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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.
One of the most practical of the Guided Edits is one that walks you step by step through the process of retouching a portrait, to make it look better. I've opened this portrait into the Guided Photo Edit workspace in the Editor, as I showed you how to do in the last movie. And to access the portrait retouching Guided Edit, I'll go to the Advanced Edit section of the Guided Edits. I think this section is unfortunately named because you don't have to be an advanced user to walk through the retouching technique known as Perfect Portrait. This technique not only shows you how to retouch a photo, it also suggests things that you can do to make the photo look better.
I'll click the Perfect Portrait Guided Edit and now I see instructions for this Guided Edit here in the Task pane on the right. As with every Guided Edit, all I have to do is read through this narrative, following the instructions here and using the tools supplied. The first step is to enhance the texture of the skin, and that's done by applying a smart blur. As instructed, I'll click the Apply Smart Blur button right here, and that opens the Smart Blur dialog box. Here I can see a preview of the subject, and I want to be sure that I can see her skin in the preview.
And then I'll go down to the Radius slider and I'll drag it slightly to the right. You don't want to go too far with the Radius slider. The idea is just to blur the skin so that it smoothes out any wrinkles or other rough patches. And I'll click OK. Now as you can seem the entire photo looks blurry. I'll go to the next step, which is to reveal the original photo through this blur, by clicking the Reveal Original button. And now I'm going to paint that blur back in just where I want it. Before I do that, I'd like to see a larger view of the photo, so I'm going to double-click the Project Bin tab here to collapse the project bin.
And then I'll select either the Zoom tool or the Hand tool, and in the Options bar for those tools, I'll click Fit Screen, to zoom the photo in, to fill the whole document window. And now I'm going to go back over to the Guided Edit and select the Blur brush. I'll follow this tip, which tells me to use a soft brush and to set the brush opacity to just 50%. That's done up in the Tool Options bar. I'll go to the brush picker and click the arrow to the right of the brush picker, and I want to make sure that I have a soft brush selected.
I'll click in the tool Options bar to close the brush picker, and then I'll go to the Opacity field and I'll make sure that's set to 50%. If it isn't, you can just select the percentage and type in 50. Now I'll move in to the image, and I'm going to start painting that blur back in, just where I want it. Notice that I'm painting on her skin, but I'm avoiding her eyes and her eyebrows and her hair and her lips and all of the other parts of the photo that I want to remain crisp. I just want to soften her skin with some of that smart blur.
And as I paint, I'm changing the size of my brush by pressing the left bracket key on my keyboard--that's right next to the P key--to make the brush tip smaller, or the right bracket key next to the left bracket, which will make the brush tip larger. When I am done painting in that blur, I'll move down to see some other instructions here. The next instruction tells me that I can increase the contrast in the image by clicking this button. I am going to click the button, and if I don't like that result, I can go up to the Edit menu and choose Undo.
You can do this with a lot of the steps in this particular Guided Edit. Next, the instructions in the Guided Edit show me how to enhance facial features. All I have to do is select a tool, read the description, and apply it. So this first tool is the Spot Healing tool that I can use to eliminate blemishes in the portrait. I'll move into the image and click right on top of that ornament and it disappears. And here I see a little mark on the face. I'll do the same over there to eliminate that mark, and this one, and there is a little mole down here.
I want the size of my brush tip to just cover these spots. And again, I can use the left and right bracket keys to size the tip. The next tip, the Red Eye Removal tool, is used if you have red glow in your subject's eyes as a result of having used flash on your camera. I don't have that problem in this photo, so I'll move on to the next tool, which is the Dodge tool. The instructions tell me I can use this tool to brighten the eyes a little bit. So I'll select the tool, I'll move over an eye, I'll make sure that my brush is the right size to fit inside the pupil, and I'll click to brighten that eye and this eye.
Each time I click, the eyes will get a little brighter. Next there is a Burn tool. This tool will make areas of the face darker. So I can use these to make the lashes and brows a little bit darker. I'll select the Burn tool, I'll move in to the image, and with a small brush tip I'll drag over the eyebrows to darken them, and this makes them a little bit more dramatic. I can do the same thing on the eyelashes. I will use the left bracket key to make my brush really small, and then I'll just paint a little bit over the lashes, almost like I am adding some mascara.
I can do that under the lashes too, and that will emphasize the eyes a little bit. Almost everyone's teeth can benefit from a little whitening in a portrait, and there is a Whiten Teeth tool right here that will do that for me. I'll select that tool, and then I'll come into the image and with a very small brush, I am going to click and drag over the teeth. This brush both selects the teeth based on their color and tone and whitens at the same time. Now, if I go too far, as I did here, and include some of the lip in the selection, I can subtract from the selection by going up to the Options bar for this tool and clicking on the Subtract from selection option, and then coming back in and dragging over the lips to remove the selection from them.
I am going to scroll down to see the third part of the instructions, which has to do with special touch-ups. I could just leave things as they are, or if I want, I can add a kind of glamour glow to the portrait. I'll click Add Glow, and that opens the Filter Gallery to the Diffuse Glow Filter. Over here is a preview of the photo with this Glow effect. I can use the Graininess slider to add a little bit of grain. I can control the amount of the glow, a lot, or just a touch, and I can control the amount of the photo that is clear of this glow.
And then I'll click OK and I can see that glamour glow reflected on the portrait. There is one more option here. Again, this is just optional, but if I want to make the subject a little bit slimmer looking, I can click the Slim button and that narrows the face. And each time I click, that will increase the effect, as it tells me here. Now I'd like to compare the results of going through this Guided Edit with the original. So I'll come down to the View menu, underneath the document window, and from there, I'm going to choose Before & After, either Horizontal or Vertical. I'll go with Horizontal.
And now I can see the corrected portrait on the right and the original on the left. If I don't like this result, I can go down here and click the Reset button, and that will take me all the way back to the beginning of the Guided Edit instructions, and I can go through those again, applying the tools with different settings. Or I can cancel out of the Guided Edit altogether, or I can click Done, and that takes me back to the list of all the Guided Edits. All that's left to do would be to close and save the image, as I showed you how to do in the last movie.
So even if you have no experience with portrait retouching, walking through the instructions for the Perfect Portrait Guided Edit and using the tools that are there at your fingertips can improve the appearance of your photographs of people.
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