you can always upgrade to a plus account later, by signing into Photoshop.com, and going to your account settings, from back in the Welcome screen. When you're done setting up your Photoshop.com membership, you'll get an email at the address that you used here in the email field, with instructions for activating your account.
Once you've activated the account, you can sign in. I'm going to actually cancel out of here, because I already have an account, and I'll type in my Adobe ID, and my password. Then I'll just click Sing In, and here in this box, I can see my membership level, as well as the address of the personal URL where my photos will appear on Photoshop.com. So that's how you sign up for, and sign into Photoshop.com. I suggest you take advantage of this free service, so that you'll have the benefits of extending Photoshop Elements online. In the rest of this chapter, I'm going to show you how to use Photoshop.com to share your Elements' albums, and to back up your photos.
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