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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Creating Photo Composites

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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
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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: John Dufour
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:23 AM

Post by John Dufour on April 21, 2014

I have Elements 10, and when I go to Window, Images, Float in Window,  the Float is there but not activated. (greyed out) What am I doing wrong.  John Dufour

Creating Photo Composites

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:05
  • Selecting the Composite Pieces 1:11
    • Selecting the Composite Pieces Overview
    • Size & Lighting
    • Perspective & Color Match
  • Creating the Composite 9:23
    • Creating a Flawless Element Edge
    • Moving Layer From One File to Another
    • Moving the Rose Behind the Petals
    • Changing the Color of the Rose
  • Lesson Summary 22:03

Transcription: Creating Photo Composites

Hi, everybody--Mike Brown back with you, with another lesson in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11!0000

We have discussed how layers work; we have discussed how the Layers panel works; I have shown you adjustment layers; we talked about layer masks--all of this to allow you to isolate additional areas and allow you to add and subtract non-destructive editing to improve your photographs.0005

In this lesson, we're going to take a look at how we use layers to create photo composites.0023

Now, a photo composite can be, actually, a couple of things.0031

If you have--let's say--you see ads all the time: in newspapers and magazines, on television, on the Internet--where someone is taking several elements--they could be photographs, type, or graphics--and they put them together to make an advertisement, or something that is pleasing, or even a work of art.0035

But, obviously, it's a combination of multiple elements.0053

A true photo composite is two or more elements put together to make a finished product that looks exactly like it was only one photo, and you can't tell that it was done.0058

Let me give you an example to start with: here is one that you have seen before.0071

Let's consolidate this to tabs...here is a picture that I took of some friends of mine; the original photo was this shot right here, and you can see that it's a nice photo.0078

But, it certainly doesn't have the pop and depth of this shot right here.0090

This is where you have to have mental visualization, or as I call it, "seeing digitally."0095

The more you do this, the more you will understand it; you need to make sure, when you are making a composite, that size, lighting, perspective, and color match are all correct; otherwise, it will be a giveaway that it is not.0101

Now, in this case, the lighting and everything is from the right; and if you look at the clouds, you can see that the right side and tops of the clouds are brighter than the lower left.0116

So, the clouds themselves are lit by the sun from the upper right, just the same way that this image was.0128

If I had had a picture of clouds that was lit the other way, all I would have to do is flip it.0137

But, it would have been a giveaway if the lighting were different.0142

In this case, let's show you how good it looks; we zoom it all the way up, and look--even the stubble of his beard and the fine hairs under here, the Refine Edge dialogue box took care of, so that we can see (look at this) right through the hair on his head; the hairs on her head--even the little fine hairs were picked up by the Refine Edge, and you can't tell, even under that intense magnification, that this is not one photograph.0146

But, by using a photo composite with another background, we improved our image dramatically.0177

That is what you can do with a photo composite.0186

All right, so the thing is: again, you have to do size, lighting, perspective, and color match; and let me describe that.0188

Here is a specific image I have here, and another one that I have here.0199

I was out shooting pictures of flowers, and I took this shot; it's a pretty nice shot--it's OK--but when I was editing through, I thought, "You know, it really looked good in the camera, but I really would like to have another item over here that would complete the composition more dramatically; this big item at the lower right over here overpowers the red flowers--it just needs something for this spot."0206

So, the first thing: I was walking around, and I spotted this rose, and I thought, "That will work!"0233

Now again, this is visualization: I was looking for something that the light was coming from the upper right to the lower left; I happened to shoot this in the same garden on the same day.0240

So, the time of day and the color didn't really matter--they matched up.0252

I recognized immediately that, if this flower was pointing in the other direction, and right here in the picture, it would fit.0257

I went ahead and shot it, and first of all: we were talking about dealing with lighting--in this case, the light is the same.0268

When I'm talking about the lighting (let's do it up here): for example, if I had shot this image at about 2 in the afternoon, and went and got this flower just before dark, it would have been yellow-red because of the late sunlight.0278

