What Photoshop Elements 3.0 Does

What Photoshop Elements 3.0 Does
Correct and enhance your photos
 Create collages by adding multiple images
 Add text, graphics and artistic effects
 Organize photos
 Exhibit photos via slideshow, greeting
card, postcards, calendars, etc
You can change what Elements goes to
when you start up
Helpful Shortcuts
 Undo
= control + z
 Cut = control + x
 Copy = control + c
 Paste = control + v
The Work Area in 3.0
Document Pane
System Menu
Standard Toolbar
Photo Bin
Status & Information Bar
Quick Fix
The Photoshop Elements Quick Fix dialog
box gathers several image correction tools
in one spot.
 Go to Enhance>Quick Fix . . .
 Crop
 Tonality
 Colors
 Sharpness
Open “Red-Eye Dog3in.jpg”
 Choose Image > Rotate > Straighten
 Choose Image > Rotate > Straighten
and Crop
 Choose Image > Rotate
Red Eye
You can fix the red eye of a person or the
green or white eyes of a dog with the red
eye removal tool. Click this tool and either
click red part or
 draw rectangle and release mouse
Choose Filter > Sharpen
 Or choose Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp
Open “reunion” graphic
 Choose Enhance > Adjust Smart Fix
Choose Enhance > Adjust Contrast
Choose Enhance>Levels
Adjust Color
Choose Enhance>Adjust Color>Hue
Or choose Enhance> Adjust Color
Standard Edit
Click Standard Edit
 Standard Editor has more extensive
 If you decide you always want to start in
Editor-what do you do?
At bottom of Welcome screen>Start Up In allows you
to choose whether you start with Welcome Screen, in
the Editor, or in the Organizer
Manipulating Backgrounds
Open waterfront.tif photo
 Choose autosmart fix
 Undo
 Select magnetic lasso tool and “select” the
 Choose paint bucket and fill with blue
 Choose Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust
Hue /Saturation
Healing Brush
The Healing Brush fixes larger areas of imperfections
when you drag over them. You can remove objects from
a uniform background; for instance, you can remove an
object in a field of grass.
In the Editor, select the Healing Brush tool .
Choose a brush size from the options bar and set
healing brush options:
Mode. Determines how the source or pattern blends
with existing pixels. Normal lays new pixels over the
original pixels. Replace mode preserves film grain and
texture at the edges of the brush stroke.
Healing Brush
Source. Sets the source to use for repairing pixels.
Sampled uses pixels from the current image. Pattern
uses pixels from a pattern. If you chose Pattern, select a
pattern from the Pattern palette.
Aligned. Samples pixels continuously, without losing the
current sampling point, even if you release the mouse
button. Deselect Aligned to continue using the sampled
pixels from the initial sampling point each time you stop
and resume painting.
Use All Layers. Samples data from all visible layers.
Deselect Use All Layers to sample only from the active
Open “cactusfloyd.jpg”
 Click on the Text Tool in the Toolbox
 Type a caption
 Make the font black and 72pt Courier
 Click on pencil and draw a straight line by
holding down shift as you draw the line.
 Resample Down to a 3” photo at 72dpi
Specify the photos for a panorama.
Choose File > New > Photomerge Panorama. Then click
Browse and navigate to the “cars_pano” folder in the
Tutorials folder located inside the Adobe Photoshop
Elements application folder. Open the folder and select
all the image files. (Hold the Shift key and click on each
image to select all files.)
Click Open to add the images to the Source Files list in
the Photomerge dialog box.
When the images are added to the Photomerge dialog
box, click OK.
View the composition.
To change your view of the composition, use the
Navigator. Position the pointer in the red box in the
Navigator thumbnail. Drag the red box over the area
of the composition you wish to view. Use the zoom out
or zoom in button, or drag the slider bar to adjust the
magnification of your composition in the work area.
