Photo Peas Classroom: EDITING IN PSE

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Posted 2/23/2010 by Suzy G in General Photography
 

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Posted: 2/23/2010 3:47:28 PM
I am going to begin with the definitions and descriptions of the tools and Blending modes used in PSE.

Tools in editor screen- top to bottom:
1. Move tool- use to move photos around in work space or resize,move, selected parts or shapes in an image
2. Zoom tool- used to zoom in or out
3. Hand tool- used to drag items around work space or pull one layer over another
4. Eyedropper tool- Used to select color from a photo or sample
5. Marquee tool- This tool has two choices, Rectangle or elliptical.
Used for selecting certain areas in a photo. Also used to create a vignette.
Steps for a vignette.
A. Open file-select rectangle marquee
B. Click at top corner of photo and drag to create a box with a small outside edge(edge between box and edge of photo.)
C. Select-feather- set radius to 75
D. Select-inverse
E. Edit - fill selection
F. Select your choice for filling in the drop down box. Foreground, background, color, ect.
G. Set opacity to 80 - click ok.
H. Click anywhere on photo to deselect and remove lines.
6. Lasso tool- used to select an irregular area. This tool includes the lasso tool, the polygonal lasso, and the magnetic lasso tool.
A) Lasso- use if you want your selection to be completely or primarily freehand.
Polygonal- use to select completely or primarily straight edges.
C) Magnetic- you can draw the selection border, and it will automatically snap to a high-contrast edge in the graphic/photo.
7. Magic wand tool- is used to select areas of an image based upon color. It does not
have any additional tools.
8. Selection brush- used to select parts of photo to change color or create effect.
9. Type tool- used to add text to photos. Once selected click anywhere inside of the photo and a new text layer will appear in your layers palette. Use the options bar at the top to change the font, style, size, color, and text warp options. If typing several different words, making a different layer for each word will give you the freedom to move each word individually.
10. Crop tool- used to crop photos for desired look.
11. Cookie cutter tool- Used to cute shapes out of photos. Gives you a selection in options bar of shapes to choose from.
12. Straightening tool- Used to straighten horizons in
photos that were not horizontal when taken. Click and drag a line along a line that should be straight. Then crop to fit.
13. Red eye tool-used to fix red eyes that occur in photos. Select this tool, then zoom in on the red eyes, use the plus sign and click directly on the red.
14. Healing Brush- two choices, used to fix blemishes in photo.
a} Spot healing brush -allows you to click once on a blemish or click and drag to smooth away small imperfections.
B} Healing Brush -allows you to fix large areas of imperfection when you drag over them. You can remove objects from a uniform background, such as an object in a field of grass.
15. Stamp tool- has two choices.
A} Clone-Paints with a sample of an image, which you can use to duplicate objects, remove imperfections, or paint over objects in your photo by coping part of the photo.
B} Pattern-used to create patterns you can use later.
16. Eraser tool- Three choices-all used to remove parts of pictures or layer
A} Eraser Tool-will erase what ever you want from a photo and leave the background color, usually white.
B} Background Eraser- allows you to erase small portions from one layer and let the other layer show through.
C} Magic Eraser- will erase all of the pixels that match the color of the object you want to delete. Works best on high contrast images.
17. Brush tool- four choices- all used to either place color or designs into photo.
A} Brush tool- use as a normal paint brush.
B} Impressionist tool- works as a blurring tool to give photo the impressionist feel.
C} Color replacement tool- can be set to any size and can replace color, add hue, luminosity, or saturation to your image. If you hold alt +click, it will use the eyedropper tool to get the exact color from another part of the image.
D} Pencil tool- allows you to make a thinner sharper line in any color.
18. Paint bucket- use when you want to make an entire background the same color with out doing individual parts.
19. Gradient tool-Used to add a gradient to the image. A gradient is basically a color filling tool with color-changing effects. It looks great as a background for an otherwise bland image.
20. Vector Shape tool- seven choices- each can be used in numerous ways. Rectangle, Round rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line, Custom shape, Shape selection tool.
21. Blur tool- three choices-each different
A} Blur-Softens hard edges or areas in an image to reduce detail.
Blurring a busy background can bring your subjects more into focus.
B} Sharpen- Enhances the definition of edges in an image. Most images
Can benefit from some sharpening, but it can not resolve an Overly blurry image.
C} Smudge- like the blur tool, but this tool will slide the colors of a image around and blend them together.
22. Sponge tool-three choices- each different
A} Sponge-used to saturate or desaturate colors in photo. Once the tool is selected you can use the options bar to choose either option.
B} Dodge-used to lighten colors in photos. In the options bar, you can
Adjust the exposure or pressure percentage, usually begin between 10 or 15%. You can also choose to lighten, shadows, midtones, or highlights.
C} Burn-used to darken colors in photo. Gives the same choices the dodge and sponge tools.

