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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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If you were a scrapbooker or if you like to combine your photos with graphics to make invitations or cards or posters, you will love the Shape tool. Elements come with lots of fun shapes embellishing your images. These shapes are vector graphics, which means that they can be resized or distorted without losing quality. To make a shape you will come to the bottom of the Toolbox here to the Shape tool and click and hold to see all the different flavors of shapes that there are. There are different geometric shapes like rectangle and rounded rectangle and so on, but the really fun one is this one, the Custom Shape tool.
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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Using shapes

If you were a scrapbooker or if you like to combine your photos with graphics to make invitations or cards or posters, you will love the Shape tool. Elements come with lots of fun shapes embellishing your images. These shapes are vector graphics, which means that they can be resized or distorted without losing quality. To make a shape you will come to the bottom of the Toolbox here to the Shape tool and click and hold to see all the different flavors of shapes that there are. There are different geometric shapes like rectangle and rounded rectangle and so on, but the really fun one is this one, the Custom Shape tool.

I'm going to select Custom Shape tool and then go up to the Options bar, I'll click the arrow to the left of the Shape field and there I can see one group of shapes. You can choose from any of these animals and make a shape like that one, but if you want to see all the shapes go to the bottom right of this dropdown menu and drag down and you can see some more of the shapes from which you can choose. I'm going to scroll down to give you a sense of what else is here. You have flowers and people's faces, you have fruits and frames and music notes and more. If you just want to see a few of these, you can go to the arrow at the side of this dropdown menu and choose the category that you want. I'm going to choose Talk Bubbles and I'll make this menu shorter by clicking and dragging from the bottom right corner. I would like to have a talk bubble here right next to Scott since he is talking on the phone.

I'll choose the very first one in the menu and then I'm going to click in a blank area of the Options bar to close that menu. Before I create this talk bubble shape, I'm going to pick a color for it. So I click on the icon here to the left of Style and that gives me a lot of colors from which I can choose, I could choose even more colors from this button. This is plenty I'm just going to get this white color right here and I'll click again in the Options bar in a blank area to close that menu. I also could come to the Styles field and I could choose to draw this talk bubble with one of the Layer Styles that shipped with Elements. Now I can choose from these Bevel styles, but if I wanted more other choice I could come to this double pointed arrow on the right side of this menu, click and choose from any of these categories, Drop Shadow, Inner Glows, etcetera.

I'm going to choose a Drop Shadow, so I'll select the Drop Shadow category and then here in the menu, I'll click on Low Drop Shadow and then I'm going to click on the blank area of the Options bar to close the menu. To create the shape with this Drop Shadow, all I have to do is click and drag in the image. I'm going to hold down the Shift key as I do that to constrain proportion so that the shape is not distorted. So I'll drag out a talk bubble. If you look at the Layers palette you can see that this automatically created a new layer. This is a special kind of layer called a shape layer. It has two parts. Behind the scenes there is a color fill, in this case white, and you can see the thumbnail that represents a vector mask that creates this vector shape and all that means is that the shape is being described by instructions rather than by pixels so that I could make a bigger or smaller or distorted and it would not lose quality.

Let us see how that is done. I'm going to go back to the Shape tool, click and hold and from the flyout menu, I'm going to select the Shape Selection tool and then I'll click on this shape. A bounding box automatically appears, I can click and drag inside the shape to move it and then I can click on anyone of the anchor points to make the shape bigger or smaller. I'll choose one of the corner anchor points and I'm going to hold the Shift key as I drag to constrain proportions to make the talk bubble a little bit bigger and again I can move it to put into place.

I could also move my mouse over any of the corners when the mouse changes to a curved double pointed arrow I can click and rotate the shape a little. When I'm all done I can click the green check mark to commit these changes and I'll go to the layers palette and I'm going to click on another layer so I don't have to see bounding boxes and you can see how very smooth this shape is like all other shapes because it is a vector graphic. One more thing I can do to the shape is change its color. To do that I'll go to the shape layer in the Layers palette and I'll double-click the thumbnail on that layer. That opens the Color Picker and I could pick another color. Maybe I'll make this shape a little grayer and I'll click OK. Again I'll click off that layer so that I can see the nice smooth talk bubble. Later in the course I'll show you how to add text on top of a shape layer like this one, but for now go ahead and explore some of the many shapes that come with Photoshop Elements. You can have multiple shapes on one image so if, for example, you are designing a scrapbook page in Elements you can have shapes scattered all around the page. Adding shapes will make your designs really unique.

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