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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
Another new tool in the new Touch Up palette that is in the Task pane in the Quick Fix workspace is this one, a Black and White tool that with one click will select part of your image and convert that part to high contrast black and white. Let's see how it works. I have got the tool selected here in the Touch Up palette and I'm just going to come into my image. I'll make my brush a little bigger by pressing the right bracket key and starting down on the bottom left I'm just going to start dragging up. As I drag, the tool is creating a selection that is snapping to the edges of the background and at the same time that it is making the selection it is doing the conversion to black and white. All the way around down to the bottom and I'm done. Now if I decide that I want the hat not to be included in this conversion I can come up to the Options bar and select the minus icon. I come back to the image and make my brush a bit smaller by pressing the left bracket key and I'm just going to paint inside that hat.
To remove the black and white adjustment and give it some color again. Mixing black and white in color in this way can really give you some dramatic effects in your photos.
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