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Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies

Published: November 6, 2018

Overview

Turn blah photos into dazzling images

Photoshop Elements offers enough of the power you’ll find in full Photoshop to make both basic and artistic edits to your photos. Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies helps you learn how to use Photoshop Elements to take your shots to stunning new heights!

Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies offers photographers of all skill levels the power to turn run-of-the-mill digital pictures into beautiful photographs. This friendly and helpful guidebook directs you on how to harness all the tools this powerful software has to offer.

  • Simple explanations for handling image editing
  • Steps for giving your photos a digital makeover
  • Ways to turn your photos into works of art 
  • Guidance on fixing your pics with one click

No matter if you're a photo editing newcomer looking for advice on making the most common fixes or an experienced editor in need of a road map to this version of Photoshop Elements, this book has you covered!

Turn blah photos into dazzling images

Photoshop Elements offers enough of the power you’ll find in full Photoshop to make both basic and artistic edits to your photos. Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies helps you learn how to use Photoshop Elements to take your shots to stunning new heights!

Photoshop Elements 2019 For Dummies offers photographers of all skill levels the power to turn run-of-the-mill digital pictures into beautiful photographs. This friendly and helpful guidebook directs

you on how to harness all the tools this powerful software has to offer.

  • Simple explanations for handling image editing
  • Steps for giving your photos a digital makeover
  • Ways to turn your photos into works of art 
  • Guidance on fixing your pics with one click

No matter if you're a photo editing newcomer looking for advice on making the most common fixes or an experienced editor in need of a road map to this version of Photoshop Elements, this book has you covered!

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How to Create Point and Paragraph Type in Photoshop Elements 2019

In Photoshop Elements 2019, the majority of your type entry will most likely be in point type mode. Point type is useful for short chunks of text, such as headlines, labels, logos, and headings for web pages. If you have larger chunks of text, it’s usually more practical to enter the text as paragraph type. Entering paragraph type is similar to entering text in a word-processing or page-layout program, except that the text is contained inside a bounding box. When you type and come to the end of the bounding box, Elements automatically wraps the text to the next line.

How to create point type

Point type is so called because it contains a single anchor point, which marks the starting point of the line of type. Remember that point-type lines don’t wrap automatically, as you can see here. Follow these steps to create point type:
  1. Open the Photo Editor and choose Expert mode.
  2. Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file by choosing File →New → Blank File and clicking OK.
  3. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel. You can also press T to cycle through the various type tools. Additionally, you can also select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tool Options. It looks like a capital letter T.
  4. On the image, click where you want to insert your text. Your cursor is called an I-beam. When you click, you make an insertion point. A small, horizontal line about one-third of the way up the I-beam shows the baseline (the line on which the text sits) for horizontal type.
  5. Specify your type options from the Tool Options.
  6. Type your text and press Enter (Return on a Mac) to begin a new line. When you press Enter (or Return), you insert a hard return that doesn’t move.
  7. When you finish entering the text, click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon) near your text. If you want to bail out, click the Cancel button (the red No icon). You can also commit the type by pressing Enter on the numeric keypad or by clicking any other tool on the Tools panel. A new type layer with your text is created. Type layers appear on your Layers panel and are indicated by the T icon.

How to create paragraph type in Elements

To enter paragraph type, follow these steps:
  1. Open the Photo Editor and choose Expert mode.
  2. Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file by choosing File → New → Blank File and clicking OK.
  3. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel or press T to cycle through the various type tools. You can also select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tool Options.
  4. On the image, insert and size the bounding box by using one of two methods:
    • Drag to create a bounding box close to your desired size. After you release the mouse button, you can drag any of the handles at the corners and sides of the box to resize it.
    • Hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and click the image. The Paragraph Text Size dialog box appears. Enter the exact dimensions of your desired bounding box. When you click OK, your specified box appears, complete with handles for resizing later.
  5. Specify your type options from the Tool Options.
  6. Enter your text; to start a new paragraph, press Enter (Return on a Mac). Each line wraps around to fit inside the bounding box, as shown in the following figure. If you type more text than can squeeze into the text box, an overflow icon (a box with a plus sign inside) appears. Resize the text box by dragging a bounding box handle.
  7. Click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon) next to the text box or press Enter on the numeric keypad. If you’re not happy with the text, you can click the Cancel button (the red No icon) and start over. After you click Commit, Elements creates a new type layer.

