Eliminating Haze in Photoshop Elements 15


PSE 14 introduced the Haze Removal command. In this video tutorial, I will being demonstrating the command using Photoshop Elements 15. The command has two modes. You can use it in its fully automatic mode, or manually adjust its strength and sensitivity if you choose.

depending upon the image, the results are often similar to those obtained using the Auto Levels command.  However, the Haze Removal results are generally better, depending upon the targeted image.

To view the video click on the image below.

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To view or download the PDF of this tutorial, click on the link below.

Using the Haze Removal Command in PSE 15

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Photoshop Elements 15 Guided Edits


My last post introduced PSE 15’s the first three Guided Edits, Basics, Color, and Black & White. In this post, we’ll look at the other three, Fun Edits, Special Edits, and Photomerge.

We will also include a short video, that demonstrates using the Photo Text Fun Edit. As a special note, the content of the tutorial was assembled using the Adobe Spark.

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One of the neat features in more recent versions of Photoshop Elements is the Guided Edit View mode. This mode leads you by the hand through the detailed steps to edit your pictures in a variety of ways, ranging from basic edits to multi-step special effects.

In this video tutorial we overview the Guided Edits view of Photoshop Elements 15, and cover a couple of the simpler edits. In part two (coming next),  we will take a look at  more complex edits that the guides simplify.

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Coming is a tutorial that deals with the more complex Guided Edits that are in PSE 15.

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Understanding the Histogram


As you begin to do more editing of your photos using the Expert mode of Photoshop Elements 15, or other programs, you will want an understanding of the histogram. In fact, you manipulate the histogram for an image when you use the Levels command.

Even with all of the great editing tools that now are a part of PSE 15, I often find myself still using the Levels command as my go to editing tool.

Additionally, as you may have discovered already, many cameras today include a display of the photo’s histogram. Using the information it presents, it will help you decide whether or not to retake the photo. So there are a lot of reasons to get to know the histogram.

Click on the link below to watch a short video about the histograms. As a bonus, there is a figure at the end of the video that briefly summarizes the concept of photo layers. Understanding layers is key to doing non-destructive photo editing as we will  soon see.

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Photoshop Elements 15 Smart Tags


One of the new features that was added in Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 15 was Smart Tags. Under certain circumstances they can be quite useful.

In any event, they are fun to use and sometimes give some strange results.

The link below is to a video tutorial that briefly explains this new feature.

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Another 3D Aerial Panorama – How I did It


In my previous post, I linked to a 3D panorama I had shot from my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone. In this post, I am linking to a video that demonstrates how I did it. It was a multi-step process, but producing the 3D panorama only uses a couple of free Microsoft programs, which are easy to use they way I did.

By the way, my example uses a sequence of six shots that I took from my Phantom, but they could have just as easily been shot from my hand-held camera. The YouTube video does not include audio annotation to show just how easy it is to create the 3D panorama. Click on the image below to watch the demo.

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The panorama was shot from above yet another huge soccer complex across the street from the Silverlakes Soccer Complex in Norco/Eastvale CA. Silverlakes can be seen towards the end of the video.

2-27-17: Please note, Microsoft has removed Photosynth, so the link referred to here is no longer valid. They have provided a Photosynth Viewer, as of right now, I not determined an effective method to link the viewer with my downloaded .pano files.

I am currently reviewing alternate ways to produce and display 3D or VR panoramas. Please stay tuned.

Click on the link below to see the final 3D panorama. Using the scroll wheel on the mouse, zoom in and pan around. There is a tremendous amount of detail captured in the photo.

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Please let me know in the comments below if you have used these two programs to produce your own 3D panoramas. How did they work for you? There are other programs available that can produce similar and often superior results. Have you used them?

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Use Content Aware Fill Instead of the Clone Stamp to Remove Unwanted Objects


I suspect many of us instinctively reach for the Clone Stamp tool, or possibly the Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop Elements to remove unwanted objects from our photos.

However, using Content Aware Fill is generally much faster and often even does a better job than the traditional tools. In this Quick Video Tip, I demonstrate how to do just that in Photoshop Elements 14. Like any tool, it may not do a perfect job, and you may have to apply it a second time, or even one of the other tools to tidy up.

Click on the link below to watch the video.

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