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Adobe PhotoShop Elements : Lights, camera…couch!

This Photoshop tutorial covers the details of Lights, camera…couch. Just ask any parent: some days it seems like the kid is everywhere in any one sitting, junior can cycle through multiple stages of energy, attentiveness, and indifference—a prefect illustration of life’s dynamic nature. Our project celebrates life’s wont to change, often in the blink of an eye.

STEP ONE: You’ll need to plan out your poses before you start. For this project, I took 5–8 shots per pose and used five different poses. After you pick your favorite shot from each pose, copy them into a separate folder and rename the files to keep them organized. Don’t make any changes (cropping, lighting/color adjustments, etc.) to the images yet. When combining the images, we want them to be as identical as possible.
STEP TWO: First, we’ll get everything organized. Open all of your images in Elements by choosing File>Open, and make sure the Photo Bin is visible (Window>Photo Bin). You’ll also want to view your images one at a time, so you can see what you’re doing (Window>Images>Maximize Mode). The last thing you may want to do is put your images in order in the Photo Bin by clicking-and-dragging them into place, if they’re not already. Once you’re all set up, select the image you’ll be using for your base image (phase1.jpg, if you’re following along).
STEP THREE: With the Move tool (V) selected,drag your next image from the Photo Bin on top of your base image. (Note: If you’re using Version 4, you’ll need to open both images in Cascade mode, and Shift-drag one onto the other with the Move tool.) You’ll now have two layers: your base image as the Background and your copied image (phase2.jpg if you’re following along). You may now close your copied image by clicking on it in the Photo Bin and pressing Ctrl-W (Mac: Command-W).
STEP FOUR: To keep track of your images, you may want to rename your layers as you work on them. We renamed our copied layer “asleep.” To name your layer, double-click on the layer name in the Layers palette and type your new name.
STEP FIVE: Click on the top layer (“asleep” in our example) to make it active. Using the Lasso tool (L), draw a loose selection around the subject. To prevent sharp transition lines between the photos, go to Select>Feather, set your Feather Radius in the Feather Selection dialog, then click OK. You may need to experiment with the Feather Radius. The higher your image’s resolution, the more you’ll need. (We set ours to 10 px.)
STEP SIX: Now invert your selection (Select> Inverse), then press Backspace (Mac: Delete). This will delete everything except your subject, which should be positioned pretty close to where you want it, if you’re following along with the downloads. If you’re using your own photograph, you may need to use the Move tool or Arrow keys on the keyboard to tweak the positioning. Press Ctrl-D (Mac: Command-D) to deselect.
STEP SEVEN: Some erasing may be necessary to smooth out the transition between the two images. If so, select the Eraser tool (E) and choose a fairly large, soft-edged brush. You may also find it helpful to lower the Eraser’s Opacity level in the Options Bar. You can temporarily switch to the Zoom tool by pressing Ctrl-Spacebar (Mac: Command-Spacebar) and zoom in on the area. In our example, we had to erase some ghosting on the awake boy’s arm and above the sleeping boy’s head.
STEP EIGHT: Repeat Steps Three through Seven for each pose. If you’ve been following along you’ll have five layers. At this point, you may have to change the order of your layers in the Layers palette. For this example, we had to move the layer with the whispering boy below the layer where he is playing with the car. Otherwise, the boy’s arm in the car layer would have been hidden.
STEP NINE: With all your layers visible, click on the top layer, press More at the top of the palette, and choose Merge Visible to create a merged layer of all your other layers. (Note: Version 3 users will need to create a new blank layer as the top layer first.)
STEP TEN: And now is the time to do any editing you’d like, such as cropping or adjusting your color, sharpness, brightness, etc. Finally, add a border and some text to complete the image. With a little patience and a lot of imagination, you can create a collage that combines reality and sheer enchantment to the amusement of all.

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Resource: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/photoshopelements/articles/photo_collage/pib_pse_photo_collage.pdf
Posted By : NEENA
On date : 09.25.09

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