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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
The Clone Stamp tool is a lot like the Healing Brush tool in that it allows you to sample good pixels and use those to patch bad areas of a photo. But the Clone Stamp tool is different from the Healing Brush tool and from the Spot Healing Brush tool in that the Clone Stamp tool doesn't try to blend that patch with the surrounding areas of the image, it just lays down pixels and covers part of the photo. And sometimes that's just what you want. For example, in the last movie I showed you that trying to use the Healing Brush tool to cover up the hairs along the hairline here was giving me a kind of a blurry dark area because the Healing Brush tool was trying to blend with the surrounding hair.
So when you're working near a dark area or near the edge of the photo, you might want to try the Clone Stamp tool instead. I will select the Clone Stamp tool here in the toolbox and I am going to leave all of its options at their defaults for now. In particular I will make sure that Aligned is checked, and then I will move into the image. I'd like to try to clean up these stray hairs over here at the edge of the eyebrow. So I am going to hold down the Alt key on the PC, that's the Option key on a Mac, and I'm going to click on some good pixels nearby and that samples those good pixels, and then I'll move over the bad pixels, the little hairs and I'm going to click.
I will try not to click and drag with this tool, instead I like to kind of dab at it, clicking and releasing my mouse and that often gives a more natural result, like that. I think that looks great, it's just what I wanted. I will do the same thing over on the right, holding down the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, to sample some good pixels, and then I'll move over the eyebrow and here I can actually get away with dragging a little bit to clean up the stray hairs. So by laying down pixels without trying to blend them the Clone Stamp tool did the trick in this case.
You can also use the Clone Stamp tool to remove larger objects from an image. So don't forget to give this tool a try.
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