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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
If you use a Desktop e-mail client to send e-mail, like Microsoft Outlook on Windows, or Apple Mail on a Mac, you can have the Organizer automatically attach photos from your Organizer to a message that's automatically created for you in your Desktop e-mail client. The first time you use this feature, you have to let Elements know which e-mail client you use. To do that, go to your Preferences in the Organizer. On Windows, Preferences are located under the Edit Menu; on a Mac they're located under the Elements 11 Organizer menu at the top of your screen.
I'll choose Preferences, and I'll go to the Sharing Preferences category. Here I'll go to the Email Client menu, and I'll choose my Email Client. I happen to use Microsoft Outlook; if you're on a Mac, you'll see different choices here, including Apple Mail. I'll click OK, and now I'm ready to have the Organizer automatically create an e-mail message for me in my Email Client, and attach photos to it. To do that, I'll go to the Share menu on the right side of the Organizer, and I'll choose Email Attachments, and that gives me some Email Attachments settings over here in the column on the right.
The first thing is to drag and drop items or photos to the media bin that you'd like to e-mail. I'll select both of these photos, and I'll drag them into the media bin. Take a look at the file names under the photo thumbnails in the grid. If you don't see the file names there, go up to the View Menu at the top of the screen, and click on Details. Then go back to the View menu, and click on File names, and your thumbnails will look like mine. Notice that the originals of these photos are PSD format files, but checking Convert Photos to JPEGs in the column on the right will automatically convert a copy of these photos to the JPEG format, which is the preferred format for e-mailing photos.
Now, if I change my mind about e-mailing one of these photos, I can just select it here, and click the trashcan in the first section of the Email Attachments settings. But I'm going to add both of these files as an attachment to a single e-mail, so I'll leave them here. Down here I can choose the Maximum size for these files. I like to keep the photos that I e-mail as small as possible, unless I know that my recipients are going to need to print these photos. So, from this menu, I'll choose a small number of pixels for these files; I'll go with 320 by 240 pixels.
And then I'll set the JPEG compression Quality; the lower the Quality, the smaller the file size will be, and that will help the files transfer by e-mail, so I'm going to take this down to about 6. In the next field, I'll choose the recipients for this e-mail message. I can have more than one recipient, and here in my Recipients area, I have a group, my college friends, and then I also have some individual recipients. I'm going to send this e-mail to Jess Smith, so I'll select her here. Now, the entries that I see in this box come from my Contact Book.
In the last movie, I showed you how to create a Contact Book, which is an address book that's unique to Elements, and I created these entries in my Contact Book. If I wanted to send this e-mail to other people who are not already in my Contact Book, then I'd click this icon, and that would open the Contact Book window, where I could add additional contacts, as I showed you how to do in the last movie. But I don't need that in this case, so I'll just Cancel. When I'm done filling out these options, I'll come down and click Next, and Elements goes about converting a copy of these photos to JPEG in the size that I specified in my e-mail options.
Let's go out to my e-mail client to see the -mail that the Organizer has created for me. Here in my Outlook e-mail client, there's a message waiting for me to send. This message is automatically addressed. It has as attachments both of the files from my Organizer, converted to JPEG format, and there's even a Subject line, and some text, which I can customize. So, maybe I want to say here are the photos that I want to share with you instead of files. Down here I can select this text, and delete it, and type anything I want.
Here are some photos of the Eiffel Tower. Now all that's left to do is to click the Send button to send this e-mail on its way, with my photo attachments.