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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
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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