Click OK if the size is acceptable or Cancel to go back to the Attach to EMail window to adjust image size and quality as described in step

When you click OK Elements creates your slideshow, launches your email program, and attaches the slideshow to a message. After reviewing or completing the message, you're ready to send off your slideshow.

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17.3. Custom Slideshows in Elements

Elements Custom Slide Show tool lets you add audio, clip art, and fancy slide-to-slide transitions. All sorts of fun features are available in slideshows and you get several ways to share your completed slideshow, including making a Video CD (VCD) or (if you also have Premiere Elements) a DVD that your friends can watch in a regular DVD player. You can also email your slideshow or share it online (both explained in the section "Saving Your Slideshow" in Section 17.3.4 ).

To get started, from the Organizer, select the images you want to include. You can also start with a single photo and add more photos in the Slide Show Editor.

Tip: To both choose photos and put them in the viewing order you want before you start working in the Slide Show Editor, you can set up a temporary collection (Section 8.5 ). You can change the order once you're in the Slide Show Editor, but for large shows, you save time if you have things arranged in pretty much the correct order when you start.

When you're ready to launch the Slide Show Editor, click Create, choose Slide Show from the window that appears, and then click OK. Before you enter the actual Slide Show Editor, Elements presents you with the Slide Show Preferences window, described next.

17.3.1. Slide Show Preferences

This window shows you some basic starting settings for all your slideshows, like the duration of each slide and the color of the background. What you see here determines the overall look, feel, and pace of the show. If you change the settings in this window, you change the starting settings for all new slideshows you create. Or just leave this window alone, and you can adjust these settings for just this particular show in the Slide Show Editor.

Here are the Slide Show Preferences you can set:

• Static Duration controls how long each slide displays before it moves on to the next one.

• Transition controls how Elements should move from one slide to the next. If you choose a different transition from the pop-up menu, then you can audition it in the little preview area at the right of the window, as explained in Figure 17-5 .

Figure 17-5. You can set the slide duration, background color, and transition for all your slideshows in the Slide Show Preferences window. If you choose a transition here, Elements automatically applies it to every slide. But you can override this setting for individual slides in the Slide Show Editor's Storyboard by clicking the transition you want to change and choosing a different one.

• Transition Duration controls how fast you want the transition to happen.

• Background Color . Click the color square for the Elements Color Picker to choose a different background color, which appears if your image isn't big enough to fill the entire slide.

• Apply Pan and Zoom to All Slides . If you set up the Pan and Zoom feature (explained later) for one slide, and turn Apply Pan and Zoom to All Slides on, then the camera swoops around every slide. It's a great way to get the most bang for your buck if you have only a limited number of images to work with.

• Include Photo Captions as Text . If you want to see whatever's in the Caption field for your photo on the screen with the image, then turn on this checkbox.

• Include Audio Captions as Narration . Elements lets you record audio captions for your slides. Turning this checkbox off creates a silent version of your show.

• Repeat Soundtrack Until Last Slide . If the music file you choose for your show doesn't last until the last slide, this checkbox ensures that Elements repeats your song as many times as necessary to accompany all your images.

• Crop to Fit Slide . Turn either of these checkboxes on, and if your image is too large for the slide, then Elements chops off the excess for you. You can choose separately for landscape- and portrait-oriented photos, but it's best if you do any cropping yourself before starting your slideshow.

• Preview Playback Options . Choose the quality for previewing your show while you're working on it. This doesn't affect the quality of the final slideshow.

When you're done checking or adjusting the preferences, click OK.

Tip: If you don't want to see the preferences every time you start a new show, then turn off "Show this dialog each time a new slideshow is created." You can still get back to the window at any time when you're in the Slide Show Editor by going to Edit'—^ Slide Show Preferences.

17.3.2. Editing Your Slideshow

After you close the Slide Show Preferences box, the Elements Slide Show Editor opens (Figure 17-6 ). It's just crammed with options, but everything is laid out very logicallyin fact, it's pretty similar to the usual Editor window. For example, you get a menu bar across the top of the window, but most of the commands here are available elsewhere via a button or a keystroke (like Ctrl+Z to undo your last action). On the left side of the window is the preview area. Notice the Palette bin on the right side of the screen. You can collapse the bin by clicking its edge when you want to get it out of your way. Collapsing the bin makes the preview space expand across the window. Click the hidden Palette bin's edge again to bring the bin back onscreen.

