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Photoshop Album for Dummies

Photoshop Album for Dummies

by Barbara Obermeier, B. Woerner (Editor)

Includes full-color examples to help make your images picture perfect!

Organize your photos and share them as slide shows, e-cards, or personalized gifts

At last, there's a better way to manage your virtual shoebox full of digital images! Photoshop Album helps you store, sort, and show off your photos in dozens of creative ways. This book gets you started,


Includes full-color examples to help make your images picture perfect!

Organize your photos and share them as slide shows, e-cards, or personalized gifts

At last, there's a better way to manage your virtual shoebox full of digital images! Photoshop Album helps you store, sort, and show off your photos in dozens of creative ways. This book gets you started, helps you import and improve your pictures, shows you cool new ways to share them, and much more.

The Dummies Way

• Explanations in plain English

• "Get in, get out" information

• Icons and other navigational aids

• Tear-out cheat sheet

• Top ten lists

• A dash of humor and fun

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For Dummies Series
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7.38(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.88(d)

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Photoshop Album For Dummies

By Barbara Obermeier

John Wiley & Sons

Copyright © 2003

Barbara Obermeier
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7645-4212-5

Chapter One

Introducing Album

* * *

In This Chapter

* The growth of digital photography

* What Album does and why you need it

* * *

Owning and using Photoshop Album is like having the world's best
personal assistant - organized, efficient, always at your beck and call,
saves you time, money, and frustration and just makes your life easier. I admit
it. Before Album came into my life, I was a closet photo "shoeboxer." Well,
actually, more like a "33-gallon storage toter." Maybe you're the same way.

Album and Organization

I bet that you love photos - taking them, looking at them, and sharing them.
I bet that you love knowing that you've captured and preserved the memory
of special events, milestones and moments of your life and those of your
family and friends.

And maybe you're like me because the thing you don't love is the time-consuming
task of organizing, labeling, and placing the photos into albums.
That task always seemed to stay permanently affixed to my to-do list.

When I switched to a digital camera, things improved some. I didn't need any
more storagetotes or garage space. But, digital images bring on a whole new
set of problems. Does this scenario sound familiar? Do you have a clutter of
inconsistently named folders and unintelligible alpha-numerically named files
scattered all over your hard drives or burned haphazardly onto CDs?

Enter Album - your photo organizing personal assistant phenom. Album
quickly (and with a miniscule learning curve), enables you to import, organize,
find, manage, fix, and share your photo collections.

Sure, there's an initial time investment. And Album doesn't turn lazy people
into efficient organizers (I still have to scan my analog prints). But because
of its ease of use, you might find yourself (like me) full of renewed enthusiasm
for the task of organizing your images. The proof, as they say, is in the
pudding, or in this case, in the albums. I have seen how efficient Album is at
transforming unorganized clutter into an ordered, streamlined system. I have
seen the best organizational system since the Dewey Decimal system at work.
I have seen the light!

And the bonus is that after you've gotten your images organized and manageable,
you can relax and use those images in some creative and expressive
ways. And Album is there to help you with that as well, allowing you to make
wonderful creations. So Album not only makes your life easier, it makes it
more fun, too. It's the best 50 bucks I ever spent.

What Album Does and Why You Need It

The bottom line is that when you save time you save money. And the program
that's going to save you both time and money is downright dirt cheap. I mean,
for the cost of a cheap dinner and a couple of movie tickets, you probably
just purchased a program that can make you more organized, more productive,
and even get some creative juices flowing.

You may have thought when you first bought your camera that the software
that came bundled with the camera was all you needed. Now you may see
that the features of those programs are limited and really intended to just
facilitate the importing of images onto your computer.

Album allows you to import, identify, organize, export, manage, edit, and
share your photos, as shown in Figure 1-1. About the only thing it can't do is
make you a latte while you enjoy all the free time you gain from Album doing
all the work. Here's a quick glance at Album's multiple features:

  •   Import: After you take photos, you can move (or import) them into
    Album. It only takes a few minutes, and your camera and memory card
    are ready for the next outing or event. In addition to a digital camera or
    card reader, you can import images directly from your scanner, hard
    drive, or CDs. After they're imported, your images are stored in what
    Album calls a catalog. If you're short on hard drive space, you can even
    store your images offline, while retaining a proxy (low-resolution copy)
    in your catalog. You also can import video and audio clips.

  •   Identify, view, and export: After your images are imported into your
    catalog, you can view them in one location - any time, all the time, as
    shown in Figure 1-2.

