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Blending layers in Photoshop Elements

Blending Layers in Photoshop Elements

Layers are one of the most important and powerful features in Photoshop Elements. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to remove the background of one image, while adding the subject to another image. It is called “Blending Layers”. Let’s get started!

I have this picture of a toy camera and want to remove the background. Then I want to add the camera into another photo. What is the fastest and easiest way to do it?

1- Open the background photo in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Blending layers

Background image

2- Drag and drop the new photo on top of your background image.

Photoshop Blending layers

3- In Photoshop CC and C6, it automatically creates a smart layer. In other versions go to Filters>Convert to Smart Filter and create a smart layer

Photoshop Blending layers

Convert to Smart Filter

4- Now that you have a Smart Layer you can resize and re-position it.

5- Go to “Blend Mode“. By default it is set to “Normal“. In drop down window, select “Multiply

Photoshop Blending layers

In Blend Mode select Multiply

6- Now go to “Adjustment Layer” and select “Levels

Photoshop Blending layers

Adjustment Layer for Levels

7- Adjust the Levels for new blended layer to your taste

Photoshop Blending layers8- And job is done in no time!

Photoshop Blending layers

Final image

This simple process works best when your added subject is on a solid, white background.

Blending Layers in Photoshop offers many different options. If you want to learn more about blending Layers, register for our Photoshop Layers and Mask class. It is a two part program specially developed for beginners to intermediates to understand the importance and power of Photoshop Layers. Photoshop Layers and Mask workshop starts on August 13.

I will post more tutorials about blending layers.

Until then, Happy Photoshopping!


Ted and Omnilargess Team


How to find the print size

How to find the print size?

File size Vs print size?

This is a question that we are asked frequently. As always there is a ton of technical information available, which I don’t have space to cover here.  I will give you some basic guidelines, such as defining file size and how to decide if a file is big enough to meet your client’s print requirements.

First we should know the pixel dimensions of our cameras. By using this information, you can calculate the file size that your camera can create. Here’s a good website for calculation.

Now I know my file size, how can I figure out the optimal print size?

As a rule of thumb, for the best photo quality, you should create your final work with 300 dpi as the output resolution when using wet printers (those in commercial photofinishing labs). Inkjet, pigment, and dye-sub printers can print a very high quality image using only 120 dpi. So, let’s put this information to work:

Here is the pixel count of a 12 MP camera in large setting: 4256 x 2832.  This is the native resolution for this camera. If you want to know how big a photo lab printer can enlarge your image, simply divide each number by 300 to find out the size.



So 14×9.5 inches is the optimum size for great photo quality from a wet lab.

Unlike monitors, typical high quality print resolutions range from 180 dpi on the low end to 360 dpi for professional quality results. Another big difference is that these print resolutions aren’t fixed in the printer the way they are in a monitor. You can take the same file and send it to the printer at any resolution setting you choose. Basically when you do this you’re telling the printer how far apart to place the individual pixels on the printed page. Place them too far apart and your image will take on a blocky, digitized look. Place them unnecessarily close, like 720 dpi, and you’ll be limited to a very small print with no added quality. Remember that resolution tag that was ignored for web use? Well it’s exactly what we need to control printing resolution for hard copy output, so we can’t ignore it any longer. Unlike your web browser, your printing program looks at the resolution tag and uses the value you enter there to control the printer itself.

A word about printer resolutions

When we buy photo quality printers, we see advertised resolutions like 1440 dpi and not the measly 300 dpi described above. Colour printers create their wide range of photo quality colours by placing tiny droplets of different ink colours down, to create all the combinations of colour and brightness. A big number, like 1440 dpi, is a good thing in a high quality printer, but it’s not the resolution you care about when sending a file to the printer.  There are a lot of terminology debates raging in the photo world such as: dpi vs. ppi vs. other ways to describe resolution.  I use the term dpi (dots per inch) to describe actual droplets of ink like the 2880×1440 micro droplets of ink placed on the page by my Epson printer or in the places where it’s just historical convention like 72 dpi.  I use the term ppi (pixels per inch) to describe the much larger pixels displayed on a screen or sent to the printer.  Others use these terms differently.  Just remember that a pixel is the smallest piece of colour and tone information in a digital image and a photo quality printer uses a whole bunch of tiny droplets of ink to synthesize each pixel on the printed page.