Each tool can be used to do many helpful things. Learning their uses and practicing with them is the best way to get accustom to each.

************This tool came out in PSE7 so please ignore if you have an earlier version.
Smart Brush
The new Smart Brush tool works the way brushes should. In a nutshell, you pick an effect you want to paint on to the photo. This can be making something brighter, darker, or even more colorful. Then you simply click and paint on the photo just like you would with a brush. Elements takes care of the rest and even restricts your brush strokes to similarly-colored or toned areas.
{Borrowed from a website since I never upgraded my PSE version of photoshop. Still using 6 in Elements}

Blending mode Descriptions

A}Normal
Edits or paints each pixel to make it the result color. This is the default mode. (Normal mode is called Threshold when you are working with a bitmapped or indexed-color image.)
B}Dissolve
Edits or paints each pixel to make it the result color. However, the result color is a random replacement of the pixels with the base color or the blend color, depending on the opacity at any pixel location. This mode works best with the paintbrush or airbrush tool and a large brush.
C}Multiply
Looks at the color information in each channel and multiplies the base colors by the blend
color. The result color is always a darker color. Multiplying any color with black produces black. Multiplying any color with white leaves the color unchanged. When you are painting with a color other than black or white, successive strokes with a painting tool produce progressively darker colors. The effect is similar to drawing on the image with multiple magic markers.
D}Screen
Looks at each channels color information and multiplies the inverse of the blend and base colors. The result color is always a lighter color Screening with black leaves the color unchanged. Screening with white produces white. The effect is similar to projecting multiple photographic slides on top of each other.
E}Overlay
Multiplies or screens the colors., depending on the base color Patterns or colors. overlay the existing pixels while preserving the highlights and shadows of the base color The base color is not replaced but is mixed with the blend color to reflect the lightness or darkness of the original color
F}Soft Light
Darkens or lightens the colors., depending on the blend color The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened, as if it were dodged. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened, as if it were burned in. Painting with pure black or white produces a distinctly darker or lighter area but does not result in pure black or white.
G}Hard Light
Multiplies or screens the colors., depending on the blend color The effect is similar to shining a harsh spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened, as if it were screened. This is useful for adding highlights to an image. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened, as if it were multiplied. This is useful for adding shadows to an image. Painting with pure black or white results in pure black or white.
H}Color Dodge
Looks at the color information in each channel and brightens the base color to reflect the blend color Blending with black produces no change.
I}Color Burn
Looks at the color information in each channel and darkens the base color to reflect the blend color Blending with white produces no change.
J}Darken
Looks at the color information in each channel and selects the base or blend color (whichever is darker) as the result color Pixels lighter than the blend color are replaced, and pixels darker than the blend color do not change.
K}Lighten
Looks at the color information in each channel and selects the base or blend color (whichever is lighter) as the result color Pixels darker than the blend color are replaced, and pixels lighter than the blend color do not change.
L}Difference
Looks at the color information in each channel and subtracts either the blend color from the base color or the base color from the blend color, depending on which has the greater brightness value. Blending with white inverts the base color values; blending with black produces no change.
M}Exclusion
Creates an effect similar to but lower in contrast than the Difference mode. Blending with white inverts the base color values. Blending with black produces no change.
N}Hue
Creates a result color with the luminance and saturation of the base color and the hue of the blend color
O}Saturation
Creates a result color with the luminance and hue of the base color and the saturation of the blend color Painting with this mode in an area with no (0) saturation (gray) causes no change.
P}Color
Creates a result color with the luminance of the base color and the hue and saturation of the blend color This preserves the gray levels in the image and is useful for coloring monochrome images and for tinting color images.
Q}Luminosity
Creates a result color with the hue and saturation of the base color and the luminance of the blend color This mode creates an inverse effect from that of the Color mode.