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Sharing Options in Photoshop Elements 2019

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 is a great packaging tool that can deploy your photos and projects for screen viewing — and not just on your computer monitor. You can edit photos or assemble creations that are exported for web viewing, and you can even prepare files to show on your television. Before you choose a sharing activity and ultimately begin work on a creation, you need to ask a few questions:

  • What device(s) are going to display my creations? When it comes to viewing photos and movies, you have choices that include computers (including desktops, notebooks, and netbooks), handheld devices such as cellphones and tablets (such as the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy), and TVs. If you want your creations to be viewable on all devices, you need to use different Elements tools and file formats than you would use for showing creations exclusively on a TV or on a computer. Consider two factors regarding devices and viewing your creations:
    • Adobe Flash: Some online hosts convert your video uploads to Adobe Flash. If you want to share photos with iPhone/iPod/iPad users (several hundred million and counting), stay away from any host that supports Flash-only conversions.
    • Storage space: Hosts vary greatly in terms of space allocated for storing content. If you want to share large video files, be certain the storage host you choose allocates enough storage space to permit you to upload your files.
  • What storage hosts are the most popular? From within Photoshop Elements, you can export photos directly to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. For videos, you have direct support for YouTube and Vimeo. For other social media sites — such as Tumblr, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and so on — you need to prepare your images in Elements and upload them according to the developer’s specifications.
  • What types of creations can I share? Obviously, you can upload individual photos to any one of the online services. You can use the Share panel and choose to share directly to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo. In addition to uploading single photos to a service, some of the creations you might want to share include the following:
    • Albums: You can create photo albums and share the albums on many different sites.
    • Slideshows: In Windows, you can create a slideshow and choose to export the slideshow as a movie file (.wmv) or a PDF. On the Mac, you can export a Memories file to a video but you then have to exit Elements and upload the file through another means. Ultimately, you can view exported videos in a number of different online hosts. If you use Facebook, all devices show your creations. Slideshows have an additional benefit in supporting audio files. You can add audio to the creations, and the audio plays on all devices if you upload them to Facebook.
    • Videos: If you want to host videos on your own website and make the videos available to iPhone/iPod/iPad users as well as computer users, you need a little help from Adobe Premiere Elements. In Premiere Elements, you can export video for mobile devices, and the resultant file can be viewed on an iPhone/iPod/iPad as well as a computer.

Photo sharing in Elements 2019

Not all sharing providers are directly linked to Photoshop Elements. Many more social media sharing providers exist than those you find in the Elements Share panel. You can always make creations and manually upload creations, photos, and videos to many other services. A list of the more popular websites is shown here. Photo Sharing Providers

How to use the Elements Share Panel

You choose an option in the Share panel by clicking one of the buttons, and then one of two interfaces appears:
  • Some options lead you to more specific choices in the Share panel.
  • Other choices open a window where you log in to an account for sharing photos. The choices for sharing photos with other services open windows for logging in to your account and proceeding through steps to prepare and upload images.
The following figure shows the Share panel as it appears in the Organizer (left) and in the Photo Editor (right). The Photo Editor share panel has a more abbreviated set of options. Options available in the Share panel are identical on both platforms.

How to email photos in Elements

Rather than save your file from Elements and then open your email client (such as Outlook or Apple Mail) and select the photo to attach to an email, you can use Elements to easily share photos via email with one click. When you want to email a photo or a creation, follow these steps:
  1. In the Organizer, select the photos you want to email to a friend.
  2. Open the Share panel and select Email Attachments. The First time you try to email photos, Elements opens the Organizer Preferences panel and requires you to configure your email account. Fill in the text boxes and click OK.
  3. Check Convert Photos to JPEGs and choose a quality setting for the attachment and click Next. Drag the Quality slider and observe the file size noted at the bottom of the panel where you see Estimated Size, as shown. If the file is large, you may need to resize it in the Image Size dialog box before emailing the photo.
  4. (Optional) Add recipients. The next panel provides settings for adding a message and adding recipients from an Address Book, as shown here. You can bypass adding recipients from your Address Book. If no recipients are listed in the Select Recipients panel, you can add recipient email addresses in the new message window in your email client.
  5. Click Next. The photo(s) are first sampled to the output size. Wait a few minutes until Elements completes the sampling; then the photos are attached to a new email message in your default email client.

    Elements attaches the media to a new email message. You need to toggle to your email client in order to see the message and send the mail.

  6. Review the To, Subject, and Attach fields to be certain the information is correct. Then click the Send button.

    By default, Elements uses your primary email client application, which may or may not be the email program you use. You can change the default email client by pressing Ctrl+K (Command   + K on the Mac) to open the Preferences dialog box when you're in the Organizer and then clicking Email in the left pane. From a drop-down list in the Sharing preferences, choose the email client application that you want Elements to use.

Elements supports using web-based email clients. If you use Yahoo!, Gmail, or even another account, you can send your photos using your existing mail client. If you choose Other in the Email Preferences, you need to supply your SMTP Server and the Port number. If you need help with setting up the mail for other accounts not listed in the Email Preferences, contact your ISP for assistance.

How to work with Adobe Premiere Elements

Several options in the Share and Create panels require that you use Adobe Premiere Elements. The items denoted as Burn Video DVD/BluRay, Online Video Sharing, and Mobile Phones and Players all require Adobe Premiere Elements. If any of these items interest you, you can download a free trial of Adobe Premiere Elements and work with it for 30 days. If Premiere Elements is a tool you find worthwhile, you can purchase it from the Adobe Store. If you’re perusing this book and have not yet purchased Elements 2019, you can purchase the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 bundle. Buying the bundle purchase is much less expensive than buying the products separately. For Adobe Premiere Elements trial versions, just click one of the options for video sharing in the Share panel, and you’re prompted to download a trial version of Premiere Elements.

