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Using the Cookie Cutter tool

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Using the Cookie Cutter tool

Here's a tool that's made specifically for you scrapbookers. The Cookie Cutter tool will take any photograph and create a shape from it, and then you can use those shapes on your scrapbook pages. The shapes that the Cookie Cutter makes are vector graphic shapes, just like those created with Shape tool. In this image, I have two layers. There is the aqua water layer, which you see here, and then I'll make that temporarily invisible by clicking its eye icon, so you can see the blue water layer beneath it. I'll turn the aqua water layer back on by clicking in its visibility field, and I'm going to select the aqua water layer, because that's the one from which I want to make a shape.

Using the Cookie Cutter tool

Here's a tool that's made specifically for you scrapbookers. The Cookie Cutter tool will take any photograph and create a shape from it, and then you can use those shapes on your scrapbook pages. The shapes that the Cookie Cutter makes are vector graphic shapes, just like those created with Shape tool. In this image, I have two layers. There is the aqua water layer, which you see here, and then I'll make that temporarily invisible by clicking its eye icon, so you can see the blue water layer beneath it. I'll turn the aqua water layer back on by clicking in its visibility field, and I'm going to select the aqua water layer, because that's the one from which I want to make a shape.

Now, I'll go over to the toolbar, and I am going to select the Cookie Cutter tool here. Up in the Options bar for the Cookie Cutter tool, I'll click the arrow to the right of the Shape field and this reveals a menu of the same shapes that are available with the Custom Shape tool. I am going to scroll up to the top of this menu and by the way, if you don't see all of these options in your menu, click the double-pointed arrow here and choose All Elements Shapes and then go to the bottom-right of the Shape Picker and drag down, so that you can see more shapes. I am going to select a shape from the top of the Shape Picker, this fish shape, and then I'm going to click X at the top right of the shape picker to close it.

There are some options I can set up here in the Options bar before I draw out a Cookie Cutter Shape. One is to go to the Shape Options menu by clicking this arrow, and selecting defined proportions, and that will protect the shape from being distorted as I drag it out, and I won't have to hold down the Shift key to make that happen. I am going to click in a blank area of the Options bar to close that menu and then I'm going to go to the Feather Field. If I want the edge of my shape to be slightly soft, I can add a small amount of feather, but it's always a guess as to how much to put in here, I am just going to put 2 pixels and see how that works.

And finally, I'm ready to draw out my shape, so I'll come into to the image, and I'll click-and-drag the shape of the fish. Because I haven't yet committed this shape, I can rotate it by moving my mouse outside one of the corners, and dragging. I can change the size of the shape by moving the mouse over one of the corner anchor points, holding the Shift key and dragging, or I could even distort the shape by just dragging on one of the anchor points. So, here I'll make the fish longer. When I'm done doing all that, I can click the green checkbox, and that creates this fish shape with a slightly blurry edge, because I added a little bit of feather, and if you look at the layers panel, you'll see that the content of the aqua water layer is now simply this fish.

If I hold the Option key and click on the eye icon to the left of the aqua water layer, you'll see the resulting fish made from this photograph of water, and I'll Option+Click or Alt+Click again, to turn the Background layer back on. So you can see that the Cookie Cutter tool has lots of possibilities. It's great for scrapbookers, or for anyone who may need a shape to work with.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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