Copying a Selection From One Image to Another Using Photoshop Elements 15


This is a topic that is always one that generates a lot of discussion and in various photo editing forums and Facebook groups. It continues to be a popular topic, not only because it is something that we all want to do some time, but because recent improvements in photo editing programs and new programs are beginning to employ AI-enhanced tools to make the selection. And it is the quality of the selection that will make or break the final result.

In this tutorial I will go through the steps to select the image in the first photo and then copy it to the second photo. I start with using the Quick Selection tool of PSE 15, and then fine-tune the selection with the Selection Brush tool. I do mention the Refine Edge tool, but I have chosen to leave a more detailed discussion of it for another time and dedicated tutorial.

Below are the two initial photos. I want to copy the little girl into the picture of the sky to make it appear she is standing on clouds. True, it is not very creative, but the steps are there waiting to be used for someone with more creativity and skill than I have. This process includes several steps, so the tutorial is longer than most of mine.

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Here is the final result.

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With a little more work, I could have faded her feet out a little to add to the realism of the effect, but hopefully you get the idea. But to reiterate, the better you make your selection, the better your result will be.

CLICK HERE to access the PDF tutorial file.

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Photoshop Elements 15 Organizer: Uploading photos from your Camera


This exercise covers uploading images from your digital camera or card reader to your computer using the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. Click here to see how to import pictures already on your computer.

What follows assumes that you have previously set the desired PSE preferences. To download a PDF file of this tutorial, please click here.

1.     Open the Organizer of Photoshop Elements.

2.     Connect your camera or a card reader to one of your computer’s USB connectors before turning on your camera or inserting your card into the reader.

3.     For a camera, put it in the normal Playback mode and turn it on if required. If you are using a card reader, insert the memory card into the appropriate slot.

4.     The Windows Auto Play dialog box similar to the one below may appear. If/when it does, click on the red X in the upper right hand corner to close it.

 

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Auto Play Dialog With Camera/Card Reader Connected

 

5.     On the Menu bar, click on Import > From Camera or Card Reader as shown below.

 

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6.     The simplified Photo Downloader dialog may open as shown in the figure below. If it does, click on the Advanced Dialog button as shown in the figure.

 

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The Advanced Dialog is shown in the next figure.

 

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7.     You should then see a bright blue bar at the top of the dialog that says Select Your Device. Click on the down arrow and select your camera/card reader in the drop down list. PSE 15 immediately reads your card reader/camera and displays thumbnails of each of the images it finds as shown in the figure below. Note, in the figure below, I have connected my iPhone to the computer. PSE 15 treats it as a camera. Also note that for an iPhone/iPad, it displays all of the photos and videos in your Camera Roll.

 

Also, since you will probably have far more photos on your iPhone than you want to upload, you will probably want to click on Uncheck All in the lower left of the dialog, and then click on the small square by each photo you want to upload.

 

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Note, no images have been copied to the computer yet.

 

8.     Each of the thumbnails has a small white box just outside of its lower right corner which has a green check indicating that image will be copied to the computer. To skip any images, click on its white box to remove the green check.

9.     On the right side of the dialog are the options (storage location, red eye removal etc.) that will be used during the upload process. For our purposes, we will assume that you have already set these using the desired Edit > Preferences and are satisfied with the choices shown. See the figure below.

 

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10.   Click on the Get Media button in the lower right corner of the dialog to begin copying the photos to your computer.

 

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11.   After a short time, a small brief message appears for a second or so indicating how many images were imported. The imported images are then displayed in the grid and are ready for tagging etc.

12.   You can now disconnect the camera or card reader in the appropriate manner. For an iPhone/iPad, out can simply remove the device.

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Overview of Photoshop Elements 15 Organizer Views


When Adobe introduced Photoshop Elements 11 several years ago now, they totally redesigned the user interface, and the workflows that are used to effectively use the Organizer. One of the main additions that were introduced were Views.

The views are shown at the top of the Organizer’s screen and are eLive, Media, People, Places, and Events. These views and the features they contain have continued to evolve since then.

A PDF tutorial that overviews these views can be opened by clicking on the figure below. Future posts will go into more detail on using these views and their features.

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PSE 15’s Organizer is Like a Public Library


One of the great things about Photoshop Elements 15 (and all versions) is that not only is it a powerful photo editor, but it makes managing your image library relatively simple, and yes, even fun. But you need to understand how it works.

By far, the biggest frustration I have observed with new and sometimes experienced users of Elements is using the Organizer. Somewhere along the way, they have done something that has caused the Organizer to lose track of where their photos are located. They get frustrated, and may even stop using the Organizer altogether. This denies them the opportunity to take advantage of the vast number of easy to use features that the Organizer provides.

