In the last chapter, you learned how to email photos. But what if you’ve got legions of friends—do you have to email your pictures to everyone individually? Not with Elements, which makes it incredibly simple to post images online, either at Adobe’s Photoshop Showcase site or a number of popular social-networking and photo-sharing sites.
You can create fancy online albums complete with professional-looking effects, courtesy of Flash, the ubiquitous Adobe program that’s responsible for zillions of nifty online animations. If you use Windows, Elements can also help you put together elaborate slideshows, complete with slick between-photo transitions like wipes and dissolves, clip art, and even audio. In this chapter, you’ll learn the ins and outs of all these ways of sharing photos.
Alas, the fancy slideshows didn’t make it into the Mac Organizer, but Apple fans can still make online albums and PDF slideshows.
Adobe calls these “albums,” but the online albums you create from Elements aren’t just boring, grid-like rows of photos like you see on most photo websites. Instead they’re elaborate, Flash-based displays in which your photos do things like appear in an animation of an old-fashioned school notebook or spiral down the screen.
If you’ve signed up to use Photoshop Showcase (Editing Your Photos), Adobe makes it super easy to share albums there, right as you create them:
In the Organizer, go to Share→Online Album ...