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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of Elements' tools
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

Video: Creating a panorama

You may have been in a situation like this one that we ran into the other day when we were out shooting and saw a gorgeous open vista, but found that the lens that we had with us was just not wide enough to capture the entire thing in one shot. The next time that happens to you, try making multiple overlapping shots of a scene and then use Elements' Photomerge technology to stitch those shots together for you, as I'll show you in this movie. I'm going to close this finished panorama and I'm going to show you how I made it, starting in Expert edit by going up to the Enhance menu and down to Photomerge and over to Photomerge Panorama.

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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
4h 17m Beginner Nov 07, 2012

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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the program's Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.

Topics include:
  • Arranging the panels and interface
  • Cropping and resizing photos
  • Creating new layers
  • Refining selections
  • Hiding content with a layer mask
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
  • Converting a color photo to black and white
  • Creating a panorama from multiple photos
  • Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
  • Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Creating a panorama

You may have been in a situation like this one that we ran into the other day when we were out shooting and saw a gorgeous open vista, but found that the lens that we had with us was just not wide enough to capture the entire thing in one shot. The next time that happens to you, try making multiple overlapping shots of a scene and then use Elements' Photomerge technology to stitch those shots together for you, as I'll show you in this movie. I'm going to close this finished panorama and I'm going to show you how I made it, starting in Expert edit by going up to the Enhance menu and down to Photomerge and over to Photomerge Panorama.

Here in the Photomerge window, I'll go to the Source Files area and I'll browse for the files that I want to use in the panorama. When I find them I'll select them all. Now before I open these into the panorama workspace I want to tell you a little bit about how we shot these photos for the panorama. We set the focus and the exposure settings on the camera to manual so they wouldn't change automatically across photos. We didn't happen to have a tripod with us, so we shot handheld, which is fine for panoramas, just trying to keep the camera as level as possible.

We made five overlapping shots, although the number of shots you include is up to you. And we turned the camera slightly between the photos, trying to overlap each shot by around 25% to 30%. We used landmarks that we saw through the Viewfinder to estimate the overlap. So that's how we got the photos. Now with the photos selected, I'm going to click OK, and that lists those photos here in the Photomerge window. Next, I'll go over to the Layout area to choose a layout method, which is the way that Elements will position and in some cases transform the images so they fit together.

Now sometimes the default auto layout will give you an acceptable result, but when you've got a really wide scene with an horizon or another element that you want to keep straight, Auto doesn't always give you the best result. In that case I like to start by trying Cylindrical. So I'll select that, and if I don't like the result I get I'll undo and come back and start again, experimenting with some of these other layout choices, like Auto. Down at the bottom of this window I'll make sure that Blend Images Together is checked, to try to get a seamless blend at the edges where the photos meet.

If we'd used a very wide-angle lens to capture these photos, I'd also want to check vignette removal and geometric distortion correction, to try to avoid the vignetting and distortion problems you sometimes get with a wide-angle lens, but these photos weren't shot with a very wide-angle lens so it's not necessary to check those boxes. And now I'll click OK. In just a few seconds Elements will create an initial panorama and it will ask if I want to automatically fill in the edges of the panorama. What it's referring to are these areas where you see a gray and white checkerboard, indicating transparent pixels at the edges of the initial panorama.

These transparent pixels are a result of Elements trying to align the individual images, and that left these gaps around the edges of the panorama. I'll usually go ahead and click Yes here to see if I like the result. If I don't, I'll undo, and instead of trying to fill in these edges I'll crop them away, and I'll show you that option in a moment too. But let's see if Elements can fill in the edges for us in this image. It did a pretty good job across most of the image, I do see some stray pixels up here that don't look right and some of the bottom as well, as well as at the top of the tree over here.

Now I could take the time to get the Clone Stamp Tool and try to retouch these areas with pixels from neighboring areas, so that's one option. Another option is to crop away the pixels that I don't like, or even to back up to before Elements tried to fill in these gaps and do some cropping at that point. So I'm going to do that so you can just see what it looks like. I'll press Ctrl+Z, that's Command+Z on the Mac, a few times, to backup just before this Undo Stamp Visible step. These are the steps that Elements took when it filled in those transparent pixels for me.

And this time I'll go down and get the Crop Tool and I'll move into the image and I'll click and drag out a crop boundary. The crop boundary will try to snap to the invisible grid behind this image. So I'm going to have to sacrifice not only the transparent pixels, but a bit of the image as well, in order to get those cropped boundaries inside of the image area and not include any of the transparent pixels at the top and bottom and at the left and right edges. When I've set the crop boundary, I'll click the green checkmark to commit the crop, and there is my resulting panorama.

At this point all that's left to do is just save the image. Now this is a very big file, so keep in mind that if you're looking at this image at a 100%, it would be quite big, and it will make a really impressive print to frame and put on the wall. Letting Elements stitch multiple photos into a panorama like this is a great way to get an impressive photo of a wide vista, but don't forget that you can also use the Photomerge Panorama feature in Elements to piece together a tall scene or even multiple scans of a photo that was too big for your scanner bed.

So have fun experimenting with Elements Photomerge Panorama feature in all these situations.

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