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Using Style Match

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Video: Using Style Match

There is a new feature in Elements 9 called Style Match that you can use to quickly apply the style of one photograph to another. Style Match is particularly useful when you start with the photograph that has a strong style like a high contrast black and white photo, or maybe a split toned image like the one here on the right, in which the highlights are gold, and the dark areas are purple. I'd like to apply that same tone to this other photo of my daughter Kate. Before I go into Style Match to do that, I'm going to make an album that contains the toned image.

Using Style Match

There is a new feature in Elements 9 called Style Match that you can use to quickly apply the style of one photograph to another. Style Match is particularly useful when you start with the photograph that has a strong style like a high contrast black and white photo, or maybe a split toned image like the one here on the right, in which the highlights are gold, and the dark areas are purple. I'd like to apply that same tone to this other photo of my daughter Kate. Before I go into Style Match to do that, I'm going to make an album that contains the toned image.

That'll make it easier to find that image later when I'm in Style Match. So I'll select the toned.jpg. Then I'll move over to the Albums panel. I'll click the Plus symbol. I'll choose New Album. I'll Name the album. I'll type kate toned. I'll uncheck Backup/Sync. Then I'll click Done. Now I have a new album that contains just this single photo. I am going to click off of that photo and click onto the photo of my daughter Kate, which is the one that I'm going to bring into Style Match.

This will be the after image or the destination for the style. I'll go to Guided Edit by clicking the white arrow to the right of Fix, and choosing Guided Photo Edit. There are two ways to run Style Match on this photo here in Guided Edit. I could select the Style Match Guided Edit from over on the column on the right in the Photomerge category or I can go up to the File menu, and choose New. There is a list of all of the Guided Edits that are based on Photomerge technology.

That includes Style Match. Either way, that takes the image into the Style Match Guided Edit. So my destination image is here on the right. It's called the After image. If you take a look at the bottom of the screen, you'll see a Style Bin. In the Style Bin, there are some photos that come with Elements, each of which has its own style. Here is a high contrast black and white, a saturated color image, a sepia toned black and white, and so on. I could try applying one of these styles to my photo by clicking on the thumbnail in the Style Bin, and dragging up to the Style Image area.

That automatically applies the style of that image to the After photo. Now that obviously is not a look that I like. What's interesting to see though is that the black and white qualities of the Style Image don't transfer over to the After image with the other properties of the style. If I want the After image to also take the black and white qualities of the Style Image, then I'll go to the column on the right and I'll check Transfer Tones. So obviously, this isn't a good look for this photo on the right. I'll try a different black and white instead.

I'll try the Pier Rope by clicking on it, and dragging it up into the Style Image slot. I don't have to bother undoing the changes I've already made. I can just move between the various style images, trying out one, and then another on my After image. I really don't like this one either. Fortunately, I'm not stuck with just a few style images that come with Elements. I can import my own style image into the Style Bin. That's what I'm going to do now by clicking the green Plus symbol on the Style Bin.

From here, I could choose to add any photo that's on my hard drive or I could choose from just those that are already in my Organizer. I'll choose to Add Style Images from my Organizer. That opens the Add Photos dialog box. I could go through all of the images that are in my Media Browser by scrolling over here on the right, but I have quite a few images there. So it's going to be a lot faster to choose to add photos not from all of those in my browser, but rather, just the photos in that album that I made at the beginning of this lesson.

So I'll click Album. Then I'll go to the menu under Album. I'll choose the album that I want by name. It's the kate toned album. Now in this area on the right, I see just the single photo in the kate toned album. I'll select the photo by clicking its check box. Then I'll go down to the bottom of this window, and click Add Selected Photos to add this photo to the Style Bin and I'll click Done. Now if I come down to the Style Bin and I click on the scrollbar on the right side of the bin, and drag down, I can see a second row of Style Bin photos including my toned.jpg that I just brought into the Style bin.

Now I have that here, I can use it as the Style Image. I'll click and drag its thumbnail from the Style Bin up into the Style Image area of the document window and that applies its style over here on the After image. Now although I can see some changes to the After image, for example, the face is much brighter, and much softer than it originally looked, I can't see the toning, the gold highlights, and the purple shadows. To see the tones in the style, I need to go over to the column on the right, and click the check box next to Transfer Tones.

Now my After image looks very similar to the Style Image on the left. I really like this effect. After I've applied a style like this to an After Image, I can customize the way the style looks on the After Image by going up to the sliders here. I can reduce the Intensity or strength of the style by dragging to the left. As I do, you see I brought back some of the color. I actually like this style at 100%. So I'm going to put this slider all the way back to its default of 100. If I want to bring back some local contrast in the dark areas of the photo, I could drag the Style Clarity slider over to the right.

In this case, I think I'm going to leave that at its default of 0, because I want you to see what the Enhance Detail slider does. This slider controls the overall or global contrast of the photograph. If I drag this slider to the left, I'll decrease the contrast in the photo. I can get some really soft glowing looks this way. In this case, I think I need to add a little bit of detail to bring back some of your facial features. So I'll drag a little pass the right to 1 and I like the way that that looks.

I can customize exactly where the style has applied to the photo using the Style Eraser, and the Style Painter. For example, let's say that I want to remove this style from her eyes, so that the color in the eyes shows through. I'll click on the Style Eraser. Then I'll move into the image. I want to make the tip of my brush just big enough to cover her eyes. I think it's going to work as it is, but if I needed to make the brush a little bigger, I could press the Right Bracket key on my keyboard several times. To make it smaller, I'll press the Left Bracket key on the keyboard.

Then I'll click and drag with the Style Eraser over her eyes, removing the style from just that area, and bringing back the color. Now if I think I went too far and brought back some of the red under her eyes that I really don't want, I can go back over to the column on the right, and select the Style Painter. With this tool, I can paint the style back in. Before I start painting, I'll go down to the Soften Stroke Edges slider. I'm going to move that slightly to the right. So as I paint with the Style Painter, I'll be painting back the split tone style with a nice soft edge.

Then I'll come in and I'll just paint back here right under her eye. But I'm going to leave the color in the iris of her eye. If I decide that I really don't like the style that's applied to the After image, I can always move to the Reset button here in the column on the right and click that button to remove all of these changes and go back to the original After image. Then I could apply a different style, but I think this looks pretty good. So I'm going to click Done. That exits out of Style Match and back to the General Guided Edit workspace.

I still need to save and close the image. So I'll go up to the X. I'll click and at the prompt about saving, I'll click Yes, I do want to save. I'm going to save to my projects folder, which is on my Desktop. So I'll navigate there. I'll leave all the options down here at their defaults and I'll click Save. That closes Guided Edit, and takes me back to the Organizer. So that's how to use Style Match to take a style from one image, and apply it to another. What I really like about this feature is that I have the opportunity to use my own images as the style and I can customize the transferred style, so that it looks as good on the receiving image as it did on the source image.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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