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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.
I've seen a lot of family reunion Flyers, some really pretty and inventive but most just pretty boring. I'm going to show you how to make a simple yet inventive flyer that's also relevant to your family. I'm starting out here in Family_ Fly.psd I've also provided some images for you. So let's have a look at them right now and see what we have. These are just little family pictures that's pretty interesting, that will look great on the flyer and everybody will be going oh! There is grandma, I know grandma.
Let's go back to Family_Fly.psd, we'll go down here at the bottom. I've made this entire flyer from the background up, with text and everything which we will see here in a while and a place for all your photos. What's really great about this is, the people in your family will want to know who these people are or they already will know. So it's personal for them. Let's start here on photo one on this layer this is just to show you this is where your first photo goes.
What we're going to do is pick a photo from these five, lets just start here with the first one and hit Ctrl+A on a PC or Command+A on a Mac to select and Ctrl or Command+C to copy. Now go back to Family_Fly.psd, go to Photo 1 on this layer, hold your cursor over this thumbnail, hold down Ctrl or Command and click to select. Now you go over to the Edit menu, Paste Into Selection and that's all there is to that.
Now you want to transform it so it will fit in the square. So hit Ctrl or Command+T with the Selection still there and you can rotate it or move it around as you like. We need to rotate this obviously because the picture is rotated on a paper and we want to make it fit better, grab these boxes on the corner. So you can grab and rotate, just did it basically the same shape, it doesn't have to be perfect it's supposed to give you a look of just a bunch of photos thrown around, so don't worry about being perfect.
When you have it the way you like it, you can either hit the green check box or enter to accept and then go and hit Ctrl or Command+D to deselect. Now come back over to the layer make sure it selected, go up to your Opacity and take it down to 25% and that is the reason that I have this little under box this under layer which is white. So we can take down the Opacity and you don't see the background through it and you'll be able to write on top of it and see your text clearly while still seeing your photo.
Repeat this with all your photos just go on Photo 2 on this layer, Photo 3 on this layer and you just click on the thumbnail Ctrl or Command+Click to select and continue on just make sure their both visible. So I've got an example of what this'll look like when you're through. Let's go over here and see a little bit of what I've done. So let me the check the visibility icon and all I have done is added a text layer and as you can see I've added several text layers, they will give you all your information that you need for everybody to know where the reunion is, when the reunion is and what they need to bring as I told you before how you can see the text over the images, because their faint enough to see the text clearly over them.
So feel free to use these ideas to create your own personalized family reunion flyer. Why have a boring and personal flyer to invite your family through reunion, when you can have a flyer that's relevant or should I say relative to you and your family?
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