Plan a Photoshop Elements Creation - dummies

Plan a Photoshop Elements Creation

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

When you choose a sharing activity in Photoshop Elements for your photos, 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, Adobe Revel, or SmugMug. For videos, you have direct support for YouTube and Vimeo.

    In Elements 12, you also have a direct link to Twitter. Twitter is increasing its support for hosting photos.

  • 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, SmugMug, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and Adobe Revel. 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.

    • Slide shows: In Windows, you can create a slide show and choose to export the slide show as a movie file (.wmv) or a PDF. On the Mac, you’re limited to PDF only. If you use Windows, export to .wmv and upload your file to an online host.

    • If you use Facebook, all devices show your creations. Slide shows 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. Also, Premiere Elements supports some of the services on the Mac that you don’t have available in Photoshop Elements, such as slide shows exported as movie files.