For more info go to Help>Tutorial>Photomerge
Process of converting image or audio
information into a digital format
Three Types of Resolution
Image resolution
 Printer resolution
 Monitor resolution
Image Resolution
Graphic File Formats
A file containing data
which represents
visual information
Pixels (picture
Different graphic
formats represent
images w/ varying
degrees of accuracy
& compression
Photo: 72 x 72 pixels
(72 dpi)
(Photo enlarged 3x)
Graphic File Formats
File format (suffix)
Best used for:
TIFF (.tif)
Tagged Image File Format – Large files generally saved
with a great deal of data information (color range, resolution,
Initial image capture,
hard-copy publication
photos, images
BMP (.bmp)
Bitmap – Used for Windows images; Format inefficient, but
standardized enough to be reliable;
Rudimentary Windows
graphics, Windows
An Apple Macintosh picture file format;
Image capture, still
video image capture
GIF (.gif)
Graphics Interchange Format – Limited to 256 colors or
less; Displays single color areas best; File sizes not good for
large images; Supports transparency;
Diagrams, Clip Art,
Maps, Limited colorrange images
JPEG (.jpg)
Joint Photographic Experts Group – Best for photo
display; Image compression user-defined, but image quality
can suffer;
Photographic images
PNG (.png)
Portable Network Graphic format – ‘Lossless’ format;
Works best with Windows browser applications; Displays 24bit color AND supports transparency; “Scales” within
Browser images
PSD (.psd)
Native Photoshop file format; Can be imported into other
image manipulation programs;
PICT (.pct)
Image manipulation
Image Resolution
The number of pixels displayed per
unit of measure (usually “dots per
inch” - dpi)
High resolutions result in slower imaging & printing times,
larger file sizes
Most monitors cannot display more than 96 dpi, no matter
what resolution the image is…
Web 72 dpi
 Print – 300 dpi+
 Hi Quality Images – 600+ dpi
Open capGown.jpg
Go to Image>Resize>Image Size
Change dpi to 300 pixels /inch (Resample Up)
Can you fix it with the healing brush?
Go to Window>Undo History
Undo History back to Open
Go to Image>Resize>Image Size
Change to 3 inches
Refers to changing the pixel dimensions
(and thus the display size) of an image
Downsampling: decreasing the # of pixels,
i.e. information deleted from image;
 Resampling Up: new pixels added based on
color values of existing pixels;
Bit Depth
1-bit (threshold)
4-bit (grayscale)
8-bit (indexed)
24-bit (RGB)
Bit Depth
Bit Depth
With cap.Gown.jpg . . .
 Go to Image>Mode>Indexed Color
 Undo
 Go to Image>Mode>Grayscale
 Undo
 Go to Image>Mode>Bitmap
Resampling Resolution
Original photo:
72 dpi, 150px X 150px
Print size: approx. 2”
File size: 25 KB
Resampling Resolution
Original photo:
Resampled Up:
72 dpi, 150px X 150px
150 dpi, 312px X 312px
35 dpi, 73px X 73px
Print size: approx. 2”
Print size: approx. 2”
Print size: approx. 2”
File size: 25 KB
File size: 44 KB
File size: 6 KB
Resampling Bit Depth
Original photo24-bit RGB:
300 dpi, 146px X 146px
Print size: approx. 2”
File size: 67 KB
Downsampled to
8-bit Indexed Color
(256 colors):
Downsampled to
4-bit grayscale:
300 dpi, 146px X 146px
300 dpi, 146px X 146px
Print size: approx. 2”
Print size: approx. 2”
File size: 28 KB
File size: 25 KB
Printer Resolution
The quality of the images
on a printed page.
A higher resolution results in
sharper, more detailed images
– usually >300 dpi.
Web images, <72 dpi, are
usually not acceptable for
publication or printed page.
A Layer’s Exercise
Open the “Start.psd” file in the Tutorials folder
By default, the Layers palette should show in the Palette Bin. If
not, choose Window > Show Layers.
The Layers palette displays all the layers in your document with
the layer name and a thumbnail of the layer’s image. You can
view or hide a layer using the eye icon.
