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; you can even 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 Greeting Cards) 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.
You can also create online albums (photo-filled web pages) and slideshows in Elements. You’ll learn all about those projects in Chapter 18.
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.
A photo collage is a page displaying one or more of your photos, with or without a themed background. (Flip ahead to Figure 15-3 to get a glimpse of what Elements can help you do.) Elements’ wizards (a series of guided questions that lead you from start to finish) all begin with one or more suggested photo placeholders, but you can add or ...