At the bottom of the window is the Storyboard , where you see your slides and the transitions between them. Click a slide or transition here, and its properties appear in the Palette bin. If you don't want to see the Storyboard anymore, go to the Slide Show Editor's View menu and turn it off by removing the checkmark next to its name.

You can finesse your show in lots of different ways in the Slide Show Editor. For instance, you can:

• Edit your slide . You can make any kind of editing changes to your photo right here ir the Slide Show Editor. In the preview window, just double-click your image and then, using the choices you see in the Properties palette, you can rotate your slide, change it size, crop it, and apply the Auto Smart Fix (Section 11.4 ) and the Auto Red Eye Fix (Section 11.3 ). Figure 17-7 shows you more about all your choices.

Figure 17-6. If you want to add photos to your slideshow, ther click the Add Media button at the top of the Slide Show Editor's preview window. The advantage to bringing your photos in this way (as opposed to preselecting them before you start creating your slideshow) is that you can choose to use photos and audi« clips that aren't in the Organizer yet, by choosing the "... from folder" option and navigating to the files you want.

If you want to do more substantial editing, just click the More Editing button, and Elements whisks your slide over to the Standard Editor for you.

Figure 17-7. You can edit your slide right in the Slide Show Editor. To bring up the editing palette, just double-click the slide in the preview area. A bounding box with handles appears around your slide, and the editing options appear in the palette The three little thumbnails to the right of the Auto Smart Fix button let you change your photo to black and white or sepia (click the Color button if you want to restore your photo's original color). The changes you make with these buttons affec only your slide, not your original photo.

Duration . You see a duration number listed below each slide (in the Storyboard), indicating how long a slide appears on the screen before it transitions to the next slide. Click the arrow to the right of the number for a pop-up menu that lets you change how long that slide appears onscreen. You don't need to assign the same amount of time to each slide.

• Transition . Elements gives you loads of different ways to get from one slide to the next. These transitions appear in the Storyboard, and they're represented by tiny thumbnail icons between the two slides they connect. (The transition icon changes to reflect the current transition style when you choose a new transition.) Click any transition to see a pop-up menu listing all transitions, and choose a different kind of transition, if you like.

Transitions have their own Properties palettes, which appear when you click a transitior in the Storyboard. You can choose how long a transition is going to take and, for some transitions, the direction in which you want the transition to move.

If you like to make long slideshows, you'll appreciate the Quick Reorder feature, explained in Figure 17-8 . When you switch over to the Quick Reorder window, you see all your slides in a contact sheetlike view, making it easy to reposition slides that would be annoyingly far apart if you had to move them in the Storyboard. In Quick Reorder, you can easily drag them to another spot in the lineup without the hassle of scrolling.

Figure 17-8. You can reorder slides by dragging them in the Storyboard, but if you have more than a few slides, the Quick Reorder window, shown here, is easier. Just click the Quick Reorder button in the lower-left corner of the Slide Show Editor (just above the Storyboard) to open it. Then drag any picture to its new location to change its order. When you're done, click Edit Slide Show in the upper-left corner to return to the main editing window.

17.3.3. Adding Special Effects

Elements gives you all kinds of ways to gussy up your slideshow, including the ability to add clip art, text, and sound. If you want to create a slide that lists credits, for instance, then start by creating a blank slide. (Just click the Add Blank Slide button above the preview area.) Elements adds a blank slide to the end of your show, to which you can then add your credits. Here's a rundown of what you can add to your blank slide (or to any of your slides, for that matter, as shown in Figure 17-9 ). Simply click the relevant button (Graphics, Text, or Narration) in the Extras section at the top of the palette to see your options.

Figure 17-9. You can add all sorts of clip art to your slides in Elements, as well as create slides that include only art or text. To learn how to do cool tricks with clip art, like crowning your cat, see the box in Section 17.3.3 .

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• Graphics . Elements gives you a whole library worth of clip art you can add to your slides. The art is divided into these categories: animals, backgrounds, costumes, flowers, food, frames, holidays & special occasions, home items, miscellaneous, ornaments, scrapbooks, sports and hobbies, and thought and speech bubbles.

You'd use the backgrounds on a blank slide, because they cover a whole slide, but you can add the rest of the clip art to slides that already have something on them. To add a piece of clip art to a slide, just double-click the clip art object's thumbnail in the palette. For advice on making clip art work, see the box in Section 17.3.3 .

