New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
Illustration by

Fixing group shots automatically


From:

Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Fixing group shots automatically

When you are photographing a group of people, it seems inevitable that at least one of the subjects will be looking the wrong way or making a face or closing his eyes. Even if you take multiple shots, it difficult to get one photo in which everyone in the group looks his best. Photoshop Elements offers the solution; its Group Shot feature can blend together multiple photos of a group to display the best parts of each. Here's how it works; I'm starting here in the 05_04-groupshots subfolder in the Chapter 05 exercise files. I'm going to use these two photos of three fellows at lynda.com, this is Kirk and Nick and Jacob. I'll click on the first photo and I'll hold down the Ctrl key and click on the second to select it. And then I'm going up to the Editor button at the top right of the screen, clicking and choosing Guided Edit. Here in the Editor, I'm going down to the Project Bin at the bottom of the screen and if yours isn't open, click the button that will say Show Project Bin and in this Project Bin, I'm going to click on the first photo to select it and then I'm going to hold the Ctrl key again and click on the second photo.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Fixing group shots automatically

When you are photographing a group of people, it seems inevitable that at least one of the subjects will be looking the wrong way or making a face or closing his eyes. Even if you take multiple shots, it difficult to get one photo in which everyone in the group looks his best. Photoshop Elements offers the solution; its Group Shot feature can blend together multiple photos of a group to display the best parts of each. Here's how it works; I'm starting here in the 05_04-groupshots subfolder in the Chapter 05 exercise files. I'm going to use these two photos of three fellows at lynda.com, this is Kirk and Nick and Jacob. I'll click on the first photo and I'll hold down the Ctrl key and click on the second to select it. And then I'm going up to the Editor button at the top right of the screen, clicking and choosing Guided Edit. Here in the Editor, I'm going down to the Project Bin at the bottom of the screen and if yours isn't open, click the button that will say Show Project Bin and in this Project Bin, I'm going to click on the first photo to select it and then I'm going to hold the Ctrl key again and click on the second photo.

With those two selected, I'm going over to the list of tasks that you perform in Guided Edit and I'm going to choose Group Shot. That opens the Photomerge Group Shot interface; with instructions here in Guided Edit as to how to use this feature and you can read through these on your own time. But basically it says to do this, first you want to make sure you have the Pencil tool selected here and then you want to choose which of the two photos in the Project Bin you are going to use as your final photo and which as the Source photo, which the feature will merge into the final photo. So choose the best of the two photos as the final.

To see the two you can click on the first one, which we are currently looking at, and then you can click on the second one down in the Project Bin. I think I like first one the best so I'm going to take that one from the Project Bin, click hold and drag it up into the Final box here. I don't want to have the same photo as the Source and the Final, so I'm going to go down to the Project Bin again and this time I'm going to click on the other photo, not drag but click this time and that now appears as the Source photo.

In this Final photo I want Kirk to stay as he is, I want Nick to stay as he is, but I want to replace Jacob who is looking off to the side here. With this photo of Jacob that's in the Source image, so all I'm going to do is with the Pencil tool selected, go to the Source image and click and drag down the length of Jacob and then I'll wait while the program automatically takes the Source photo of Jacob and replaces it in the final. It almost seems like magic.

Now I have to admit that this doesn't always work as perfectly as it does in this particular example. So if you try it on your own photos and you are having trouble, you can go over to Guided Edit where it says Advanced Options, click the arrow and read in this section how to use the Alignment tool markers to try to align the two photos better, so that the feature can blend Elements of one photo into the other. But I like the result that I have here, so I'm just going to click Done and you can see the Final photo here in the After window.

Everybody is looking straight at the camera. Now I'm going to go up to the File menu and I'll close this image and I'll save it. The clever Group Shots feature can come in really handy whenever you have to take a shot of a group. Just remember to take more than one photo, so you have the opportunity to take the best out of each photo when you are processing your photos in Elements Group Shot feature.

There are currently no FAQs about Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.