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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Creating a 3D Photo Frame

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
Introduction to Photoshop Elements

19m 3s

Intro
0:00
Course Overview
0:10
What You Will Learn
0:11
Key to Learning Photoshop Elements
1:29
Photoshop Elements or Photoshop?
2:23
Elements Can Do Almost Anything that Photoshop can for Enhancing or Retouching Images
2:24
Photoshop Elements Has Several Features that Photoshop Does Not Have
3:54
Elements is Very User Friendly in It's Layout
4:49
Elements 11 Has Also Incorporated Some Great New Features from Photoshop CS6
5:18
Bottom Line
5:43
Three Separate Programs in One Package
6:12
Organizer
6:13
Camera RAW
6:55
Editor
7:45
Four Simple Categories for Working on an Image
8:01
Corrections
8:02
Selections
8:30
Retouching
9:23
Manipulation
9:42
Demonstration : Using Elements to Work on an Image
10:03
Editing in Camera RAW
10:04
Removing Parts of an Image
11:55
Selection Mask & Adjusting Color
14:06
Adjusting Overall Saturation
17:02
Important Axiom
18:08
The Importance of Quality

19m 6s

Intro
0:00
The Mantra of Quality
1:02
'Garbage In, Garbage Out'
1:03
Setting Up Your Camera
1:50
Camera Settings: JPEG vs. RAW
1:51
Setting Your Camera for RAW Files
5:10
Some Tips on Taking Quality Photos
8:23
Fill the Frame
8:31
Check Your Focus
11:23
Camera Shake
12:39
Exposure
14:05
Shoot Several Shots of a Scene
15:48
Shoot Multiple Angles and Different Focal Lengths
16:51
Lesson Summary
18:40
Light & Color

13m 11s

Intro
0:00
Lesson in Light & Color, Part 1
0:46
What is Light?
0:47
Brightness & Color
1:24
Example of Exposure & Color
2:47
Lesson in Light & Color, Part 2
4:30
Transmitted & Reflected Light
4:31
Why is This Important in Photoshop?
6:27
Color Spaces
7:18
Visible
7:19
Prophoto
7:36
Adobe RGB & sRGB
8:22
CMYK
9:37
To Make This Simple
10:32
Setting Color Spaces
11:28
Setting Color Spaces
11:29
Lesson Summary
12:42
White Balance & Monitor Calibration

17m 21s

Intro
0:00
White Balance
1:45
What is White Balance
1:46
Examples: Lighting Situations
3:03
How Does White Balance Apply in Photoshop Elements?
8:00
Monitor Calibration
8:42
Monitor Calibration Overview
8:43
Calibrating Your Monitor for PC & MAC
11:22
Calibrating to a Printer
14:24
II. Workspace
Overview & Tour

14m 59s

Intro
0:00
Principal Objective of This Course
0:24
Practical Working Knowledge
0:25
Main Work Areas Overview
1:31
The Welcome Screen
1:32
The Organizer Workspace
2:14
The Editor Workspace
2:55
Demonstrations: The Welcome Screen
3:40
The Editor Workspace
5:21
Toolbox
5:22
Tool Options
6:09
Open Recently Edited Items
6:48
Quick, Guided, and Expert Mode
7:12
Create Button
8:37
Panels & Adjustments
8:46
Photo Bin
9:14
The Organizer Workspace
10:00
Importing Images
10:33
Folders & Albums
10:50
Bottom Tools
11:47
Tags and Information
12:18
Create & Share
13:00
Ratings
13:14
Media, People, Places, and Events
13:19
Organizer, Part1: Import & Sort

25m 43s

Intro
0:00
The Organizer Overview
0:17
Objective
0:56
What We Want to Do
1:04
Getting Organized
2:06
Primary Features
3:34
Drop Down Menus & Media Window
3:35
Star Ratings
6:07
Folders, Information Panels, and Albums
6:35
Create & Share Menu
10:20
Bringing Your Images Into Organizer
10:56
Photo Downloader
10:57
Get Images From Existing Files or Folders
18:11
Searching for Missing Items
19:40
Organizing Your Images
20:25
Folders & Albums
20:26
Organizer, Part 2: Sorting, Rating & Refining Images

22m 12s

Intro
0:00
Sorting, Rating & Refining Images
0:07
Albums & Folders Review
0:08
2 More Ways to Add Images to an Album
3:00
Deleting Images
7:56
Sorting and Refining Your Images
10:47
Adding & Changing Star Ratings
11:41
Full Screen View
14:22
Two Up View Comparison & Filtering Images
15:35
Organizer, Part 3: Keywords, People & Places

12m 43s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Sorting Methods
3:53
Sorting by Keywords
3:54
Sorting by People
7:28
Sorting by Places
9:35
The Photo Editor Workspace

