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Using Photomerge Group Shot

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Using Photomerge Group Shot

With this movie I would like to show you how to merge two images together into a single group shot using the new Photomerge Groupshot feature in Elements 6. I'm currently in the 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 double-click on the photomerge group folder. I would then like to select both of these images in here by Shift-clicking and then I'm going to go under the Tools menu and choose Photoshop Elements Photomerge Groupshot. That's going to open up both images into the Guided Edit mode in the Elements' Editing workspace. So here we're in the Elements' Editing workspace. We're in Guided Edit mode and we're going to merge two images together using Photomerge Groupshot.

Using Photomerge Group Shot

With this movie I would like to show you how to merge two images together into a single group shot using the new Photomerge Groupshot feature in Elements 6. I'm currently in the 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 double-click on the photomerge group folder. I would then like to select both of these images in here by Shift-clicking and then I'm going to go under the Tools menu and choose Photoshop Elements Photomerge Groupshot. That's going to open up both images into the Guided Edit mode in the Elements' Editing workspace. So here we're in the Elements' Editing workspace. We're in Guided Edit mode and we're going to merge two images together using Photomerge Groupshot.

Notice over here on the upper right Guided Edit mode actually gives you some information about how to do this. It says Create the perfect photo from multiple photos. Find the best group photo in the Project bin and drag it to the Final window on the right. Click other photos in the bin and use the Pencil tool to draw a line over areas that you would like to merge into the final photo. So by default, it's taking the first image in the Project bin, that we have opened here, and using that as the source image and that is not the image that I would like to use. So instead, I'm going to drag that image from the Project bin over to the final area. Then I'm going to click on the other image in order to make it the source image.

Now before I begin indicating which areas I want to merge together with these two images, I want to let you know a few things about how this works, because you really need to choose specific types of images in order to try to make this work. I've chosen two images that are very similar in content. They were taken in the same setting one right after the other. That's really what you need to do when you want to use this feature. If you're working with an image of multiple people and their interacting closely, or if they are standing in front of one another, or if the settings are entirely different, you're not going to get very good results using this particular feature.

It works best if you choose images, taken from the same setting and even from the same shoot would be best. If there is a lot of space within the image, like we have here. Notice these are very similar, we have a lot of space between both my wife and son Enzo. So this is going to make for a nice, clean, easy merge. If there were other people in the shot, people in the background, people standing in between them, touching things, it would make this very, very difficult and it probably wouldn't work as well. So that's something to be aware of before you start using this tool. So now that we know that, now we know we're working with and we know the limitations of the tool, let's go ahead and indicate to Elements which part of this photograph we want to merge with the one on the right.

With the Pencil tool selected over here we need to draw inside of the source image to indicate what we're going to copy into the final image. What I'm going to do is go ahead and copy this whole left side here, starting with the shadow up here and dragging all the way down to the left corner. So I'm basically taking the left half of the photograph including my son Enzo and merging that with the image on the right, and it did a pretty good job. If we take a look over here and turn on the Show Regions option we can see which regions were from which image. The yellow area is from the Source image and the blue area is from the Final image. So you can see sort of like the dividing line right in here. That allows us to inspect this image closer and see if it did a really good job. So all I need to do then, I'm going to go ahead and turn that off, just take a look at it and see if it did a good job.

It looks like it did. I'm not really seeing a noticeable mark in between the two images. Let's go ahead and click Full in order enter Full Edit mode now. When we do we'll see that we now have a third image in the Project bin and this is our new merged image. Notice also that it did this using layers. Here's our merged layer up at the top. We can turn that off by clicking the eyeball icon. Here is the original final image and you can see it's aligning the two of them together underneath in that particular image.

So we don't necessary need this guy, the one that we do need is this one. So let's inspect this closer, I'm going to hide the Project bin for now. I'm going to zoom in some by pressing Command+ Plus and let's take a look over here and see what it did. Take a look along that region dividing line; it looks like things merge really well. I don't see a noticeable split between the two images anywhere in here. Now obviously we have some white areas that need to be cropped away. That's something that we're definitely going to do, but for now I just take a quick look and see if there is anything else that didn't merge very well. It looks spotless to me. If we take a look over here on the left, we see some areas that got stretched, that's okay, we can crop those away as well along with the white area.

So now that we've inspected our merge, we can see that it did a really job. I'm going to go ahead and fit in window by pressing Ctrl+0 and then press the C key to access the Crop tool. Let's go ahead and crop this image, cropping away the white areas, the extra white areas and the stretched area over on the left here. I'm going to go ahead and apply that crop. We now have our merged image. There is really no need for us to keep this layer in here. I could throw it away if we wanted to, but I think instead, I'm just going to flatten this image, over from the menu on the right I'm going to choose Flatten Image. That's going to turn the top layer into the background layer and lose the layer underneath, which we don't need.

So now we have a flattened image. We can save this however we want. We can save it as JPEG or as a TIFF and any file format that we like however we intend to use the image. So what we were able to do here is choose two images that were very similar in content and very simple and easy to merge with, easy to work with using this tool. Then use Photomerge Groupshot and combine them together into this final image.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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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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