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Using Photomerge Faces

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Using Photomerge Faces

With this movie I would like to show you how to merge facial features from two separate images into a single shot using the Photomerge Faces feature in Elements 6. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I would like to do is scroll down here in the Content panel and double-click on the Chapter 11 Retouching folder. Then I would like to double-click on the Photomerge Faces folder, select these two images by Shift-clicking and then go under the Tools menu, choose Photoshop Elements and then Photomerge Faces.

Using Photomerge Faces

With this movie I would like to show you how to merge facial features from two separate images into a single shot using the Photomerge Faces feature in Elements 6. I'm currently in the Adobe Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I would like to do is scroll down here in the Content panel and double-click on the Chapter 11 Retouching folder. Then I would like to double-click on the Photomerge Faces folder, select these two images by Shift-clicking and then go under the Tools menu, choose Photoshop Elements and then Photomerge Faces.

That's going to open up both of these images here in the Elements' Editing workspace and take us directly to Guided Edit mode, where it's going to explain to us how we should go about merging facial features in these two images. Let's just pick a face photo in the Project bin that would make a good base image. Drag it to the Final window on the right. Click another face photo in the bin and click the Alignment tool to place three markers in the Source window and three markers in the Final window. Drag the markers on the eyes and mouth, on each face, click to align the photos.

So first thing we need to do is to find which image is going to be the Source image and which is going to be the Final image. It's defaulting to the first image in the Project bin, you can see them both down here as the Source image, that's not what I want. I actually want the first image to be the Final image so I'm going to drag that over here. I would like the second image in the Project bin to be the Source image. So all I need to do is click on that and now we have that over here on the left. So what I would like to do here, first I'm going to go ahead and zoom in, I'm going to switch to the Zoom tool and click a couple of times. Then I'm going to hold down the Spacebar to temporarily access that Hand tool there and scroll after the right. We're going to focus on my face right here for now.

I actually like this image on the right. This is actually a pretty good image. The only thing I don't like about is that my eye is a little bit lazy over here; it's squinting a bit. So I would like to replace this right eye in this image with the eye in the Source image, which is not squinting. Everything else about this image, I like. So we're just going to improve the image by fixing that one lazy eye. Now before I go about aligning my facial features in here and indicating that I want to merge this eye into this shot, I just want to explain to you that this tool works best when you're working with two images where the faces are facing in the same direction. In other words, my face is pointing right towards the camera, it's not rotated in either direction in either shot. It looks pretty much the same and that's going to give me good results.

However, if I were to be doing this with say these faces over here of my wife and my son, notice that their heads are not matched up, they are rotated slightly from shot to shot, in which case these feature would not work very well, if I try to sample something like a nose or a mouth or an eye. It's not going to align that well and now work as well. It works best if the images are very, very similar like these two. So that's something to keep in mind before you try using this on your own photos.

So now that we know that, what we need to do is align faces in both of these images. What we need to do is click the Alignment tool over here on the right. Then you will see these markers up here and both the Final and the Source image. We'll start with the Source image. I will go ahead and scroll over a little bit, holding down that spacebar. There they are, one, two and three. They appear in the middle of the photograph, by default. You need to move these over the eyes and the mouth. So I'll put one over here, over my left eye, two right over the right eye, and three right in the center of my mouth, right there. Then in the Final image we need to do the same thing.

This is telling Elements how it should align the faces in each shot. So it's very important that we do this first, otherwise you won't get very good results. Now we can click Align Photos. All right, it does its thing. You can see it actually changed a little bit about this image over here in order to align them. So now what we need to do is use this Pencil tool down here, click on that, and then draw a line over the feature that we want to merge into the Final image. That's the eye, so I'm going to go ahead and just click, drag right over that eye.

So here we have the replaced eye. Let's go ahead and click the Undo button, there's the before. Click Redo, and now we can see you're focusing over here, we can zoom in some if we would like as well. Let's go ahead and get the Zoom tool. Zoom in on the face, there we go. Let's do it one more time. Undo, there is the before, and Redo, there is the after. So it does a really good job. The reason it did such a good job is because these photos are very, very similar. But I managed to repair this image now. This looks a lot better to me. I don't have that lazy eye anymore and now I have the images that I can share with all of our family and friends during Christmas time and that's the beauty of this feature.

So what we can do then is either click Done or click Full and just go back into Full Edit mode, just to take a look at what it did with our image. We can see here is the new eye and everything is looking really, really good. So now what we can do is just save this image and I would do a Save As, maybe Save File, Save As, and save it into our folder or anywhere, it maybe on our desktop and name it xmas_final or something like that. So we know that this is the one that we fixed and this is one that we're going to use to share with our family and friends. We'll click Save and we have it.

There is our JPEG dialog box. That looks good, using the Maximum option click OK, and we're good to go. So now we have a final version of this image sampled from the previous tool. So that's how you can use Photomerge Faces in order to sample and merge facial features between two shots.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

84 video lessons · 5404 viewers

Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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