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Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit

If you have ever had people walk through a scene that you are trying to photograph, you know how frustrating that can be. But even if you can't get one clean shot of your subject without passersby in it, if you do take multiple shots of the same scene from the same position, you can then use the amazing Scene Cleaner feature in Elements Guided Edit workspace to create one blended image from those multiple photos in which the passersby, or any other moving elements, can be eliminated. I have gone ahead and opened four images of the same scene, each with different people walking through it and I have opened those into Elements Guided Edit workspace as I have showed you how to do in previous movies.

Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit

If you have ever had people walk through a scene that you are trying to photograph, you know how frustrating that can be. But even if you can't get one clean shot of your subject without passersby in it, if you do take multiple shots of the same scene from the same position, you can then use the amazing Scene Cleaner feature in Elements Guided Edit workspace to create one blended image from those multiple photos in which the passersby, or any other moving elements, can be eliminated. I have gone ahead and opened four images of the same scene, each with different people walking through it and I have opened those into Elements Guided Edit workspace as I have showed you how to do in previous movies.

I am going to go down to the Project Bin at the bottom of the Guided Edit workspace and I am going to click on the first photo thumbnail and then hold down the Shift key and click on the last photo thumbnail so all four thumbnails are selected. Then I am going to go over to the Guided Edit panel on the right and down to the Photomerge category where I am going to click on the Scene Cleaner technique. Over on the right there are now some written instructions as to how to use the Scene Cleaner and some tools for performing the technique.

There are two windows here, the Source window and the Final window. The first image, the one with the blue border around it, is currently showing here in the Source window. I am just going to cycle through all four thumbnails, so you can see that each of the photos of this scene has different people walking through it. So there is the first image, the one with the blue border. Here's the image with the yellow border, the green border and the red border. First, I am going to identify which of these four images I want to use as the base image or the final image into which I am going to blend parts of the others.

I am going to use the second image, the one with the yellow border around it, as my final. So in the Project Bin I will click and hold on the thumbnail with the yellow border and drag it up into the Final document area and release my mouse. Now I want to set up which image I am going to use as my first source image. I am going to use this first one, the one with the blue border. So to make that the source image I will just click one time on that thumbnail in the Project Bin. And as you can see there is a blue border around the source image identifying that first thumbnail as the current source image.

So I'm working on the final image and the first thing I am going to do is try to remove this fellow, Jacob, from the final image. I will go over to the instructions and make sure that I have the Pencil tool selected. Then I am going to go into the final image and I am just going to scribble over Jacob, and automatically Jacob is eliminated from the final image. To see that better I will go over to the Photomerge instructions and uncheck Show Strokes and now it's clear that Jacob has been eliminated from the final image.

What has really happened is that when I made that stroke in that area of the final image, Elements took corresponding pixels from the source image and blended them into the final image over here. And if I check Show Regions, you can see exactly which areas it took from the source image and put into the final image. This area here that's not yellow. So I am going to uncheck Show Regions and I am going to check Show Strokes again and I am going to go on to try to eliminate this fellow who is walking out of the scene.

Again, with the Pencil tool selected I am going to click and drag it over this fellow and then I am going to move my mouse out of the final window so that you can see that the fellow who was walking out of the scene is now eliminated from the scene, because Elements has come in and taken this area of the source photo and blended it over the fellow who was walking out of the scene in the final image. However, at the same time, Elements brought in someone new, this fellow in the red shirt, Dave, and the reason is that this line over here is too close to Dave.

So if I turn on Show Regions you can see that it brought in the region that includes Dave. How can I fix that? I can use the Eraser tool. I will like select the Eraser tool and then I will move over the final image again and I am going to erase the blue line over here on the right and that brings back the fellow who was walking out of the scene, but it eliminates Dave, the fellow in the red shirt from the final scene. Well how am I going to get the result that I want which is a final image with nobody in it? To do that, I am going to use yet another source image.

This time I will go down to the Project Bin and I am going to click on the source image with the green border and now I am going to go back and get the Pencil tool and I am going to click and drag over the fellow who is walking out of the scene just as they did before and that does eliminate him from the scene and it doesn't bring in anyone else, because in the source image with the green border there isn't anyone else near the area where I have drawn this green stroke. So I now have the result that I wanted at the beginning. I have an image that's free of all people walking through it, which is a blend of the first three thumbnails here in the Project Bin.

But now let's say I change my mind and I decide I do want to have somebody in the final image. I am going to bring in someone who is in this last source image, the one with the red border. So I will click the thumbnail with the red border and in this image I want to bring in the woman who is walking through the door here, Kelly. So I will make sure I have the Pencil tool selected in the instructions and then I will come into this source image and I will click and drag over Kelly. And right away she appears over here in the final image. I will move by mouse out of the final image so you can see her walking through the doorway there.

So I think this feature is really amazing. If you have taken more than one shot and you have stayed in approximately the same place when you made all your shots, Elements can help you to blend all those images together to get the content that you want in your final. I am going to scroll down on the right side of Photomerge to show you that there are some Advanced Options here. If I click the arrow to the left of Advanced Options, there is an Alignment tool that you can use if you are having trouble aligning your images, so that the content blends well. But in this case I didn't have any trouble so I don't need to use Advanced Options.

Notice there is also a Reset button down here, so if I don't like my final result I can always click Reset to go back to my original images and try again. If I am satisfied with the final, I will click Done and Elements creates another image, represented by this new fifth thumbnail down in the Project Bin, and here is a preview of the final here in the After view. At this point I will click the Close button and I would save this final image.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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