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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
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Healing wrinkles and blemishes


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Healing wrinkles and blemishes

One of the nicest things that you can do for your family and friends is to make them look better in the photos that you take of them. There are a couple of special tools in the Elements' Toolbox that will help you with that. Those are right here in the slot with the band- aid: the Spot Healing Brush and the Healing Brush. These tools will help you eliminate blemishes, wrinkles, freckles, and other imperfections from your subjects. Let's see how they work. I'm going to start with the Spot Healing Brush tool here and before I work with it, I'm going to go over to the Layers palette and I'm going to make a new layer from the Create New Layer button. I'm going to double-click that layer name and I'll name it blemishes and I'll make sure that layer remains selected.
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  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

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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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

Healing wrinkles and blemishes

One of the nicest things that you can do for your family and friends is to make them look better in the photos that you take of them. There are a couple of special tools in the Elements' Toolbox that will help you with that. Those are right here in the slot with the band- aid: the Spot Healing Brush and the Healing Brush. These tools will help you eliminate blemishes, wrinkles, freckles, and other imperfections from your subjects. Let's see how they work. I'm going to start with the Spot Healing Brush tool here and before I work with it, I'm going to go over to the Layers palette and I'm going to make a new layer from the Create New Layer button. I'm going to double-click that layer name and I'll name it blemishes and I'll make sure that layer remains selected.

Then I'm going up to the Options bar for the Spot Healing tool and I'm going to check All Layers. This setup will ensure that the corrections that this tool is going to make will live on the blemishes layer rather than directly on the photo layer. That will give me the freedom later on to throw them away if I don't like them or to lower the opacity of the blemishes layer, to make the corrections look a little more natural. Now, I'm going to come into the boy's face and I'm going to find a blemish I want to remove. Let's start with this little freckle right between his eyebrows. I'm going to move my brush tip over that freckle and I want the tip to be just big enough to cover it. So, I'm going to make the brush smaller by pressing the left bracket key and then I'm going to click and when I move away, that freckle is gone. That is pretty amazing. Now, I'm going to go to another spot. How about down here where we have this scar? For this, I need to make the brush bigger. So, I'm going to click the right bracket key, make it a little bit bigger and click and it's gone. Now, if I go over to the blemishes layer and I click the eye icon to make that layer temporarily visible, you will see both those blemishes return, because what the tool has done is it has sampled good pixels that are near by the blemishes, put the sample pixels on top of the blemishes and blended it all in, so that it is seamless.

So that is the Spot Healing Brush and it does really well on tiny spots like I showed you. But the one downside of the Spot Healing Brush is that it selects the good pixels on its own; you don't get to decide where it takes the good pixels from. So, sometimes you get an error. For example, if I come in here and I try to clean up the hairs here at the edge of the eyebrow, really what this brush is going to do is copy hairs from other parts of the eyebrow and just put them down there and that, of course, doesn't look right. For this sort of problem, I like to use the Healing Brush tool that is located under the Spot Healing Brush tool over here in the Toolbox. I'll click on that tool and now I'll select Healing Brush tool, I'm going to make another layer in my Layers palette by clicking the Create New Layer button and I'll call this one, eyebrows. With the eyebrows layer selected, I'll go to the Options bar for the Healing Brush tool and I'm going to click all layers. I also like to click Aligned and I'll show you why in just a minute and now, I'm going to come into the boy's face and I'm going to click in some nice clear skin up here holding down the Alt key. When I Alt-click, that samples good pixels and now with the healing brush, I'll click on top of the area that I want to clean up.

As I do that, the brush is taking good pixels from the cross and placing them inside the circle. And because I have Aligned checked, the cross that indicates where the good pixels are, is moving with me as I move my mouse. So even if I go up here to get rid of this scar, the cross comes with me. So, if you like to take pictures of people, experiment with the Spot Healing Brush and the Healing Brush; it will make all of your portraits look a lot better.

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