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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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.
One of the things people ask me about all the time is how do I remove an old boyfriend or a lamppost or a hair or some other content for an image? Well, sometimes you can do that using the Healing Brush tool or the Spot Healing Brush tool that I covered in an earlier movie. But sometimes those tools aren't strong enough for the task, because what they do is attempt to blend in the cover- up pixels with the image below, and sometimes the image below will just show through in a way that doesn't completely eliminate content.
If you find that to be the case, give the Clone Stamp tool a try. I'm going to select the Clone Stamp tool in the toolbar, and then I'm going to go over to the layers panel, and I am going to make a new layer on which to use the Clone Stamp tool, by clicking the Create New layer button at the bottom of the layers panel. I'm going to name this layer, double- clicking its name, and I will call this 'clone', and then press Return, and I'll make sure the Clone layer is selected. Next, I'm going to go out to the Options bar for the Clone Stamp tool, and I want to make sure to check Sample All layers.
What that does is it tells the tool to sample some good pixels from other layers in the file, in this case from the photo on the background layer, but to lay those correcting pixels down on the selected Clone layer. I am also going to go to the mode menu here, and click, and I am going to choose a different formula for blending the correcting pixels that I am going to use to cover up part of this image with the image itself. Let me close that for a minute, so that you can see that what I'm going to try to do is to remove this dog from the beach.
And the dog is darker than the surrounding waves and sand, so I'm going to change the mode menu to Lighten, because that's what I want to do is lighten this area to remove the dog. I am also going to go to this menu in the Options bar, Show Selected Brush presets. I want to be sure to use a relatively hard-edged brush for this purpose. So I'm going to select one of the hard round brushes here, and then I'll click the X. Now I'm ready to use the Clone Stamp tool. So I am going to move into the image, and I'm going to place my mouse over the dog that I want to eliminate, and I am going to use the right bracket key on my keyboard to make the brush tip just a little bit bigger than that dog.
Then I'm going to move off to the right of the dog, putting a brush tip over the pixels that I want a sample to hide the dog. I'll hold down the Option key, and that changes the cursor to this target icon, and I'll click to sample some pixels, and then I'll release. Now I'm going to carefully move to the left staying in line with my target point, and when I get over the dog, I'll click. You can see that with a single click, I've managed to eliminate the dog from the photo. Going back over to the layers panel, I'm going to hold the Option key as I click on the eye icon to the left of the Clone layer, and you can see there, the pixels that I laid down that are covering up the dog.
I'll Option click again on the eye icon to the left of the Clone layer, and then I am just going to click on that eye icon to make the Clone layer temporarily invisible, so you can see that the dog is still there on the background layer below. He's just being covered up by the pixels that I laid down on the Clone layer. Then I'll click in the Visibility Field of the Clone layer again. So that's how to set up and use the Clone Stamp tool to remove unwanted content from your images.
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