29m 5s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Quick Edit, Guided Edit, and Expert
1:09
Photoshop Elements 10 Workspace vs. 11 Workspace
1:53
Setting Preferences
3:00
Color Picker & Step Back/Fwd
3:01
General Options
4:45
Allow Floating Documents in Expert Mode
5:49
Saving Files
8:02
Performance
9:14
Display & Cursors
10:45
Transparency, Units & Rulers, Guides & Grid
12:12
The New Interface Overview
14:02
The New Interface
14:03
The Menu Bar
15:41
The Options Bar
15:42
The Tool Bar
16:44
The Task Bar
17:28
The Photo Bin & Tool Options Bin
18:27
The Panel Bin
20:46
The Document Window
22:21
Options for Arranging Documents
24:35
The Tool Bar & Important Tool Shortcuts

15m 37s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Photoshop Elements 10 vs. Photoshop Elements 11
0:54
The Tool Bar
3:13
Primary Photoshop Elements Tools - Defined
3:14
Photoshop Elements 11 Tools and One Key Shortcuts
3:32
Important Tools and Their Shortcuts
5:09
Zoom Tool
5:28
Hand Tool
7:41
Move Tool
9:33
Selection Tools
11:00
Spot Healing Brush Tool & Rubber Stamp Tool
11:55
Sponge Tool
12:38
Brush Tool & Eraser Tool
12:54
Gradient Tool
13:11
Text Tool
13:15
Crop Tool
13:24
Brushes Shortcuts
14:24
Lesson Summary
14:56
The Menu Bar & Options Bar

18m 57s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
The Menu Bar
1:46
File Menu
2:08
Edit Menu
3:54
Image Menu
6:27
Enhance Menu
8:00
Layer Menu
8:45
Select Menu
8:56
Filter Menu
9:08
View Menu
9:18
Window Menu
11:09
Help Menu
11:56
Summary
12:11
The Options Bar
12:44
Open
12:45
Quick, Guided, and Expert Overview
13:34
Quick Edit
14:05
Guided Edit
16:03
Expert Mode and Create Buttons
18:02
The Task Bar, Photo Bin, & Panel Bin

17m 7s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
The Task Bar
1:46
The Task Bar Overview
1:47
Photo Bin
2:26
Tools Option
4:14
Undo & Redo
5:50
Rotate
6:12
Layout
6:45
Panels
7:40
Layer
8:13
Effects
8:40
Graphics
11:38
Favorites
12:35
More
13:17
Customize Panels
13:48
Lesson Summary
16:42
III. Camera RAW
Camera RAW, Part 1

10m

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:09
What is RAW and What is JPEG Files?
1:22
JPEG Files
2:03
RAW Files
4:10
JPEG vs. RAW
5:11
Camera RAW
6:30
What is Camera RAW?
6:31
Why Use Camera RAW?
8:13
Camera RAW, Part 2

21m

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Camera RAW: Tools
1:39
Tool Bar and Tools in Camera RAW
2:14
Camera RAW: Panels
5:15
Camera Calibration Panel
5:53
Basic Panel
7:02
Detail Panel: Sharpening & Noise Reduction
12:53
Saving Image
16:13
Opening JPEG's or TIFF in Camera RAW
18:26
Opening JPEG's or TIFF in Camera RAW
18:27
IV. Elements Basics
Image Size, Canvas Size, & Resolution

23m 59s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Image Size & Resolution
0:58
Megapixels
0:59
File Size
1:23
Resolution
1:42
Image Size
1:55
Changing Document Size Only, Maintaining Proportions
2:21
Re-Sampling
8:09
Re-Sampling to Maintain Proportions
8:10
Re-Sampling to Distort Image
13:46
Canvas Size
16:16
Canvas Size
16:17
Sizing for Print & Web
21:52
Sizing for Print & Web
21:53
File Formats

10m 57s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
The Primary File Formats in Photoshop Elements
0:44
PSD
0:55
JPEG
2:00
PNG
3:50
Formats for Saving
5:02
GIF
6:01
PDF
6:43
TIFF
7:43
Photo Project Format
8:42
Lesson Summary
10:12
Saving Your Images

18m 29s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Save & Save As
0:38
Save & Save As
0:39
Save for Web
8:21
Preset: JPEG
10:25
Preset: GIF 32
11:44
Preset: PNG 24
12:28
Save for Web: JPEG Settings
13:04
Lesson Summary
17:30
Value of Using Shortcuts

11m 56s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Basic Categories in Photoshop Elements
1:11
Basic Categories in Photoshop Elements
1:12
Important Tools and Their Shortcuts
3:32
Key Shortcuts
4:08
Single Key Shortcuts
4:09
Two Keys Shortcuts
4:34
Using Shortcuts Demonstration
6:13
Using Shortcuts Demonstration
6:14
Lesson Summary
10:58
Image Sharpening

18m 17s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
What is Sharpening?
0:30
What is Sharpening?
0:31
Auto Sharpen
0:46
When and How Much to Sharpen?
2:58
Noise Reduction Before Sharpening
3:27
Sharpen Your Image When You First Open It
5:03
Do Not Oversharpen
6:16
Sharpening Methods
8:31
Adjust Sharpen
8:55
Unsharp Mask
11:35
High Pass Filter
13:25
Methods Summary
17:06
Image Enhancement: Quick Edit & Guided Edit Mode