• Text . You can add text to your slides, and also apply a number of fancy styles to your text. To do so, click the Text button at the top of the palette, and then doubleclick the text style you like. The Edit Text window pops up. Type in the words you want to add to your slide. When you're through typing, click OK. The text appears in your slide, surrounded by a bounding box, which you can use to place the text where you want it.

WORKAROUND WORKSHOP Fun with Clip Art

Elements gives you a wide range of clip art that you can use to hilarious effect, like hats, outfits, and glasses. The key is to not overdo itonce per slideshow is plentyand to make sure your clip art's size, shape, and angle work with the rest of your slide. When you add a piece of clip art (Section 17.3.3 ), it appears on your slide surrounded by a frame. You can grab the corners of the frame and drag them to resize the clip art object to the size you want. You can also reposition clip art by dragging it. However, you may notice that you can't rotate the clip art on the slide.

Here's a workaround: Rotate the clip art in Elements' standard Editor window, and then add the slide back into your slideshow. Open your slide in the Editor, and then import the clip art image from its original folder: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\ Photoshop Elements\Organizer\Graphics. Then, use the Move tool to place the clip art just so and the transform commands to adjust the shape, if necessary. When you're done, reimport your image into the Organizer. Go back to the Slide Show Editor, and click the Add Media button to add the new version to your slideshow.

Tip: When the Edit Text window is active, you can't click OK by pressing the Enter key. That just creates a line break in your text. You need to click the actual OK button.

At the same time, the Text Properties palette appears at the lower right of the Slide Show Editor. You can change the font, size, color, and style in the palette. You can even choose a different color here for the drop shadow if you're using shadowed text If you want to edit text later on, then click the letters on the slide to bring back the text bounding box and the Text Properties.

• Narration . If you have a microphone for your PC, then you can record your own slideshow narration. Just click the slide you want to add your voice to, and then click the Narration button in the palette. You'll see the recording window shown in Figure 17-10 . Click the red Record button and start talking. Click it again when you're done. If you don't like how things turned out, then click the trash icon and choose Delete This Narration.

• Music . You can add a full-scale soundtrack to your slideshow. To do that, click the bottom of the Slide Show Editor where it says "Click Here to add Audio to Your Slide Show." (These words looks grayed out, but they still work when you click.) In the window that opens, navigate to the audio you want and click Open. You can choose from any MP3, WAV, or WMA files you have on your PC.

Note: If you use iTunes, you'll need to convert your iTunes AAC files to one of these formats before Elements will acknowledge their existence. To do so, right-click any song name in iTunes and choose, from the pop-up menu, "Convert Selection to MP3."

Figure 17-10. Adding a narration to your slides is easy. You can even save your narration as an audio caption for the original photo. Just turn on "Save Narration as an Audio Caption" before you click Record. Clicking the folder icon to the right lets you import an existing audio filelike a candid recording of your child's voice that you made another time.

You can make your slideshow fit the duration of the music, if you like. At the top of the Storyboard, click "Fit Slides to Audio," and Elements spins out your slideshow to last the entire length of your song. Or, if you'd rather repeat a short audio clip over and over, then go to Edit —* Slide Show Preferences and turn on "Repeat Soundtrack until Last Slide." If you don't choose either one, then Elements doesn't make any attempt to synchronize the length of the soundtrack and the length of the slideshow.

Tip: If you have problems getting the Organizer to play one of your MP3 files, you may have better luck if you use an audio program to re-encode your MP3 as a variable bit-rate MP3 file. Check your audio program's options or Help files for instructions on how to do this.

• Pan and Zoom . To create your own Ken Burns effect, click the slide you want to pan over then, in the Properties palette, turn on the "Enable Pan and Zoom" checkbox. When you do so, the palette displays two little thumbnails, labeled Start and End. Click the Start thumbnail, and then move the pan frame to the spot on your photo where you want to start the pan. Drag the frame around, and drag corners to resize the frame, until you've got just the right starting image.

Then, in the Properties palette, click the End thumbnail and repeat the process to set the end point for panning and zooming. If you decide you want to edit the effect, then you can always click either thumbnail again to bring back the pan frame. You can also click the buttons between the thumbnails to swap where you start and end.

