Chapter 15. Creating Projects

If you’re into making scrapbooks, greeting cards, or other photo concoctions, Elements is perfect for you. You can dress up your pictures in all sorts of creative ways without any other software. Elements is crammed with add-on graphics, frames, and other special effects; it even lets you create multipage documents.

This chapter kicks off with an in-depth look at how to create a photo collage. Once you’ve got those steps under your belt, all the other projects (summarized starting on Photo Books) use the same basic method. You’ll also learn how to create photo books and calendars using Kodak Gallery and Shutterfly, Adobe’s online photo-printing partners.


To learn how to create online albums (photo-filled web pages) and slideshows with Elements, flip to Chapter 18.

Photo Collages

The Create tab (in both the Editor and the Organizer) helps you make fancy pages featuring your photos, which you can then share as either printouts or digital files. Although Elements gives you lots of preset layouts to start from, you can customize every aspect of them to create projects that are totally your own.

One type of page you can create is a photo collage, which displays one or more photos, with or without a themed background. (Take a look at Figure 15-1 to get a glimpse of what you can do.) All the collage styles begin with one or more suggested photo placeholders, but you can add or remove photos at will, as well as change the background, frame styles, and other ...

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