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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The first thing most people want to do after including a new batch of photos in their Organizer is to take a look at the photos and the best way to see them is nice and big in Full Screen View. In the Organizer's Full Screen View, you can either cycle through photos one-by-one or you can sit back and enjoy a simple slideshow of your photos which is what I'm going to show you how to make in this movie. Here in the Organizer I could select photos that I want to include in my slideshow or here in Folder Location view, if I want to use all the photos, I can just go right into Full Screen mode; to enter Full Screen mode, I can either go up to the Find Bar and click this icon, or I can go up to the Display menu, and choose View, Edit, Organize in Full Screen.
That opens the first photo in Full Screen mode and those panels over on the left collapse to the side of the screen. We'll be using those in the next movie. If I move my mouse anywhere on the screen, this Control Bar appears at the bottom of the screen. Here, there are some arrows. I can use the Right and the Left Arrows to cycle manually through my photos, or I can play a slideshow of my photos by using this arrow in the middle. But before I play the slideshow I'd like to set up its parameters. So I'm going to click this icon the one that looks like a wrench and that opens my Full Screen View Options dialog box.
Here, the first stop is to select some Background Music for my slideshow. This menu lists some audio clips that come with Elements. So I can choose a bit of music from here, or if I have my own audio clip on this computer, I could browse for it from here. If I'm really reviewing photos, I'll set the Page Duration to 10 seconds. But here, I'll leave it at 4 seconds which is the default. I'm going to allow the photos to resize to fit the screen. Sometimes, if I'm starting with really small photos, that will make the photos look too pixelated in which case, I would uncheck Allow Photos to Resize.
I'll leave the other options unchecked. I don't want to see the filmstrip, because that takes up space on my screen. I don't want the slideshow to play automatically, because I want to control it and I don't want the slide show to repeat. So now, I'll click OK. I have one more stop before I set the slideshow to play. So I'll move my mouse again to bring the Control Bar back, and I'm going to click on this curved Arrow icon to bring up another dialog box where I can set the transition between the slides in my slideshow. If I want to see what each of these looks like, I can just move my mouse over it.
So the Classic transition just flips from one image to the other. The Fade In/Fade Out does what its name says. Pan and Zoom; same thing. Here's a bit fancier one; 3D Pixelate. I'm going to go for the traditional Fade In/Fade Out and then I'll click OK. Now, it's time to enjoy the slideshow. To start it up, I'll go to the Control Bar, and I'll go back to the first image in the slideshow which is this one, and then I'll click the Play arrow.
When the slideshow is played through once, it automatically stops and the music stops too. I think that's a really pleasant way to get my initial view of my photographs. Now at this point I could play the slideshow again if I wanted, or I might move my mouse over the screen to bring the Control Bar back, and use these individual Arrow keys to cycle to one of the photos that I thought needed a quick fix, because from right here inside of Full Screen view, I can use the Quick Fix panel here to do some quick initial edits to my photos.
I can use the Organize panel here to add Keyword Tags, and to put photos into existing albums. I'm going to show you how to use those panels in the next movie. In the meantime, I'll exit out of Full Screen view, and go back to the Organizer, either by clicking the small x here on the right side of the Control Bar or by just pressing the Escape key on my keyboard.
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