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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.
In the last movie I introduced you to Full Screen View, showing you how you can use the new Quick Fix panel and the Quick Organize panels in that Full Screen View to do some quick edits and so organization to your photos as you review them. There is another feature in Full Screen View that I want to show you and that is a temporary slideshow that you can create in Full Screen View and use to show off your photos on your computer or to sit back and review those photos without having to click from one to the other. Here in the Organizer I'm going to select the photos that I want to include in that temporary slideshow by clicking on the first, holding the Shift key, and clicking on the last.
And then I'm going to go up to be Full Screen View icon here and click. That opens the first of the photos in Full Screen View. The Quick Edit and Quick Organize panels collapse to the side and as soon as I move my mouse, I see the control bar appear at the bottom of the screen. I introduced you to control bar in the last movie. If you remember, one way to go through your photos is to use the arrows on the control bar, either the forward arrow or the backward arrow, to cycle through the photos and then apply Quick Organize and Quick Edit settings to the selected photo.
But another way to review the photos or to show other people who are standing near your computer what your photos look like is to run a temporary slideshow. Now this is different from a full-blown slideshow, which you could post on the web or save to a DVD, which I'm going to show you later in the class. This is just a temporary slideshow here in Full Screen View. To set that up I'm going to click this icon that looks like wrench and that opens the Full Screen View Options. From the Background Music menu, I can choose one of the preset music clips that come with Elements.
I'm going to choose Lightjazz.mp3. If you have another music clip that you rather use as a custom clip, you can click Browse and got out to your hard drive and locate that clip. If I had audio captions that I had recorded for particular photos, I could play those during the slideshow. I'm going to set the duration of each slide here. If I were actually reviewing the photos for the first time, I might set that to 10 seconds so I would have more time with each photo, but I'm going to set that to 2 so that the slideshow goes fast for you to view here.
I can choose to include captions on the photos in the slideshow, to resize the photos to fit the screen if necessary, and I can choose to turn off the filmstrip on the right or to show that filmstrip. I'll uncheck that so there is more for the slideshow. I usually leave Start Playing Automatically unchecked, because I like to decide when the slideshow is going to start by clicking the Play button. And I don't want to slideshow to repeat after it's played through once. So I'll leave that unchecked as well, and then I'll click OK to accept all those settings.
There is one more place I want to go before I play the slideshow and that's to this icon of the curved arrow. Clicking that brings up this menu of possible transitions that I can have between slides in the slideshow. If I move my mouse over one of these thumbnails, I get a preview of what that transition will look like. So Classic just flips between sides, Fade In/Out fades nicely between the sides, Pan and Zoom allows this panning and zooming effect between sides, and there is also a new 3D Pixelate transition, which offers a really interesting three-dimensional effect.
I'm going to choose Fade In/Out and I'm going to click OK, and now it's time to play the slideshow. To do that a click the Play button here in the controller. (Music playing.) So that's a really pleasant way to review your photos or to just show somebody else the photos that you've recently taken, and as you have seen it's really simple to setup.
When done viewing the slideshow, I'll just move my mouse and that brings back the control bar, and here I can click the X and that will take me back out to the Organizer.
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