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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.
There's a trio of retouching tools in the Full Photo Edit workspace that can make almost any picture of a person look better. The Spot Healing Brush tool, the Healing Brush tool, and the Clone Stamp tool used alone or together make it simple to remove blemishes, reduce wrinkles, and cleanup other skin flaws. The simplest of these tools is the Spot Healing Brush tool which makes short work of small blemishes. I'll select the Spot Healing Brush tool in the toolbar and I will make sure that I'm zoomed in close enough to see the blemishes on this subject's face.
And then I'll just move my mouse over one of those blemishes, I'll use the Left Bracket and Right Bracket keys to size the brush tip so it's just a touch bigger than the blemish, and those Bracket keys are located next to the P key on the keyboard, and then I'll click. When I move my mouse away you can see that the blemishes almost magically disappeared. What's happened is that the Spot Healing Brush analyzed the image, looking for skin content similar to the area I was trying to cover, copied that good content and then pasted it down like a patch on top of the blemish and blended it in to the surrounding image.
For more flexibility you can make these corrections on a separate layer, that way you can delete them all if you want to and it's just a good idea not to make direct changes on the photograph itself. So to work more nondestructively I'm going to go to the Layers panel and make a brand new empty layer above the Photo layer by clicking the Add New layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. I'll give the new layer a name by double- clicking its default name and I'll type healing and press Enter or Return on my keyboard. With that Healing layer selected in the Layers panel I'm going to go up to the Options Bar for the Spot Healing Brush tool and I'll make sure that Sample All layers is checked.
While I'm here I'll also make sure that Content-Aware is checked. With this option on, the Spot Healing Brush tool usually does the very best job of covering up unwanted content. But if it ever gives you a result that you don't like, you can try Proximity Match or Create Texture instead. So now I will come into the image and I will look for some other spots to cover. Here's one here. I'll click on that spot and it's gone, and I'll do a couple other spots up here as well, and one down here. If I turn off the Photo layer over in the Layers panel so you can see just what's on the Healing layer, you can see the little spots of good content that were laid down on top of the areas that I wanted to cover.
I'll turn the photo back on by clicking the Eye icon to the left of the Background layer. Now if the Spot Healing Brush doesn't give you a result you like or if there is a larger imperfection that you'd like to conceal you might try the other brush in that tool spot, the Healing Brush tool, which gives you a little more control over the process. I'll show you the Healing Brush tool in the very next movie.
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