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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.
There are times when you will have to scan a really large negative or photo in sections. When that happens how will you put them back together? You can do it by hand of course, it's not impossible. I used to do it all before the wonderful features like Photomerge came into being, and got really pretty good at it. But just like a really great talented assistant I and you, can now leave all the hard work to Photomerge. Be sure to scan your images if you're using your own with a generous overlap. Now let's have a look at all we have here.
Here is our first image of a group of soldiers with an American flag. Next, we have the middle of the group and there are two ladies here. This is the end and a part of the flag and here is the rest of the flag. So now we're going to put these altogether with photomerge by going to File>New and Photomerge Panorama. Let's have a look at our settings here real quick, you want to keep it on Auto, and you want to have Blend Images Together checked.
You can also check Vignette Removal if you have some darkness around the edges, but for right now we're going to leave that unchecked along with Geometric Distortion Correction. And all you do now is click, Add Open Files, and they all appear in the box. And from here all you have to do is click OK and now it's merging it together for you. You can do this Clean Edges procedure if you like, and it'll automatically fill in the edges of your panorama, but I'm going to show you in a minute how you can do that on your own, so right now let's say No.
Now let's zoom in and just see how good a job Photomerge is done. Skip way up in here and that was really easy, wasn't it? You just can't get any easier than that. Let's go to 100% and let's go down here, and just see -- we'll stop every once in a while, and so far I can't tell, can you? This photo which belongs to one of the producers here at lynda.com is of his grandfather the day his unit came back from France after World War I. You'll stop, look at all these happy faces, this is just the best photo, and look at how great that is.
That is a great job in Photomerge. Okay, now let's zoom back out and I'm going to show you a trick to get this back to where it needs to be right over here. This is just a panoramic distortion over here, it's fine, we need to fix this. So we're going to do that little finger twister, make sure all your layers are selected, Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E on a PC, Shift +Command+Option+E on a Mac to merge all the layers into one.
Now we're going to go over here and all you do is Ctrl on the PC command on a Mac, T for Transform, right-click and choose Distort. Now pull these little bars up here to the edge, pull this one down and just straighten them up a little bit, and that's all there is to it.
And the rest of this little edge you can just crop off. Scanning a phone or negative in pieces is no longer the painful task it used to be, thanks to Photomerge. With just a few fast simple steps your image is merged back together beautifully.
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