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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
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Fixing group shots in Guided Edit


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Fixing group shots in Guided Edit

Think about the last time that you photographed a group of friends or family. It's inevitable that at least one person in the group didn't look his best in the photo. Someone is always looking the wrong way, or making a face or closing his eyes. Even if you take multiple shots of the same group, it's difficult to get one photo in which everyone in the group looks great. Photoshop Elements offers a possible solution to this problem. It's the Group Shot feature in Guided Edit, which helps you to blend together multiple photos of the same group, to display the best parts of each group photo.
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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
8h 50m Beginner Sep 23, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also 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, tags, and ratings
  • Mapping photos
  • Applying Photomerge Exposure in Guided Edit
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct a photo's tone and color
  • Reducing digital noise in photos
  • Creating a photo slideshow with audio and transitions
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Fixing group shots in Guided Edit

Think about the last time that you photographed a group of friends or family. It's inevitable that at least one person in the group didn't look his best in the photo. Someone is always looking the wrong way, or making a face or closing his eyes. Even if you take multiple shots of the same group, it's difficult to get one photo in which everyone in the group looks great. Photoshop Elements offers a possible solution to this problem. It's the Group Shot feature in Guided Edit, which helps you to blend together multiple photos of the same group, to display the best parts of each group photo.

To show you the Group Shot Feature, I'll start here in the Organizer where I'm going to select two versions of a group shot. This photo of Kirk, Nick and Jacob and this second shot of Kirk, Nick and Jacob. I'm going to click on the first photo to select it and then I'll hold the Ctrl key as I click on the second photo to select that one too. Now, I want to bring these photos into the Guided Edit workspace, where the Group Shot feature is located. So I'll go up to the Fix tab in the Task panel in the Organizer, I'll click the arrow there and I'll choose Guided Photo Edit.

That launches the Elements Editor workspace, and opens the two selected files down here in the project bin, in the Guided Edit workspace, which I went over in the last movie. The two open images appear as thumbnails in the project bin here at the bottom of the Guided Edit workspace. If your project bin isn't open, you can open it by double-clicking the Project bin tab right here. I'm going to select both thumbnails in the project bin, clicking on the first thumbnail and then holding the Ctrl key, and clicking on the second thumbnail.

With those two selected I'll go over to the list of tasks that you can perform in Guided Edit and from the Photo Merge category here I'm going to choose Group Shot. If your Photo Merge category is collapsed like this you can open it by clicking arrow to the left of that category, and then click on Group Shot. That opens the Photo Merge group shot interface, with instructions here in Guided Edit as to how exactly to use this feature. You're welcome to read through these instructions on your own time, but basically it tells you to do the following.

I need to choose, which of the two photos I want to use as the final photo and which as the source photo. The one that Elements is going to merge into the final photo. The final photo should be the best of the photos I'm working with. So to choose the final photo I need to see both of them. Right now the first photo is showing here on the left-hand side of this interface in the window labeled Source, so I'll take a look at that and then I'll go down to the Project bin, and I'll click on the other thumbnail to switch those out. So now I'm looking at the second photo in the Source window.

I think the first photo is a better composition over all and so I'm going to go back down to the project bin, click on that first photo and hold my mouse down and I'm going to drag from the project bin up into the final window on the right side of the workspace. So that's a drag-and-drop of the photo that I want to be the final to this window on the right. So I've got photo number one on the right as the final image, and photo number two on the left as the Source image, in the final blended photo I would like Kirk to remain the way he looks here in the Final photo, and I think Nick looks fine in the final photo to, but Jacob is looking out of the picture.

So would like to replace the image of Jacob that's currently in the Final photo, with the straight ahead shot of Jacob that's here in the source photo. To do that I'll go over to the Photo Merge instructions on the right, and I'll make sure that the Pencil tool is selected. I'll also leave Show Strokes checked, so that I can see where I'm drawing with the Pencil tool. And then I'll move over to the source image, where the good photo of Jacob is located, and I'm just going to move my mouse down the entire length of Jacob in this photo.

And then I'll wait for just a second, while the program automatically takes the image of Jacob from the source photo that I just drew on with the Pencil tool and uses that to replace the image of Jacob over here on the right in the final. So this final image is now a blend of some content from photo 1 and other content from photo 2. It's almost like magic. But I have to admit that this doesn't always work as perfectly with other images as it did in this particular example. Particularly if the content of the photos is difficult for Elements to align.

If you have difficulty with your own photos, in the Group Shot Feature, you can go over to the Guided Edit instructions on the right, and go down to the Advanced Options section click the arrow there, and then scroll down. And you'll find some instructions about how to use Alignment Tool Markers to better align the photos you are using, so that they're easier for Elements to blend together. But in this case I really like the result that I got as my final. So, at this point I'm going to click Done at the bottom of the Guided Edit Instructions.

And I can see the final blended photo here in the After View of the Guided Edit workspace. In order to save this image, I need to go up to the File menu and I'll choose Save As. I'm just going to leave everything at it's defaults here in the Save As dialog box, and I'm going to click Save, and then I can close the image by clicking the Close button here in Guided Edit. I also need to close the original two images. So I'm going to close that one and close that one. And that automatically takes me out of Guided Edit and back into the Organizer.

So, I think the Group Shots Feature is really clever, and it can be quite useful when you have to take a shot of a group. What you have to do in advance though is remembered to take more than one photo so you have the opportunity to take the best out of each photo when you are processing your images in the Group Shot feature in the Guided Edit workspace inside Elements editor.

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