Click the eye icon on a layer. Notice that the icon
disappears and the layer is hidden. Click the empty icon
box again. Both the eye icon and the layer’s content
Click all of the eye icons so that all of the “Start.psd”
layers are visible in your document.
Changing order of layers
Click a layer and hold down the mouse button,
then drag the layer to a different stacking
position. Release the mouse button.
Adding a layer
Click the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers palette.
A new layer appears above the active layer in the Layers
palette. You’ll also discover that creating type with the
type tool and using the shape tool will automatically add
a new layer.
Here’s how to name a layer. Double-click a layer
thumbnail to open the Layer Properties dialog box. Type
the name of the layer in the text box, then click OK. Or,
you can just double-click the layer name in the Layers
palette and type a new name.
Adding artwork to existing image
It’s no problem to add artwork from another Photoshop
Elements document to your current image. Photoshop
Elements layers can be moved from one file to another.
With the “Start.psd” file still open on your desktop, open
Select the three hats layer in “Hats.psd” and hold down
the mouse button as you drag the layer to the document
window of “Start.psd.” Release the mouse button. Close
Edit artwork on a layer.
Click the three hats layer in the Layers palette to
make it active. Then select the Move tool and
drag the artwork on the active layer. Notice that
only the artwork on the active layer is moved.
You can position a hat over the dummy’s head.
While working on this tutorial, use the Undo
button to undo (Control + z) any action and
restore the artwork.
Erase artwork on a layer.
With the three hats layer active, select the
Erase tool. Use the Erase tool to remove
two of the hats. Again, notice that only the
artwork on the active layer is affected.
Delete a layer.
You can also remove artwork from your
document by deleting a layer. Make the
shoe layer active in the Layers palette,
then click the Delete Layer icon. Click Yes
to confirm you want to delete the selected
layer. Only the active layer and its artwork
are removed from the file.
Scale and rotate objects.
1. Open “Basket.psd” in the Tutorials folder
located inside the Adobe Photoshop Elements
application folder. Drag the basket layer to
“Start.psd.” Close “Basket.psd.” Make sure the
basket layer in “Start.psd” is active.
2. Choose Image > Transform > Free Transform.
A bounding box with handles appears around
the artwork you’re modifying.
Scale and rotate objects.
3. To scale artwork, position the pointer over any edge of
the bounding box until you see a double-headed arrow.
Holding the Shift key constrains the proportions of the
image as you scale it. When you’re happy with the new
size, click the Commit button .
4. To rotate the artwork, position the pointer outside the
transformation bounding box until you see a curved
double-headed arrow. Drag clockwise or
counterclockwise to rotate the artwork. Press Enter
(Windows) or Return (Mac OS), or click the Commit
button to apply the transformation changes.
Linking layers.
An efficient way to work with layers is to link two or more
of them together. By linking layers, you can move and
transform them together, maintaining their alignment
with each other.
With the Pants layer active in the Layers palette, click the
small box to the right of the eye icon in the Shirt layer. A
link icon appears in the box, indicating that the Shirt layer
is now linked to the Pants layer. Select the Move tool,
position it in the image window, and drag. Notice that the
artwork on the linked layers moves at the same time.
To unlink a layer, click the link icon in the linked layer. The
link icon disappears, and the layer is no longer linked to
the active layer.
Flatten layers to reduce file size.
When you’ve finished editing all the layers in your image,
you can flatten the file’s layers. This merges all the
layers into a single background layer, greatly reducing
the file size. Be aware that when you flatten an image
and save it you lose the layers. To preserve the
layers, save the image to another file name.
To flatten a file, choose Layer > Flatten Image.
To save the flattened image, choose File > Save As.
In the dialog box, type a new name for your flattened file,
select a file format if desired, and click Save.
Layer’s Review
The stacking order of the layers
a. means very little
b. affects what can be seen.
c. determines the importance of the images
d. means that what’s at the bottom can
always be seen
“Save As Web” allows you to save as an
animated gif.
 Each layer will represent a frame
beginning with the bottom layer
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