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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
With this movie I would like to show you how you can add a border to an image and how you can crop an image precisely by changing the settings in the Canvas Size dialog box. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the images in our catalog images folder, which are in our exercise files. And I would like to locate a specific image to work with. So what I'm going to do is actually go into the Edit menu, choose Find, and where it says Criteria, Filename contains, I'm actually going to type in jill and click Find. And we have all of the images that contain my wife's name Jill.
And the image that I would like to work with is this one here. I'm going to double-click on that image to open it up in the Elements' Editing workspace. The reason I chose this image is because I think it's a really good candidate for adding a border effect or a type of framing effect. And we're going to do that using the Canvas Size dialog box. Okay, so under the Image menu, if you go down to Resize and choose Canvas Size you can bring up the Canvas Size dialog box. Now over here where it says, the Current Size you can see it's a 14.4 MB in file size here and the dimensions are 10.8 by 14.4. So this is the same information that we get in the bottom-left of the document window. Okay, it's just mapped up for us here in the dialog box and then we have the New Size. So here is where we can change things around and I want to actually add to the image size and to do that I can enter new values in the Width and the Height fields.
All right, they are currently set to inches, however if you prefer to work with percentages or pixels or any of the matrix, picas or columns you can choose those options from within here. All right I'm going to stick with inches and all I want to do is add a two inch border all the way around the image. So what I can do is increase this by 2, make it 12.8 rather than 10.8, just highlighting over the number I want to change and from 14.4 to 16.4. Then I can choose the color of the area I want to add around the image. Right now it's set to the foreground color, which is over here black. Okay. The default foreground and background colors in Elements are black and white; black is the foreground and white is the background.
If you click on the menu here, you can choose the background color, which is white, or if for some reason your foreground and background colors are not set to the default, you can choose white or black from here. Okay, you can also choose Gray or you can choose Other. Now if you choose Other you can pick a color using the color picker here by clicking inside of this area or moving the slider and the spectrum in order to run the full gamut here and pick a color, a hue of the color that you have chosen by moving inside of this area inside here.
However, what I like about this dialog box is that you can also hover inside of the picture and notice that you get this little Eyedropper which means that if you want to sample a color from the picture to you use as your border, you can go ahead and do that. Let's go ahead and click on the orange wood grain here of the chair that they are sitting in, it's sort of a brownish color which probably worked well in the frame, click OK to choose that. Now unfortunately there is no preview here, we can't see what this is really going to look like until we click OK. Let's go ahead and do that, click OK and now we can see what our frame looks like. Let's zoom out a little bit, Command+Minus. So we have added a two inch border all the way around the image.
Okay, if you would like to actually view your rulers, to see that, you can turn on the rulers and now we can see how it's been added. All right now, let's say you don't particularly care for the brown color that you selected in the image. I actually like to go with something much simpler; we can undo by clicking the Undo button up here and go back to the Canvas Size dialog box. Image, Resize, Canvas Size, bring that up and in here this time I'm going to click the Relative option. I'm going to do the same thing but in a different way, click Relative and then enter 2 inches in both fields, okay.
Sometimes that's a little easier than having to select the number inside of the larger number when you don't have Relative checked and typing it in and doing the map that way and then I'm going to change the color. I'm going to go back into my menu and choose Background for white and then click OK and then we have a traditional white border effect and that looks really nice, I actually like that. I'm going to undo it one more time though, Undo and this time I want to show you how to use the Canvas Size dialog box in order to crop away a specific part of an image. So let's go back into the dialog box, Image, Resize, Canvas Size and with Relative still checked I want to show you that you can type in negative values in here. All right, so in the Height field I'm going to actually highlight that 0 in there, I'm going to type in -0.5 for half an inch since we're working with inches. Now I have to tell Elements where I want to remove that half inch, at the top or the bottom of the image because we're dealing with Height.
All right you always want to click on the opposite of where you want to remove it, in these arrows in here where it says Anchor. Notice that when you hover over, it gives you a little selection around the arrow. Okay, I'm going to hover over the top arrow, because that's opposite of where I want to remove a half inch. I want to move a half inch down here right at about where his knee starts. So I click the opposite direction here and I'm going to click OK, it's going to display a warning dialog box. It's going to say "The new canvas size is smaller than the current canvas size; some clipping will occur, are you sure you want to do this?" And yes we do, we want to use this in order to crop the image because what we're doing here is cropping the image using precise values that we could type in.
It gives you a much more control than eyeballing it using the Crop tool. Okay, it's an alternative to that, much more precise alternative. We will click Proceed and now we have removed that half inch from the bottom of the image. We did so precisely using the settings in the Canvas Size dialog box. Okay, so you can use Canvas Size to create a border effect to add to the canvas, you can choose specific colors from within that dialog box as you're adding it and you can also crop your image precisely using Canvas Size.
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