11m 27s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Image Enhancement with Quick Edit Mode
0:24
Quick Edit Mode Overview
0:28
Sharpen
1:43
Exposure
2:11
Color
3:09
Demonstration 2: Flower
3:36
Image Enhancement with Guided Edit Mode
5:18
Sharpen
5:55
Levels
6:10
Enhance Colors
6:49
Recompose
7:25
8:51
Create Pop Art
9:40
Crop, Straighten, Correct Perspective & Distortion

18m 21s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Correct Camera Distortion
3:13
Distortion
3:14
Vignette
4:08
Perspective Control
5:03
Edge Extension
6:00
Correct Perspective
6:25
Perspective Transform
6:26
Distort Transform
7:45
Cropping
9:21
Cropping
9:22
Straightening
12:03
Straightening
12:04
Recompose
14:45
Recompose
14:46
Brushes

23m 6s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Basic Brushes
1:23
Size & Opacity
1:24
Brush Shapes
4:33
Brush Settings
5:20
Hardness
5:21
Spacing
5:57
Angle
7:39
Scatter
9:03
Fade
10:23
Creating a Custom Brush
11:46
Creating a Custom Brush Demonstration 1
11:47
Creating a Custom Brush Demonstration 2
13:17
Creating Pattern Brush
14:20
Impressionistic Brush
16:57
Impressionistic Brush
16:58
Color Replacement Brush
19:03
Color Replacement Brush
19:04
Gradients & the Paint Bucket Tools

31m 19s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
The Paint Bucket Tool
0:46
Color & Pattern
0:47
Opacity, Tolerance, & Blend Mode
1:09
Paint Bucket Demonstration 1: Filling a Layer
1:27
Paint Bucket Demonstration 2: Creating a Sepia Tone
2:20
Paint Bucket Demonstration 3: Changing Color Using Blend Mode, Opacity, 7 Tolerance
4:15
Paint Bucket Demonstration 4: Adding Pattern to an Image
6:44
The Gradient Tool
8:53
The Gradient Tool
8:54
The Gradient Editor
12:50
The Gradient Editor Overview
12:51
Solid Gradient vs. Noise Gradient
14:20
Color Midpoint
16:37
Creating a Gradient
21:19
Gradient Map Feature
23:57
Gradient Map Feature
23:58
Using Gradients for Layer Masks
28:21
Using Gradients for Layer Masks
28:22
Exposure & Color Corrections, Part 1

27m 54s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Mantra for Exposure & Color
0:49
Mantra for Exposure & Color
1:06
Auto Exposure/Color Controls
2:19
Auto Exposure/Color Controls: Demonstration 1
2:20
Auto Exposure/Color Controls: Demonstration 2
6:48
Manual Exposure Controls
9:12
Adjust Lighting: Brightness/Contrast
9:13
Adjust Lighting: Shadows/Highlights
11:40
Adjust Lighting: Levels
14:23
Manual Color Controls
19:25
Adjust Color: Hue/Saturation
19:26
Correcting in Quick & Guided
23:58
Exposure & Color Corrections in Quick
23:59
Exposure & Color Corrections in Guided
26:54
Lesson Summary
27:30
Exposure & Color Corrections, Part 2

22m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Comparing Camera RAW Results with Editor's Manual Exposure and Color
1:01
Comparing Camera RAW Results with Editor's Manual Exposure and Color
1:02
Removing a Color Cast
4:45
Removing a Color Cast
4:46
Color Variations
7:24
Correcting Skin Tones
10:49
Correcting Skin Tones
10:50
Converting to Black & White
13:59
Converting to Black & White
14:00
Creating a Sepia Tone Image
18:14
Creating a Sepia Tone Image
18:15
V. Selections & Layers
Introduction to Selections

24m 47s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Creating Selections
1:04
Creating Selections Overview
1:05
Principal Selection Tools & Options
4:40
Marquee Tools & Feather
4:41
Lasso Tools
5:34
Quick Selection, Magic Wand, and Selection Brush
6:30
Layer Masks
8:09
Basic Selection Shortcuts
9:02
Tools Shortcut
9:03
Add & Subtract Selection
9:51
Hide Selection
10:08
Deselect & Select All
11:02
Selection Demonstration 1: Landscape
11:33
Selection Demonstration 2: Commercial Composite
18:49
Selection Demonstration 3: Portrait
21:46
Basic Selections

23m 28s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Basic Selection Tools
1:05
Marquee Tool
1:06
Lasso Tool
6:20
Polygonal Lasso Tool
7:56
Magnetic Lasso Tool
9:57
More on Lasso Tools
11:01
Demonstration 1: Quick Selection & Magic Wand Tool
12:58
Quick Selection Tool
12:59
Magic Wand Tool & Tolerance
15:02
Quick Selection Tool, cont.
16:29
Demonstration 2: Quick Selection & Magic Wand Tool
17:40
Quick Selection Tool
17:41
Magic Wand Tool & Tolerance
19:08
Adding & Subtracting with the Lasso Tool
20:23
Adding & Subtracting with the Lasso Tool
20:24
Lesson Summary
21:54
Making Efficient & Flawless Selections

