Creating a Composite


How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Lesson Info

Creating a Composite

Let's convert this to black and white. To do that we can come up to the enhance menu like we did before. Enhance, Convert to Black and White. Or we could also just say Adjust Color and we could Adjust Hue Saturation. And we could simply take the Saturation slider and drag it out. There's a lot of different ways we can do this. But you don't get to really tweak it here. Let's go back and go again to convert to Black and White. Enhance, Convert to Black and White, here we are. One of the things that I'm amazed with and I'm already learning, and even me, I'm a Photoshop guy, I've touched Elements just a very very little bit. What would be your distinction? Like where would you draw the line? Taking it out of the high school and yeah, And go okay Where would you send that person to work in Elements? Oh well, you know I think they're both actually they both really have their pluses. I think it just depends what your needs are. If you're gonna be working be working in a CMYK color sp...

ace, then you've gotta be in Photoshop Photoshop because Elements doesn't do CMYK. But you know, if you're new to this and you are, you're just looking to get started and you, you aren't sure how far you wanna go with it or if you really wanna invest all the way into Photoshop Photoshop, Elements is the perfect place to get started, I think. And certainly if you're a hobbyist, you know I teach a lot of people back home of all ages and I get a lot of new retirees that are excited to be heading out and doing all kinds of things and they're into photography now really for the first time and they loved it. It's just all ages and it's a perfect place to start. Great, well looks like we're fixed up, ready to go back. Yeah alright. Here we are, we were adjusting to black and white. We can come down here and select a style and we can tweak the sliders here as much as we want. I wonder if they shut my tablet off. (laughs) I don't know. Oh, what's happening? It's kind of just freezing up on us. Do you wanna try and force quit Elements. Yes. And maybe that will help and we'll bring it back? Yeah. Oh maybe they're trying to take over for me, no? I'm not sure. So while you're doing that, maybe we bring Steel back in and he can do Hey Steel. He can do a little bit of work and I'm just gonna let the folks out there on the internet know kind of a few things about photo week. This is really our absolute biggest event of the entire year. We have over 60 hours of photography education and I don't know if you, you've probably been with us already this morning and you've been listening to Khara go through Photoshop Elements and she is a fantastic instructor and she goes really really fast. And it's great. We love the fact that she goes fast because one of the cool things about our product is that you guys out there, once you purchase the course will have the ability to rewind and rewatch at your own convenience. When you purchase any class, from photo week 2015, you will own it forever. You can download it to your computer. Or just watch it streaming right from your computer, right on our site. Now every class that we have, we do sell individually. But what's really great, is right now, you can buy during this live event, now that's only during photo week, you can get our entire bundle of all the workshops. Again, that's over 60 hours of photo education for $199. If you do the math and you break it down, you'll find that, you're really getting so much, so much for your, you know, for your education. That's something that you'll always have. Alright so, Khara, I think maybe I can, while Steel's working with you, I can throw some more questions your way. Bring your questions on. Yeah, we're gonna do a quick restart of the software. Great. Okay that sounds great. So I'm gonna pick up my questions and again, hey you know you just mentioned this so let's hit on this. What's the difference between CMYK and RGB? Why would someone use CMYK? Yeah well, CMYK is used for print. It's actually ink on paper, like you would use to print a newspaper or a four color flyer. It's sometimes called process color. But, it's just a way of making color that's different and it's actually different than if you send a photo to a photo lab, they're gonna print with an RGB process but if you're sending, if you're designing an ad for a magazine, for example, that would be in CMYK in most cases. Got it. It really just depends on what you're building and how it's gonna be output. When in doubt, ask whoever you're sending it to. (laughs) Perfect. OK let's... Well, hopefully we're we're back ready to go. Hopefully we are. Let's try this again. Looks good. We'll have to do a quick catch up to fix his little scratch. There we are. Quick review. We'll grab this spot healing brush, we'll zoom in on his cheek. Left bracket key to make that brush smaller and we'll just brush right over it. And it's gone. I'm gonna press command or control zero to scoot out of that. And we'll do that black and white, oh we'll adjust the levels one more time. Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Levels. Here's our histogram. And we'll take this highlight slider and drag it inward and adjust those mid tones to something like that. Okay now, black and white conversion. Enhance Convert to Black and White. Okay, maybe we won't push the envelope to hard this time. (laughs) But you can adjust the sliders down here to get whatever kinda look you are going for and when you're happy with it, you click OK. Okay, so we have this adjusted. We fixed the scratch. We adjusted the exposure. We converted it to black and white. Now, let me show you something that's really cool about Elements. Again this is different than you'll find in big Photoshop. Next to this button down here for our Layers panel, we have this thing called Effects. Okay? And if I click on it, this is where we find our filters, our different styles. We've got all these different different effects like faded photos. We can add glows. We have something called Textures. Let me find my backgrounds, oh they're under Graphics, sorry. We have Effects over there but I really wanna show you the Graphics that we have. Because sometimes when you're working in Photoshop, especially if you do a lot of design pieces, you might be looking for things you can mix in for making composites and you're like where am I gonna get this, these files? Where am I gonna get source files for this stuff? Well, in Elements, they have some options for you that are built in. Next to Layers, next to the Effects button, we went and clicked Graphics. And then we all different types of Graphics. We've got Backgrounds, Frames, Shapes, Text graphics and then you can just view all. Right now I'm just gonna work with Backgrounds. And if I scroll through this quite long list, look at all these Backgrounds that you have available to you. If you're making a design piece, or maybe you're into digital scrapbooking, that's a good one Jim, to point out, like if you're into digital scrapbooking, I think Elements is a maybe a better match because of stuff like this. There's all these built in backgrounds. Here's what we're gonna do. I'm gonna actually take this file and we're going to duplicate it by going up to the File menu and choosing Duplicate. And I'm gonna call it Texture. Because the way that this works is Elements takes whatever texture we have over here and it's gonna just apply it to your image. I don't wanna actually apply it over right here. I just wanna apply it to this image and then I can mix 'em up how I want. I duplicated the file 'cause I'm basically gonna replace it. Then if I scroll through this list of all these textures, oh my goodness. There's so many. I have found (laughs) after exhaustive search, I found that I like this texture right here for this particular thing. If I double click, if I hover over it, you'll see it's called Old Paper Gray. If I double click it, it's gonna just fill this with the texture. Okay so my little, cutie little boy is gone and now I just have this texture. But he's still over here. What I need to do is drag this texture on top of this image over here. There's a couple of ways to do that. I can grab the move tool over here in my tool bar. That's this plus looking symbol right here. I can do that and then I just drag from the image like this. I just drag up into the tab. I wait 'til the seam changes and then I can drag down and if I hold shift when I drop it, it'll just land perfectly like that. That's one method. That's how you would do it in big brother Photoshop or here but, check out what's unique to Elements. This is what I wish, Adobe, if you're listening, this is what I would love to see in the other Photoshop too. There's something called the Photo Bin, okay? Down here, if I click Photo Bin, it shows me all of my open images as thumbnails. Not just tabs up here, right? 'Cause when you're working in your images at home they don't usually say glitter or watercolor. They're usually named like this. 0580 or whatever and it's so hard to know what's what and if you have a ton open, you run out of tab room. And it's just kind of messy. What's neat is I can also navigate between my images visually using this Photo Bin. If I wanna go back to the texture image, I double click and now that's my active image. And I can actually with the move tool, I can actually drag from here straight down onto his picture. And again if I shift drop, it will just position it right there on that image. Does that make sense? So I love this because you know, working with Photoshop we're obviously visual people. This is a really visual way to move around between your images and I think it's great. We've got