Miscellaneous Project Ideas with Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Miscellaneous Project Ideas with Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Here are some ideas for using Photoshop Elements 10 and your inventory of digital images to make your life more productive, more organized, and more fun. Before you know it, there won’t be anything that doesn’t include your photos.

Before you start taking your photos to the next dimension, consider a few extra ideas: Make fun place cards for dinner party guests; create your own business cards or letterhead; design your own bookmarks, bookplates, and notepads; or label storage boxes with photos of their contents. Check out Kodak for a slew of projects.

Add photos to clothes, hats, and more

Buy plain, white T-shirts at your local discount store or plain aprons and tote bags at a craft or fabric store. Then, buy special transfer paper at your office supply or computer store. Print your photos on the transfer paper (be sure to flip the images horizontally first), iron the print onto the fabric, and you’ve got yourself a personalized gift for very little cash.

Create posters with your images from Photoshop Elements 10

You can get posters and large prints at many copy shops and even your local Costco. Call and talk to a knowledgeable rep so you know exactly how to prepare your file. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • What file format and resolution should the file be?

  • What print sizes do you offer?

  • Do you provide mounting and lamination services?

Create household and business inventories with images

Shoot pictures of your items. Select the image and choose EditAdd Caption to include makes, models, purchase dates, and dollar values of each piece. Then, create a single PDF document from those multiple files by creating a slide show.

After the PDF is finished, you can upload it to a cloud storage site online or burn a DVD and store it somewhere else (in a safety deposit box or other secure location).

Document craft or class projects with images

If you’re taking a class or workshop, take your camera to class (if the instructor doesn’t mind). Documenting the positions or steps of that new yoga, pottery, or gardening class can help you practice or re-create it on your own. Import your desired photos into the Organizer and create notes on each step of the project in the caption area, and output the images to a PDF.

Have to write a paper on the habits of the lemurs of Madagascar? Trek down to your local zoo and have a photo shoot. Create a simple collage of lemurs eating, sleeping, and doing the other things that lemurs do. You can use the PhotoCollage command on the Create panel or create a custom collage by making selections and dragging and dropping them onto a blank canvas.

Share photos through a blog

Creating a simple blog is a great way to share not only your latest and greatest photos, but also recent news about family and friends. Check out Blogger.com, WordPress.com, or LiveJournal.com.