Here is the Cardinal Rule for effective and stress free use of the Organizer.

Once you have imported images into the Catalog, you must not delete, move, or rename them, unless you use the applicable commands within the Organizer.

That means you cannot use Windows Explorer (File Explorer in Windows 10) to do these things.

Here is a link to a video that explains why this is the case.

Understanding this concept will make using the Organizer so much easier and pain free.

Stay tuned for more tutorials on how to use the Organizer and the Photo Editor of PSE 15 in future posts.

Photoshop Elements 15 is Here!


As they have done for the last several years,  Adobe has announced their latest version of Photoshop Elements this morning, Photoshop Elements 15.

Photoshop Elements is arguably the top selling consumer photo organizing and editing program in the world. Its editor is based on the same engine as Photoshop CC, and includes several of the same capabilities as the industry standard program. They have been simplified to make it easier for the average or occasional user.

Its Organizer can do almost all of the photo management tasks that the powerful and popular Lightroom CC can, and like Lightroom CC, it is uses powerful database technology.

PSE 15 remains a boxed product not subscription-based like PS CC and LR CC.

As is generally the case, PSE 15 is an incremental improvement and expansion to PSE 14. But the new features and performance improvements may well be worth you upgrading, even if you already have PSE 14. If your version is anything older than that, it is probably time you upgrade.

Within the Organizer, the most exciting new features are focused on the new Search capability, which includes Smart Tags and a new easier to use search screen.  Internally, the Organizer’s performance has been improved, especially when using Facial Recognition.

Within the Editor, one of the new features is the ability to design your own custom frames and then save them for future use. This is certainly going to be very popular with digital scrap-bookers.

Here is the link to the Adobe announcement for Photoshop Elements 15.

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Also, I made a short video slideshow that identifies some of the new features in Photoshop Elements. Its link is shown below.

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In the coming weeks, I will be posting a series of tutorials and videos that will help you to come up to speed with Photoshop Elements 15. Many of them will be directly applicable to PSE 14, as well.

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Doing Incremental Backups in Photoshop Elements Saves Disk Space But Not Time


I have been a long time user  of  the Backup/Restore commands in the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. My general practice has been to use the Full Backup option. However, as my photo/video collection has grown (about 600 Gb and 46K items) over the years, the time to do the backup and storage space it requires have grown tremendously.

More recently, I have begun to use the Incremental Backup option more and more.

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The Incremental Backup builds on the last Full Backup done and only adds those files and Catalog changes since it was done. Obviously, the storage space is significantly reduced, and initially I thought the time to do an incremental backup would also be significantly reduced.

That is definitely not the case. Generally speaking, on my PC, an incremental backup takes just about as long to do as does a full backup.

Here is an example for my most recent incremental backup.

  • The first two three steps take only two or three minutes.
  • After calculating the media size, there is message with no progress bar that says that PSE is loading the previous backup. This message stayed on the screen  for about an hour and half with no other indication that PSE is even running. In fact, if you bring up the Task Manager, it shows that the PSE Organizer is not responding.
  • At this point it is very tempting to abort the process, thinking PSE has basically crashed. Don’t. It is still hard at work.
  • Eventually a dialog box appears where you click on the Save Backup button. A message appears stating that PSE is identifying incremental files and soon after, a progress bar appears.
  • In this example, it took one and a half hours or so for the Successfully Completed the Backup message to appear.

In this example the backup was about 17 Gb and took about two hours and forty minutes. I basically did not use the computer during this period. Also of note, is that I was backing up to a portable USB 3.0 external drive, but it was plugged into a USB 2.0 port on my PC. Also, I was using PSE 13.

So, using the Incremental Backup saves tons of disk space but still takes a significant amount of time. It would be nice if Adobe would add some type  of status or progress report during the time period when no real helpful information is being displayed.

I generally do two or three incremental backups before doing a full backup. To find out more about my use of the Backup/Restore commands, you can check out the link below or use the Search bar on this page to view a list of all of the posts on this and related  subjects.

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/photoshop-elements-catalog-file-the-critical-link/

 

 

Quick Video Tip Via Movie Moments


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In Windows 8.1, Microsoft added a free app called Movie Moments. It is available in the MS Store. The app is easy to use for the most part, although trimming something from the middle of the input clip is tricky – at least it was for me. The final video can only be one minute in length. That may seem really short, but it may work well for many subjects. The input video clip can be longer, but it must be reduced to one minute prior to saving it.

For some time, I have been thinking about routinely posting short videos covering just a single tip or hint. Maybe this is one way to do that. Below is my first attempt. Admittedly, the tip is trivial, but I’m sure that better tips can be provided within the one minute limit.

https://vimeo.com/82318177

Let me know what you think via a comment or liking the post. Thanks.