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Image retouch with Photoshop Elements 13

The new Photoshop Elements 13 delivers a better retouch: Also larger image noises vanish without a great effort, the automatic retouch works perfect.


Step 1 – Selection

First of all you have to select one or more areas in your image which should disappear. Click in Photoshop on the lasso (f.e. set up 4 pixel soft edges). Draw the lasso about the areas you want to change/disappear. Take care that your selection is around the whole part you want to vanish.

Is the selection to tight you just can draw it back while you hold the >>Alt<< key. You also can tight up the selection with the new >>selection-improvement-brush<< this tool isn’t that smooth like the lasso. Choose >>edit, fill selection<< with the option >>quick content<< – the selected area will be disappear almost without a trace.

Tip: In Photoshop CC you select >>edit, fill selection<< with the option >>content based<>color adjustment<< a n innovation (June 2014).


Step 2 – Refine

Still see disturbing colored stains or traces? First of all you have to remove the existing selection with CMD + D (Windows: Strg + D). After that you have to switch to the >>area repair brush<< with smooth edges and the set up >>content based<

Tip: You can withdraw the action and try it again – sometimes the result will be better. You can slide the selection or deform or you can just change the grading.


Step 3 – Tight conditions

If you have to areas which are tight together on the image you just can try to take a tighter selection. This is sometimes really annoying because you may have to repeat the selection with the lasso tool until you have the right selected area.


Step 4 – New level

If you have still selected booth areas with your lasso you can deselect one of your areas. Press CMD + J (Windows: Strg + J) to put you selection on a new level. Now you can select you area more tight.


Step 5 – Result

Use again >>edit, fill selection<< with >>quick content<

Tip: to remove small noises in the image you just can take the tool >>area repair brush<< or the >>repair brush<< with the option >>content based<


Lightroom: Use default settings 5 Tips 2/2

Step 3 – Set up own default settings

You are always changing images with the same default settings? Than you could save these options as own default settings.

First of all you have to adjust the control of the desired value. Go to the defaults and click on the plus sign right up in the control panel. The following dialog looks complex but as a general rule you just give a name and click on create. This setting you will find in the section “user settings” as a new one-click-setting.

Tip: You want to optimize an existing? Just change the control after you adjust the control you click with the right on the default setting and then on >>update with topical settings<<.


Step 4 – Exporting

Save a default setting as file. You can use this file on other iMacs, Computer etc. or you can share the file with friends. You click on some default setting with the right and select >>export<<. This step will create a new file with the file extension >>.lrtemplate<<

Tip: With the option >>import<< you also can add free default settings from the internet in your Lightroom.


Step 5 – Default settings for keynotes and co

Drafts you also can find in the program areas >>slide show<<, >>print<< and >>web<<. There you can set up default settings like how big and how many images should be show up – additional border, shadow, cutline and more.

The same tips hold good for this area like in the developing tool (Step 1 to 4): Hold the cursor on a default setting in the bar on the left and you see the preview in the control panel. You can click on the default and change the draft – and save it as a new, own draft.

Lightroom: Use default settings 5 Tips 1/2

Change up to 17 image values with on clik – the comfortable default settings in Lightroom makes it possible. Lets see how the 1 click default settings works and how to set up your own 1-click-default-settings.


Step 1 – Appliance

Very Important to work with Lightroom are the guidelines of developing for complex corrections of contrast. It depends the guidelines in Lightroom how many values will be adjust (f.e. contrast, chroma and exposure) but also focusing, perspective default or decreasing of noise.

Change just in the developing mode, open on the left the control panel >>default<< and use section like >>general defaults<<, >>effect defaults<< or  >>color defaults<<. Click on a default like middle contrast level, rounded edges or cross developing – your picture is changing already.

All of your interventions are without any loss. You can optimize the result with the regulator on the right side.

Tip: The default >>zero value<< will rest your picture.


Step 2 – Preview

You can test a default before the final use. You just have to open the >>navigator<< on up to the left in the window. This control panel shows you the full image.

Now you are going to open divers default options for example color and effect. Well you hold the cursor over a default like >>old image<< you already see the effect in the preview. You can see what individual defaults can achieve you on the chosen picture, for example for the many black-and-white versions in the folder >>black and white<<.

Virtual copies with Lightroom

Generate with Lightroom virtual copies of your pictures to experiment with different sizes, effects and image corrections. You don’t need more than just disk space for a picture.


