Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Embedding photos in Photo Mail (Windows only), part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 3 Sharing & Printing Photos.
If you're a Windows user, and you like to send photos in an e-mail embellished with colors and graphics, consider sharing from the Organizer, and your Desktop e-mail client using Photo Mail. Unfortunately, this is a Windows only feature, Mac users. Now, before I start, I'm going to add a caption under one of these photos, so you can see what happens to it when I create a Photo Mail message. I can add a caption in the Organizer by double-clicking an image to bring it into single image view, and then coming down to the label underneath the photo that says Click here to add caption, and I'll type Paris skyline.
And then I'll double-click the image again to go back to the grid view, and I'll click off it to deselect. Now, to send these photos by Photo Mail, in the Organizer, I'll go to the Share menu at the top right, and from the Share menu, I'll choose Photo Mail. Again, Mac users, you won't have this option in your Share menu. The first steps in sharing by Photo Mail are much like those for sending photos as e-mail attachments from the Organizer, which I covered in the last movie. I'll drag and drop the photos that I want to send to this area of the column on the right.
So I'm going to get this JPEG, and this JPEG, and notice that this file is not a JPEG; it's a PSD, but that's okay, because Photo Mail will automatically format and size the photos for me to send by e-mail. If I change my mind about sending one of these photos, I can select it here in the first Photo Mail section, and click the little trashcan icon right here. So now I'll be sending these two photos in a single Photo Mail message. To include the caption that I created in the Organizer underneath this photo in my Photo Mail message, I'll check Include caption here.
And then I'll select the recipients of this e-mail. I'm going to send this to John Mack. Now, if I've created a group of recipients in my Contact Book, as I showed you how to do earlier in this chapter, then I could choose to send it to the entire group, or I could check other individuals to send it to more than one person. If I want to send this message to someone who doesn't appear in this list, then I would click this person icon, and that opens my Contact Book, where I can create a new contact, as I showed you how to do earlier in the chapter. I'm going to close the Contact Book for now.
I'll click the Next button in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and that opens the Stationery & Layouts Wizard, where I can choose a design template to start from. A design template includes items like frames, background colors, graphics, and more. There's lots to choose from over here. I urge you to just start investigating the various templates, and find one that's relevant to the photos that you happen to be sending. I like some of the simple layouts best, so I'm going to go back to the All Occasions layout category, and I'll go with this Rectangle layout to start with.
Now, I'm going to be able to customize this layout; this is just a starting place. I'll click the Next step button at the bottom of the Stationery & Layouts Wizard, and here on the left I see all kinds of options that I can use to customize the look of this e-mail message. You may see different options over here depending on which initial template you chose in the last screen. For this particular template, I can change things like the Background Color, the Layout, the font, and color of the Text, the Borders, and even decide whether or not I want this drop shadow around my photos.
As just an example, I'll change the background color by clicking in the Background Color box here, and then hovering over these little color chips until I see one that I like. And I might make the Photo Size smaller, and maybe change the way that they're arranged in the Layout. And then if I scroll down, you can see both photos with the changes I've made. Here, even though I hadn't entered a caption for this photo back in the Organizer, I have another chance to add a caption. So I'll click on Enter caption here, and I'll type View from the roof.
And you may not have this caption option, depending on which template you chose. The other thing I want to do is change the color of the text, so that it's more visible against this dark background. So I'll come down here and click the color box in the Text section, and I'm going to choose white as the color of the text. When I'm done customizing the message, I'll click the Next button, and that will launch my default e-mail client, which happens to be Outlook, with my Photo Mail message all ready to go, complete with the customized graphics that I just created from Elements Organizer.
Of course, I can still make changes here. I could change the recipients, I could change the subject line; Hi from Paris. And in the message, I can select this initial bit of text, and click and drag to highlight, and type what I want; Here are some of my photos from this trip. Now, all that's left to do is click the Send button to send this graphic e-mail on its way.
Jan explores online sharing features of Photoshop Elements 11: emailing photos, sharing them on Facebook and Flickr, and uploading video clips on YouTube, Vimeo, and the Adobe Photoshop Showcase service. The course also offers some advanced tips on preparing photos for publishing on the web and for exporting photos in various formats and sizes. The course wraps with a look at printing photos on both Windows and Mac OS computers, and ordering prints through Photoshop Elements 11.
- Creating a contact book
- Emailing photos and PDF slideshows
- Sharing photos on Facebook, Flickr, and SmugMug
- Sharing videos
- Creating interactive albums
- Exporting albums to a drive or disk
- Preparing photos for print
- Watermarking photos
- Printing on Mac and Windows