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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 multiple landscape images together into a single panoramic shot, using the Photomerge Panorama feature in Elements 6. I'm currently in Adobe Bridge and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I would like to do is, scroll down to the Chapter 11 folder, double-click on that and then double-click on the photomerge panorama folder. Select all of the images in here, Spring Bayou-1 through 4. I'm going to do that by, Shift-clicking. And now I'm going to go into the Tools menu and choose Photoshop Elements Photomerge Panorama.
All right, that opens up all of the images here in the Elements' Editing workspace and takes us to this Photomerge dialog box. The first thing we need to indicate is whether or not we're using files or a folder. We're going to choose Files and we're going to choose the Add Open Files button over here. Just click on that. That's going to place all of the files that we currently have opened, Spring Bayou-1 through 4. The next thing that we need to do is choose a layout option on the left. The Auto option generally will give you very, very good results, so you may just want to stick with this.
However, it's going to do whatever it needs to do to get the best results in merging these images together. Okay, so it may stretch it in different directions using a combination of, maybe the Perspective option or the Cylindrical option or Reposition Only, in order to get you the best results. Okay, so that's why we see these arrows here going in different directions in order to tell us that. If you would like to just stick with a certain Perspective like the one here, you can choose this option. You can also choose the Cylindrical option or Reposition Only, which won't give you any of these perspectives, just stitching the images together.
There is also something called Interactive Layout, which if you were to choose this would launch a separate dialog box, which would allow you to position the images manually. Well, that may be an option that you need to do, if you didn't take the images correctly, meaning that, you might have moved the camera and positioned it at different heights and rather than just focusing it on the landscape and moving it left or right, if you moved it up or down, you may have some shift there and you may require a little extra assistance, in which case you could choose this option. However, that's not the case here, all I did was point the camera at the Bayou and move left or right several times in order to get these images. Use the exact same camera settings, exact same resolution and that really is how you should this, when you take these kinds of images, knowing that you're going to stitch them together using Photomerge.
I'm going to stick with the Auto option. I'm going to click OK and then it goes about its business here using layers as we can see over here in the Layers palette and creating one large image, a layered image and using layer masks in order to stitch these guys together. Okay, that's what it's doing now, preparing the masks. All right, so these areas over here that show the white and black and are actually linked to the image itself on each transparent image layer, these are masks and that's where it's using in order to blend these guys together into one solid image.
Here is the image that we're seeing here. Notice, that we have the untitled layered file. This is a new file that it created for us. So let's go ahead and hide the Project bin, so we can focus on the image. Let's go ahead and zoom in on the image in order to inspect how well of a job it did. I'm going to go ahead and hit Command+Plus several times and then we can hold down the Spacebar in order to just scroll through the panorama. We will start over here on the far left. Everything is looking good. Here is where the image starts. We can go through. Here is where the first stitch I believe is, and that looks really, really nice. You continue to go through here. Everything looks pretty much flawless. I'm not seeing any areas of separation between any of the four photos. All right, and that's the beauty of this feature.
So the next thing I'm going to do is fit this in window, Command+0. I'm going to access the Crop Tool in order to crop away all of this extra area and just get a nice straight image like so, there we go. I think I'm going to pull this in just a little bit. By default it's snapping to that edge. If I don't want it to snap, I can zoom in some, and maybe pull that a little bit further out. That looks good to me. I'm going to go ahead and apply that Crop and then we will go ahead and fit in window again. So now, I have my finished image. Okay, now when you zoom out like this, and you're still working with your layered file with the masks, at certain zoom percentages you may see this art effect here. I don't want that to alarm you because that's just simply a display artifact. It's not actually in your image.
Let's go ahead and zoom in on that by holding down Command+Spacebar, both of those keys together, and marqueeing over it. As we zoom in, it's going to disappear. I can continue to zoom in. I'm in 100% now, and we're not seeing it. Okay, so if you should see that. I don't want you to be alarmed by it, doesn't mean that your images didn't stitch well together. Okay, it's just a display artifact. It depends on your zoom percentage. We may see that. All right, that looks really good to me. So what we learned in this particular movie is how we can take four images together of a scenic landscape and merge them into one large panorama, using the Photomerge Panorama feature.
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