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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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