26m 20s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Feather
1:06
What is Feather?
1:07
Feather Demonstration
1:55
Selection & Feather Demonstration
7:18
Making Selection & Applying Feather: Water
7:19
Making Selection & Applying Feather: Shoreline
15:26
Selection Brush Tool

18m 33s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Selections & Masks
1:03
Selections & Masks
1:04
Selection Brush Demonstration 1: Landscape
4:36
Color Adjustment
4:37
Painting a Selection with the Selection Brush
6:24
Selection Brush Demonstration 2: Portrait
14:27
Using Selection Brush to View & Correct a Selection
14:28
Lesson Summary
17:44
Refine Edge, Part 1

16m 28s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Refine Edge Demonstration 1
1:35
Part 1: Making & Saving a Selection
1:36
Part 2: Refine Edge Dialogue Box
6:51
Part 3: Refine Edge View Mode
8:42
Part 4: Edge Detection & Smart Radius
10:10
Part 4: Compositing a New Sky
14:33
Lesson Summary
15:42
Refine Edge, Part 2

20m 4s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Selecting Hair & Correcting Clean Edge Problems
1:58
Selecting Hair
1:59
Smoothing, Contrast, Expand & Contract
5:39
Correcting Clean Edge Problems with Edge Detection
7:03
Shift Edge Demonstration
15:07
Making the Selection
15:08
Shift Edge
17:07
Lesson Summary
19:16
Layers & Adjustment Layers

20m 57s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Layer Basics
0:40
Layer Basics, Part 1
0:41
Layer Basics, Part 2
8:51
Layer Panel
9:48
New Layer
9:49
Adjustment Layer
10:17
Add Layer Mask
10:56
Layers Lock
11:14
Blend Mode
11:40
Opacity
11:51
Adjustment Layers
12:58
Adjustment Layers Overview
12:59
Example: Using Adjustment Layers
15:20
Layer Masks

25m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Layer Mask Overview
1:04
What is a Layer Mask?
1:05
Why Use Layer Mask?
6:34
Create & Modify Layer Mask Example
6:49
Sharpen the Image
7:22
Assessing the Image
9:47
Selection of the Sky & Ocean
10:50
Cove: Selection & Color Adjustment
13:16
Ocean: Selection & Color Adjustment
16:46
Sky: Selection & Color Adjustment
19:23
Land: Selection & Color Adjustment
22:40
Lesson Summary
24:00
VI. Retouching
Basic Retouching: Tools & Techniques

27m 18s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Retouching Tools & How to Use Them: Part 1
0:43
Making a selection of the Sky
0:44
Applying the Gradient Tool to the Sky
4:38
Making a Selection of the Window
3:40
Applying the Gradient Tool to the Window
8:05
Retouching Tools & How to Use Them: Part 2
10:13
Color Variations
10:14
Adjust Color for Skin Tones
10:40
Spot Healing Brush Tool
12:08
Healing Brush Tool
14:33
Clone Stamp Tool, Part 1
15:53
Clone Stamp Tool, Part 2
21:58
Retouching Tools & How to Use Them: Part 3
25:03
Pattern Stamp Tool
25:04
Retouching People, Part 1

31m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Basic Techniques for Retouching Skin
1:22
Image Overview
1:23
Retouching Spots on the Skin
5:48
Retouching Wrinkle Around the Eyes
9:10
Retouching the Smile Line
18:02
Retouching the Neck
20:55
Basic Techniques for Retouching Eyes
25:04
Basic Techniques for Retouching Eyes
25:05
Retouching People, Part 2

12m 49s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Retouching People Using the Liquify Filter
1:27
Retouching the Cheek
1:28
Retouching the Eyes
6:47
Retouching the Body
9:31
Retouching People, Part 3

24m 47s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
More Techniques for Retouching Skin
1:16
Retouching Teeth & Lips
1:17
Retouching Skin Texture
7:34
Adjusting Levels for the Neck Area
16:36
Non-destructive Body Contouring
18:56
Non-destructive Body Contouring 1
18:57
Non-destructive Body Contouring 2
22:01
Lesson Summary
23:02
VII. Photo Composites
Creating Photo Composites

22m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:05
Selecting the Composite Pieces
1:11
Selecting the Composite Pieces Overview
1:12
Size & Lighting
3:20
Perspective & Color Match
7:22
Creating the Composite
9:23
Creating a Flawless Element Edge
9:24
Moving Layer From One File to Another
17:31
Moving the Rose Behind the Petals
18:31
Changing the Color of the Rose
20:24
Lesson Summary
22:03
VIII. Text
Creating Type

22m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Creating Type: Part 1
0:39
Type Tool Overview
0:52
Inserting, Deleting, & Moving Texts
4:02
Font Families
5:06
Font Styles
6:03
Font Size
7:05
Leading
7:32
Font Color
9:17
Alignment
9:23
Faux Bold, Faux Italic, Faux Underline, & Faux Strikethrough
10:53
Creating Type: Part 2
12:08
Orientation and Warping
12:09
Clipping Type to a Photo, Texture, & Pattern
14:19
Adding a Layer Style(s) to Text
18:02
IX. Filters & Effects
Filters & Effects