How to share your photos on social networks

You have a variety of options for sharing photos and placing orders on a number of service networks. We don’t have enough space in this book to cover each and every service that Elements supports, so we walk through the more popular services (Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter) as an example for connecting with a service provider. If other services interest you, poke around and explore options for the services you use. Experienced users of Elements will immediately notice that services such as Flickr and Facebook have been promoted from options nested in the More Options drop-down list found in earlier versions of Elements to buttons shown in the Share panel.

How to share photos on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter

Whether you’re uploading photos to Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter, you follow the same process in Elements. You first select photos, albums, or creations in the Organizer and then click the Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter button in the Share panel. You need to authorize Elements to communicate with these social networks before uploading any content. Click the Authorize button and proceed to a login page, where you supply your account username and password information. After you are logged in to a site, the process for uploading images is easy, as shown here, shown after we authorized Facebook. After a photo is uploaded, you see the photo on your timeline or in a photo collection.

How to use other online services

After you become familiar with uploading photos to a service, you can easily follow similar steps to upload photos to any of the services that are supported by Elements. You first encounter the window to authorize an account, such as when using Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. When setting up a new account, you can log in to the service and create the new account. When you enter a site for sharing photos, printing photos, or creating items such as photo frames, follow the easy online steps that each service provides.

How to create Facebook cover images

Creating Facebook Covers has been around for a while in the Create Panel in the Organizer; however, the first efforts by Adobe were limiting and a bit clumsy. You had to struggle with a limited set of templates to simply add a background photo and a profile picture without any default text. Adobe provides you with several templates to help you create just the right Facebook Cover you want. A list of themes appears in the Themes Category. To create a Facebook cover and upload the file(s) to your Facebook account, follow these steps:
  1. Select photos in the Organizer. The Facebook cover option appears in both the Organizer’s and Editor’s Create panels; hence, you need to select your images in the Organizer first.
  2. Open the Create Panel and choose Facebook Cover. The Facebook Cover window opens, as shown here. The minute you choose Facebook Cover in the Organizer you are switched to the Photo Editor.
  3. Choose a theme. The Facebook Cover Wizard opens. Click a theme and decide whether you want to use a single photo or multiple photos by clicking the corresponding theme category. In our example, we use the new Clean template to add a background photo and profile picture.
  4. Edit the images for position and size. Click the green check mark when you have the image(s) sized to your liking.
  5. If you want, click the Save button to save the file as a .pse file that you can reopen and rework if you change your mind.
  6. Click the Upload button when finished. The final photos are uploaded as shown here. You arrive at the Upload Photos to Facebook window. The window shows you a preview of how your new cover will appear. If you like what you see, click the Next button and follow the steps to upload the images to your Facebook account.

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The Photoshop Elements 2019 Type Mask Tool

Adobe has added a new Photoshop Elements feature to the other fun you can have with the Type Mask tool. If having just one photo inside of your text isn’t enough, check out the new Multi-Photo Text Guided Edit feature (under Fun Edits) where you can put a different photo inside each letter of your text! Using the Type Mask tool epitomizes the combination of type and image. Unlike the Type tool, the Type Mask tool doesn’t create a new layer. Instead, it creates a selection on the active layer. Type Mask is the tool of choice for filling text with an image or cutting text out of an image so that the background shows through, as shown.

A selection is a selection no matter how it was created. So, even though type mask selections look like letters, they act like selections. You can move, modify, and save them.

Here are the steps to create a type mask:
  1. In the Photo Editor in Expert mode, open the image of your choice. We selected a stone texture.
  2. Convert your background into a layer by double-clicking the word Background on the Layers panel, and then click OK. This step enables you to jazz up the type with styles later.
  3. Choose the Horizontal Type Mask tool from the Tools panel.
  4. Specify your type options (such as Font Family, Style, and Size) in the Tool Options.
  5. Click the image, and type your desired text. When you’re done, click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon). A selection border in the shape of your type appears on your image.
  6. Choose Select→ Inverse, which deselects your letter selections and selects everything else.
  7. Press the Backspace (Delete on a Mac) key to delete everything outside your selection border. Your type is now filled with your image.
  8. Choose Select → Deselect.
  9. Experiment with applying layer styles to your type.
  • (a) Choose Window → Styles or click the Styles button at the bottom of the workspace (assuming you’re in Basic Workspace).

If you need to get back to the Basic Workspace, click the arrow on the More button in the bottom-right corner of the workspace and choose Basic Workspace from the submenu.

  • (b) Choose the type of layer styles you desire from the drop-down list at the top of the panel, such as Drop Shadows or Bevels.
  • (c) Click the exact style you want.

We used a drop shadow and a simple inner bevel in the figure.

If you want to admire your type against a solid background, as we did, create a new layer, choose Edit → Fill Layer, and then choose your desired color from the Use drop-down list.

A Guided Edit called Photo Text, shown here, makes creating masked type even easier than following the preceding steps. Go into Guided Edit mode, click the Fun Edits tab, and follow the few simple steps provided. You can also easily add a bevel, stroke, or shadow using this edit.