    Album provides you with a tagging system that enables you to attach
    keywords or phrases to your images to make sorting and locating them
    a breeze. You can locate and view your images by tags, dates, folders,
    and other criteria. It doesn't matter where the images reside, whether on
    your computer or on other external media. Album also keeps a history
    of each image, details such as if you e-mailed or printed the photo. And
    you can even export images in a variety of file formats for use in other

  •   Edit: If you didn't quite get your images perfect during the shooting
    process, Album lets you edit your images using cropping, red-eye
    removal, and color and contrast tools, all of which require only a mouse
    click or two. Album also provides seamless integration with many external
    image editors, such as Photoshop Elements, for those images that
    require extra-strength editing.

  •   Create: Keep it simple and just e-mail or print your images. Or be a little
    more innovative and make projects, called creations, such as albums,
    slide shows, cards, calendars, photo books (shown in Figure 1-3), and
    more in just five easy steps.

  •   Share: After your images have been cleaned up and enhanced, Album
    makes sharing your files a snap. You can e-mail images and creations as
    attachments, post them online via a photo sharing Web site like Shutterfly.
    com, or view them as a Web gallery.

    You can print the images, or burn them to CD or DVD. Album can save
    your files as PDFs (Portable Document Format), which means that
    anyone, anywhere with just a computer and free Acrobat reader can
    view your images and creations.

  •   Preserve: Album makes it quick and easy to back up your catalog or
    archive your images to CD or DVD. Store the media in a safety deposit
    box or other offsite location to ensure your memories are safe from
    disaster - natural or man-made.

    For the two readers who don't already
    have a digital camera

    Not too long ago if you had a digital camera,
    you were considered to be on the technological
    cutting edge. Now it is just as common to see a
    digital camera as it is a film camera. Some estimates
    predict that, worldwide, consumers will
    buy 10 million digital cameras in 2003.

    The digital trend has steadily escalated for
    many reasons. Anytime a product offers convenience,
    immediate satisfaction, and a time and
    cost savings, it is bound to be embraced by the
    masses. If you haven't jumped on the digital
    bandwagon yet, here are a few reasons why
    you may want to make the switch:

  •   Immediacy: There's nothing like being able
    to correct your mistakes immediately after
    you make them, instead of regretting it later.
    Shooting digitally allows you to take a
    photo, view it in the LCD (Liquid Crystal
    Display), monitor attached to your digital
    camera, and, if you like what you see, great.
    On the other hand, if the exposure, lighting,
    or composition is a little off, delete the photo,
    make your adjustments and reshoot right
    then and there. And, as an added bonus,
    because you can make instant adjustments,
    you can improve your photographic skills
    more quickly.

    You can try different angles and compositions.
    If they don't work, you just delete
    them from the memory card. You also can
    really test your camera's features and get to
    know how it ticks by taking shots using different
    settings. Hey, and no more streaked
    or fogged film from airport x-ray machines!

  •   Convenience and time savings: Here are
    four nice words for you: No more photo
    . No more driving to the photo
    lab, filling out the order, waiting for the
    development, and picking up the order. You
    also find that the time you spend scanning
    steadily declines. Going digital means simply
    cabling up the camera or card reader to
    your computer, making a couple of mouse
    clicks and the photos are on your hard
    drive, ready for action.

  •   Less expense: Just like time isn't wasted
    with photo processing, neither is money
    wasted paying for processing. Just print
    (and pay for) only the photos you really
    want. Invest the savings from paying for film
    and processing toward accessories for
    your digital camera (see Chapter 20).

    Some people argue that a high-quality digital
    camera is more expensive than a
    comparable film camera. This may be a true
    statement now, but is becoming less so.
    Because the technology is still evolving,
    quality cameras are becoming less expensive
    and will continue to do so.

  •   Less clutter, and less retouching: Going digital
    means not having to store negatives,
    slides, or prints. Storing all that output not
    only consumes precious storage space, but
    keeping track of it all is tedious. And
    because there is no film or prints involved,
    you'll spend less time retouching dust, dirt,
    or scratches.

  •   Flexibility: Digital images allow you to
    share your images in different ways. Print
    them, e-mail them as attachments, burn
    them onto CDs, or post them online.


    Excerpted from Photoshop Album For Dummies
    by Barbara Obermeier
    Copyright © 2003 by Barbara Obermeier.
    Excerpted by permission.
    All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Meet the Author

    Barbara Obermeier owns a graphic design studio and teaches computer graphics at Ventura College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the coauthor of Illustrator® 10 For Dummies.

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