24m 20s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
The Filter Gallery
0:38
Filters Overview
0:39
Mosaic Tiles
1:17
Texturize
1:40
Craquelure
2:48
Bas Relief
3:34
Applying Blend Mode with Filter 1
4:16
Photocopy
5:19
Applying Blend Mode with Filter 2
5:44
Glass
7:20
Blend Modes
9:00
Blend Modes Overview
9:53
Effects
12:41
Vintage Photo
13:49
Monotone Color
14:44
Old Photo
15:28
Misc. Effects
17:48
Faded Photo
19:33
Lesson Summary
21:56
Photo Effects with Guided Edit
22:34
X. Cool Features
Creating Black & White Photo and Using the Colorize Option

21m 16s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Creating Black & White Photo
1:50
Grayscale Mode
1:51
Desaturate with Hue/Saturation
3:51
Converting to Black & White: Example 1
4:41
Converting to Black & White: Example 2
8:25
Colorizing an Image
14:01
Colorizing an Image
14:02
Adding a Vignette
14:59
Adding a Border
19:22
Creating a 3D Photo Frame

23m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Creating a 3D Photo Frame
1:14
Part 1: Creating the Matte Board
1:15
Part 2: Adding Shadow
6:31
Part 3: Adding Texture to the Frame
10:50
Part 4: Adding a Frame
14:12
Part 5: Adding a Signature
17:50
Lesson Summary
22:35
Creating a Photo Book, Part 1

12m 24s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:07
Preparing Your Photographic Images
2:00
Creating a New Album & Arranging the Images
2:01
Photobook Basic Layout Option
6:25
Photobook Basic Layout Option
6:26
The Photobook Workspace
9:12
The Photobook Workspace
9:13
Creating a Photo Book, Part 2

17m 24s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Adding, Adjusting, & Modifying Images
1:06
Adding, Adjusting, & Modifying Images
1:07
Editing Types
6:55
Replacing an Image
7:55
Customizing the Photobook Appearance
8:50
Modifying Page Layouts
8:51
Adding Frames & Graphics
3:13
Saving & Printing Your Photobook
15:47
Saving & Printing Your Photobook
15:48
Lesson Summary
16:32
Creating a Photo Calendar

23m 26s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Preparing Your Images for Photo Calendar
1:23
Organizing Your Images
1:24
Calendar Layout Options
4:20
The Calendar Workspace
5:23
Adjusting & Modifying Images
5:24
Customizing the Photo Calendar Appearance
14:41
Lesson Summary
19:41
The Photomerge Feature

25m 54s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:06
Shooting Images for a Panorama
2:06
Hold the Camera Steady
2:07
Overlap Your Images
3:23
Use the Same Exposure for Each Image
4:54
Apply Exact Same corrections to Every Image
5:24
Incorrect way to Shoot Images for a Panorama
6:03
Correct Way to Shoot Images for a Panorama
7:22
Photomerge: Panoramas
8:18
Panoramas Layout
8:19
Cylinder& Perspective
12:32
Spherical & Collage
14:34
Photomerge: Group Shot
16:08
Group Shot
16:07
Photomerge: Style Match
20:02
Style Match: Example 1
20:03
Style Match: Example 2
23:57
Lesson Summary
25:09
XI. Course Summary
Lesson Summary

9m 40s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Summary
0:06
Organizer, Camera RAW, & Editor
0:59
Corrections, Selections, Retouching, & Manipulation
2:02
Two Important Axioms
4:20
Demonstration Review
5:26
Personal Philosophy
8:31
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Last reply by: Professor Brown
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:22 AM

Post by John Dufour on June 28, 2014

Hi Mike,  my subscription is almost done.  I've enjoyed and learnt a lot.  Thank you.  At least one more question for you.  When you demonstrate the making of the frame you select the working background layer, that does not have any of the changes/adjustments included in any of the layers.   So,  if you want to frame the complete image with adjustments,  you would have to merge or save the file.   Is that correct?  What way do you do it?    John D.

Creating a 3D Photo Frame

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • Creating a 3D Photo Frame 1:14
    • Part 1: Creating the Matte Board
    • Part 2: Adding Shadow
    • Part 3: Adding Texture to the Frame
    • Part 4: Adding a Frame
    • Part 5: Adding a Signature
  • Lesson Summary 22:35

Transcription: Creating a 3D Photo Frame

Hi, everybody--Mike Brown back with you one more time, with another lesson in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 from Educator.com!0000

I have now taught you most of the tools, techniques, and features that you need to do almost anything you want to--images and graphics--and now, I'm going to show you some cool examples of different things, so that I can stimulate your creativity and show you how you do these cool things, using all of the basic techniques and tools that we have learned in the past.0008

In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to create a three-dimensional recessed photo frame; there it is right there.0030

