How to Use Photomerge Style Match in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Use Photomerge Style Match in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can match, or apply, the “style” of one image onto another image with the Photomerge Style Match feature in Photoshop Elements 11. It’s hard to describe in words exactly what Adobe defines as style, but basically tonal properties are transferred from one image to another.

But rather than read a definition of the feature, just spend a couple minutes trying this feature to get a feel for what it actually does.

Follow these steps to transfer a style from one image onto another:

1Select a photo from your Photo Bin onto which you would like to transfer a style and choose File→New→Photomerge Style Match in any of the Photo Editor modes.

Your selected photo appears in the right window as your source (after) image.

2Drag an image from the Style Bin to the left window to act as your sample (Style) image from which your desired style will be transferred.

To add more images to the Style Bin, click the green plus sign and choose to either add sample images from the Organizer or from your hard drive.

3Adjust the following sliders:

Intensity: Specifies the intensity or strength of the style transfer. Keep the number low to blend more of the original image with the styled image.

Clarity: Specifies how clearly the style transfer appears.

Details: Enhances or decreases details in the styled image.

4Further define the styled image by adjusting the following options under Basic mode:

Style Eraser: Paint with this tool to erase the style from areas on your source image.

Style Painter: Paint with this tool to add the style to areas on your source image.

Soften Stroke Edges: Drag the slider to clean up your image and remove any seams between the styled and original image areas.

Transfer Tones: Select the check box to transfer the tonal values of the source image onto the styled image.

5If the style transfer doesn’t look good, click the Reset button and go back to Step 2. When you’re satisfied with the result, click Done.

The composite opens as a new image in Elements.