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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.
Another helpful feature that Photoshop Elements 9 Organizer workspace is the Keyword Tags option. Found in the Organizer pallet under Albums is just one more way to help you organize your potentially confusing family photo collection. The default keywords are People, Places, Events and Other is your very good tags to start with. What we will do with this, is you take this tag and drag and drop it onto say People or drag and drop it onto Places and keep doing this until you have all the tags you want in their proper place.
You can also drag an image and drop it onto the keyword,, like so. You will see that it's adding a tag in the lower right-hand corner that shows you that it's been tagged. Continue on People and here's Places, there's a green tag. There is the last one. You can also make your own Keyword Tags. Let's say you have a number of old 100 year plus photos.
Go over here to the screen Plus sign and select New Keyword Tag and you can name your keyword anything you want, let's say we name it Over 100 and you can make a Note Photos over 100 years or whatever you like, and click OK and now you have your own keyword. So now I click this tag I made onto this photo of this house.
Another category in the keywords are Smart Tags. Smart Tags can be useful with your old photos even though you can't add your own. The default Smart Tags are High Quality, Low Quality and Medium Quality. Smart Tags are all about the quality of the photo which is what photo restoration is all about. There are also other categories subcategories on the bottom which might prove useful. Another option is the Auto Analyzer in the Edit menu.
The Auto Analyzer allows Photoshop Elements to automatically tag your images based on the subcategories of High Contrast, Low Contrast, Blurry etc. However, I choose to tag my images manually as it gives me more control. But feel for you to try, remember you won't break it. So I am going to click out of here and take you back into the Keyword Tags panel and a feature in the Organizer Smart Tags, it can be one of the most important for you is People Recognition.
When you run it on a photo or a batch of photos, it'll ask you to identify names and faces. So we will click on this photo right here and we will go over here to this little photograph Start People Recognition and click on that. It'll ask you, Who this is? So you write the name and click under it and then click Save and you've labeled everyone your selection. If there's more than one person they will come up with other windows. Go to another photo of the same person, click on the icon and it will finish it for you and Save and click OK.
This is wonderful all on its own because it's adding information to the photo electronically but what makes it even better is that it adds a Smart Tag category for that person. If you will notice over here on the side Nana has her own category now, plus it can identify other photos that have the person in it automatically. So now that we have created some tags, let's see how they work. Let's go over here and click on Nana and there she is. And now let's deselect Nana and check out some places.
So as you can see people recognition and Smart Tags are a wonderful way to organize your photos so that you can find them, anytime you need them by person, place or thing. An organization of your photos is an essential to your restoration project. It can certainly help and Photoshop Elements 9 organizer makes the process a lot easier and more enjoyable.
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