Using print resolution to control print sizes

So now you’ve got some control on sizing your prints by adjusting the resolution setting. But what are the tradeoffs? Let’s start with our earlier example of a 12 MP camera’s native file at 4256 x 2832 pixels, printed at 300 dpi gives us a quality print of 14.2” x 9.4”.  Print it at 240 dpi and the same file gives you a 17.8”x11.8” print and at 180 dpi you’ll get a whopping 23.6”x15.7” print. All from the same native file, without any image resizing. Of course, there’s no free lunch: as you print at lower resolutions you’ll eventually reach the point where the individual pixels are spread too far apart on the page and your image will suffer.

How far can you push the resolution to get big prints?

Well that’s up to you and depends on your printer, the paper and inks you use, and your own quality standards. There’s no absolute here, but many folks consider 300 dpi the gold standard for high quality output on modern ink jet/wet photo printers. It’s such a common high quality setting, that it has earned the name high res and is a standard image resolution in the publishing industry.

For other types of printers, please check the menu of your printer.

These websites offer more useful information.

Mega Pixel Chart

This ONE  is very informative.

This one has some visual Samples.

And, last but not the least, is this ONE and I recommend everyone reads this article. It has a good explanation about different formats as well.

Now there’s another good reason to shoot RAW!

Do you want to know more about how these variables affect our editing capability and prints?

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Stay tuned for more tips on photo editing.

Ted and the Omnilargess team


Photoshop Elements Simple enhancement

Photoshop Elements Simple Enhancement

Adjusting Levels

Sometimes all it needs is a simple adjustment in Photoshop Elements to make a “good picture” to a “nice photo”. As digital photographers we all know the importance of  “Histogram” in capturing the correct exposure. Did you know that in Photoshop Elements “Histogram” and understanding “Levels” can save us lots of time?

Here is an example of how by understanding Histogram and Levels you can make a simple enhancement which changes your photos from “Ah” to “What a nice picture! Did you take it?!”

I took this picture in one of our outdoor photography workshop.

Open image in Photoshop elements

Open image in Photoshop elements

As you can see it is not a great photo, it is washed out and faded. First thing first. I open the “Adjustment Layer” and checked the “Histogram”.

Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

I noticed that the image does not have enough “Black Point”

Not enough "Black Point" in Histogram

Not enough “Black Point” in Histogram

Then I started to adjust the Shadow and Mid tone till the colour and contrast popped out

A simple Shadow and Mid tone adjustment

A simple Shadow and Mid tone adjustment

Here is the “Before”



And here is the “After”



As you can see understanding the tools in Photoshop Elements helps you to apply a simple enhancement and get the result in no time.

Do you want to know more?

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Ted and Omnilargess Team








Removing Colour Cast in Photoshop

Removing Colour Cast in Photoshop

One of the most important and the most difficult task in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements editing is removing the colour cast.

How can you see the Colour Cast?

Colour cast is very difficult to see. You need to have the experience for recognizing the colours and then find out what colour or tonality you need to work on to remove the colour cast. In our Colour in Photoshop class you will learn how to identify the colour cast and and you will learn how to use the tools that you have in your editing software.

Here is a little tutorial that shows you how important colour is in your digital photography.

1- Open an image in Photoshop

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2-First thing first, Create or duplicate the layer

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3- Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels

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4- As you can see in this image it needs a little adjustment on Bright point

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5- By adjusting the Bright point you will see the difference

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6- For next step go to Image> adjustment> Color Balance

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7- You have three colour sliders at the top and Three radio buttons at the bottom

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8- In this image I know that the Mid Tone needs to be adjusted, so I selected the Mid Tone In Radio Button. I started to adjust the colours in Mid Tones by moving the sliders

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9- Now you can see the difference it makes in to your photos when you remove the Colour Cast properly by turning on and off the top layer

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And job is done! Here is the Before

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And here is the After

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What a big difference!

Sign up for our Colour in Photoshop class Or add your name to Waiting list to learn more about editing colour.