Even if the shadows were right, the coloration and the color temperature would have been off; and the way I could have corrected that was to go into Camera Raw and balance the color temperature up to match the other image.0294

In this case, they match; but you have to watch that--let's say you were compositing that sky that I composited in on the other one; let's take a quick look at that again.0308

If that sky was dusk--late afternoon--it certainly wouldn't look right here with hot sunshine.0320

So again, you have to be very careful on matching it up, so people...people who don't know anything about photography or art will still instantly recognize that something is wrong if things don't match up in a photo composite.0326

It's because we are so used to looking at good photography all the time--your brain is just attuned to it, and you know, "I don't know what is wrong, but something is."0341

That is why you have to be so careful.0350

All right, so I have this; and the other thing is size--the first point I was talking about; let's take a look over here, Image, Resize, Image Size; this is a 20-megabyte image at 180 dpi.0352

Our flower, which was taken with the same camera (obviously), is 20 megabytes at 180, and the flower itself is a little bit larger than this image.0367

I shot it with the same lens; I just moved in a little bit closer.0380

You want to make sure that the elements that you are bringing in to your primary image (which, in this case, is the background image) are at least of equal size and resolution to this original background image.0384

If you go on the Internet, and were to download a 1-megabyte small file of this flower here and bring it in, it would be so tiny when it comes in--you size it up until it's the right size, but the resolution and the quality level would be so low that the flower would degrade really badly, and certainly would not match up in quality--another giveaway.0400

So, I made sure that the flower was slightly large, because if you downsize, you're not going to lose the quality--it's only when you upsize.0425

Keep that in mind, as well; so there is your sizing that you have to keep in mind--a little practice, and you will understand that.0434

Perspective: I shot both of these items at the same (let me see if I have one other one here; I don't--I know I can find one more I want to show you really quickly--this is a really big file, but I'll show you how perspective works)...0442

Red Mercedes, no; Red Camaro--there it is.0461

You also need to make sure that your perspective matches; in this particular image, here we have a professional composite that I did for a car company, and this actually is made up of...these four are the elements that I did for the logo.0466

But here is the original car, shot at a dealership; and the original background (let me show it to you very quickly--I'll copy it and move it all the way up to the top of the layer stack): it was actually facing in the other direction, just like the flower is.0484

But you notice, when I flipped it, that the lighting matches the car.0510

It's coming from the right, just over the hill here--see the shadow on the back side--so the light is going from upper left to lower right; the car itself is upper left to lower right, so it matches, and the perspective--it's the same lens.0518

This is shot with a slightly wide-angle lens; I made sure that I shot this image with the same lens, so that it wouldn't look out of place.0534

All right, let's go back to our composite; now, we have our flower; we know that we can flip it and move it in and resize it, so now we need to do that.0544

Let's get started!0554

We have now dealt with, also, perspective and color match.0556

Just practice, and you will see how that works out.0560

All right, creating the composite: the first thing is creating a flawless element edge, and move a layer from one file to the other.0563

So, here we have--and let's see if we need to do anything first; let's do the whole artistic game...I like the shot; a little too much dead space on the lower left, so let's crop this to start with.0571

Quick crop; bring it up just a little bit; bring it in just a little bit; it probably can come right in...we can even come in to there; that would work just fine; up just a hair more, even, and accept that.0585

Pick our History panel; we went from there to there; that looks much better--we cut down on the dead space, notice, at the left side.0599

But now, we need to fill the right side, and we have a little problem at the top; I'm going to go ahead and retouch this right on the background, because I know I will never change it.0607

We'll use our Clone tool; up the thing; let's check the options: opacity is 100%, soft brush--we're good; so we're going to source; Option/Alt, click down in the greenery, and paint up in here to just copy areas in.0616

Option, Control, and change the source a little bit, so that...even though that is blurred out, we have a little repetition, so I'm going to take that blue piece out, start down here, move over a little bit more...start with this bush and come around...0634