Step 1 – virtual copy

See your pictures in the library mode or developing mode in Lightroom. Click with the right-click on a miniature and then on “create virtual copy”. Already you create a virtual copy – does it many times you need it. According to your settings and size of miniature you will see batch numbers to alternately see the original and the copy. The virtual copies also have edge sign at the lower left.

Tip: You do not see the numbers and the edge sign?  Change the view settings of the grid display through pressing J once or more times. The display at the film you can change after a right-click on the gray surrounding of a miniature, maybe you have to size the miniature up.

Step 2 – image editing

Edit your virtual copy like master images in the developing mode. Experiment with contrast or black and white versions or cut aspect ratio for photobooks and keynotes. Whatever you want – TRY IT! DO IT! The virtual copies don’t need a lot of disk space – that is almost nothing!

Tip: extra fast copies you can produce with CMD + T (Windows: Strg + T).

Step 3 – overview

You want to compare virtual copies? Just mark the copies with pressed CMD-button (Windows: Strg), choose library mode >>View, Overview<<. Therewith you see the pictures like on a picture table. With the shift key and tab you hide the control panels. To remove individual varieties from the overview just press the small X on the lower right in the image. With the G-button you will return to the typical grid view.

Tip: Be careful! In the overview you can click on remove button or reset button than you delete the main picture (Master image) and not just a copy. Copies you should delete in the filmstrip or grid view.

Step 4 – protocol

If you want to display all steps of image editing (Inside the developing mode) you just have to open the protocol control panel. There you can cancel all steps of image editing. Lightroom offers you a permanent canceling even if you didn’t used Lightroom for a long time.

Tip: Shall your copy looks like the original? Just click-right on the miniature and click on “reset developing settings”. If step you can cancel in the protocol control panel.


Preview:

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
  • Use default settings in Lightrrom

Review Lightroom 6

Basically you can say Lightroom (LR) professional software for:

  • viewing
  • catalogue index management
  • word and geo tagging
  • a small image processing.
  • export and import of media files (images)
  • image search

Do you need it? Well it is the same question like with all things you can own, you should still know if it is software for you. I really like LR because it is a good thing for handling all the pictures. I know that I don’t use every little option in the software in a large part I use it. For the new version Adboe LR requires minimal: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 und Mac OS Ⅹ ab 10.8

66483a08573f0c4eWhat changed in the update LR5 to LR6?

  • creation of HDR-pictures
  • creation of super wide-panorama-pictures
  • better performance
  • face detecting
  • creation of video-shows with fixed-images, music and effects
  • creation web galleries based on HTML5
  • controlled use of the filter
  • two edition LR6 and LR CC – LR CC is cloud based (monthly payment)

Is it worth to upgrade?

The face detecting is a very interesting innovation for Lightroom to search for people faster and more efficient. At this point we shouldn’t forget to note that it is just working in the separated catalogue. For example you have one catalogue called Box1 and a second catalogue called Box2 – LR isn’t sharing the face detections from Box1 with Box2. If you want to have the face detection of Box1 and Box2 in one catalogue then you have to import the Box2 in Box1 or the other way around (By the way the same problem we had with photo tags in earlier editions). For me it isn’t looking like a fault or bug because who knows LR for a long time also knows how it works and it can support you a lot. I’m really looking forward to sort my pictures faster in according to people or geo tags.

The creation of video-shows isn’t an application of the new version I will use. Though I think it could be a funny application for creating a creative gift.

Well I am not using a 27″ screen with my MBP (MacBook Pro) is connected to a 23″ Full-HD-Screen. Do I really need the feature of wide-panorama-picture? I think I should buy a 27″ screen for this – naw maybe it can works very well but the main problem will be, users with a slow graphic board will have disadvantages because the processing power (which is needed to use some function not specially the wide-panorama-pictures) is maybe to slow. As a result the work with some new features will make no fun.

I’m looking forward for the better base performance of LR6 or LR CC, at moment it can suck sometimes (well I still work with a updated Lightroom 3 version for me everything newer than LR4 is a milestone) – it is not many times that you see and feel that the performance isn’t as well as you need it though in some moments you just want to push the MBP out of the window (by the way I also have LR on a windows computer and the performance is more worse than on a MBP – it is a fact). I hope that the performance problems will be solved.

Yes I think for people who need a big part of the new features of LR they should buy or rent the new Lightroom. Get one new Lightroom it will get you so much fun and more time you can spend with other things than sorting pictures in the old days.