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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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