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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.
Using the new Photoshop.com online service, you can upload albums of your photos that you make in Elements to your personal website at Photoshop.com. Then you'll be able to view your photos from any computer that has a web browser and an Internet connection. This is also a great way to share your photos with other people. You can share albums publicly with everyone, or your can share them privately with just the people that you invite. I'm working in the 15_02_sharing sub-folder of the Chapter 15 exercise files. Let me show you how to create and share a new album.
Here in the Organizer, I'm going to the Share tab in the Task panel. From here I'm going to click on Online Album, and I'm going to start to build an album that I can share online. I'm going to call this album Market, and I'm going to drag some photos into it. I'll bring in all four photos that are here in the 15_02_sharing subfolder. I'll select the first, hold the Shift key and select the last so that all four are selected and then I'll click and drag on any one over into this area of the album details pane. Then I go to the bottom of the pane and I'll click Share.
In the next screen I can see a preview of what my album is going to look like online. You can see that this is an interactive gallery. This is only one of many interactive templates that are available for you to choose from. If I want to try a different template, I'll click here where it says, Change Template, and choose from any of these really interesting preset templates. Let's see for example, what the 4 x 5 transparency template looks like. I'll select it here and you can see there is a little description of what this gallery is going to look like. I click Apply, and I'll be able to see a preview of my photos in that gallery. I'm going to go back to the default gallery.
I urge you to investigate some of these galleries. They're really nice. Once I've selected my gallery template, I'll click Next. Here I can choose the text that's going to appear right up here in the gallery. I'll change it from My Photos to LA Market Photos, and I can have a subtitle where I could type my name, or some more information about the gallery. I can change the background color of the gallery, which is the black here, so I click on the black square, and I'll choose some other color, maybe a dark purplish gray, and say OK. We'll see that change when I come down to the bottom of this panel, and click Refresh.
Then I'll click Next, to go to the next panel. Here, I'm going to choose how I want to share this gallery. I'm going to leave it set to Photoshop.com, but I could export this so that I could burn it to a CD or DVD, or I could export to FTP, which means File Transfer Protocol, which is a way that I can place the gallery on my own website out of Photoshop.com. I'm going down to the Next button again, and here I choose how I want to share this gallery. The default is to share publically with everyone, meaning that anybody who has the URL to that website could see my photos, and if I allow it by checking these check boxes, could download the photos and order photo prints.
Or I could decide to limit the people who can view and work with my photos to my friends only. If I do that, I have the opportunity to type a message in here, like check out my new photos, and then I can send email to just those folks inviting them to see my gallery. If I want to send that email to people who don't appear here in this list, I check this little icon of the person to open my contact book, and from there I can make a new contact, or even import email addresses from my email client on my computer. But I'm going to share publicly with everyone and I'm going to click Share.
Now Elements is uploading this album to my Photoshop.com website. I'll click OK, and I'm going back into the Organizer. Now I'm going to click on the Organize tab, so that I can see what's happened to this album. This is the album that I just chose to share, and I can tell it's now a shared album, because the icon to the left of it is slightly different than the icon on all the other albums that I have here, which are not shared. If I click on that album, the content area over here goes directly to the photos in the album. Also, I see a symbol on the right, which I could click to stop sharing, if I decide that I don't want to have this album online.
Also, if I right-click the name of the album here, I get this contextual menu from which I would edit the album. So for example, I could delete a photo from the album, or add a photo to the album, or I could delete the entire album, or I can go online to view the album. Let's try that. Clicking that link launches my Web browser, and takes me directly to this gallery on my area of Photoshop.com, and this is what my viewers will see as well. At the bottom of the Web browser, you can see Download Photo and Order Prints. If I had allowed that, then my viewers would be able to download my photos, print them on their own inkjet printers, or they could order some professionally printed photos.
Here in the Web browser, I'm going to choose Visit My Gallery. If I had shared more than one album, I would see them all here. Right now you can see the single album that I have shared, and when I move my mouse over that, if I click this arrow, it takes me into the page we just came from, where we can see that template that I chose for this gallery. For now, the only kinds of photos that you can show online this way are JPEGs, but the plan is, in the future, to allow you to upload other kinds of files to your Photoshop.com account, like Flash video files, PDF files and RAW files.
So you can see the potential for Photoshop.com being a really useful feature. It's going to change the way that you worked in Elements. Not only can you view your photos from anywhere and share your photos with other people at Photoshop.com, you can also use this service to backup and synchronize the albums that you make in Elements. This I'm going to show you how to do in an upcoming movie.
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