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You probably have lots of print photos from the days before you shot with a digital camera. You can preserve those photos digitally by scanning them into your computer, but it's a big job to scan photos one by one. The good news is that you can scan multiple photos at once on a flatbed scanner and Elements can automatically separate them for you, preparing each as a separate photo. This can really speed up the process of digitizing lots of photos by scanning. I'm starting here with a scan of several photos that I made directly using my scanner software.
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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Oct 13, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, ratings, and filters
  • Fixing group shots and merging multiple exposures with Guided Edit
  • Correcting photos automatically in Quick Fix
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct color and lighting
  • Eliminating red-eye in portrait shots
  • Reducing digital noise
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Dividing scanned photos

You probably have lots of print photos from the days before you shot with a digital camera. You can preserve those photos digitally by scanning them into your computer, but it's a big job to scan photos one by one. The good news is that you can scan multiple photos at once on a flatbed scanner and Elements can automatically separate them for you, preparing each as a separate photo. This can really speed up the process of digitizing lots of photos by scanning. I'm starting here with a scan of several photos that I made directly using my scanner software.

I scanned at 300 pixels per inch and the original size. When I scanned these, I didn't spend a lot of time trying to straighten them out on the flatbed scanner, I just put them down on the scanning bed rather haphazardly, and I did preview to make sure that they were all within the scanning area. Here is a little tip to help Elements separate multiple scanned photos like these. Put them as far apart as you can on the scanning beds, so that there is enough whitespace between them that Elements can recognize them as separate photos. So, I then opened the resulting JPEG, which contains all three of the photos into Elements.

To separate the three photos, all I have to do is go to the Image menu at the top of the screen, and choose Divide Scanned Photos. That sets Elements to figuring out where the individual photos are, and cropping each one out into a separate Floating Document Window. Down in the Project Bin at the bottom of the screen, notice that there are now four images open. There is the original, and then there are three separate images, each one containing one of the scanned photos. I'm going to double-click the original to bring its document window to the foreground, and then I'm going to close that one because I don't need it anymore, but this original will still be on my computer if I need to use it again.

So I click the red button at the top- left of the halloween.jpg document window. Now I'm left with just the three separated images. This top image of the pumpkins needs rotating. I'll click on its Title bar to make sure that that's the selected image, and then I'll go up to the Image menu and I'll choose Rotate>90 degrees Left. The same is true of this image of the devil, so I'll click on its Title bar, and again, Rotate>90 degrees Left. It's important to check each one of the images to make sure that Elements didn't leave any stray white pixels around its edges.

So with this image of the devil as the active image, I'm going to select the Zoom tool in the toolbox, and then I'm going to go up to the Options bar for that tool, and I'll be talking more about the Options bar in later movies. I'm going to click this Minus sign, and I'm going to uncheck Resize Windows to Fit, if it's checked, and then I'm going to come into the image and I'm going to click a couple of times to zoom out, until I can see the gray canvas around the image. It looks like Elements did a pretty good job of cropping this image without leaving any stray pixels around the edge, but if it had done so, I could crop those way using the Crop tool in the toolbox, which I'm going to select now by clicking on it. And then I'll come into the image, and I'll drag a crop boundary, and I can adjust the crop boundary by clicking on any of the boundaries or anchor points and dragging toward the center.

So if there were some extra white pixels over here on the right, I could eliminate those by cropping them away, as I'm going to do now, by clicking the green check mark here to commit the crop. I would do the same thing with each photo. The last step is really important, and that's to remember to save each of the separated copies to your hard-drive, because if you don't and you just close one of these, it won't be there when you go to look for it next time around. I know that this image hasn't been saved because it has this little asterisk up here in the Title bar. Hopefully, the Divide Scanned Photos command will save you some time, if you're scanning prints into your computer.

It doesn't work perfectly all the time. If it fails to separate all the photos that you've got in a scan, try rescanning with the photos further apart on your scanner bed and maybe with larger dimension set in your scanner software. But once you get it working, it can be a real time saver.

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