You see, we have an image, and (I'll zoom it up) you see that the image is recessed below the matting board around it, and the mat board is a textured mat board with a little bit of color on it, and it is also framed, as you can see, in a three-dimensional beveled frame, and it's a signed image.0038

It looks really cool--very simple to make; there is one or two tricky uses of selections here, to get this recessed effect; that is, there is no button for this; I'm going to show you how to do that.0059

Let's go ahead and get started!0073

The first thing we want to do (let's get our layers back) is get just the image; so, we'll take the layer with the image on it, Command/Control, click, and that selects the image.0076

Command/Control+C to copy, and what we're going to do is: we're going to create a new, blank file (Command/Control+N).0087

A tidbit: when you copy an item into the Clipboard, and then immediately you go to Command/Control+N to do a new, blank file, it will assume the dimensions and resolution of the object in the Clipboard.0096

When you do it from scratch, with nothing in the Clipboard, you will get a small file that you can make anything you want, size-wise.0112

We could here, too, but what we want to do is make it fit the image, and it automatically did that.0118

So, if I click OK, there is the same size as the image; Command/Control+V to paste, and it's exactly the right size.0123

I'm going to consolidate this to tabs, and there is our image.0132

The first thing we want to do is: we want to create (let's go in to find the file) the mat board and the shadow recess.0136

So, what we're going to do is: we're going to take our background layer and duplicate it twice.0147

Now, I want to make sure we have the mat board, so we have to increase the canvas size to get that mat board.0156

There are two ways to do that: you can do it the traditional way, which is Image, Resize, Canvas Size (which I prefer because it's more precise); there is also another way, and I'll show it to you.0164

Take your Crop tool, and instead of cropping in to make an item smaller, we'll crop out, which will increase the background.0176

All we're going to do: take the Crop tool; no restrictions; click and drag, and if I were to just pull on the Crop tool like normal, I can make the box go anywhere--it's free to roam.0185

However, if I hold the Shift key down, it will go either in or out, maintaining the proportions of the image; but you notice, it starts from the opposite corner; it moves where you pull it.0198

We want it to go out uniformly; so, I'm going to go in one time, down on the size, do it; hold the Shift key and you Option on a Mac/Alt on a PC; grab a corner; and notice, now it pulls uniformly from the center.0212

So, let's get it out to the sides; look about where we want it; that's about fine, right there; now, we're going to click inside of that Crop box and move it down until the sides and the top are approximately the same--there we go--and a little excess on the bottom.0227

This is the normal way, from the artistic, dynamic point of view, that you frame an image.0247

You don't frame it with the same distance all the way around the mat; it becomes very static; you move it up to have just a little dimension.0253

We'll click OK, and it comes in with the background color, but that is all right; we'll default with D, and we'll flip them, and Option/Alt, Delete; there we have the mat board.0261

Now, that was one way to do it; I'll show you the other way, which is the way I usually use.0274

We'll go to Image, Resize, Canvas Size, and what I'm going to do--normally, you could type in the width and height you want; I just want to increase this--maybe (let me look at the actual image size of the image)...you want to go about 10% of the image, so it's going to be about an inch and a half, top and bottom, right and left side.0281

Notice, it's 15 inches; so I'm guessing around an inch and a half.0302

Image, Resize, Canvas Size; by clicking the Relative box, all you do is type in...an inch and a half on each side is a total of 3 inches, so we type in 3 at the width, 3 at the height, and it will split that equally.0306

There we have an inch and a half all the way around our image.0323

We need a little more on the bottom: Image, Resize, Canvas Size once more; constrain it by clicking up so it will only go down, and click the Relative away.0326

I could do the Relative...no; you want to just add it to the height.0337

I want to go maybe three-quarters of an inch; let's just go seven-tenths of an inch; 18.7, click OK, and it just increased it.0343

We got pretty much the same thing that we did by using the Crop, but we know that these are exactly the same width--top and sides.0353

All right, now we have our canvas, and what that actually did is made these transparent, and I don't want that, so Option/Alt, Delete, Option/Alt, Delete again; and that will put the white.0363

We have all-white copies of our background; we're going to move these two to the very top.0381

The objective here, right now, is: we have our mat board; we now want to put the recessed shadow in; and this is the trick that I figured out how to do in here; there is a different, fairly easy way in Photoshop that does not work in Elements, but I have made it work for you.0387

What we're going to do is, first, knock these two blank layers out to the picture size; Command/Control, click the image, and we have the selection, and select one of them; delete; select the other one; delete.0404

You can see by the checkerboard you see there; we have knocked them out.0416

Now, we're going to take the lowermost image, and that is the one that is going to have the shadow on it, and it will block out by the top layer to be just fine.0420

We're OK; we're ready to go.0431

Now, we're going to go (let me zoom it up once or twice, so we can see the corners)...let's go to the Select, Refine Edge menu.0433

I have set the Refine Edge at green (by the way, to change the color on the overlay, Option/Alt, click the overlay thumbnail; where color indicates masked areas, you can select any color, and I'm going with a very high opacity here, because I want to show you as the shadow creates itself).0441

