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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Cookie Cutter tool in the Full Edit workspace is custom-made for scrapbookers because it could be used to create a graphic shape that's filled with a photograph. The Cookie Cutter tool is located here in the toolbox. It uses the same preset shapes that come with the Custom Shape tool that we saw in the last movie. To create one of those custom shapes that's filled with this photograph of leaves, I'll go over to the layers panel and I click on the leaves layer. Then I'll go up to the options bar for the Cookie Cutter tool and I click the arrow to the right of the Shape field.
These are the default shapes but there are many more as you saw in the last movie about the Custom Shape tool. I will click the double pointed arrow on the side of the Shape picker and I'm going to choose to see just the shapes that are in the category Foliage and Trees and from here I'm going to click on this icon to select this tree. But you can choose anyone you want if you're following along. Then I'll click in a blank area of the options bar to close the Shape picker. If I wanted to constrain this shape to particular proportions or size, I could make a choice in the Shape Options menu but I'm not going to do that.
I also have the option to add a little bit of softness to the edge of this shape but I want this shape to be nice and crisp so I won't add any feather. If you ever do use this option, then only add just a couple of pixels or else the edge of the shape is likely to be too soft depending on the size of your shape. I am going to put a check box next to Crop, so that as soon as I create this shape Elements will automatically crop away all of the area outside of this shape and that saves me a step. Then I'll come into the image and I'm going to click and drag and although it's hard to see, I'm creating the outline of a tree.
When I release my mouse, Elements automatically adds a vector outline and a mask to hide the area of leaves that's outside of the shape of the tree and so outside of the outlines of the tree shape we can see down to the yellow background on the layer below. Now I'm going to click this green check mark to accept this and when I do, Elements automatically crops away the extra area so that all that I have on the leaves layer is my shape filled with the photograph of leaves. If I make the background layer invisible, you will see the contents of the leaves layer.
So the Cookie Cutter tool is a fun and useful way to make use of shapes in the Full Edit workspace.
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