Ted and Omnilargess Team



Water Mark Action for Photoshop

 Creating Watermark Action in Photoshop

We all know the value of using watermarks for images which will be on the internet, or on proofs such as school shots. Several readers asked for an easy way to watermark an image, and if there is a commercial software for watermarking photos. There are several different ways to add watermark in to your images. Here I am going to explain an easy way of how to create a Watermark Action in Photoshop to copyright your images by creating or using an existing logo as a watermark.


1- Open a picture in Photoshop, go to Action Tab and select Create new  Action.

2- Choose a name for the Action, for example: Watermark. For the SET section leave it as Default Actions.atn

3- Click Record.

4- Go to the tool palette and select the Text tool. Choose the Font type and size.

5- Type the © symbol and the text for your watermark.

6- Select the Move tool and place the text on the photograph wherever you like it.

7- You can select a Style from style palette or you can go to the menu bar and select Layer>layer style and create your own style. If you wish to use your own logo, drag and drop it here.

You can adjust the Opacity of the layer here.

8- Stop the action by clicking the Stop button in the Action Tab.


Now you have an Action to watermark your images: open an image, select the Watermark action and the task will be done quickly and easily. You can also batch process an entire project!


Do you want to learn more about Image Editing and Photoshop? Visit our Photo Editing workshop page and sign up for our editing seminar!

Ted and Omnilargess Team





Photoshop Tip (Printing)

Printing Odd Sized Photos

This year we had an amazing Fall. Colors were so vibrant. Now you want to print some of those images and frame them. May be you want to give the pictures to someone you love. Wait a minute you may have some very nice classy frames to use, but they are odd sizes! What can you do?

Photography Workshop

Tamara from Beyond Exposure Photography shared with us very useful Photoshop tips for printing odd size images. I want to thank Tamara for her nice tips.

Printing odd sized photos

There are many different sizes of frames out there, and many different uses we have for our photos. Sometimes printing standard sizes is not what we want. Usually when using the print machines or online printing services at the store, they require us to crop our photos if the file dimensions do not match the output size. So how do we get around this dilemma?

When using Photoshop there are several ways to alter our photo size, but I will concentrate on two main processes here that will get us what we want.

First scenario:

You have a photo that is sized to be 13 inches by 5 inches. You want a long panorama print that size in the end.

Step 1: Open your image in photoshop.

Step 2: Choose the “Image” menu, and then choose “canvas size”

Step 3: Change the dimensions of your photo to match the standard print size that most closely matches your odd print size. In this case an 14 inch by 11 inch photo is the closest size up (you match the longest side of your image). So I change my print size to an 14×11. This automatically extends the canvas of your photo one inch out either side of your print without affecting the print itself.

Step 4: Now you can save as an 11×14 and take your file to the nearest printing lab to print at that size. All you will need to do is to trim off the extra canvas extension and you will be left with your 13” panorama print.


Second Scenario:

You have a print that is sized as a 4.5 x 6 or larger, and you want to shrink it to fit into a 4×6 print.

Step 1: In photoshop, choose “File” menu and then choose “new.” Set the width and height to 4 inches by 6 inches (or vice-versa for a horizontal print). Then set your ppi (resolution) to 300. Make sure the photo is in RGB colour (not CMYK or Greyscale).


Step 2: Open your file in photoshop.

Step 3: Use the “move” tool to grab your image and drag it over to the new canvas you made in step 1. Make sure that you have your photo layer selected

Step 4: In the “move” tool options, make sure “show transform controls” box is checked. Now press and hold the “Shift” key while you drag the corner of your image in to shrink your photo. Holding the shift key ensures that your original photo does not get distorted in the resizing process.


Step 5: Once your photo fits within the boundaries of your canvas, you can flatten your layers and save as a 4×6 jpg file and take it to the store for printing. You will end up with a photo that is slightly smaller than a 4 x 6, and will be required to trim off the excess canvas here as well.

Was this tip useful?

If you would like to learn more about editing your photos for printing, please register for our I.C.E. Editing for Print and Display course.

Tamara & Omnilargess

If you are interested in Photo editing and retouching, our I.C.E. Photo editing is the first level of several Photo editing seminars that we offer for Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, and Lower Main Land. We developed a very easy to follow workshops that covers the most popular tasks for photo retouching and photo editing.

Please feel free to contact me or Tamara if you have any questions. Have fun with photo editing and stay tuned for our next tip.


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