Lets Talk Layers
Layers are organized in the Layers palette. Its a good idea to keep this palette visible whenever you are working in Adobe Photoshop Elements. With one glance, you can see the active layer (the selected layer that you are editing). You can link layers, so they move as a unit, helping you manage layers. Because multiple layers in an image increase the file size, you can reduce the file size by merging layers that you are done editing. The Layers palette is an important source of information as you edit photos. You can also use the Layer menu to work with layers.
Ordinary layers are pixel-based (image) layers. There are several other layer types you can use to create special effects:
A} Fill layers- Contain a color gradient, solid color, or pattern.
B} Adjustment layers- Enable you to fine-tune color, brightness, and saturation without making permanent changes to your image (until you flatten, or collapse, the adjustment layer).
C} Type layers and shape layers- Let you create vector-based text and shapes.
You can paint on an adjustment layer, although you can paint on its mask. To paint on fill or type layers, you first convert them into regular image layers.

About Adjustment and Fill Layers
Adjustment layers let you experiment with color and make tonal adjustments without permanently modifying the pixels in an image. You can think of an adjustment layer as a veil coloring the underlying layers. By default, an adjustment layer affects all layers below it, although you can change this behavior. When you create an adjustment layer, the Layers palette displays a white box representing the adjustment for that layer.
Fill layers let you fill a layer with a solid color, gradient, or pattern. Unlike adjustment layers, fill layers do not affect the layers below them. To paint on a fill layer, you must first convert it (simplify it) into a regular layer.
Adjustment and fill layers have the same opacity and blending mode options as image layers, and you can move and reposition them just as you do image layers. By default, adjustment and fill layers are named for their type (for example, Solid Color fill layer and Invert adjustment layer).

Fill layers
A} Solid Color- Creates a layer filled with a solid color chosen from the Color Picker.
B} Gradient Creates- a layer filled with a gradient. You can choose a predefined gradient from the Gradient menu. To edit the gradient in the Gradient Editor, click the color gradient. You can drag within the image window to move the center of the gradient. You can also specify the shape of the gradient (Style) and the angle at which it is applied (Angle). Select Reverse to flip its orientation, Dither to reduce banding, and Align With Layer to use the layers bounding box to calculate the gradient fill.
C} Pattern Creates a layer filled with a pattern. Click the pattern, and choose a pattern from the pop up palette. You can scale the pattern and choose Snap To Origin to position the origin of the pattern with that of the document window. To specify that the pattern moves with the Fill layer as it is relocated, select Link With Layer. When this option is selected, you can drag within the image to position the pattern while the Pattern Fill dialog box is open. To create a new preset pattern after editing pattern settings, click the New Preset button




Adjustment Layers
A} Levels Corrects- tonal values in the image. It is an amazing tool to be so simple. It adjust the white, black, & gray tones in the photo. Here is a before and after:


After a Levels adjustment. White to 1.30 and black to a 10


B} Brightness/Contrast- Lightens or darkens the image. Here is the same image brightened with this tool. Notice the blotchiness and uneven look of his skin:

