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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.
Have you ever had an image that's really a great photo and one you can't take again, but there's something in it that you want to remove? Maybe a light post that appears to be growing out of someone's head, or maybe an old boyfriend or maybe someone that just wandered into your photo, like this dog that ran across this photo of a beach that I took. There are a couple of tools that you can try when you want to remove content from a photo. You might try the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush tools that I covered in an earlier movie. But sometimes those don't do a great job of completely removing content, because they try to blend the texture and the tones of the healing pixels with the image below.
So, sometimes you need something stronger and that something is the Clone Stamp tool. I'm going to use the Clone Stamp tool in this image to remove this dog. First I'm going to go to the Layers panel and I'm going to make a new layer. I'll click the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel and then I'll rename that new layer by double-clicking the default name and I'm going to call this cover dog, and then I'll press Enter. I'll make sure that cover dog layer is selected in the Layers panel. And then I'm going to go to the toolbar and I'm going to select this tool, the Clone Stamp tool.
I'm going to up to the Options bar for the Clone Stamp tool, and I'll make sure that Sample All Layers is checked. This is just like to Sample All Layers command that I showed you for the Healing Brush tool and the Spot Healing Brush tool. Working this way make sure that the pixels with which I'm going to cover up the dog are located on a separate layer from the background, but are sampled from that background layer. And that will give me the freedom to throw away that cover up or maybe to lower the opacity of the cover-up layer to make it less intense.
Then I'm going to go up to the Mode menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to make one more change. The Mode menu contains a list of formulas that I can use to blend the pixels with which I'm going to be covering up the dog, with the pixels on the layer below, the background layer. In this case the dog is darker than the area around him. So, I want the pixels to lighten the dog area. So, I'm going to choose the Lighten formula. Now, I'm going to move into the image, and I'm going to put my cursor right next to the dog, but not on top of the dog.
Now, I can see that this brush is a soft brush tip, because the edge of the cursor is kind of fuzzy. I'm going to make the brush tip harder and to do that I'm going to hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and press the right bracket key. And as I do you can see the edge of that brush tip circle change a bit. And now I'm going to make the brush tip bigger by pressing the right bracket key without the Shift key held down. I am going to move the brush over the dog to do that because I want the brush just big enough to cover the dog, because I think I can get rid of him in just one click.
Then I'll move my mouse just to the right of the dog, I'll hold down the Alt key to change the cursor to a target, and I'm going to click once to sample the good pixels from under the brush tip. I'm actually sampling the waves and the ocean, and then I'm going to carefully move to the left because I'm going to want to have the edge of the waves lined up and then I'm going to click on top of the dog, and he's gone. Now, if I go over to Layers panel and I click on the eye icon to the left of the covered dog layer, you'll see the dog come back, and if I click again he will disappear.
I'm going to hold down the Alt key on the keyboard as I click on the eye icon to the left of the cover dog layer. Now, if you look closely you can see the pixels with which I covered up the dog right there. I'll Alt-click again on the cover dog layer to bring back the background layer. So, as you can see the Clone Stamp tool can be a really useful way to change the content of your image, eliminating a dog, a light post, a person or whatever you don't want in your photo.
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