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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Healing wrinkles and blemishes


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Healing wrinkles and blemishes

You can make the people in your photos look a little bit better by using the retouching tools in Elements toolbar. Those are located right here. The Spot Healing Brush tool and the Healing Brush tool. These tools will help you eliminate blemishes, wrinkles, freckles, bags under the eyes, and other imperfections from your subject's faces. I am going to start with the Spot Healing Brush tool. Before I use the tool, I'll go over to the Layers panel where I'm going to make a new layer. I'll go down to the bottom of the Layers panel and I'll click the Create New Layer icon, the first one on the left here.
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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

Healing wrinkles and blemishes

You can make the people in your photos look a little bit better by using the retouching tools in Elements toolbar. Those are located right here. The Spot Healing Brush tool and the Healing Brush tool. These tools will help you eliminate blemishes, wrinkles, freckles, bags under the eyes, and other imperfections from your subject's faces. I am going to start with the Spot Healing Brush tool. Before I use the tool, I'll go over to the Layers panel where I'm going to make a new layer. I'll go down to the bottom of the Layers panel and I'll click the Create New Layer icon, the first one on the left here.

And that makes a new blank layer. I'm going to name this layer blemishes. So I'll double-click the default layer name and I'll type blemishes and then I'll press Enter on my keyboard. Then I'm going to go up to the Options bar for the Spot Healing Brush tool and put a checkmark next to Sample All Layers. Checking that option and making sure that I have my new blank blemishes layer selected ensures that the retouching that I'm going to do will be located on a separate layer from the photograph itself. That will give me the flexibility to eliminate those changes by deleting that layer if I need to, or to make the changes less strong by lowering the Opacity of this layer later.

Now I'm going to come into the boy's face with the Spot Healing Brush tool and find a blemish that I want to eliminate. I'm going to start with this tiny freckle between his eyebrows. I'll move my mouse over that freckle and I'm going to make the mouse smaller. I want the mouse just big enough to cover the freckle. I can click the left bracket key on my keyboard several times to do that, or I can come up to the Size menu and just reduce the size that way. And then I'm going to move over the freckle and click and when I move my mouse away, like magic that freckle is gone.

I'll do the same thing to cover up this scar on the boy's cheek. I'll move my mouse over the scar. I'm going to make the brush just a little bit bigger by pressing the right bracket key on my keyboard and then I'll click. And when I move my mouse away, that scar is gone. If I go over to the blemishes layer in the Layers panel and click the eye icon to the left of that layer, keep your eye in the document window and you'll see both spots reappear, when I click as I'm going to do now to make the blemishes layer temporarily invisible. What the Spot Healing Brush tool has done is to sample good pixels that are nearby these two spots.

Put the sample pixels on top of the blemishes and then blend it all in so that it look seamless. I'll turn that blemishes layer on again by clicking in the Visibility field to the left of it. Now I'd like to show you another tool, the Healing Brush tool. The Spot Healing Brush tool that I just used does really well on tiny spots like I showed you, but one downside of the Spot Healing Brush is that it selects the good pixels on its own. I don't get to decide where it takes the good pixels from. So sometimes when I use it, I don't get a perfect result. For example, with the Spot Healing Brush tool still selected, the same tool that I just used, I'm going to come into the area of the boy's eyebrow and say I want to cover up these hairs.

If I click here, actually what the tool is doing is sampling from areas nearby where there are already some hairs, and it's just placing those hairs down on top of the other hairs. Well, that isn't giving me the result that I want. So I'm going to undo a couple of times by going to the Undo button at the top of the screen and clicking until I get the original hairs back there. And now I'm going to use the other tool, the Healing Brush tool, the one that allows me to decide where the good pixels come from. Before I use that tool I'll make another new layer in the Layers panel, going down to the bottom of the Layers panel and clicking the Create New Layer icon.

I'll double-click the default layer name, and I'll call this one eyebrows and press Enter on the keyboard. With the eyebrows layer selected in the Layers panel, I'll go over to the toolbar, I'll click and I'll choose the Healing Brush tool. Then I'll go up to the Options bar for the Healing Brush tool and as I did with the Spot Healing Brush tool, I'll check Sample All Layers so that the healing pixels are sampled from all the layers in the image, but are placed down on the selected eyebrows layer. And I'm also going to also going to check Aligned and I'll show you how that works in just a moment.

Then I'm going to move into the image. I'm going to hold down the Alt key and that changes my cursor to a target symbol. I'll make sure I'm over a nice clean area of skin that doesn't have blemishes and I'll click. And that is sampling the pixels from that location. Next, I'm going to come over to he hairs that I want to eliminate and I'll start clicking on them. Now notice that every time I click there is a little cross up above the area where I'm clicking. The cross is the area from which the good pixels are being sampled. The brush tip cursor is the place where the good pixels are being laid down and because I have Aligned checked in the Options bar, the target area is moving with me as I move to different places on the boy's eyebrow.

And so it's sampling from different spots, so I don't get a lot of repetition. So that's how quick it is to remove those stray hairs. And as you can see I get more control with the Healing Brush tool than I do with the Spot Healing Brush tool, but the Spot Healing Brush tool is faster if I have just a few small blemishes to eliminate. So if you like to take pictures of people, experiment with the Spot Healing Brush tool and the Healing Brush tool. That will make of your portraits look a little better.

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