Here is the same one with the levels adjustment and then a +20 contrast with no brightness increase:


C} Hue/Saturation- Adjusts colors in the image. I used this to decrease the Red in his skin by decreasing the red saturation by -10:


D} Gradient Map- Maps pixels to the color in the selected gradient. So he has this really awesome red tint to his hair when it is longer like this. With the editing I am starting to loose that so I added a nice copper gradient in soft light blend mode and reduced it to a 25% opacity:


E} Photo Filter- Adjusts the color balance and color temperature of the image.I added a cooling philter to the photo before I did the gradient because it was very warm and I needed to cool it down, lol.:



F}Invert Produces a photonegative effect by creating a negative based on the brightness values of the image. We will use this one later for lightening shadows.

G} Threshold- Renders the image in black and white, with no gray, so that you can locate the lightest and darkest areas. Example:


H} Posterize- Gives a flat, poster-like appearance to a photo by reducing the number of brightness values (levels) in the image, thus reducing the number of colors. Kind of a cool effect:


Now that we have started using and creating with layers let me cover this really quick. If anyone wants to throw in info about other forms files can be saved in feel free but for now I will cover just 2.
Saving Photos in different formats.

For now there are only 2 saving formats we will be looking into. JPEG and PSD.
JPEG is Joint Photographic Experts Group. Jpeg supports a full color palette, therefore when saving images to use on the web, the best format is JPEG. ** A word of caution when using JPEG format: Every time a JPEG file is closed, the file recompresses; therefore, editing and adjusting should be done using the PSD file so image quality is not lost with multiple recompressions.**

PSD is Photoshop format. PSD files are Photoshop specific. Since they preserve layer and channel information, users can continually edit and adjust images using PSD files. When you edit anything in Photoshop it converts it to PSD, if you wish to save it as JPEG instead, add this one last step. Click layers in the tool bar, and under layers you will find FLATTEN IMAGE, This will flatten all the layers back down to a JPEG conversion, so you can save it like any photo. **This is an important step to remember before saving in PSE if you are going to burn cd or DVDs to share with others who may not have Photoshop on their computers.**

Now about cropping

The options to crop and resize your photos in PSE are very helpful if used correctly.
When using the crop tool always pay close attention to the aspect ratio, located in the top tool bar after you click on the crop tool. If you choose to use the no restrictions option, you may encounter problems in printing the size you choose. I advise always choosing the option use photo ratio. This option keeps your photo in printable ratios. You will still have clipping occur when printing in different sizes do to the fact that each size uses its own ratio. It unfortunately is not a one size fits all.
When resizing a photo, it is best to choose the biggest size you may want to print or use and resize it to that size. I usually resize to the size I am looking for and the save the file as the image name then -5x7 or8x10 or ect.

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Layers and Layer Mask

Everyone wishes they could mask in PSE. Why oh why didn't they let us?? Well you can and in more ways than one. There is of course an awesome free action at the Coffeeshop Blog that you can down load that lets you add a layer mask to each layer, but what if you are somewhere else, using PSE on a different computer with no action yep it is still possible. Here goes:

Open you image:


Cute kid. lol

Ok so I want to blend 2 images together. I open my second one, minimize to my project bin at the bottom of the editor. Then I click drag and drop it into my first image:




Before I go any farther, I need to Simplify:
Right click on Layer thunbnail to get the menu and choose Simplify


Now to get that layer mask create a Levels adjustment layer, click OK when the menu box pops up. Now drag and drop the 2nd image layer in the layer palette above the levels layer. Click CTRL-G to group them together:
Looks like this:
Adjustment menu

levels box. just click ok.

