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Life moves fast, and you can't just press "pause" to get the exact photo you want. Nor is it easy to find a lot of time to fix images after the fact. In this workshop author and expert Tim Grey shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to make a big impact on your digital photographs in a short time. After getting a quick overview of the Elements interface, learn how to fix problems with lighting, color, noise, and red eye. If you like, you can then move on to explore more advanced techniques like removing unwanted objects from an image, replacing the background, reducing depth of field, and more. This course teaches all the skills you need to create images with staying power.
In some cases, you may feel that the clean up task you want to perform seems impossible. Those thoughts may occur both when you're taking the picture in the first place, and when you're working on the photo later. For example, with this lion that I photographed in South Africa, it's obvious that the grasses that are in the foreground are a little bit distracting. At the time I would have liked to have gotten them out of the way, but that wouldn't have been the smartest thing to do. Even after the capture, knowing that I can work on the image with digital tools such as Photoshop Elements, you might feel that cleaning up these grasses would be near impossible. But as you'll see in this lesson it's actually not that difficult. There's just one little trick that you need to keep in mind. I'll start by using the Spot Healing Brush tool. I'll go ahead and choose the Spot Healing Brush tool, from the toolbox and make sure that the Content Aware option, is turned on. With the Spot Healing Brush tool, all I need to do is paint over a blemish and it will be removed automatically.
I'll zoom in on the main of the line, here for example and adjust the brush size for my Spot Healing Brush tool using the left and right square bracket keys. The left square bracket key to reduce the size of the brush and the right square bracket key to increase the size of the brush. I want that brush to be just a little bit larger then the blemish I'm trying to remove. I'll go ahead and Click and Drag across this grass and then Click and Drag across the other grass there, and you can see the cleanup is quite impressive.
I'll zoom out, though, and we can take a look at the larger grass in the bottom left corner of the image. Here, things are a little more tricky because it covers such a large area of the image. This is where the little trick comes in. Instead of trying to remove the entirety of a blemish, try working in sections. For example, I'll start off by trying to clean up the top portion of the grass here, and that works out very nicely. And then I'll get another section of the grass here, painting over that portion of the image and that looks very good. I can then attack each of these smaller little areas down here, continuing to apply corrections and clean ups until all of that grass seems to have been eliminated.
Of course I can also zoom in very closely and examine all the fine details. But the key is to work in small steps, and the same goes for many other blemishes. For example here I'll work in several small strokes working on these grasses one little section at a time until I have a good result. Generally, I'll want to consider the overall background, trying to work in a uniform area. In other words, painting over one area of the image. In this example, you can see that the main is lighter up top and darker down below, and then the fur is much shorter below that. And so each of those sections I could adjust independently. So by workign in relativley small areas at a time, even when you have somewhat large blemishes to clean up, you'll be able to produce a much better final image.
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