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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Comparing photos

When you're trying to choose one photo for a project from among several similar ones, you may find it helpful to bring them into Compare View. I've narrowed down to these three photos for a project I'm doing and now I want to compare them more closely. I could select the photos that I want to compare, but since I'm in Folder Location View, I don't have to select any if I want to compare all of the photos in the targeted folder. So I'm just going to go up to the Display menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose Compare Photos Side by Side. That opens all three of the photos into Full Screen View, the same view that I showed you in the last couple of movies.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
11h 20m Beginner Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Comparing photos

When you're trying to choose one photo for a project from among several similar ones, you may find it helpful to bring them into Compare View. I've narrowed down to these three photos for a project I'm doing and now I want to compare them more closely. I could select the photos that I want to compare, but since I'm in Folder Location View, I don't have to select any if I want to compare all of the photos in the targeted folder. So I'm just going to go up to the Display menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose Compare Photos Side by Side. That opens all three of the photos into Full Screen View, the same view that I showed you in the last couple of movies.

I covered how the controls in Full Screen View work in the last movie, but for a quick review, there is a Film Strip over here on the right. If I move my mouse over the middle of the screen, I get this Control Bar. If I stop moving, the Control Bar disappears, so that will go on and off as we go through this movie. By the way, if you don't see a Film Strip on the right side of your screen, move your mouse to bring the Control Bar up and click on the first icon here to Toggle the Film Strip on. Then over on the left, there are a couple of panels that appear when I move my mouse over them, or disappear when I move my mouse off.

There is a panel from which I can apply Quick Edits and another from which I can apply some quick organizing features like Keyword Tags, which I'll use in this movie. In the Film Strip, there are blue borders around two of the three photos; those are the two photos that are showing here in the middle of the screen. So these are the two that I'm currently comparing. As I compare the quality and composition of my photos, I'm going to apply star ratings to each photo. Right now photo one on the left is the one that's selected.

You can see that because it has this blue border around it. So with photo one selected, I'm going to add a star rating to it by moving my mouse over the Quick Edit panel, going to the top of that panel, and clicking on five stars, and then I'll move off to close the Quick Edit panel. Now, I can't see the stars that I've applied to this photo here in this view, but when I go back to the Organizer, I'll see those stars. I don't like the image on the right as well, so I'll apply fewer stars to that one. First, I'll click on it to select it, and now the blue selection border is around the photo on the right.

Then I'll go back over to the left side of the screen, hover over the Quick Edit panel and click on three stars for this photo. When I move off, the Quick Edit panel collapses. So of these two, I like the photo on the left the best. So what I'd like to do now is to bring the third photo into the mix and have it replace the photo that's currently on the right. So I want to make sure that the blue border is around the photo on the right, and then I'll go over to the Film Strip and I'll click on this third photo right here. Now I can see that third photo here in this window on the right, and I can compare it to the one that I liked a moment ago.

Of these two, I think I still like the close up the best. In fact, I really don't care for this long shot at all on the right. So I'm going to give the long shot on the right just one star. To give it stars, I'll make sure that the photo on the right is still selected, that it still has the blue border around it, and then I'll move over to the Quick Edit panel and I'll click on one star and then move off to collapse that panel. In addition to giving star ratings to photos, I like to add a Keyword Tag to my favorite when I'm in Compare View like this.

So for that, I'm going to go back and click on the photo that I like the best, the one on the left. It's now selected, and I know that because it has the blue border around it. Then I'm going to hover over the Quick Organize panel. Here I'm going to go down to the Keyword Tag area, click in the Tag Media field, and I'm going to type Favorite, creating a Favorite Keyword Tag. Then to apply it to the selected photo, I'll click the green Plus symbol. Then I'll move off to collapse the Quick Organize panel. Now if you look at the Film Strip, you'll see that there is a tiny icon for a Keyword Tag on that first photo, and I'll be able to see that out in Organizer View too.

So now I'm done comparing, but before I go back out to the Organizer, I want to show you a couple of more things down in the Control Bar. If I move my mouse, the Control Bar comes back into view. You may not see these last icons here in your Control Bar. If your Control Bar looks like this, then click the arrow here at the very right side of the Control Bar, and that will show some additional controls. If I go to this control and click the arrow to the right of it, I can choose to compare my images in an Above and Below View like this, rather than Side by Side.

Now, in this case that doesn't make sense because I have two vertical images, but if I were comparing horizontal images, this would be a better way to view them. To go back to the Vertical View, I'll move my mouse to bring the Control Bar back, I'll move over that arrow, and I'll choose Side by Side. There is also a link icon here. If I click this link icon and then I move into one of the two images, and I move my Scrollbar on my mouse to zoom out or to zoom in, both images are linked together and will zoom together.

While I'm zoomed into more than a 100% as I currently am, if I click in either image, I can pan around in the image to see a different part of it, and because I've linked the two images together, the other image pans with me. Now I'm all done with Compare View and I'd like to exit out to my Organizer. So I'll move my mouse again to bring up the Control Bar, and here I'm going to click this X on the Control Bar, just to the right of the I button, and that takes me back out to the Organizer. Here I can see the star ratings that I gave to each photo when I was in Compare View, and I can see my Keyword Tag that I created in Compare View that identifies this photo as my favorite.

So that's how to use Compare View in Full Screen View to compare one or more images, looking at only a couple of them at a time.

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