Pull the 2nd image layer above the levels layer.Now CTRL-G to group. Layers Palette looks like this:


Woohoo we stole a layer mask to use. Now start painting inside the layer mask box on the levels layer {the white empty box} with a black brush. I always use a soft brush versus a hard one. I decided to erase part of the backgound on my 2nd image:



Ok, so now I am happy with the look of it. I decided to crop and run a B& W action on it. So this is my final result:





Light Shadows
I like it BUT there are some shadows on the image to the left that I do not like so lets lighten them up.
First right click the gray bar at the top of your image:



Hit Duplicate and OK when the menu box comes up. Now we need this image to be Grayscale. Go to Image-Mode-Grayscale for this:



Ok now we need to duplicate that layer. Shortcut is CTRL-J. Then inverse the image by hitting CTRL-I to inverse. Select the inversed image by CTRL- Clicking the top layer. Now Edit-Copy
Inversed Image


Ok pull back up your original image, edit-paste. Now your inversed image is on top of the original:


Change the Blend Mode to Overlay:


Now we need a layer mask again. So follow the steps again and get your layer mask. This time though we are going to fill the layer with black to hide all of the inversed images effect. So go to Edit-Fill layer-color black-opacity 100%-ok

Using a white brush at around 20% opacity paint just the shadowed areas back in.

Before:


After:


These steps work great with colored photos too but can easily be overdone and are not a true fix for shadow, your best bet is to always avoid shadows when possible.

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Quick Color Pop
Even your dullest photos can shine when you boost the contrast and brightness. These steps will help you do just that.
1. Open file- duplicate- click half moon- levels-adjust levels-ok
2. With levels layer selected- change blending mode to soft light- adjust opacity
3. Done. Simple and straight forward. Color popped.

Loading Actions
***Make sure all files are unhidden.
The following steps are how to load an action in PSE. Enjoy.
****Please note that regular PS actions will not work in PSE unless they say it will.
Windows XP
1. Make sure PSE is closed.
2. Download action- unzip
3. Place in a file folder labeled actions
4. Close after unzipping
5. Go to start- my computer- Presario c or drive c
6. Documents and settings
7. All users
8. Application data-Adobe- Elements- your version-Photo creations- Photo effects
9. Copy paste action files into here. Close and reopen PSE. Check Effects palette for new action.
***some actions require you to open PSE, close it and then reopen.

Windows VISTA
1. Make sure PSE is closed.
2. Download action- unzip
3. Place in a file folder labeled actions
4. Close after unzipping
5. Go to start- my computer- Presario c or drive c
6. Program Date
7. Adobe-Photoshop Elements-your version
8. Photo Creations-Photo Effects
9. Copy paste action files into here. Close and reopen PSE. Check Effects palette for new action.
***some actions require you to open PSE, close it and then reopen.

Photo Restoration
Steps to restore old, faded, or damaged photos.
1. Open file- duplicate
2. Half moon- adjust levels
3. Half moon- brightness/contrast- up contrast to +20
4. Half moon- hue/sat- red -15 -yellow-40 -green+20
5. Straighten-crop
6. Marquee tool- select inside of photo leaving white edge outside box- select- inverse- edit- fill selection- white at 75%
7. Enhance - adjust lighting- shadows/highlights- shadow 0/highlight +5/ contrast +10
8. Turn eye off of background layer- merge visible
9. Enhance -adjust color for skin tone
10. Enhance- adjust color curves
11. Clone tool- fix spots as best you can
12. Flatten and save.
*** restoring older photos takes some time but it is worth it to have those memories to pass on to your family as they were passed to you. You will have to adjust for each step for different photos.

Frame a Photo
PSE has a variety of ready made frames for use. Here is how.
1. Open file- shrink to project bin
2. file- new- photo- 8x10
3. Window-content- by type- frame
4. Click and drag frame to work area. Using bounding box reposition and resize frame and commit.
5. Drag a photo from project bin into frame. Use bounding box to resize photo. Commit.
6. Click once on photo to adjust photo and frame as a unit. Use bounding box to resize, rotate, ect. Commit.
7. Add a layer style if you would like.
8. In layers palette, double click the fx symbol on the frame layer. The style window will open.
9. Drop shadow- adjust the sliders- ok
10. Repeat steps 2-6 to create additional frames.

