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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Pete that's what I call differential focus.

Tilt and shift brings something like this to mind.

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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Quite true - An architectural type T/S lens (or plugin) is what's needed for sorting buildings out (I had a Nikkor shift lens once. I used it twice I seem to remember...)

Equally a lot of folks refer to these strange Lensbaby images (fake toytown) as a lens tilt effect.

I have tried de-tilting buildings in Photoshop and it works up to a point, but then it starts to look all wrong

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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Hi Pete, I find the lens distort in conjunction with the Transform tool in Elements 9 does a fair job.

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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Hi Paul,

It was the effect Pete has highlighted, that was also used to great effect by David Gethin in his railway station shot, that I was referring to

A few tips on correcting optical distortion would, of course, also be very welcome

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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

I thought I would do a tutorial for those Elements users (pre 9) that do not have a layer mask facility or do not want to install one.

Instead you use what is called a clipping layer.

Basicly put a adjustment layer between the two layers without making a adjustment .

Then hold the Alt key down and on the layers pallet move the cursor on the line between the adjustment layer and top image till it changes from a hand to a double circle then click and that will make it a clipping layer.

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Then with the adjustment layer active use the paint brush and black paint on the image to show the layer underneath, using white paint reverses it if you make a mistake.

Like so.
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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Here I deal with the animal equivalent of red eye which usually shows as a bright blue or green and on which the red eye tool does not work on.

My method is to use a Hue and Saturation layer technique (it also works well on human red eye).

Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Sat > OK.

This brings up the hue & sat adjustment layer dialogue box.
Now change the channel to the colour of the eye (here it was blues) click on the + eyedropper and click on the different shades of blue in the eye.

Now adjust the three sliders to get the colour and saturation you want, this method keeps the life in eye and if need be latter on you can use the burn tool to darken it a little more if needed.

With this method (unless you select the eyes first with a selection tool) any other blues in the image will be altered as well, so simply paint with black using the layer mask to remove any other altered colours that you wish to keep as is, and is the reason I included a blue blob to demonstrate.

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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

A tip for preventing Halo's when sharpening.

When pushing the sharpness up or/and increasing contrast on a image there is always the unavoidable side effect of producing halo's and increased colour shifts and saturation, and even more so when sharpening downsized image.

So always do your sharpening or colour/contrast adjustments on a duplicate layer which is set to luminosity, this is the equivalent to adjusting just the lightness channel.

Normal sharpening v sharpening on the luminosity channel at 100% viewing.



A additional tip if you really want to push the sharpening to the limit then add a layer mask to the luminosity layer and using a small soft brush and black paint ,mask the halo away.



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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Adding a White or Black Vignette

From this to this



1-Set White or Black ( or any colour you want), as the foreground colour on the tool bar swatch depending on the colour vignette you want, here I used white.

2-Now click on the half coloured circle in the Layers pallet and choose gradient.



3-Set the style to Radial and tick the reverse box,now set the scale slider to get the effect you want. Do not worry if the centre is not clear enough for you now as we will deal with that later.



4-Now set the foreground swatch to black and select the paint brush tool ( choose a soft edged brush) and adjust the size of the brush to the face/subject and paint over it to give a clearer centre if needed. You can reverse the effect by changing the foreground swatch to white and repainting.



If you are happy all that remains now is to got to Layer > Flatten Image and save it.
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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

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Seeing as Pete is covering Photoshop I thought I'd start this for the popular but under rated editor Elements.

I'll start of with the Photomerge Group feature.

We have all had picture of a group where someone in every pic is not looking at the camera or has there eyes closed. Now its easier than ever to combine images even if you have no knowledge of layers or thought they were what went into a cake.

Open 2 images (you can use more) which you wish to combine in the photo bin then Control click them to highlight them in the Photo bin.

Now go to File > New > Photomerge Group this will open them in Photomerge.

Drag a image from the bin that is to be your base image to the final window ( I used the one where two of the three girls were looking at the camera) and drag the other one to the source window like so.

[IMG][/IMG]

Now select the pencil tool and draw round the head in the source window you wish to transpose and let Elements use its magic. You can use the eraser to redraw the lines to fine tune it if it is not correct.

Here I did not have to draw fully around the subject to get the result I wanted.

[IMG][/IMG]

And the finished Image which took all of 2 minutes to do.

[IMG][/IMG]
Thought I would try and learn something so checked out Pete's Tips...read the lot and understood a bit...so started on yours........only read this one as I did not have the foggiest what happened ! Where did the "new" face come from ?
Not a slur on you (or Pete) but I feel you almost have to know what to do to do it.
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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Keith, it moved it from the first image to the second image.

In the second screen grab what you are seeing is that as soon as I drew the line in around the first head it instantly placed it over the head in the second image that was looking down.
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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Elements 9 and 10 Basic Layer Tutorial

1- Keep the project bin open then open your two images.

2-Click on the image in the projec bin you want as your base image to bring it up in the editing window.

3-Select the Move Tool (V on the keyboard) and left click and hold on the other image in the photo bin and drag it into the main window and let go. You can now drag it to where you want it on the main image and resize it if needed by dragging on the corner handles of the bounding box..



4-Now click on the add a layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers pallet a square with a circle in it.

5-Select the paintbrush tool and black as the foreground colour, thats the black square at the bottom of the vertical tool strip.

6-Now start painting the top image away, if you make a mistake then change the foreground square to white to reverse it and paint the top image back.

7- A important reminder, the layer mask itself in the layers pallet must be active to work or you will be painting on the image itself. You can make sure it is active by clicking on it or checking it has a black line around it.



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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Hi Thanks for the tips and lessons, What is the best way to make panoramas?
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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Adding Rain To A Image

I find the problem with using the standard Photoshop method that uses noise or textures is that the "rain" is always too uniform in its pattern and also too dense not like real rain at all, so I devised my own way to overcome it.

Blank layer filled with black set to lighten then go to filter > Pixalate and select "Mezzotint" and one from the dropdown menu to suit the type and size of rain you want.



Now use the free transform tool to set the direction of the rain.



Next use the motion blur filter to taste and adjust the opacity of the filter layer again to taste.



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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

Nearly 5,000 views for this thread, Paul - well done!

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Re: OlyPauls PhotoShop Elements Tips

As a matter of interest Paul, do you find any real improvements of Elements 11 over 10?
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