This blue marker indicates that you haven’t yet used that particular theme and, so, the assets for it have not yet been downloaded into the program. In that case, the processing time when creating the card will be a bit longer since Elements will need to download the theme files.
Finally, if you look towards the bottom of the dialog box, you will see a check box labeled Autofill With Selected Images.
This option tells Elements to automatically fill the available spaces on the card with the images selected in the Organizer.
I usually uncheck this box when creating a greeting card. While this functionality can be a big timesaver when creating projects that involve more photos—photo books and the calendars, for example—I don’t find it to be as handy when working on a greeting card with only 2 or 3 photos.
That said, I am going to leave the box checked in this example so that you can see how easily the automatically inserted pictures can be changed.
With the card size, layout and theme selected, click the OK button and the Elements Editor will process the card.
If the theme assets have not yet been downloaded, that will happen first and once that’s done, Elements will assemble the greeting card, placing the selected images into the available spaces.
Once the process is complete, the first draft of the greeting card opens in the Greeting Card workspace.
Customizing a Greeting Card
The Greeting Card workspace is a modified version of the Elements Editor. When the card first opens here, you will be in the Basic mode of the workspace. You can move into the Advanced mode by clicking on the Advanced button located at the top left.
For the example we are working on here, we have everything we need in the Basic mode and, so, that’s where we’ll stay.
You’ll notice a shortened toolbar on the left and an area on the right where you can access three panels via the buttons along the bottom right of the workspace. These panels—Pages, Layouts and Graphics—can be used to customize and edit your greeting card.