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Chapter 4. creating albums with fixed layouts

Chapter 4. creating albums with fixed layouts

Photoshop Elements 3.0 comes with an Album Creation wizard and templates for creating photo album pages in various styles. Some styles place photos inside a border, others are borderless. Borders can provide decorative frames, add drop shadows, or give digital photos the white edges of traditional prints. Styles with borders have fixed layouts. Borderless styles place photos in a default layout, but without frames, leaving you free to reposition the photos

The basics of working with photos and text in albums are the same with or without borders. The easiest styles to use have borders and a fixed layout. For your first project, try a fixed-border layout in a style designed to be printed on 8.5-by-11-inch paper on your home printer (these styles lack the yellow Order Online medallion). Once you've created a basic album, you'll be ready to tackle something more creative in Chapter 5.

The templates that shipped with Elements 3.0 use borders with an aspect ratio of 3:4 (or 4:3). The wizard crops photos that have any other aspect ratio to fit. To get the best framing for your photos, crop them to the 3:4 ratio yourself (see Chapter 3).

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