You can pan more than once on a slide, too. To do that, click "Add Another Pan and Zoom to This Slide." If you want all your slides (or selected slides) to show the same pan and zoom you just set up, then go to the Edit menu and, from the pop-out menu, choose what you want to do: "Apply Pan and Zoom to Selected Slide(s)," or "Apply Pan and Zoom to All Slides."

Tip: While Elements doesn't give you a way to create scrolling credits, you can fake them by creating a slide with a list of who you want to credit and then applying the pan and zoom effect to the slide multiple times.

17.3.4. Saving Your Slideshow

After you've finished all your work creating your slideshow, be sure to save it. (If you forget, Elements reminds you to do so when you exit the Slide Show Editor.) As long as you save your slideshow as a Slide Show, you can always go back and edit it whenever you like. To edit an existing slideshow, just right-click its thumbnail in the Organizer and, from the pop-up menu, choose Edit. Elements opens your show up in the Slide Show Editor so that you can make your changes.

Tip: You can watch a full-screen preview of your slideshow by clicking the Preview button above the Palette bin, or by pressing F11. (Pan and zoom effects usually look pretty jerky when you preview your slideshow, but they'll be smooth in the final slideshow.)

Once your magnum opus is complete, you're almost ready to save your file. But first you've got to decide which format you want to use for finalizing your slideshow. To see your Output options, click the Output button above the Slide Show Editor's preview window. You get a new window (Figure 17-11 ) where you can choose from several ways to save and share your slideshow.

Figure 17-11. Elements Slide Show Output window gives you a lot of options. No matter which you choose (except for PDF) you end up with a Windows Media Video (WMV) file. Folks with Windows and even Macintosh computers can download Windows Media Player for free, but if you must create a PDF file, see the box in

Section 17.4 .

• Save as File . Choose this option to save your slideshow to your hard drive as a PDF or Windows Media Video (WMV) file. The PDF options are explained in the box in Section 17.4 . If you choose WMV, you have several choices for size and quality. There's no need to change the setting that Elements proposes unless you already know how you're going to use the WMV file and which setting you'd want for that use. Otherwise, just leave the menu set to Maximum for now.

• Burn to Disc . You can create a Video CD (VCD) using Elements. This disc plays in a DVD player, just like a regular DVD, but you don't need a DVD recorder to create one. The downside is that VCD is a very tricky formatthe quality is low and you can expect to have some problems getting the discs to play in some DVD players. If you want to send VCDs, then you may want to make a short test slideshow for your friends to be sure they'll be able to watch one, before you invest a lot of time in creating a large project. To learn more about the format and compatible players, head over to www.videohelp.com/vcd .

You can also choose to include other slideshows on the same disc if you turn on the "Include additional slide shows I've made on this disc" checkbox in the Output window. Then click OK to bring up the "Create a VCD with Menu" window where you can choose the slideshows you want to include.

In the "Create a VCD with Menu" window, you must choose between the NTSC or PAL formats for your disc. Choose PAL if you're sending your slideshow to Europe or China, and choose NTSC for most other areas, including the United States. Then click Burn to begin burning your disc.

Note: If you also have Adobe's Premiere Elements software (and a drive that can create DVDs), then you can send your slideshow to Premiere Elements to make a true DVD. (If you have a DVD recorder, but no Premiere Elements, you can save your slideshow and then use any other DVD-authoring software you've got loaded on your PC.)

• Email Slide Show . You can send your slideshow via email, either as a WMV file or a PDF document. When choosing a size from the Slide Size pull-down menu in the Output window, just remember that your friends with dial-up Internet connections won't thank you for sending giant files.

• Share Online . If you set up a Kodak EasyShare Gallery account (Section 6.3 ), you can post your slideshow there for your friends to watch. If you want people who have dial-up Internet accounts to be able to see your slideshow without waiting hours for it to download, choose Low Bandwidth. If your friends all have broadband Internet connections, you can choose High Bandwidth.

• Send to TV . If you have Windows Media Center Edition 2005, or later, running on your PC, and your television is connected to your computer, then you can send your slideshow straight to the TV for large-screen viewing. In the Output window, click Send to TV, and then type a name for your slideshow in the Name box. Next, choose the option in the Settings pull-down menu that correctly describes your TV, and then click OK. (If you aren't sure what to choose in the Settings menu, click the Details button to learn more about the currently selected choice.)

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Making a PDF from a Custom Slide Show

When you create a Custom Slide Show, you can choose between making a Windows Media Video (WMV) file or a PDF. Picking the PDF format sounds like the best of both worlds, right? You figure you're getting a very compatible format (PDF), with all the bells and whistles of a Custom Slide Show.