Photochrom Vintage Postcard
This technique gives you the long cherishes look if those old style postcards. Lots of fun and very wonderful.
***To start make sure the photo has good color detail. Adjust levels and contrast before beginning.
1. Open file-adjust color
2. Duplicate as a new layer(Ctrl+J)
3. Change blending mode to Color Dodge- opacity to 65%.
4. In layer palette click half moon-photo filter-sepia- uncheck preserve luminosity- density 50%- ok
5. Change blending mode to multiply- opacity 50%
6. Working with same layer- top option bar- windows menu- effects- layer styles icon- photographic effects- orange gradient effect- apply.
7. Click half moon in layer palette- brightness/contrast- contrast +20- ok
8. Click half moon in layer palette- hue/saturation- saturation +20- ok
9. Save.


Displace Filter
The Displace filter distorts pixels in an image using another image called the displace map. A displacement map is a grayscale image saved in PSD format.
1. Open file of rough surface- duplicate- enhance- adjust color- remove color contrast +50- ok
3. 2. Half moon in layer palette- brightness/contrast- Filter- blur - Gaussian blur- 3px- ok
4. **make sure bottom layer is a grayscale image also before proceeding, if not, delete that layer.
5. file- save as- PSD file-close
6. Open a rough surface image & the image to affix to the surface- copy & paste the surface image into the file containing the rough surface. It will have its own layer in layer palette
***To copy /paste. Use the marquee tool to select the entire surface image- edit- copy. Then select the rough image, select entire image with marquee tool- edit - paste
7. Ctrl+T for display transform box- resize as needed- then view in top options bar- fit on screen
8. Filter - distort - displace- horizontal 10- vertical 10- check stretch to fit- check wrap around
9. When ok is clicked a dialog box opens for you to select your displacement map made earlier.
10. Select-open- change blend mode to multiply- duplicate layer- change blend mode to screen- 50% opacity
10. Save.

Poster Effect with Filters
This technique will turn a simple photo into a really wonderful poster.
1. Open file-duplicate
2. Filter - Artistic- Poster edge
3. Enter 5 for edge thickness, intensity, and posterization-ok
4. Duplicate original background layer again-drag and drop above the poster edge layer or top layer in layer palette
5. Select new duplicate-filter- adjustments-Posterize- select 5- ok
6. Set the Posterize layer to blend mode Overlay- reduce opacity to 50%.
7. Save

Photo-merging Landscape Photographs
Be sure that the zoom and settings on the camera stay the same while taking photos you intend to merge. Tri pods work well for this.
1. File-open-files (open files to merge)
2. File-new-photo merge panorama
3. Add open files
4. Auto- ok Watch it work!!
**Some of the choices do leave cracks and empty spots in the end result. Use the clone and spot healing tool to repair those spots for the final image.


Skin Smoothing
This effect is used to smooth skin and give the perfect effect seen in model photos. It is simple but very effective.
Steps:
1. Open file- duplicate.
2. Duplicate again
3. Go to Filters-Blur-Gaussian blur. Set blur to 25%
4. Click on 2nd background layer and drag it above the top blurred layer.
5. Eraser - between 20 - 40%
6. Erase all parts of skin in photo.
7. Flatten and save.

Eye Popping Fun
This technique is used to make darker eyes POP in a photo. The step by step is easy but this technique can be over done. Eyes that are brightened to much can look fake and overdone.
Steps:
1. Open file
2. Duplicate 2 times
3. Layers-adjustment layers-levels
Using the slider under the graph, move the white side toward the middle.
4. Merge down
5. Click on the second layer in layer palette and drag it above the brightened layer
6. Eraser- set opacity to around 20 or 40. Set size to around 20
7. Erase the colored part of the eye to let the brighter layer come through. Do not erase the white of the eyes.
8. When desired look is reached- flatten and save.


