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Changing the canvas size


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

Video: Changing the canvas size

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.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Changing the canvas size

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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