Not really. When you create a PDF this way, you lose the pan and zoom feature, the audio, and the transitions that you set. You do keep any custom slides, text, and clip art that you added, though. On the whole, this feature's best used when you've created a full-scale Custom Slide Show, but one or two of the people you want to send it to won't be able to view it in Windows Media format. The people who get the PDF won't see everything the WMV recipients do, but it's faster than trying to recreate a separate version for the WMV-challenged.

To create a PDF from the Slide Show Editor click the Output button, and then choose "Save As a File" in the Slide Show Output window that opens. (Or, to make a PDF from an existing slideshow, right-click the slideshow's thumbnail in the Photo Browser and then choose Edit.) On the right side of the Slide Show Output window, click the PDF File button.

This button brings up a series of settings just for your PDF:

• Slide Size . This setting starts out at Small. If you're going to burn a CD, you can choose a larger size. If you want to email the final file, then choose Small or Very Small for your images. There's also a Custom choice for when you want to create a size that's different from one of the presets.

• Loop . Turn Loop on, and the slideshow repeats over and over until your viewer stops it by pressing the Escape key.

• Manual Advance . When you want recipients to be able to click their way through the slideshow instead of having each slide automatically advance to the next one, turn Manual Advance on.

• View Slide Show after Saving . Turn this setting on, and as soon as Elements is through creating your slideshow, it launches Adobe Reader so you can watch the results of your work.

When you've got everything set the way you want it, click OK to bring up the Save As dialog box. Name your file and then save it.

17.4. Posters, Calendars, and Photo Books

Of the hundreds of photos that come out of your digital camera every year, a few stand out. You know the thrill when you see a really good photoright away you know it deserves better than the typical 4 x 6 print. The same online services that print photosEasyShare, Shutterfly, and Snapfishlet you showcase your special shots on wall posters and calendars. After all, why stare at somebody else's nature photos or pets every month when yours are so much better looking? And the handsome photo books you can order from these sites make unforgettable gifts (and ones that'll never end up on eBay).

When you sign into your favorite photo Web site (as described in Chapter 6 ), you're just a click away from starting these projects. Look for an "online store" linkthe folks in the marketing department make sure you won't miss it. Once you choose a projectposter, calendar, or bookthe site walks you through choosing the details. Shutterfly is the most helpful, letting you watch a video demo of the process. All of the sites let you either use photos already in your account or upload new ones from your PC as you create your project. If you're making a photo book, set aside some extra time for all the decisions you have to make, like choosing a cover, book size, page count, design theme, and laying out the individual pages.

You're spending more money when you create a calendar or a photo book, so it's important to choose your photos carefully and double-check the final project before you click the Place Order button. Before you place your order (and pay for it), take your time to review the entire project. Make sure everything's just the way you want it. Keep an eye out for missing pages, upside down photos, and so on. If there's text in the project, be sure you double-check the spelling, or better yet, have another person proofread it for you.

Here are some points to keep in mind when choosing photos for online projects:

• Focus . Especially with posters, even slightly out-of-focus shots jeopardize your results. Flaws that appear minor in a 4 x 6 photo become major problems in a 20 x 30 poster.

• Orientation . Choose photos that match the project's templates. If you're putting a tall portrait photo on a wide, landscape format calendar page, for example, then the online form may offer to crop the excess at top and bottom for you. Make sure you don't lose the top of someone's head. For more control, you can do your own cropping on your PC first (as explained in Chapters 9 and 10 ).

• Resolution . Make sure your photo's resolution matches the project. You can check resolution in Windows, as explained in Section 16.1.1 . If a photo's resolution is too low for your job, the online service lets you know with an exclamation point or other warning symbol. If you're in doubt, you can almost always find minimum requirements listed in the online service's help text.

17.4.1. Posters

When you've got a great photo and you want to make a big impact, it's hard to beat a poster-size print. Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, and Snapfish all offer prints up to 20 x 30 inches. They cost between $20 and $23. As mentioned previously, when you enlarge a picture to this size, you magnify everything that's good and bad about it. Save posters for shots whose exposure and focus are close to perfect. Kodak recommends at least 1600 x 1200 pixels for photos for large format photosconsider that the minimum resolution.