Now, this is where--remember feather; it softens the edge by the number of pixels you type in--outward and inward.0460

In this case, we're going to be utilizing the fact that feather goes inside, instead of outside; watch.0471

I'm going to take the feather; watch the edge (let me zoom it up one more time so you can actually see this); I'm going to feather it about 36; notice that the feather of the selection itself, not the masked area, came inwards; that is half of the selection.0479

What we're going to do is: we're going to shift the edge in just slightly, just a little bit right there.0497

OK, now we have our shadow area, and we need to apply it.0507

We'll click OK, and the selection, you will notice, is of the image; we want to select the mat board underneath and make the shadow come out from there.0511

Select Inverse, and now we have the mat board selected; let me show you what that looks like with our tool.0524

You can see that the mat board is selected, and it feathers out into the image a little bit, which is exactly what I want, because I want to fill with black in the selection, and that will be the soft edge.0533

Let's go back to selection, and let's zoom it up so you can see it.0549

What we're going to do now is: we're going to make a gradient, except it's going to be a little different.0554

It's going to be black on black--notice: black 100%, white--the foreground and background are both black, and I'm going to work this; if it's 100%, it's all black.0560

I could do this with fill, but it's the same--taking a gradient--a new trick on gradients; if the foreground and the background of the gradient are both the same, and you click and drag, you are just filling with that color.0570

So now, by clicking and dragging, I will fill with black at 20%.0587

Let's do Command/Control+H, and click and drag on the second layer.0592

We're beginning to see a little; click and drag a second time, and a third time, and even a fourth time, and there you go: now you can see that (let's go down here, where you can see it)...let's go one more time; there you go; even one more, we can do--there we go!0599

We have a really nice, recessed shadow; notice how that is coming out underneath the image.0618

What we really did is: there is the layer; we did nothing more than drop a gradient across the selection of that framework, and it was a soft edge and allowed it to come out, and when we turn on the one above it, it hides it and becomes a shadow.0625

An interesting trick--nobody is going to teach you that one.0643

There you go; now, we have recessed the image; let's take this layer and add texture to it.0646

Let's go to the Paint Bucket tool, and let's paint in a pattern--let me see what the textures are that we have here; I want a nice, uniform one...I think the one I'm going to try is Weave...4...200x200; I can't decide: this one or this one?0653

Let's try this one; we can find the other one as we go along if we want to try it.0681

We'll load the selection of the frame (Command/Control, click); that is where we're going to drop our pattern; we're going to use the Paint Bucket.0685

Now, we're going to drop it at about 100%, and the mode of blend is normal--we're just dropping the texture, painting in a pattern.0693

Drop it, and there is the texture; I don't like it--it has a lot of repetition--so let's go back and pick this one up and try that.0703

That, too, didn't work really, really well; let's go over to this one and try that one; I think the other one was a little bit better.0715

Let's take it back to maybe 80%, so that...there we go!0725

Now, you see, we have a texture on the mat board, and as we come up, that looks pretty good.0730

All right, we have a texture.0740

Now, all I want to do is tint that texture; so we're still on this layer, taking the Paint Bucket now, and we'll use Paint instead.0742

Traditionally, (Command/Control+H), when you are making a mat around a photo, if you want a (you either do it in gray or white...or black) colored mat, you want to pick a color out of the image that is not the main color.0752

If we did this in that reddish pink, it would detract from the image--it would just spread out in your eyes, going all over; but your eye goes down the hall to that painting, so what we want to do is highlight that layer, take our color picker tool, and pick maybe this nice little sand color.0768

There is the foreground color; go back up to the mat, and now we'll take the Paint Bucket, and we'll fill (which is the same thing we were doing with the Gradient--black on black--but we just have our color, foreground color); and let's put 20% down on the textured mat.0788

A little bit came in--not much yet; let's go a little more.0809

Let's try one more time.0812

That seems to be a little too much; I'll undo, and there we have a nice, gentle...just a little bit of color.0815

Let's put a Levels layer on that now; we'll pop the whole thing.0822

Adjustment layer for Levels, only for that mat board; let's brighten it up a little bit and snap the contrast...there!0828

That pulls--remember, exposure affects color; it helped the texturization a little bit, and now the color looks pretty good, too.0837

Look at that--now we have a colored, textured mat, recessed above the picture.0846

The only step left is to do our frame and put some signature on it.0852

Let's go to the background; let's go to Image, Resize, Canvas Size, and we're going to do Relative again, maybe (let's see; that is 18 inches) six-tenths of an inch; so let's go 1.2 inches relative--that is six-tenths on each side--and let's see what that looks like.0860

It came up; that is a reasonable-sized frame; it's rather narrow; let's go a little bit more.0884

Canvas Size; let's go with an inch and a half, 1.5, 1.5, click it, and there--that is nice; three-quarters of an inch all the way around.0890

We have increased the size of the overall image now.0902

We're going to duplicate that background layer, and again, move it up to the top.0907

We want to knock out from the mat board in; but the mat board, you notice, is just a frame; so I'll show you what we'll do.0914

