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Offline Jimmer

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Need Photoshop Elements help
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:05:01 PM »
Hi all,

I snapped this picture this summer of a dragonfly.  I used Photoshop Elements 12 for the first time and was able to make the whole background B&W and then just have the color of the dragonfly pop out.  I like the result with one exception...as you can see below, there is one weed that is parallel to the one that the dragonfly is sitting on...just to the right of it...that is a bit too bright and distracting from the dragonfly.  Is there an easy way to mute that without muting the whole picture?  Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 05:40:17 AM »
Out of curiosity have you tried removing it entirely? It may be challenging given the background.

I actually like selective colour in some cases and kinda like this one..
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 07:31:27 AM »
Just to be clear, I'm speaking about the weed next to the one the dragonfly is on.  Are you suggesting you like it there as is?  I have not tried removing it...I wouldn't know how to do that!  :o  Tips?
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 07:48:44 AM »
Nah I see what you mean about wanting to minimize it.  There is a tool in pse for removing objects - much like a brush.  I believe it is a bandaid looking icon
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 02:58:57 PM »
what if you colored that weed like the other one?  Might not be as distracting?  Just a thought.
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 03:27:35 PM »
There are multiple ways you can go about this, depending on what version of PSE you have.
1) Blur tool (isolating just that weed in question)
2) Clone tool to clone it out.
3) Dodge and Burn tool (using Burn of course) to darken it a little
4) Healing Brush (as mentioned earlier-the band aid thingie)

It shouldn't be hard since you already have isolating down pat to be able to bring back the color (I assume you put a B&W layer over a color one and removed that part in question?)
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2014, 05:29:08 PM »
what if you colored that weed like the other one?  Might not be as distracting?  Just a thought.

I like that idea Bandman.  Might look cool with the double line.  And it would be easy which appeals to the lazy in me!

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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2014, 06:19:35 PM »
There are multiple ways you can go about this, depending on what version of PSE you have.
1) Blur tool (isolating just that weed in question)
2) Clone tool to clone it out.
3) Dodge and Burn tool (using Burn of course) to darken it a little
4) Healing Brush (as mentioned earlier-the band aid thingie)

It shouldn't be hard since you already have isolating down pat to be able to bring back the color (I assume you put a B&W layer over a color one and removed that part in question?)

Great ideas...I have PSE 12...I don't see any of those tools?  How do I find them?
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2014, 07:51:50 PM »


Great ideas...I have PSE 12...I don't see any of those tools?  How do I find them?
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Nevermind...I think I found them....now I have to figure out how to use them... ???
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2014, 08:24:17 PM »


Great ideas...I have PSE 12...I don't see any of those tools?  How do I find them?

Nevermind...I think I found them....now I have to figure out how to use them ... ???
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 YouTube videos. Love those things.
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2014, 06:43:10 AM »
I love youtube for learning editing techniques!  Ive done a couple of small courses but the reality is that so little sticks in my memory that its gone in a matter of weeks because I don't use it enough :(
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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2014, 08:30:54 PM »
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: Need Photoshop Elements help
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2014, 09:39:37 PM »
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