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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Classroom in a Book: Creating Projects

  • Sample Chapter is provided courtesy of Adobe Press.
  • Date: Dec 13, 2011.

Chapter Description

Whether you’re designing your own coffee table book, sharing your photos online, or creating personalized gifts for family and friends, Photoshop Elements will help unleash your creativity. This lesson will familiarize you with the Create mode by stepping you through some basic techniques and simple projects.

Review answers

  1. To create a project, select a project option on the Create tab in the Panel Bin by clicking one of the project buttons or choosing from the More Options menu. The Create tab presents page previews and navigation controls, and provides access to layout templates, backgrounds, frames, graphics and effects.
  2. You can scale or rotate a framed photo by dragging the bounding box handles and move it by dragging. To scale, rotate, or move a photo within its frame you need to double-click the image to isolate it before using the same techniques, so that the changes affect the photo independently of its frame.
  3. You can change the order of images in a photo book by dragging them to new positions in the Project Bin below the Edit pane.
  4. You can sort and search the items in the Content library by using the menus and buttons at the top of the Content panel. You can sort the content by type, activity, mood, season, color, keywords and other attributes. Use the Favorites panel to assemble a collection of the items you’re most likely to use, rather than looking through the entire library every time you want to add an artwork item to a project.
  5. Layers are like transparent overlays on which you can paint or place photos, artwork, or text. Each element in a photo project occupies its own layer—the background is at the bottom and the other elements are overlaid in the order in which they are added to the project. Photos from the Project Bin are placed in the order of their capture date, so that the oldest is on the lowest layer. You can drag the thumbnails in the Project Bin to change that order. You work with layers in the Layers panel, where you can toggle their visibility, change their order and add layer styles and effects. The checkerboard grid areas in the layer thumbnails represent the transparent parts of the layers through which you can see the layers below.