That seems pretty good; I think I want to take that red piece out, too--I'm just a little a little caught by that; I don't want to see it, because I'm going to put a rose in that spot.0652

There we go; that looks clean, but now it's obvious that all we need to do is bring in another object.0662

Now, we can duplicate our background: we're ready to go; Command/Control+J just in case; let's go back to the rose.0669

We need to get the rose selected and copied into the other layer; there are two ways to do the transfer from layer to layer.0676

I'll show you how to do that: the first thing we're going to do (we did this in the selections--I showed you--but I'm going to show you another trick): we're going to duplicate the layer (Command/Control+J, or Duplicate Layer--go under the Layer menu, Duplicate Layer), and this layer I really don't care about, so we're not going to use adjustment layers; Enhance, Lighting, Levels.0685

All I want to do is make the flower more noticeable on the edges, so that when I cut it out or when I make the selection, it's a lot easier.0711

I'm just going to brighten the whole thing up: notice how this edge looks better--I don't care about the other part.0720

Contrast a little bit; brighten it up just a little bit more; that looks pretty good.0727

Go to our selection tool--Quick Selection again--it's perfect for this.0734

Brush size down just slightly (left bracket key), and look how it just snaps right out to those edges, because we enhanced the edges: look!0739

When we did this once before, we had problems at the bottom, but by changing the exposure on a duplicate layer, we have a perfect selection, right away--it saved us time.0749

Dump the layer into the Trash Can; now we're ready to go.0760

Now, there are two ways to do this: let me go to the Window menu, Images, and we will float them all so that you can see the two ways to deal with this.0764

There are our two images, and we have the selection made over here; I can do...one thing is to take the Move tool, and it comes in around the selection, and just click and drag it over, and drop it onto the other file, and it just duplicated the flower that was selected, right in the other file--pretty quick, huh?0772

That is one way; we'll undo that; the other way is the way we did it before, and that was with the selection active--the crawling ants, Command/Control+C, go to the other file, Command/Control+V, and paste.0798

Either way works; sometimes, if you have several files, it's a lot easier to just click and drag, and away it goes.0811

All right, back to the tabs; and we're going to deal with this image right here.0819

Now, the flower is in, so "What do you want to do?" you say; all right, we need to flip the flower, so we're going to take this layer and go to the Image menu, Rotate, Flip Layer Horizontal.0826

Voila--we have the lighting; you can see right now that the lighting is the same for both objects--a pretty good start.0842

Now, let's turn off everything else and see that we have a problem: remember, we need to create a flawless element edge, and you can see (as you saw with the feather in the other example for feather)--we have a little bit of fringe that is background from the other layer when we made the selection.0850

Now, the way to get rid of that: we select the flower; then, we invert the selection so everything else is selected; then we soften the edge and move it (remember how we can expand or contract the selection with the Refine Edge) inside the flower a little bit (that is the selection of everything else), and just delete the outer rim.0872

I'll show you how that goes.0897

Select; first we need to select it--Command/Control, click, and we'll invert the selection right now.0899

If we go to our Selection brush tool as a mask, you will see that the flower is protected; everything else is selected; so now, if we move this selection edge inside the flower and delete, it will just cut the edge off.0906

All right, so let's go ahead and do it.0924

We'll go to the Select menu, down to Refine Edge; we're viewing it on white so we can see what is going on here.0926

Now, normally I would feather this 1; I want to feather it 2, which makes it slightly softer, because as I mentioned, we're going to delete that outer edge, which means that, when you delete, it will take that soft edge and push in a little bit, which will take the actual feather of 2 and cut it down a little bit.0936

OK, let me demonstrate; we'll feather it 2; watch the edge come up as I type in 2; you see, it softened the edge, and you can see that little bit of contamination, now, because of the soft edge.0956

So, if we move it...we're expanding the selection of everything else, so it pushes in, inside the flower--you can see that right now.0970