Loading Brushes in PSE
1. Select brush tool
2. Click brush selection in top tool bar, a drop down box will appear.
3. Click the little black arrows to the far right in the box, and from the drop down menu select load brushes.
4. Choose the file that contains your brushes, and then choose the set you wish to load.
5. Open and use.


Creating a brush from a design or photo.
Tips: always remember that whatever brushes are selected in the brush palette will be the brush set your new brush is saved into.
Remember to DUPLICATE or it will not work.
Steps:
1. Open design to use, duplicate.
2. Control-click the duplicate layer in the layers palette. Your image should now have marching ants dancing around it.
3. Edit-define brush from selection.
4. Go to brush selection in top tool bar
5. In drop down box, click black arrows to far right.
6. In drop down menu select save brush.
7. Name your new brush and save.
You can also rename the whole set if you so choose.

Designing your own brush.
1. File-new
2. 8x10 portrait or landscape with transparent background. 150 dpi
3. Duplicate
4. Create your own design using other brushes, text, or free style with the paintbrush. Once happy with design
5. Control-click the duplicate layer in layers palette.
6. Edit-brush from selection
7. Remember that what ever set of brushes is currently in the brush palette will be the set your new brush gets saved into. Save your new brush.

Permanently saving brushes to drop down menu inside PSE.
1. Close PSE
2. Select file containing brushes and open. Select all and copy. Then close.
3. Go to My computer, select Presario C- then Program files or data - Adobe -Photoshop elements- your version - Presets -Brushes.
4. Right click inside file and paste the new brushes. Open PSE and all the new brushes will appear in your Brush options.


Creating Your Own Patterns
Creating your own patterns is a lot like creating your own brush. We are going to create a pattern from one photo and use it for an overlay for another photograph. We will start with the photo we are using as the pattern:
1. Marquee tool- select all of photograph
2. Edit-define pattern-save pattern
3. Open other photo-duplicate-marquee tool-select whole photo
4. Edit-fill selection-pattern-select pattern you just created
5. Change opacity to between 50-20%

More a little later.


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Posted: 2/23/2010 4:45:16 PM
a TON of information...thanks


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Posted: 2/23/2010 5:13:04 PM
Wow...very detailed! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. Wonderful addition to the Photo Peas Classroom!


Blessings, Rebecca





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Posted: 2/23/2010 5:14:38 PM
Thanks so much for this lesson. I use Elements and this is very helpful. I hate to mention it because I can see how much work you put into this, but there are some sections with strange characters, making it a little difficult to read.

Suzy G
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Posted: 2/23/2010 5:22:06 PM
Yeh, I have no idea where they came from. It wasn't there until after i hit post and it posted so I have no idea how to make them go away. I have noticed it in other peoples post to sometimes?? maybe someone knows.


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Posted: 2/23/2010 5:28:13 PM
I think I fixed it. it was like everytime I used an 's on the end of a word. Maybe because I had to copy paste since the first post disappeared.lol


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Posted: 2/23/2010 5:43:48 PM
Yes, it looks great! Thanks again.

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Posted: 2/23/2010 6:09:56 PM
Ok added layer mask and lighting shadows.


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Posted: 2/23/2010 6:50:07 PM
Awesome, Suzy!!! Thank you so much for such a great lesson.


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Posted: 2/23/2010 7:12:34 PM
Thanks so much for putting this info together. It helps a ton


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Posted: 2/23/2010 7:37:34 PM
so you can do layer masks in pse? i thought you could not do that? or did you trick it into doing it? am i thinking of blending masks?


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Posted: 2/23/2010 7:50:33 PM
Thank you! I just want to double check on the jpeg saving. You are able to open and view a jpeg in pse without losing quality right. Only when you save it decompresses the image more.?