that in there. Now let's talk about our layers panel. From the graphics tab, we're gonna go back to Layers. And now we can see that we have a new layer in here. We've got him right here and then we have this gray texture on top of it. If I slide it out of the way, we can see him hiding underneath. But what we actually wanna do is be able to blend them together. In the layers panel, we have the ability to change the way that one layer interacts with the other layers around it. Right now, this layer is in what's called Normal blend mode. And that's why it's just covering him up. What I wanna do is actually switch this from normal to something called Multiply. And now, I can see him underneath this texture. Does that make sense? And there's all kinds of blend modes so you can experiment. Like maybe we like the Overlay look. Or Vivid Light. So you can see, the effect can range from dramatic to more subtle. Just depends what you're looking for. In my case, I like that it darkens it. So I'm gonna go ahead and do this multiply blend mode and if I want to adjust the opacity, maybe I feel like the texture's a little too overwhelming. In the Layers panel, there is a little drop down right here where it says Opacity. It's currently set to 100%. That means its 100% opaque. But I can reduce that and make it semi-transparent by lowering the slider. So if I fade that away. If I drag it to zero, it's as if its gone. So maybe 100% is too strong. Maybe we just fade that to, I don't know, 75-ish or 70. Whatever you feel like its gonna look good. So we still have a little bit of texture and it's a little bit old looking and kind of fun. But not too overwhelming, okay? So that's, that is a little bit about the blend modes and Opacity. One of the things I wanna do next is actually size this. So, let's pretend that we are making like a birth announcement. 'Cause I've never actually sent one out. (laughs) I don't know, it's like it's on Facebook. Is that, I'm announcing it. But I never actually made a print piece so, I don't know maybe I'm like killing two birds with one stone here. So let's pretend that we wanted to make this as a birth announcement. Let's say I want to print this as a four by six. I'm gonna grab the crop tool. I'm gonna use the crop tool to actually resize this to a four by six. Because right now, this is just straight out of my camera, big. One way that we can tell how big it is is if we come down here to this little arrow next to where it says document. It's showing me that its 63.3 megs. That's huge. I've got like all 20 something megapixels in here right now. We don't need all that for a four by six. I can actually click this little arrow. Oh I have to cancel this first. I'll click this little arrow. And I'm gonna choose document dimensions. And that allows me to see that this document is currently 80 inches by 53 inches at 72 pixels per inch. So it's pretty huge. Let's corral it and make it nice into a four by six. That way we're not having to use an insane font size and just crazy things. So we're gonna corral this. I'm gonna tell it to crop this into a four by six. And over here, I'm gonna tell it that I want 300 pixels per inch. Normally I would say when you're cropping an image for size, you wanna leave this blank 'cause you don't wanna force it to hit a certain resolution. But in this case I know that I've got crazy more pixels than I need. So I know that by making this a four by six with 300 pixels per inch that I'm actually getting rid of pixels and I'm okay with that. Then I'm gonna use the crop tool to just draw out this crop. And I'm gonna commit it. And you see it got smaller on my screen because we actually threw away pixels. And it's okay because I'm designing a four by six on purpose. If I was just editing a photo and I don't know what I'm gonna do with it later, then I would not be resizing it. 'Cause I'd wanna keep all those pixels. But in this case, I'm purposely downsizing everything. Okay. I'll zoom back with command or control plus. And now we've got this sized so we can see down here, it's showing us that its four by six, 300 pixels per inch so, we're set as far as sizing goes.

Class Description

Everyone has heard of Adobe® Photoshop®, but have you met its easy-to-use counterpart, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements?

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is the perfect tool for hobbyists and beginners who are looking for a simplified introduction to image editing and organization.

In this class, Khara Plicanic will get you started in this easy-to-use program. You’ll learn about everything from organizing your image collection to retouching to adding graphics. Khara will help you discover the function and features that make Adobe® Photoshop® Elements an awesome solution for folks who don’t need all the bells and whistles.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015