So we see the dark edge, and we see clean pink for the flower right there, so we click OK, and now you can see that the crawling ants (let's just zoom it up again) are now inside the flower, and all of the contamination is off in the...basically, the transparent area, which is also the selected area.0983

All I have to do...I'm going to hide the crawling ants (Command/Control+H; the selection is still there) and just hit delete, and watch what happens.1010

Look at that!--and I'll hit it a second time, and it cleaned it up twice, and now we still have a nice, smooth edge, but look--the flower is perfect.1020

Let me go ahead and back that out; you see the dark edge the first time I deleted it; the second time pushed it in just a little bit further, and now we have a perfect edge, flawless, on our composite element that we brought in.1033

How about that--that is pretty cool.1049

All right, so let's turn these back on, and now we'll go on to the finish.1051

We're going to size this now: select it, Command/Control, click the thumbnail, Image, Transform, Free Transform, and we'll just size it down.1058

Now, in Elements, you know that you don't have to hold Shift; you notice, the aspect ratio is holding, and we'll just go ahead and move that flower.1070

Let's make it a little smaller--that looks pretty good; position it right here (let me zoom that down just a little bit); let's rotate it just a hair.1079

OK, move it up just a little more; that looks pretty good, right...still a little too large; bring it down just a little more; ah, there we go.1091

Perfect; we'll accept that and deselect, and there we have the flower.1105

And you say, "It still looks phony!"--patience.1111

What I'm going to do is: I'm going to put the rose behind these red petals.1116

Interesting; it's floating on top, and there is nothing else here; how am I going to do that?--really simple.1125

Highlight this layer; back to our Quick Selection tool and make the brush a little smaller, and let's just select this group of red flowers, right here.1132

They're very clear, and there we have it; so we have selected more than what is covering the rose, so I'm going to Command/Control+C (copy), and when I paste in a new layer, it comes in above the active layer.1144

I don't want it below the rose; I want it above; so I'll highlight the rose layer, Command/Control+V, turn the rose on; and you see now, if I turn on or off--there is the flower, but once again, when we pasted, we have a little contamination around the edging.1159

So, we're going to fix that: we're going to load the selection, invert it just like we did before, go into Refine Edge, feather at 2, move the edge inward just enough that we see the edge of that flower, click OK, delete it, deselect; and now, you see--look at that--a perfect edge around that.1181

If we back out, the rose now resides right behind the flowers.1206

I don't like something here; I don't like that--let's go to the background; let's go to our Clone tool, quickly remove this item here; there we go--now it looks perfect.1210

The only thing I want to do is just another little touch; I'm going to move that rose a little bit out; it's tucked in behind there a little bit--right there; rotate it just slightly, and maybe--yes, that is good.1224

Now, one thing to make it stand out a little bit better (because the pink rose is almost the same color as this cluster): let's take the rose, Command/Control, load the selection, make an adjustment layer for Hue Saturation...and we're going to use the Colorize command, which desaturates into a singular color.1243

We up the saturation and change the hue; so we'll just flip the color of the rose and make it a yellow rose--a kind of yellow-orange.1266

It's a little bit over-exposed, so Command/Control, click the layer mask to load the selection of the rose; one more adjustment layer for Levels, and we'll just darken it down, just a little bit, so that it looks pretty good.1275

There we go, and there you have a photo composite that, when we zoom it up, the edges of the rose are perfect; the edges of the red flowers are perfect; that rose looks exactly like it was really in the image, and now we have a really good composition, whereas before, all we had was that.1293

Paste in the rose, change the color, and put it behind the other flowers.1318

There you have a method of making a photo composite, and in the creation of the composite, we created flawless edges by cleaning off the decontamination.1323

That is one of the most important lessons in this particular lesson.1334

Move, from one image to another, the layers by clicking and dragging or copying and pasting; and all the fine details of finishing up a photo composite so that you get a flawless, finished image that is made up of more than one image, but looks like a singular photograph--all in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11!1338

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