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Posted: 2/23/2010 7:59:39 PM
Yes you can do layer mask. Coffeshop has an action for it or you can take one from an adjustment layer. The steps are in the last part I posted.


i can't say for sure about JPEGS. It is not a lossless file. I don't stress it to much because you are not loosing a ton of info and I always have an orginal backed up somewhere that I never open.


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Posted: 2/23/2010 8:04:22 PM
Thank you so much for an extremely well covered tutorial. You have clearly put a lot of time into this - and it is VERY MUCH appreciated.


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Posted: 2/23/2010 8:07:10 PM
Every one around here is currently very needy for mom's attention, the 36 year old is the worst,{dh}lol, so it may be morning before I can post more but it is coming, don't give up on me yet, lol.


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THANK YOU so much for this. What a LOT of work. Just what I needed!

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Posted: 2/23/2010 10:12:05 PM
Great tutorial, so much info I think I will read it a couple more times. I will definitely be bookmarking it too. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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Posted: 2/23/2010 10:36:32 PM
There is a link in the class list post at the top of the message board that will turn it into a pdf form you can save. Wait till tomorrow though because I will be adding more stuff.


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Posted: 2/24/2010 2:35:01 AM
WOW what a load of info - going to print it out now and go through it - thanks so much


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Posted: 2/24/2010 9:33:44 AM
thank you great class and theres more, wow


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Posted: 2/24/2010 9:51:48 AM


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Posted: 2/24/2010 10:01:10 AM
This is tons of information and I really appreciate all the time you've taken to do this. I am using an old version of PS and plan to buy a new version of PSE in the future so this will be really helpful. Thanks so much!

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Posted: 2/24/2010 2:21:24 PM
Added some more


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Posted: 2/24/2010 4:14:19 PM
thank you esp for going over how to load actions


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Posted: 2/25/2010 8:03:21 AM
Thank you so much Suzy! I plan on going over this very carefully with Editor opened and pictures to follow step by step!


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Posted: 2/28/2010 7:32:15 AM
Just got a chance to read this today (had bookmarked it) and it is awesome! Thank you so much for your time, I am printing and practicing today!




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Posted: 2/28/2010 7:54:01 AM
Great lesson--thank you for taking the time to put this together. Very appreciated!

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Posted: 2/28/2010 9:06:20 AM
I use PS, but had hubby get PSE. I tried to use it, but was too unfamiliar & gave up. Maybe I will try again now that I have this!

Thanks!


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Thanks for all this great info!


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Posted: 2/28/2010 3:50:06 PM
Thanks so much for all that wonderful info!


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Posted: 3/19/2010 12:23:48 PM
I don't use PSE, but you've put out some fantastic information that is valuable for any program being used!

Thank you for taking the time to put this together!


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Posted: 3/19/2010 3:22:55 PM
WOW - thank you so much!!

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Gosh thanks so much for doing this. I really appreciate the info!!

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Oh my! Thanks so much for taking the time for such detailed info!


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Great tutorials! Thank you


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Posted: 3/19/2010 9:23:08 PM
Wow, this is a fabulous tutorial!! Thank you so much for pulling it together.



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Posted: 6/8/2010 12:41:18 PM
I know you did this tutorial a few months ago, and I read through it then but forgot about it. It is a rainy day here in MN today and I decided to go back and really read it, WOW. You really gave a lot of info in this. THANKS!!

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Posted: 6/19/2011 4:40:10 PM
Just found this post and it was EXTREMELY helpful.
thanks so much



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Posted: 6/20/2011 11:34:44 AM
WOW! Just found this post and am going to print it out and follow it step by step. I just purchased PSE 9 and I've opened the program twice and close it because I feel overwhelmed! I know nothing about editing photos, so this is a tremendous help. THANK YOU!!!



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Posted: 6/20/2011 8:14:04 PM
i keep saying I am going to come back and add to it but never do, so how about if you have a specific question ask away and I will add the explaination for you.
There are just so many things I could go over till have a focused approach to what you really need would be great.


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