Command/Control, click, and it loads that--that is the outer edge we want; we just need to fill in that selection.0923

So, go to the rectangular Marquee; Shift to add; click and drag, and make it one solid selection for that entire area, Select Inverse, and now we have just the frame up on top.0931

We're going to do the same thing--another knockout; we're going to invert it, and knock that out, and now we have the frame on the outside.0947

Let's invert the selection again, and we're going to fill it with black.0957

Make black the foreground color; Option/Alt, Delete, and we could actually stop right here.0961

But, we're going to take it a step further; let's go ahead and use an effect.0969

Let's go to our Layers Effects; and you have all sorts of options, as we went through before; we're going to go with Bevels.0975

Let's zoom this thing up so you can see it, right on the corner.0983

Let' see what happens; we have several choices--let's double-click the first one; that is kind of modernistic; I kind of like that, actually.0988

It's a conventional frame, but I like it.1000

We could have gone with a curved edge, but let's go ahead with this bevel; I like that.1002

But, I would like to have the bevel accentuated a little more, so now, we'll go back to the Layers; and notice the little Effects sign that came in next to that layer.1008

If we click on that--double-click--there are your style settings for a bevel.1016

Let's zoom it up again, and we can increase the size of the bevel--notice how it's coming up on us now.1022

Now, we have a really nice look; let's change the lighting angle a little bit--I want to try to get--there we go!1031

Get just about 45 degrees; click OK; zoom it down; and look what we have.1039

We have a really nice frame with beveled edge, and you can see the lighting on it.1047

Let's take the layers away, and so now we have the one I did before; I had a rounded one on; in this case, the one we just did here--we have a really nice textured mat; we have the recessed image; we have the frame.1052

The only thing we need now is a signature!1069

Let's bring the layers back up again; let's go down to the frame, which is...we can retitle this as Textured Mat, and title this as Frame; OK.1072

So, let's take the Textured Mat layer, and let's put a type layer right above that; let's just hit the type.1091

We have our Type tool; Helvetica Oblique--we'll just leave it where it is, and let's go ahead and zoom up, and once...1100

Remember, a layer comes in right above the layer that you are working on; so, I already have a Levels layer; I'm going to go above the Levels layer.1107

We just click, and there is our type layer.1118

Let's go to Photography, and By, and we'll accept that; and it's a little small, so let's go back to our Type tool, and let's up the type size to 20.1121

We need to do the same thing with our leading to separate them; that looks pretty decent.1138

Actually, we could go a little bit bigger; let's go to 27, and 27, and there we go--that looks pretty good!1145

Actually, let's move it over; let's take the Move tool, and I'm just going to use the arrow keys to just move it over a little and up a little bit, and that looks pretty good right there.1154

Now, all I need to do is add my signature, and I have made a (let's see if I can open it this way: File, Open Recent)...I actually signed my signature, a long time ago, and digitized it so I can always use it as either a brush or as something on any page, or an item, or whatever you want to do.1165

So, here it is; we're going to use the black layer; I'm going to go to Select, Load Selection, and I have two selections, and there is the one for the black: Command/Control+C to copy; Command/Control+W to close the window; and now, we'll zoom it down a little bit.1190

Command/Control+V to paste; it came in rather large, so let's just go ahead and readjust it down so it's about the right size and shape.1208

We'll accept that, and I'm going to drag that layer...1227

Now, see what happens; when you're trying to work with a type layer, it's very hard to grab the layer, so what I'm going to do is (that signature...it needs to see it)...what is happening is, the cursor is seeing below it.1231

So, we're going to move this also with the arrow keys; it's just very hard to grab a type layer when it's above an object layer.1249

This will just take a moment to get it over here.1259

This thing looks pretty cool, doesn't it?--we have a really nice frame; we have a mat that looks wonderful; I like the recess; we could actually even put a stroke on that edge, but let's not get too complex on this whole thing.1263

Moving the layer down, maybe I can grab it, now that it's down here; there we go.1275

I'll put that in place, and let's Command/Control+T, and let's make it just a little bit smaller, so it fits right there.1280

Accept it, and there you have the entire finished product!1295

Starting with the photo, adding the mat board, and, with the trick that I showed you of taking two frames for the mat; taking the bottom one; making a selection of the mat; and feathering it inward and filling it with black--let me duplicate that layer, so you can see exactly what we did with it.1304

That is what we did with that layer; that brought that little shadow look, which is blocked by the textured top.1328

Then, we added the increased canvas size again, used a layer effect for bevel--a particular choice of bevel from our Effects choices under Bevels, modified it to give ourselves a nice frame look, and then signed it.1335

There you have how to make a 3-D photo frame.1356

Just as a reminder of all the things that we used, that you all have known already: Canvas Size (a different way to do canvas size--we also did it with Crop this time, which shows you a second way to increase your canvas size--you crop outward, rather than inward); we used Selections as usual.1360

And, we used feather to get that nice, soft little shadow, if you will; Refine Edge dialog box to get the feather; Gradient tool to drop down the black; Paint Bucket for texture and color; we added text and a bevel, all of this in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11!1382

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