Once you have the image you want, the rest is easy. Upload the file to your online album and order it as you would any other print. If you don't immediately see the large formats listed with the other photo sizes, then look around a little. You'll see a link that says "poster prints" or "larger size prints" somewhere on the page.

Another poster-like option is to print your photos onto canvas and have it stretched on a frame. You have the option of a photo realistic image or one that has a brushstroke effect applied, to give it the appearance of a painting. The cost for a 20 x 24 inch print is about $100.

17.4.2. Calendars

Calendars are another natural for publishing your photos, and they make wonderful family or business gifts. You can choose photos that match the current season or month, or do your own version of the ever-popular "Sexiest Exterminator of the Month."

The most common calendar is made up of 8.5 x 11 inch landscape pages, with a photo at the top and the days of the month below. They run about $20. But you can also find year-at-a-glance calendars with a single photo at the top, priced by size from $1 to $20. Shutterfly also offers calendar magnets and mouse pads.

Again, the important issues for creating good calendars are the quality and resolution of the photos. For a typical month-by-month calendar with 8.5 x 11-inch pages, you need a photo with the same resolution you'd use for an 8 x 10 printat least 1536 x 1024 pixels.

17.4.3. Custom Photo Books

Whether you want to remember a family event, honor a little league team, or send baby photos to grandparents, photo books are just about the classiest way to go. No more clunky albums with photos sliding around inside plastic pages. For about the same amount that you'd pay for an album from the drug store, you can print your own photo book.

Photo books come in an enormous range of sizes, styles, and prices. Simple, spiral-bound 4 x 6 flipbooks start at about five bucks for five pages. A more elaborate 20-page hardcover book is close to $20 or $25. You can often choose to print photos on just one side of the page, in which case lefthand pages are blank, or you can print on both sides. Additional pages are usually about a dollar for each printed side.

Creating and laying out a photo book takes more time and care than any other photo project, but it's an enjoyable process, consisting mostly of choosing optionsall of which are attractive. Do you want a paperback or a hardcover? Do you want linen or leather bound? All the while, you get to relive those happy memories as you lay your photos out on the pages. Shutterfly's page layout tools (Figure 17-12 ), show a typical example.

Figure 17-12. Options abound when you create a book online: Do you want softcover or hardcover? Single-sided or double-sided pages? Shutterfly, shown here, provides a variety of attractive page layouts (the view here is of a 2- page spread). You're free to mix and match pages to get just the look you want. By choosing from a dozen different styles, you select from different page backgrounds and type styles.

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Book Binding with Mypublisher.com

MyPublisher.com specializes in creating photo books and offers a wide variety from paperback pocket books (about $10) to leather-bound hardcovers (about $40). At the high end, you can order a book that's 16-inches wide and 12-inches tall with extra-thick, archival quality paper (about $60). Open this magnum opus and it spreads to almost a yard. It's a great choice for remembering special events like weddings.

To create your book, download the free BookMaker software, which helps you organize your photos and lay out your book.

BookMaker lays out the book automatically, but you can make changes to the layout. For example, if a page has a single photo on it and you'd like to show three photos on that page, then simply drag and drop a page template that has three photos onto the page. All you have to do after that is drag your three photos into position. It's easy to drag photos from page to page to experiment with different layouts. When you're done, you upload the results and receive the finished book in about seven days.

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17.5. More Elements Creative Projects

EasyShare, Shutterfly, and Snapfish make it easy to create photo books, calendars, and other projects. They give you tons of options, but you're still limited to choosing from templates, layouts, colors, and designs created by others. Starting from a completely blank slate is intimidating even for professional designers, though, so Elements gives you just about the best of both worlds. The program helps you through the process while giving you full creative control.

Elements' Create projects make it easy to whip up photo books, album pages, greeting cards, calendars, and more. All these projects use easy-to-follow wizards, which launch from the Creation Setup window (Figure 17-13 ). Furthermore, you're not locked into purchasing your finished project from any one place. Elements produces your project as a PDF file, which you can publish as you see fit. Depending on your equipment, you can print it out at home, deliver it to a copy shop (by email or CD), or upload it to Kodak EasyShare Gallery for printing.

Figure 17-13. Elements' Create projects are very easy to put together. Just follow the steps as Elements leads you through them. On the start page, shown here, the small icons above the OK button (circled) indicate the different ways you can share your completed project. Hover your mouse over each icon for details about each option.

You can get started on any of the Create projects from either the Editor or the Organizer:

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