In this video, author Chad Chelius shows you how to add fun graphics to a file using the Elements Editor. The Elements Editor includes hundreds of useful graphics including backgrounds, frames, shapes, text, and other types of graphics as well.
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- [Narrator] The elements editor includes a ton of graphics that you can use to build projects from your photos. Let's take a look at the graphics that are available and how you could use them in your own projects. I'm beginning here in the elements organizer and I'm gonna scroll down and select an image that I'd like to use for my project. So, you can use any image that you wish. I think I'll use this particular image right here. So with that selected, I'm gonna click on the Editor button to open that image in the elements editor.
Now with this image open, what I wanna do to get started is convert this layer to a regular layer. So, I'm just gonna double click on that and I'm gonna call this Photo. Now the first thing I think I'd like to do is add a nice background that I can put this photo on. So, I'm gonna come down here to the bottom and click on the Graphics button. Now within this category, you're gonna notice that this menu is divided into five main areas of different graphics that you can use.
So, I'm gonna go to the Backgrounds category and there really are a lot. There's hundreds of backgrounds in here for you to choose from. What I'm gonna do is go almost all the way to the bottom and we've got these nice graphics that are like rays of light, if you will. So what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna click on this and you're gonna notice that if you switch to your layers panel it has now added that background as a layer to my project. Now, what you may see on occasion when you choose one of these backgrounds like, I'm gonna click on the Sunburst Green, you'll notice it'll say, Downloading Content.
So, what it's really doing is going out to the internet and pulling down that content on demand. So, these don't live on your hard drive by default, you have to kinda click on them to pull then down so you can access them, so you will need an internet connection. Now, I'm gonna go back to my layers panel and now you can see the green background has been added. So, let's go back to Graphics and click on the blue background. That looks pretty good. And now what we'll do, is back in the layers panel, I'm gonna click on my photo and I'm just gonna change the size of it a little bit.
So with my move tool selected, I'm gonna grab one of these corners and if you want to you can add the alt or option key to scale it from the middle. So, I'm gonna scale this down maybe to about right there. And then I'll go 'head and click on the green check mark. Now if you recall from previous videos, if I click on this eye icon next to the background layer, it's gonna hide that layer. And you can see that the photo layer now has transparent pixels. So, I'm gonna turn that on again. And if you hold down the command key on Mac or the control key on Windows, and you click on this layer thumbnail, it's gonna load the bounds of that photo as a selection.
So what I'd like you to do, come up her and click on the Create New Layer button and I'm gonna double click on Layer 1 and I'm gonna call this Border. And then up here at the top I'm gonna go to Select and choose Modify and I'm gonna choose Expand. And I'm gonna expand this by about 50 pixels and then I'm gonna click OK. And all I'm gonna do now, is go to the Edit menu, choose fill selection, and from the Use menu, I'm gonna choose white. And when I click OK, it's gonna fill that area with white.
And all I wanna do is drag that below the photo area and that now gives my photo the appearance of having a nice border on it. So you can now go to Select and choose Deselect if you want to. Now, lets go back to the Graphics panel here, and in this menu I'm gonna choose graphics. And you'll notice we also have Frames and Shapes and Text as well. I'm gonna go to Graphics and I'm gonna scroll up, ''cuz we have some nice corners that I'd like to use for my project.
So, I'm gonna go 'head and grab this Photo Corner Black 03, just gonna go ahead and click on that, it's gonna download it and add it to my project. Now you can scale this if you want to, just grab one of the corners to make it bigger or smaller. And I'm just gonna move this down and I'm gonna put it in this area right here. And if I click the green check mark, you can see that it now completes that transformation. Now to make this easy, we could download each and every one of them if we want to, but I'm gonna hold down the option key on Mac or the alt key on Windows, and I'm gonna click on this and drag it over here to the right side.
And you can hold down the shift key as you're dragging if you want to keep it aligned. And now I'm just going to hover over one of the corners and as I start rotating it, I can hold down the shift key so that it snaps. So, I don't wanna go too far here, that looks pretty good. Maybe make a small adjustment, and then click the green check mark and that looks pretty good. So, we can slide that over if we want to. And if you notice this snapping going on, it's trying to snap this to other objects, and you may or may not like that.
You can come up here to the View menu under Snap To and uncheck these objects. That might make it easier for you to move them around. But, that looks pretty good. I'm gonna go to my layers panel and I'm going to select the top corner, shift click on the next corner and I'm gonna hold down alt or option again and I'm gonna drag up to make a copy of both of these corners. If I hover over one of these handles, I can now rotate this and now I can click the green check mark and now I have the elements for the top as well.
You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge this if you need to. Now I have several elements here, I'm gonna click on the border, shift click in the top most layer to select them all and now I'm just gonna rotate the whole thing to give it a nice look on that background. Click the green check mark and we're done. So as you can see, there are a lot of graphics that the elements editor provides that create unlimited possibilities when working on your projects.
- Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
- Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
- Automatically tagging people
- Organizing photos into albums
- Renaming and moving photos
- Correcting common photo problems
- Retouching photos of friends and family
- Adjusting lighting and color
- Working with layers
- Converting photos to black and white
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Adding text to photos
- Working with raw photos
- Making a slideshow