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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Merging multiple exposures


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Merging multiple exposures

When you are photographing there are often times when your camera can't capture the entire range of light in a scene. The solution in that case is to take more than one shot with your subject in approximately the same location and if you have a tripod, by putting your camera on a tripod, although that's not entirely necessary. Then you can take two or more exposures of the same scene and bring them into the new Photomerge Exposure technique in Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements and have Elements blend those multiple exposures together into one shot in which everything is well lit.
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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

Merging multiple exposures

When you are photographing there are often times when your camera can't capture the entire range of light in a scene. The solution in that case is to take more than one shot with your subject in approximately the same location and if you have a tripod, by putting your camera on a tripod, although that's not entirely necessary. Then you can take two or more exposures of the same scene and bring them into the new Photomerge Exposure technique in Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements and have Elements blend those multiple exposures together into one shot in which everything is well lit.

To show you that, I have two shots here. These were taken at night, although you can use this technique with photos taken during the day. This shot here on the right in the Organizer was taken without flash and so although the foreground subject is not lit, you can see the lights and the silhouettes in the background. Right after that the photographer took the same shot with flash and in this image the foreground subject is lit but the background is black. I am going to bring these two images into the Photomerge Exposure feature in Guided Edit to blend them together.

I'll select them both here in the Organizer by clicking on one and then holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the other, and then I'll go to the Fix tab in the task pane. Click the arrow there and I'll choose Guided Photo Edit and that opens both photos here in Guided Edit Mode. The first step here is to select all of the photos that I want to blend in the Project Bin. So I'll click on one, hold the Ctrl key and click on the other. Then I'll go over to the list of Guided Edit techniques on the right. I'll go to the Photomerge category and I'll choose Exposure, a new technique in Elements 8.

It may take a moment as Elements analyzes both images and then it opens them here into Photomerge Exposure. Here on the right is an explanation of how to use Photomerge Exposure along with controls for this technique. There are actually two different workflows here. By default the Manual workflow is selected. So I'll show you that one first. I like the Manual workflow because it gives you the most control over blending your images together. You can see on the left that the photo taken with flash has been placed into the foreground area. I need to bring another photo into the background area.

I have only one other photo here, the one taken without flash. So I'm going to click and hold on the thumbnail of that photo in the Project Bin, the one with the yellow border around it, and then with my mouse held down I'll drag into this background area and release. The next step is to identify which parts of the foreground image I want to blend into the background image. To do that, I'll make sure that this Selection tool is highlighted on the right and then I'll come into the foreground image and I'm going to just draw over the parts of the foreground image that I want to blend into the background image, and in just a second Elements automatically brings those portions over here into the background image.

I'm going to enable Show Regions, so I can get this Overlay view of which parts have been brought in. It's the parts here that don't have the yellow overlay on them. Now I made my brush strokes so wide here that I brought in parts that I really don't want. But that's okay. I can fix that using the Eraser tool. I am going to select the Eraser tool and then I'll come over to the Foreground image on the left and I'm going to erase those parts that I don't want to include and this happens interactively, so I can see the results over there on the Background image as I do it.

If I go too far, I can get the Selection tool and come back and bring part of that back in and then the Eraser tool again, down here to try to erase that extra bit. Now I'm not going to take the time to do this perfectly. I'll just go with that for now. Then I'm going to go back and uncheck Show Regions and I can fine-tune further by using the Transparency slider here, which determines how much of each photo is blended into the final. I am going to try dragging that to the right and you can see that the subject is getting just a little bit darker as I allow some of the background image to show through.

Checking Edge Blending can also smooth the edges of the blend between the two photos. And I see I have a little bit extra black here, so once again, I'm going to get my Eraser tool, turn on Show Regions and I'm going to try to eliminate that by clicking and dragging over the corresponding area in the Foreground image. That looks pretty good to me, so I'm going to uncheck Show Regions. I'll uncheck Show Strokes, so I don't have to look at the blue strokes on the Foreground image. And then I'm going to scroll down, because I want to show you that there are some more controls here.

If you find that your two images aren't well aligned in the final that showing here in the Background image, you can click the Advanced Options and here you'll find instructions about placing markers on each of the two photos to try to align them better. In this case, I don't think I need to do that. I'm pretty happy with the result that I have, so I could click Done. But I'm not going to do that because I want to go all the way back up to the top by clicking and dragging on the scrollbar and show you the other workflow for Photomerge Exposure and that is using its Automatic features.

So I'll click on Automatic. When I click on the Automatic tab, Elements is automatically blending the images together and giving me a final result here. And I actually think in this case it's not bad, but I do have options to fine-tune this. Notice that the Smart Blending radio button is enabled by default and that means that I have these three sliders. Here I can tweak the Highlights or I can tweak the Shadows. So for example, if I drag Shadows to the left, I've darkened the shadow areas, maybe I want a little too far there, so that the model doesn't look over flashed.

I can also adjust the Saturation of the final photo. The Saturation is the purity of color or the intensity of color. So if I drag that to the right, we get a little more color in the final image. And then if I like that result I could click Done, but I want to show you one last option here. If I don't want to take the time to even do the Smart Blending, I can have Elements do everything for me automatically by clicking the Automatic tab and then just choosing Simple Blending. Now in this case, I don't really like the result of Simple Blending. I much prefer the results that I got from the Automatic Smart Blending and even better, the results that I got from the Manual tab.

But I'm going to choose Smart Blending for now and I'm going to go with that by clicking Done, at which point Elements creates a final image for me which you see here in the After window of Guided Edit and also here as an additional image in the Project Bin. At this point, I would save the image and close it by clicking the Close button.

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