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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
Skill Level Beginner
In the last movie, I showed you how to make a static album that brings together photos from different folders on your drives, so that you can see them all in one place in Elements Organizer. Another thing you can do with an album is to turn the photos in the album into an interactive gallery, complete with music, graphics, and motion. That's done by choosing to share an album either online, or to a disk, or drive. In this movie, I'll cover sharing an interactive album online on a Web site that Adobe has set up for just this purpose: photoshopshowcase.com. I'll start the process by going up to the Share menu in the Organizer, and choosing Online Album.
If you have no album that you want to share in your catalog, you can choose Create New Album in this column on the right. Then make sure this is set to Share To Photoshop Showcase, and click Next, although I'm not going to do that now. And in the next panel, you would follow the same steps that I showed you in the last movie to Create a New Album. But if you made an album with me in the last movie, or if you have an existing album of your own that you want to share, then leave this set to Share Existing Album. All of the albums that you do have will appear in this section. Click on the album that you want to share to select it, and down here in the Share To section, make sure it's set to Photoshop Showcase, and click Next.
Now, before I click the Next button, I want to warn you that music is going to start playing, and it may be a little loud. So I'll turn it off as soon as I can, and I'll show you how to turn it off too. (Music Playing) To turn the music off, I came down to the bottom left of the large preview window, and I clicked the little note symbol there. The big window in the center of the screen previews the photos in my album in the default interactive template, called an Online Album, or sometimes a Gallery.
There are quite a few other gallery templates than this standard default template to choose from. Each of those has different graphics, different functionality, and different options for you to set. The gallery templates are up here in this horizontal bar at the top of the screen. The one with the blue outline around it is the one that's previewed down here in the document window. This one is a simple slideshow, which can either play on its own, or the user can click between photos. There are a couple of settings that you can access by clicking this wrench icon. Here you could choose to have the Slideshow play automatically when a viewer opens it, to repeat the slideshow, and so on.
I'll click the X to close that. So, if you choose this template, those are some options you'll want to set up in advance. If you want to try out your photos in a different template, come up to the horizontal bar at the top of the screen, grab the scrollbar, and drag to see the other templates. When you hover over a template, you'll see a little textbox with a description of what that template does. I'm going to try out the Seasons template with my photos by double-clicking the Seasons template here in the horizontal bar. That builds it up in preview, and you can see that this template is a bit fancier.
It has motion graphics, and the photos all fly in, and then they change out automatically. This template has other options. If I come over here to the Season area, I can choose a different background. The default is the Spring background. I think these photos are more appropriate with a Winter background, so I'll select Winter, and that changes the look of the template. To start the process of sharing my online album to Adobe's Photoshop Showcase site, I'll click OK in the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen, and that opens the Adobe Photoshop Showcase window.
If you're not a member of Adobe Photoshop Showcase yet, then click Join Now, and fill out the form to join this free service. I'm already a member, so I can just enter my e-mail address and password up here, and click Next. Now I'll finalize the sharing options for this Web gallery, which you can see over here. I have one more chance to rename this gallery. Since I shot all these photos in Brugge, Belgium, maybe I'll change the name to Brugge, and then I'll click the Next button.
Photoshop Showcase will automatically send out invitations to my contacts, inviting them to view my latest gallery on the photoshopshowcase.com Web site. I can select the contacts to whom I want to send that invitation here in my Address Book. If you don't have any contacts in your Address Book yet, you can import contacts or to add a new contact, click this link, and then add the name, and e-mail address of another contact, and click Save. And I'll select both of these people to send an invitation to view my latest gallery.
The Message is already filled out for me over here, but I can change it, or add to it. So maybe I'll just sign it here, Thanks, Jan. If I decide that I want everyone to be able to see this gallery, I can open it to public browsing by clicking this checkbox. I'll go ahead and do that, and then I'll click the Next button. My photos and the gallery are now being uploaded to the Adobe Photoshop Showcase. And as it says here, when this is complete, invitations will automatically be sent out to my guests to view my new gallery.
This window confirms that my files have uploaded, and that invitations have been sent to these people, and over here, I can choose to track whether those I've invited have viewed my gallery, I can go out and see my galleries online, or browse other people's galleries online. I'll click View This Gallery, and that opens my Web browser to see my gallery. I'll click the Play button here, and here is my gallery, as my viewers will see it in a Web browser.
When I'm done previewing my gallery, I'll come down and click Continue, and that takes me back to the Adobe Showcase window. I'll click Sign out, and I'll close my Web browser. Back in Elements I'll click Done to exit this Adobe Photoshop Showcase window, and I'm back in my Elements Organizer. One last thing, by the way; in addition to uploading online albums of your photos, if you do have video clips in your Organizer, you can also upload those to the Photoshop Showcase for others to enjoy using another command in the Share menu in the Organizer: Video to Photoshop Showcase.
So that's how to share your photos online in an interactive gallery format at Adobe's photoshopshowcase.com Web site. This is great, because it means you don't need your own Web site to share your work online. But sharing online isn't the only way to share your photos in one of these interactive gallery formats. You can save an online album or interactive gallery to a DVD, or CD, or you can export it to your computer, as I'll show you in the next movie.